Online media syndication portal launched for ME

A new portal, launched by Dubai e-Government along with Dar Al Sada Press, offers photographs and news content on Arab history and current issues to media organisations online.

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By  Vijaya George Published  June 24, 2002

A new portal has been launched by Dubai e-Government along with publishing house Dar Al Sada Press to offer Arab-centric photographs, news, editorial contents and archival video clips online to media organisations across the globe.The Web site includes photographs of the history of the UAE as well as the rest of the Arab world, with the objective of becoming the leading content provider to media organisations.

“We are pleased to support and work closely with the ViewArabia.com venture because this initiative is in keeping with our objective of facilitating business enterprises and empowering businesses, governments and citizens by maximizing benefits from technology,” stated Salem Al Shair, director of e-Services, Dubai e-Government. “Our endeavour is to ensure that all community groups move away from the conventional methods to electronic services.

“ViewArabia.com is the first portal to set up a system that brings content and photographs of Arab history, culture, development and current affairs on a single platform, thus filling a vacuum that was felt for a long time in this region. This venture will not only provide easy access to Arab-specific content but also help correct the imbalance in the coverage of Arab issues by providing authentic and original commentary on happenings in the Arab world,” added Al Shair.

As part of the agreement, Dubai e-government will provide ViewArabia.com with access to its Government Information Network (GIN), which facilitates a fast and secure system for online services.

Speaking on the occasion, Saif Al Marri, general manager, Dar Al Sadastated that the portal was the first Arabic Web site to offer video clips that media organisations could use in their documentary films and advertisements. “We have put together a system that makes it extremely easy for exchange of material between the provider and the recipient in a highly professional and secure manner.

The requested material, which is available at attractive rates, can be either directly downloaded after signing a deal, or we can send it by ordinary mail, depending on the buyer’s preference,” explained Al Marri. He added that the portal would also be open to content providers, photographers, artists, freelancers and local writers to post their material. “ViewArabia.com is the ideal platform for creative people and intellectuals who did not so far have the tools to market their intellectual property. We are committed to fulfill this role of becoming a bridge between them and media organisations from around the world,” added Al Marri.

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