ArabCrunch Launches: The First Arabic Tech Entrepreneurs Blog Based on Citizen Journalism

13 Oct, 2009

ArabCrunch Arabic Edition Thanks to God, after a long wait, with an excuse or no excuse and in compliance with the popular demand, your blog AC announces today the launch of “ArabCrunch Arabic Edition which will be the first Arabic blog that focus on tech startups, entrepreneurship, social media and mobile news and views and 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.

AC Arabic will publish 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.
The main two differences between AC English and AC Arabic are:

1- Besides Arab startups, there will be more focus on International startups and companies, so Arab readers would learn from them, start thinking more outside the box and launch International unique products and services. It will also carry posts that cater to the average Arab Internet user with tips and useful apps or mobiles to use or buy.

2- It is citizen journalism which means any member of the public can participate with nice blog posts if they meet AC’s editorial standards.

This launch is just the beginning of serious initiatives from ArabCrunch to support startups and help accelerate innovation in the region.

Thanks to everyone who made this launch possible (especially Feedoor.com the main sponsor of AC).
Here is the press release in English (Arabic press release here.) feel free to use in your blog or website. :) :

First Arabic Tech Entrepreneurs and Citizen Journalism Based Blog is Launched

Amman, Jordan, 13, October 2009- ArabCrunch http://arabcrunch.com (AC), the leading English professional blog and events network that focuses on Arab tech startups, announced today the launch of “ArabCrunch Arabic Edition”.

AC’s 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.
ArabCrunch Arabic Edition can be accessed from http://arabcrunch.com/ar

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About ArabCrunch:
ArabCrunch http://arabcrunch.com is a network of professional tech blogs and events geared with a mission to help accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation in the Arab world. ArabCrunch started in 2008 with its English edition ArabCrunch.com now it also includes: ArabCrunch Arabic Edition and ARABCRUNCH DEMO.

ArabCrunch English http://arabcrunch.com: is the ultimate online English source for Arab tech startups, companies, social media and mobile in the Arab world.

ARABCRUNCH DEMO: http://events.arabcrunch.com/demo9
In its effort to drive innovation and help create an ecosystem to support entrepreneurship and startups in the Arab world, ArabCrunch organized in February 2009 the first ARABCRUNCH DEMO 09, The Launchpad Event for Emerging Technologies in the Arab World, the regular event offered unfunded Arab startups free chance to demo in front of Investors, tech enthusiast and the media. The first version of the event was organized in partnership with Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) and was held in Amman, Jordan, the home of many hot tech startups and companies in the Arab world such as Maktoob which was recently acquired by Yahoo for an estimated 200 Million US Dollars. ARABCRUNCH DEMO next edition will take place early next year.

ArabCrunch Arabic Edition http://arabcrunch.com/ar :
In October 2009, ArabCrunch launched “ArabCrunch Arabic Edition” the first Arabic blog that focus on tech startups, entrepreneurship, social media and mobile news and views and that is based on “citizen journalism”.

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  1. khaled  |  October 13th, 2009 at 9:35 AM #

    mabroooooouk
    Congratulation

  2. Tanya Kasim  |  October 13th, 2009 at 10:37 AM #

    Same here. Congratulations!

  3. zahra  |  October 13th, 2009 at 11:25 AM #

    Gheeth,
    I read about your site today 13 of October in the newspaper of the Egyptian today
    Your site is very useful & your effort is wonderful

  4. Gaith  |  October 13th, 2009 at 4:40 PM #

    thanx Zahra, khaled and Tanya :)

  5. Ruslan Trad  |  October 13th, 2009 at 6:29 PM #

    Mabrouk!

  6. bassel  |  October 13th, 2009 at 8:26 PM #

    Congrats Gaith. Keep'm coming.
    B)

  7. Global Voices Online » Jordan: Arab Crunch Arabic Edition Out  |  October 13th, 2009 at 10:58 PM #

    [...] social media and mobile news and views and is based on citizen journalism,” says Arab Crunch. Cancel this [...]

  8. Preetam Rai  |  October 21st, 2009 at 4:47 AM #

    I am visiting from East Asia. This is a very good initiative and many of us who are outside the Arab world will get a chance to learn about the developments. Congratulations and good luck.

  9. hammed  |  December 3rd, 2009 at 7:57 PM #

    salaams dear brothers and sisters,

    As a suggestion i really think some media tycoon should created a whole website based on Shayke Yasir Qadi's The Seerahon Islam Channel UK, a website that tells the story of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) life with illustration and images,

    This would be an excellent Dawah project, the website could be called: http://www.theseerah.com

    Hollywood are releasing a film based on Prophet Muhammeds life this is an excellent time to create this website.

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