MSN Arabia to be launched in September

Microsoft and ISP LINKdotNET have just signed an agreement to deliver the Microsoft Network (MSN) to the Middle East in the form of MSN Arabia.

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By  Robin Duff Published  June 11, 2001

Microsoft and ISP LINKdotNET have just signed an agreement to deliver the Microsoft Network (MSN) to the Middle East in the form of MSN Arabia.

The portal will be delivered in both Arabic and English, and will be looking to build on the 1.8million Hotmail subscribers registered in the region. The operation will be based in Cairo, Egypt and Dubai Internet City, UAE, and will be jointly managed by the two companies.

“These technologies, combined with LINKdotNET’s long proven Arabisation expertise from the foundation form the foundation for the development of MSN Ararbia,” said Emre Berkin. “MSN Arabia will launch with an established user base, rich content and brilliant new services.”

Khaled Bichara, president and CEO of LINKdotNET, said that MSN Arabia had come at the right time with the huge growth of Internet usage in the region and the need for a more professional approach to the Web.
“We will be partnering with leading content and e-commerce providers in order to provide Arab users with the highest quality of localised, customised content and services,” he said.

The new service will be officially launched in September, and will be available at www.arabia.msn.com

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