Bloggies voting ends tomorrow

Public voting for this year's 'Bloggies' awards ends tomorrow. The five weblogs (or blogs) in the running for the competition's 'Best African or Middle Eastern Weblog' are My Marrakesh, Secret Dubai Diary, Healing Iraq, Dotty Rhino and Raising Yousuf, Unplugged.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 1, 2007

Voting for this year's 'Bloggies' weblog (a.k.a. ‘blog’) awards ends tomorrow. The five sites up for the competition's 'Best African or Middle Eastern Weblog' are My Marrakesh, Secret Dubai Diary, Healing Iraq, Dotty Rhino and Raising Yousuf, Unplugged. According to the longstanding competition’s rules and regulations, a 'weblog' is simply defined as any web page with dated entries. Public voting for the contest, which is open to any blog that existed for any period of time during 2006, began at the start of January this year. On January 15, 200 randomly selected voters then received an e-mail listing the weblogs that had received the most nominations in ten random categories, after which they had until 10:00pm on January 21 to privately submit their five favorites for each category. Public voting to decide the winner of each category's main and runner-up prize now runs up to and including tomorrow. The five shortlisted sites for the Middle East and Africa region begin with Secret Dubai Diary, a sometimes controversial, previously blocked UAE expat blog that examines everything to do with living and working in the Emirate. Healing Iraq meanwhile features daily news and comment on the situation in post-Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi dentist named Zeyad. Coming out of Africa, Marayam's My Marrakesh weblog details her and her American family's mission to build a guest house in the popular Moroccan city, whilst the fourth blog up for the MEA prize, Dotty Rhino, is the blog of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust based in Northern Tanzania. Last but not least, Raising Yousuf is Gaza-based Laila El-Haddad's blog. She is a Palestinian journalist who divides her time between Gaza and the United States, where Yousuf's father, a Palestinian refugee denied his right of return to Palestine resides. her blog is about, as she puts it, "the trials of raising our son between Gaza and the US, while working as a journalist, and everything that entails from potty training to border crossings". The winners of this year's Bloggies will be posted on the site on Monday, March 12.

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