Skype launches Arabic website

Arabic version of Skype site intended to make it easier for Arabic speakers to connect

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Skype launches Arabic website Skype's website is now available in Arabic.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 22, 2009

Skype has announced that it has launched an Arabic version of its website.

The translated web site is intended to make it easier for Arabic speakers to download the Skype application, and use its services, which include free voice and video calls to other Skype users, file sharing and instant messaging.

Users can also make cheap calls to non-Skype users mobile phones and landlines.

The service is blocked in many Gulf countries, including Oman and the UAE, to protect the profits of government-owned telecos, although the service is available in Bahrain, where Skype is planning to open its first Middle East office.

"At this special time of year, we are delighted to give Arabic speaking people the opportunity to connect in more meaningful ways without having to worry about time, distance or cost," said Rouzbeh H. Pasha, head of emerging markets at Skype. "We hope to enable more Arabic friends and families feel closer when they are miles apart."

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