Arabian Business / Accenture Web Index - October 2002 Report

Newcomers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan join the Index; Maktoob launches an online matchmaking service

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By  David Ingham Published  December 16, 2002

Newcomers swell the ranks of the Web Index|~||~||~|Click here to view the Arabian Business/Accenture Web Index for October 2002"

The Web Index is delighted to welcome three newcomers this month: Jeeran, Qaradawi and Saudia Online. Clarendon Parker also returns after a brief absence forced by the web site's relaunch.

Jeeran is a Jordan-based Web hosting community for Arabs that offers online Web building tools. It supplies its own data for the time being, but says that it intends to work towards joining the verified category. Its reported unique visitor number - 485,123 for the month of October - is certainly impressive.

Qaradawi.net is a web site that carries the thoughts and views of the moderate Egyptian Islamic thinker and philosopher, Al Qaradawi. Saudia-Online is, as the name suggests, a site dedicated to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with news, a directory and general information on the country.

The continued absence of maktoob, due to a major technical overhaul, means that Planetarabia remains the site with the highest number of unique visitors. The Web Index is also working with MSN Arabia to ensure that it comes on broad soon.

It was a relatively quiet month for news on the regional dot-com and internet front. Perhaps all the excitement of Gitex left everyone in need of a rest in November.

Developments included Maktoob's announcement of Mabrook, what could be described as an online matchmaking service. According to the press release, the new service aims to complement the 'traditional methods of finding life-partners, a task usually managed by the elders of the family.'

"Mabrook further underlines Maktoob.com's mission to play an important role, both at home and in the community," says Reem Madanat, content manager at Maktoob.

"Our latest service conforms to the conservative attitudes and religious sentiments in the region and, in the coming months, will prove to be an invaluable service to adult Arab people desirous of getting married." For a small fee, a Mabrook registrant fills out a form with questions that aim to accurately assess their personality and establish what they seek in a future husband/wife.

Mabrook then searches its database to match the registrant with someone who has those specific requirements. A registrant's personal information is not disclosed to a third party.

In other news, Emirates Internet and Multimedia (EIM), the ISP business unit of Etisalat, announced a partnership with UAEmall.com to provide an online shopping solution via Albahhar.com, EIM's internet portal. The new site will be branded as 'EIM Shopping Channel' and will acquire its content from UAEmall.com.

The EIM Shopping Channel will aim to provide a range of products online from leading suppliers throughout the region and abroad. The site will have five dedicated channels: a computer channel, software channel, telephones and mobiles, music and DVDs, and the 'e-shop' channel.

Click here to view the Arabian Business/Accenture Web Index for October 2002"

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||**||Web Glossary|~||~||~|Ranking in category by page views: Web sites are ranked according to the total number of page views reported in the sample period.

URL: Internet address of the Web site.

Site description: Web site owners have submitted their own descriptions. These have been edited by Arabian Business.com due to space constraints.

Site category: Categories have been formed by Arabian Business.com for the purpose of comparing Web sites in a like-with-like environment.

Total number of visits in period: The cummulative total of visits to a site in the specified period. A person visiting more than once in the sample period will be counted every time that person visits. Visitors to a site for a prolonged period, i.e. opens a Web site and leaves that site open on his machine all day, can count as several visitor sessions in that day. Web tracking software can effectively call a visitor session closed if it remains inactive for a predefined period.

Average duration of visitor session in period: The time taken between entering a site and leaving a site.

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

No. of unique visitors per month: Unique visitors are counted using the visitor's IP address, domain name, or cookie.

No. of page impressions in period: A count of hits to pages defined as documents or forms by the Web tracking software. In most, but not all cases, a cick to a new page within a Web site will count as a single additional page impression. The supporting graphics on pages are not counted.

Sample period: The dates during which the log data was generated.

Verified by: Note of whether the visitor data has been checked by Arabian Business.com and Accenture or whether the site owner has supplied data without independent verification.

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