Business Software Alliance (BSA), the international association established by the software industry to promote a safe and legal digital world, in association with the Pan Arab Web Awards committee, recently announced the winners of the Pan Arab Web Awards 2007 at a glittering ceremony held at the Burj Al Arab.
Awards were presented to the best web sites of Arabic companies in 32 categories including financial institutions, government organisations, health services, media and international organisations.
www.araby.com won the prestigious Best Arabic Website in the Arab region award; MICROSOFT award for the best website built on MICROSOFT Technology went to www.lbcgroup.tv the Leading E-commerce website in the Pan Arab region award went to www.bayt.com; while the Dubai police website, www.dubaipolice.ae won the Governmental Organisations Strategic Web Award. www.aljazeerasport.net was presented the Diamond Award the Best Website of the year; Koein won the Web Company of the Year award and www.etihadairways.com and www.eyeofdubai.com both won the International Standards Web Technology Award.
Pierre Moukarzel, Chairman, Pan Arab Web Awards Committee, said, “With each edition of the Pan Arab Web Awards we have seen a significant increase in the number of participants. Also, this year the quality of entries received has been of the highest level, making it a difficult task for the judges to choose the winners. What makes the Pan Arab Web Awards different from other web awards is the fact that besides promoting creativity and innovation in web design, this award aims to further the cause of IPR protection in the Arab world through participating companies. We believe in creative artistic skills that are built on innovation, we all as individuals and entities are happy to encourage these skills by having them with us in this event. ”
Some of the other main winners of the Pan Arab Web Awards 2007 include www.gowealthy.com, MSN Arabia, Qais Consulting, Star Portal LLC, www.buzinessware.com, www.middleastlogistics.com, www.careermideast.com, www.sharp.ae, www.damanhealth.ae and Dubai Festival City.
Jawad Al Redha, Co-Chairman, BSA Middle East, said, “The Pan Arab Web Awards are much more than a recognition of technical excellence, creativity and ingenuity of design. It is a platform for companies in the Arab region to stress on the importance of safeguarding intellectual property rights at a time when E-commerce and the Internet have become central to business procedures and customer interaction. I congratulate all the winners of this year’s Pan Arab Web Awards and also thank all the participating organisations for their continued support. For the past couple years we have witnessed tremendous increase in the internet penetration across the Middle East this is all due to the creative minds behind these internet websites.”
The Pan Arab Web Awards has been recognized by the industry as one of the leading award programs which provides a unique platform for creative people to showcase their work and attain market recognition. The award promotes the innovative spirit of web designers to meet professional and international standards and the winners were judged by a panel of judges comprised of experts in the field of web design.
The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world. BSA is the voice of the world's commercial software industry and its hardware partners before governments and in the international marketplace BSA helps governments and consumers understand how software strengthens the economy, worker productivity and global development and how its further expansion hinges on the successful fight against software piracy and Internet theft. BSA programs foster technology innovation through education and policy initiatives that promote copyright protection, cyber security, trade and e-commerce.
BSA members include: 4D, Adobe, Agfa-Monotype, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Bentley Systems, Borland, BVRP Software, Centennial, Cisco Systems, CNC Software/Mastercam, Grupo SP, Entrust, HiT Internet Technologies, HP, IBM, iInventory, Intel, Intergraph, Internet Security Systems, Intuit, LMS International, Macromedia, Magix, Mamut, McAfee, Microsoft, Microstar, Nemetschek, O&O Software, OWG, Panda Software, Realviz, RSA Security, SIA, SolidWorks, Staff & Line, Sybase, Symantec, TeamSystem, Trend Micro, UGS PLM Solutions, VERITAS Software, Visma, WRQ.
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