Real Madrid Club de Fútbol has signed an exclusive partnership with Atlas Premium Brands (APB) a majority owned company by Atlas Group, for the execution, management and marketing of Real Madrid's official Arabic website www.realmadrid-arabia.com . Atlas Interactive Middle East was entrusted by APB for the complete development, content editing of the website as well as the marketing opportunities across the Arabic speaking territory.
Nigel Tatlock, Managing Director of APB said:
'Football is one of the universal games connecting fans from one continent to the other. The online social media is growing fast in the Middle East and we are delighted to bring Real Madrid club de Fútbol closer to its fans on the net."
For the first time, 300 million Middle East-based football fans can now log on to Real Madrid's website for real-time Club news, results and features exclusively in Arabic language.
Oscar Ugaz, Online Marketing and Digital Business Manager of Real Madrid added:
We are delighted to launch a new version of our website in Arabic and get closer to our passionate fans across the pan-Arab region. The Middle East constitutes a solid base for the club, and we are confident that the partnership with APB will allow us to increase this community in the near future."
Abir Mehawej, Managing Director of Atlas Interactive Middle East said:
"Through this agreement, we are able to convey the best of Real Madrid to the fans in the Middle East. We are certain that Real Madrid will continue, through this state of the art website, to raise the bar of success and draw the attention of loyal fans in the Arab countries. We are keen to deploy our assets and expertise in Real´s website and to take advantage of the marketing opportunities involved."
The official Arabic website will feature real time daily club news, match and score updates, videos featuring player interviews, press conferences, news and match reports, photos of Real Madrid players in action, and legendary players for users in the Arab Nations.
In Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/realmadrid ) , Twitter http://twitter.com/realmadridarab  ) and blog functionalities, the Arabic language version is built around social and interactive media components. Fans will be able to share their opinions and thoughts directly with the club's community. The soft launching of the website took place in May, 2010 and has attracted more than 18,000 unique visitors on its opening day. . In less than 2 months away, more than 200,000 visitors and 800,000 page views were traced through google analytics Our expectations for the 2010 season are very high and we strongly believe that this figure will increase by significant numbers.