With 5 million members in the Arab world, Linkedin opens first office in Dubai

2 Oct, 2012

Professional business social network Linkedin announced that it opend an office in Dubai UAE. Its first office in the Arab world.

In the announcement linkedin said that it have 5 million members from the Arab world, one million of which are based in the UAE and that Members are already networking in over 2,000 LinkedIn Groups in the region.

LinkedIn has also appointed Ali Matar as Head of Hiring Solutions, MENA. Matar will be responsible for growing LinkedIn’s Hiring Solutions business which enables employers to find and recruit. This move would eat from the sales of established job recruitment sites such as Bayt.com and Akhtaboot.

As for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions it will continue to be mostly sold through its partnership with Clique Media to local clients.

This latest expansion follows the opening of LinkedIn’s Spanish office in March, and brings the number of LinkedIn offices in EMEA to ten, including Paris, Milan, Stockholm, London, Munich, Milan, Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid and now Dubai.  

Linkedin also revealed the top industries in MENA by LinkedIn membership: Oil & energy, Construction, and Information technology and services. While the top 3 regions are: Pakistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Linkedin was Founded in 2003, as a professional social network, it has now more than 175 million members worldwide. Around 62 percent of its members are located outside of the United States, where it’s headquartered.

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