Vera Illugadóttir
Last updated: 12 December, 2012

It’s better in Arabic: Google promotes Arabic-language web content

Arabic is one of the fastest-growing languages on the Internet. Yet there’s still room for improvement — despite the millions of Arabic speakers around the world, only around 3% of all Internet content is in Arabic.

To bridge this gap, Google and a host of other companies and organisations have teamed up to launch Arabic Web Days, a month-long (from November 20 to December 20) initiative to promote Arabic-language content on the web. 

Among the other partners and supporters of Arabic Web Days are Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, Al-Arabiya, the Qatar Computing Research Institute and the Egyptian Ministry of Education. 

Arabic Web Days will feature events both offline — including lectures, meetups and training courses in Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE — and of course online, such as hangouts on Google+ for tips on creating Arabic web content.

In this promotional video, some notable Arabs explain why “it’s better in Arabic” (Understandably, the video is in Arabic only.)

For more information about the initiative and how to participate, check out the Arabic Web Days site or in English, the official Google blog.