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Holy Makkah Municipality’s e-Government Services Transform City for Hundreds of Thousands of Residents and Businesses

The Holy Makkah Municipality’s award-winning online resources have transformed the city into a global leader in e-government services, experts said at a major technology event today. One of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s fastest-growing cities, the Holy Makkah Municipality’s growth is guided by...
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Overview of Qatar’s Digital Landscape

Qatar’s Digital landscape is growing at a phenomenal rate. 85% of households in Qatar are connected via broadband (gone up by 5% from 2010) . On average, a Qatar household owns three mobile phones, two computers and one smartphone. Check out the below infographic for the latest statistics and trends...
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The Best Global e-Content Startups

The UN based World Summit Award announced the 8 Global Champions of the 2013 competition. These projects are the most progressive, innovative and sustainable e-Content fruits on the very rich tree that is the Internet: initiatives that will last and will make a difference. What is best in e-Content? The...
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E-Commerce Trends In The Middle East On Mobile and Desktop: A Study By PayPal

A recent research conducted by The PayPal on e-commerce in the Middle East in conjunction with Ipsos shows that the Middle East’s online commerce market grew 29% from $7 billion in 2011 to $9 billion in 2012. The Middle East market will  reach $15 billion by 2015 and this year’s growth reveals...
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What Did We Learn At ArabNet 2013: Middle East Tech, Mobile, Social Media And E-Commerce Trends

The Arabnet Conference kicked off its fourth annual Digital Summit, the most prestigious gathering of digital professionals and entrepreneurs in the MENA region last month. Arabnet’s energetic and enthusiastic founder (who I had met a month before the conference) Omar Christidis announced at the...
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Overview Of Online Transactions In The Middle East

A recent study released by the Northwestern University in Qatar revealed some interesting statistics on how people use internet for conducting routine banking and shopping transactions. About 77% of internet users in the survey search for information about productsonline. Users in UAE (90%) are on the...
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Ecommerce In The Middle East – An Infographic

Ecommerce in the Middle East is thriving and many new startups have entered the market. Venture capital may be ignoring the Middle East for all the wrong reasons. Ultimately, playing it safe will cause them to yield new opportunities. Below is a summarized infographic giving you a picture of the ecommerce...
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Rocket Internet’s Namshi raises $13Million

Namshi, a Rocket Internet’s company, recently raised a $13 million round to harness recent growth in its fashion e-commerce channels in the Middle East. The online portal based in Middle Eastern, has raised $13 million led by Summit Partners to sustain growth. Founded in 2012, the company has leveraged...
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e-Commerce Entrepreneurs In The Middle East – ALSHOP.com

e-Commerce industry has had a lot of mixed messages for the region over the last few years. Many players entered the market while a few took the exit door. We have been running a series of interviews with existing e-Commerce players in the region asking them how do they manage their business and what...

e-Commerce In The Middle East: Countrywise Penetration, Consumer Habits, Popular Websites, Online Banking

Ipsos MENA had released interesting stats at a presentation done last week at ArabNet conference covering statistics related to e-commerce consumption habits in the region. Ipsos is the 3rd largest market research firm in the world with over 5000 clients worldwide and a direct presence in 85 countries....