First Arabic Tech Entrepreneurs and Citizen Journalism Based Blog is Launched

Published October 14th, 2009 - 07:48 GMT
ArabCrunch http://arabcrunch.com , the leading English professional blog and events network that focuses on Arab tech startups, announced today the launch of “ArabCrunch Arabic Edition”. The Arabic edition will be the first Arabic blog that focus on tech startups, entrepreneurship, social media and mobile news and views which is based on “citizen journalism”. Citizen Journalism is a concept that allows anyone in the public to contribute and share information and be a media reporter.
The site, which is located at http://www.arabcrunch.com/ar, publishes stories in Arabic about Arab and International companies and technology startups. In addition, it tracks recent technology developments and trends.  The new Arabic blog aims to help ignite entrepreneurship and creative thinking in the Arab world. It also provides the average Arabic Internet and mobile with useful tips and blog posts.
By offering the public a chance to submit new posts, which need to be approved by an editor before getting it published, “ArabCrunch Arabic Edition” is another step closer to solve the scarcity of Arabic content on the Internet. As many studies have suggested that the Arabic content stands at around less than 1% of all languages online.
According to Mr. Gaith Saqer, founder and editor of ArabCrunch, “For the past year and a half, ArabCrunch the English version (http://arabcrunch.com) has been focusing on Arab tech startups and tech news related to the Arab region, aiming to help Arabs excel and innovate and help the Arab startups to be more visible”.
Mr. Saqer added “Since many Arabs do not speak English well and many others prefer to read in Arabic, ArabCrunch Arabic Edition www.arabcrunch.com/ar aims to be their new online home to read the latest stories about startups not just from the Arab world, as was the case of the English version, but worldwide. The main goal is to help Arabic readers to learn from the experiences of foreign entrepreneurs and startups and encourage them to think outside the box and start new unique startups with a global scope."
“ArabCurnch Arabic Edition” will publish a mixture of short news, tips, features and analysis. It will use a mixture of in-house as well as citizen-based content. The site which was under stealth testing for the past few months has already attracted many contributors from Saudi Arabia, Algeria, USA and Australia.
ArabCrunch http://arabcrunch.com was featured by many international and regional news organizations such as Reuters, Los Angeles Times, and Star, Addustour and the National and the top 10 blogs worldwide for its exclusive content, breaking news and the activities and events.

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