‘YaArabi’ to launch on May 5

Region’s Net users to have their own search engine ‘YaArabi’ next month

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 29, 2013

DUBAI: From May 5, the online community in the UAE as well as in the Middle East, will have their own search engine on the worldwide Web.
The launch of the Arabic search engine, which will not only protect the local online community’s identity, culture and values, but also provide them safe and relevant content, will be held at Emirates Towers Hotel.
Abdel Rehman Tahboub, CEO, YaArabi, said this in a recent interview with The Gulf Today. “We announced this project ‘YaArabi’ two months ago in a press conference held in Dubai, and ever since, we have been receiving great support from all segments of the society,” he said.
“The Arabic cognitive content on the World Wide Web currently is less than 1 per cent, a trend that threatens the Arab cultural identity, especially since the flow of information is in one direction — from the developed nations of the North to the developing countries of the South. It is not only our right, but our duty as well, to raise our voice, demand and work for a fairer information flow,” Tahboub said, adding that the aim of ‘YaArabi’ was to correct this imbalance.
He asserted that “We in ‘YaArabi,’ are not in favour of imposing any particular knowledge, but at the same time, we do not want our children to lose their identity.
“We want them to grow in awareness with ‘YaArabi’ and for it to be their secure cognitive window in line with our slogan: “let your child close the door… and open the window of ‘YaArabi’,” he added.
He further said that as part of the ‘YaArabi’ project, a series of websites would be launched to contribute to the building of knowledge and provide Arab users a great source of local content base relating to Arab geographic knowledge, history, cultural values and, especially, the Arab world’s literary treasure trove.
Georges Bechara, general director of Zenith in the Middle East and North Africa, and also a strategic partner of the ‘YaArabi’ project, said, “We are honoured to be part of this unique and most awaited project, one that promises to be a great source of knowledge for users in Arab World.”
He added: “The Arab culture is rich in its history and civilisation. The time has come for us as a nation, to write our history with our own pens, draw our maps and determine our geography, and to be effective in achieving a balance in the cognitive flow of information.”

~ by jamilkhan on April 29, 2013.

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