Maryam Jamshidi

Online Arabic Content Boosts Regional Development

May 2, 2014

Access to broadband in the Arab world and boosting online Arabic content helps stimulate regional development. But The Guardian writes that ”less than 1% of total global online content is in Arabic and less than 0.2% of global digital content is hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, although native Arabic speakers represent about 4.5% of the world population.”

With the population of Arabic speakers barely being accounted for on the Internet, Arabic needs to be more integrated online. Better access to Arabic content “can help diversify the economy and improve opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.”

However, many Arab world countries have do not have readily available broadband and little incentive to make it more accessible (like cost and censorship). But alternative methods of bringing Internet to more households are available as the need for fast Internet and downloading and uploading capabilities arise to fuel creative processes for boosting Arabic content.

 Click here to read more on the ubiquity of online Arabic content’s regional and global impact.

Written by Sonja Trierweiler, social media specialist and blogger on the Middle East.