Threadwatch carries the news that Seekport are partnering with an Arabic company to create a new Arabic language search engine:
“There is no (full) Arabic Internet search engine on the market. You find so-called search engines, but they involve a directory search, not a local search. There’s nothing available for overall Internet search,” Hermann Havermann, managing director of German Internet tech firm Seekport, told Reuters.
“There is not enough Arabic content available on the Internet. But there’s no motivation to put more Arabic content on the Internet as long as you don’t have a system to find the content,” Havermann said.
The Yahoo! news article reports that the Arabic online advertising market could grow to $150 million in 2008 from $10 million at present.