Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Arabic Search Engines

Several Arabic Search Engines are currently existing in the market, with a focus toward the Arabic community. Being the Sixth largest spoken language in the World with more than 250 million arabic speaker, with more than 70% of the population are between the age of 20-40, marketers eyeballs is starting to turn toward this population and their potential spending power on the internet.

In the United States, Arabic speaking communities are considered extremly important in ethnic TV both on line and in cable, as they are usually holding the lion share of subscribers base in those mediums.

Eyoon is a web directory for Arabic websites. Started in 1995. Mainly focusing on Arabic speaking countries

Araby is a new search engine that index arabic websites. Moreover, they index images, and blogs is another search engine. The indexed sites are still limited

Nesnas, which means "Monkey" is a large portal and search engine fo Arabic websites.
Arabiks is a small index, but it provides a CPC advertizing option
Ayna seems to a winner, in terms of indexing as well as provided portals services.