Arabian Business Web Index - October 2003 Report extends its strategy of working with third party content providers

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By  David Ingham Published  December 9, 2003

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ABQ Zawya has added content from the Econom-ist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to, its business portal. The EIU provides independent economic analysis and forecasts on 18 Arab countries.

The information that will be made available on will include country outlook, a concise analysis of each country's political and economic status; risk ratings; economic outlook and two year macroeconomic forecasts.

"We are proud to bring to our valuable subscribers one of the best sources of macroeconomic and political analysis and forecasts available," says Ihsan Jawad, business managing director, ABQ Zawya. The addition of EIU content to the zawya information platform will satisfy the increasing demand for intelligence at the country level."

"Over the past two years, zawya has become a robust and powerful information platform serving the corporate market in the Middle East and North Africa," adds Daniel Franklin, editorial director, EIU. "We are pleased that selected intelligence on 18 Arab countries, produced by our expert team, will now be available to zawya's clients."

In addition to its portal, ABQ Zawya provides corporate intelligence for corporate intranets and third party web sites. It has also been trying to move into paid for content with its Corporate Monitor service, which provides coverage of 9,000 organisations in the region.

Old media meets new in a tieup between Maktoob and ART, which plan to launch an interactive TV show catering to Arab lifestyle and culture. The programme will be aimed at a youth audience and its style of presentation will reflect that, according to the companies.

The aim of Maktoob's involvement is to support the show with an interactive mirror site containing discussion forums, surveys, downloads, behind the scenes footage, profiles of the presenters and so on. Viewers of the programme will be directed towards the site to take part in the show's forums and polls.

"The fact that all programs to be shown on this channel convey a positive message to the younger generation is the main reason we are actively supporting it," says Reem Madanat, content manager, Maktoob. "All programs advocate self-improvement and inspire better lifestyle choices."

Dubai Municipality and eGovER-nment have created an online payment facility that allows residents of Dubai to complete various transactions online without having to physically visit Dubai Municipality's offices. The ePay service allows customers to pay certain bills and invoices online using a Visa or MasterCard credit card or through an e-dirham smart card, with a facility for account to account bank transfers to be added shortly. "The success of our e-government initiative is reflected in the rising number of online transactions on a daily basis. Now that the online payment service is in place, we are confident that there will be a rise in customers paying bills online," says Hussein Lootah, head of the e-government committee. Initially, fourteen services are supported by the e-Pay service. Another four services, including parking fines and Dubai Central Laboratories Services, are to be added to the list shortly.

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No. of new visitors in period: A count of visitors who have not at any time been logged by the Web tracking software.

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