The Middle East and North Africa is a fast growing region for LinkedIn, growing from five million members in October 2012 to more than 14 million today.
LinkedIn, a leading professional network on the Internet with more than 347 million members, has launched its Arabic version, the company said in a statement.
The announcement was made at an event and keynoted by Noura Al Kaabi, chief executive officer of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi (twofour54).
Speaking at the event, Noura Al Kaabi said: “The launch of LinkedIn Arabic is a significant step towards strengthening the Arabic media sector, developing local content and nurturing Arabic talent. LinkedIn Arabic will enable greater communication among individuals and major companies within the region and support career building efforts with the ability to search for opportunities that fit with their skills and potential.”
“Arabic is spoken by over 300 million of the global population, more than French and Portuguese, yet it is underrepresented on the Internet. As speakers of this great language, it is our duty to be proactive, collaborate and strengthen the content available online in our language, and to initiate new sites and platforms, such as LinkedIn Arabic, that will cater for Arab youth and the generations to come. I commend those driving the development of LinkedIn’s Arabic initiative and wish them every success in developing this socially-significant, Arabic-led tool,” she added.
The launch of Arabic brings the total number of languages available to 24. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a fast growing region for LinkedIn, growing from five million members in October 2012 when the company opened their local office in Dubai, to more than 14 million today.