Magazine article Screen International

Abu Dhabi Media Summit: How to Get Arabic Content Online

Magazine article Screen International

Abu Dhabi Media Summit: How to Get Arabic Content Online

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At today's Abu Dhabi Media Summit session, Sami Mustafa Mubarak and Mina Nagy Takla, the co-founders of Taghreedat, illustrated their revolutionary plans for putting Arab content front and central on the internet.

At present, it is estimated that only 3% of the total content on the internet is in Arabic. However, there are now moves to transform the Arab digital landscape - and, in particular, to move away from the dependency on English language and to translate social media terms into Arabic for the very first time.

The Taghreedat founders have struck a number of strategic alliances to ensure that Arabic content is enriched. Their high-profile partners include Twitter, the Wikimedia Foundation, Storify and TED.

"With these four international partnerships, we are trying to drive the cause of Arab digital content internationally and not just upgrade the region. …

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