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Screenshot Cookpad (TSE:2193) announced today that it reached a definitive agreement to fully acquire Netsila, the Lebanese company behind Shahiya.com, the leading Arabic recipe website, for $13.5 million. Shahiya is the go-to digital cooking destination in the Arab world, with more than 3 million monthly users of which 90% are women; in Saudi Arabia al...
Screenshot Diwanee, one of the Arab world’s leading digital media company with one of the largest female audiences in the Middle East, closed a $3,250,000 capital increase with MedSecurities Investment, a subsidiary of BankMed. This capital increase supports Diwanee’s efforts and aspiration to become the main gateway for business online with women in t...
Screenshot Following the news last April that Zawya is expected to be sold in a multi million dollar deal, Thomson Reuters announced today that it has acquired Arab world business portal and financial information service provider Zawya. This news means that Saffar Holdings, a Dubai investment company that holds a 60 per cent stake in Zawya has successful...
Screenshot There are many cooking resources online, but what distinguish Zaytouneh is that it provides short quick and professionally done tutorial cooking videos. Founded by Jordanian female entrepreneur Fida Taher Alawieh, the site is currently available in Arabic but plans an english version in a couple of months according to Fida’s tweet. Fida says o...
Screenshot As with every year at the time of Ramadan Yahoo! Maktoob has created the a Ramadan site, designed as a one stop destination that provides access to a host of rich spiritual, lifestyle, and entertainment content. The dedicated site (maktoob.ramadan.yahoo.com) brings together content relevant and not relevant to Ramadan, pulled from multiple lea...
Screenshot National Net Ventures (N2V), the Internet Holding company, unveiled a new investment in Qaym.com, the Arab portal specialized in rating restaurants. Investing in qaym.com is the third investment N2V announces during this month, and it aims at diversifying the company’s investments in the Arab website, especially ones that offer new, add-value ...
Screenshot eHow is an online guide with more than 1 million articles and videos about how to do things. The site is owned by Demand Media a US company that is set to hit NASDAQ, as it filled for an IPO early this month. Critics of eHow label the site as a content farm which pushes together an inventory of low quality articles and videos produced by lo...
Screenshot After Nokia's launch of mobile  Ramadan 2010 specific  applications, Yahoo Maktoob announced today launching a new Ramadan website, the micro site includes three main sections "spiritualities", "ramadan and People" and "entertainment." The Muslims month of Ramadan is expected to start this week. The new site will introduce a number of featur...
Screenshot After Yahoo acquired  Maktoob last year, many of Maktoob group companies were merged under one independent brand called Jabbar. Somehow similar precedence happened with Orascom Telecom's LinkDotNet 150 million USD buyout to Mobinil, but at a larger scale. Orascom Telecom which is one of the largest tech and telecom groups in the Arab world, ha...
Screenshot Jeeran is an interesting Arab internet company because its story resembles the stories you hear about in Silicon Valley (USA): A Tech startup that starts from the founders' garage or dorm and then makes it big (example: HP, Yahoo and Google to name a few.) Jeeran was founded in 2000 by then two Jordanian students and entrepreneurs Omar Kouds...
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