Google Earth launches in Arabic

Google aims to increase Arabic online usage with new launch.

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By  Lynne Roberts Published  May 13, 2007

Google has unveiled an Arabic version of Google Earth, which uses satellite imagery, maps and other content to create a 3D view of the planet.

Sherif Iskander, Google regional manager for the Middle East and North Africa told Gulf News the company hoped to grow online usage in the region. ‘This is not a revenue generating activity. We see it more as an enticer for the creation of content' he said.

Dubai-based Madar Research estimates that of the 30 billion web pages world-wide, Arabic content measures around 150 million Arabic web pages.

According to Google over 20 million people have already downloaded the free programme in English, totalling 20% of the global online community.

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