Madar Research has released figures which show that the number of internet users in the Arab world exceeds 26.3 million with an increased growth rate in 2005 of 18% giving a 9 million increase. Penetration of access is quoted at 8.5%.
The leading Arab country for access remains the United Arab Emirates and broadband use is increasing too – though in different rates in different parts of the arab world.
Madar Research forms part of the Safawi project with German search engine company Seekport. Safawi is to be launched later this year and will have full Arabic-language search capabilities.
Arabic internet users – as we have reported previously – often have good English fluency but are not comfortable searching in English. The availability of more search engines in Arabic will be a significant plus.
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