LinkedIn has announced the launch of its Arabic version. The announcement was made at an event held today at the company’s new regional headquarters in Dubai, and keynoted by Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer of the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi (twofour54).
Speaking at the event, HE Noura Al Kaabi, “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 240 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 – the first bi-directional language on LinkedIn – 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.
“We already have more than 14 million members here in the MENA region using LinkedIn in English. The launch of an Arabic version will provide a more relevant experience to our members and customers in the region,” said Ali Matar, Head of LinkedIn MENA Talent Solutions.
“This will open up opportunities for hundreds of millions of Arabic speaking professionals to connect and engage with other professionals and employers across the world, and for companies to find and attract the best talent, connect their brand with our audience, and engage with their customers,” continued Matar.
New members can now sign up for LinkedIn in Arabic by visiting the site and registering a new account. LinkedIn members who have been using the site in English can switch their language settings to Arabic, should they wish to do so, by following this link http://linkd.in/changelanguage