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Google opens its first regional office

Google has opened its first office in the region in Cairo, Egypt, as initially predicted by Arabian Computer News (ACN) last year.

Google has opened its first office in the region in Cairo, Egypt, as initially predicted by Arabian Computer News (ACN) last year. The branch has been set-up in part to support and promote recently launched Arabic language versions of Google News, Gmail and Google Earth, in addition to helping the firm better serve in general its Arabic-speaking users, advertisers and partners both in Egypt and throughout the MENA region. The president of Google’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Nikesh Arora, said: “MENA is a region with 300 million people, speaking the same language. We hope our products, and the Internet as a whole, will bring useful and beneficial tools to our Arabic users. We can see potential for industries like tourism and travel which are important to Egypt’s economy.” "We are pleased to open our latest office in Egypt, where we can draw from the highest quality talent and further help our users find the information they're looking for, and at the same time, help local and regional businesses succeed," Aroroa added. According to the Madar research cited by Google, internet use is growing rapidly in the MENA region, with 12.4 million users expected online in Egypt alone by the year 2010. A Google spokesperson interviewed last August by ACN's editorial team had suggested the office was due to open in November 2006.