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General Information
CategorySocial Networking
DescriptionArabic Hosting and Social Network




TOTAL $5.25M
Venture Round, 1/2006
Tiger Technology Global Management



Maktoob is an Arabic social network and web 2.0 group.

Maktoob was founded in the year 2000 as the world’s first free Arabic/English Web-based Email service, offering users a platform to send and receive E-mails in either language, regardless of their operating system. In the few years since, Maktoob has strategically grown to become an integrated group of companies and websites.

The network of sites includes, the world’s leading Arab portal with a market share of around 13 million unique users, as well as a range of companies and sites specialized in business and ecommerce in the MENA region.

Although the initial focus was on Arabic/English Web-based email services, quickly evolved to attract users toward a host of additional services.’s community services consist of email, discussion forums, news, blogs, chat , matrimonial services, games, mobile services, women content, sports content and a variety of other community and web 2.0 services.

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Above: Maktoob Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 5/26/10

Products is the first Arabic search engine on the internet offering advanced Arabic-language search capabilities and the latest, comprehensive, and more accurate coverage of the Arabic websites, to users worldwide; relying on the latest search and indexing technologies and the expertise of distinguished technology and language experts.

As a user-focused service, Araby provides a tool to search through specific verticals such as Videos, music, forums, Islam, blogs, and images, packed with a host of attractive features that include Advanced Search and the Arabic keyboard. The continuous efforts at Araby to offer a better service are shaping a new search experience in which the user needs are better understood and served in an intuitive and effective way.
Launch Date2005 is the largest e-commerce site in the Arab world operating a retail and marketplace model.

Established in 2005, and often tagged as the “Amazon of the Middle East”, has successfully pioneered online shopping in the region, meeting buyers and sellers’ needs with a best in class website and trusted payment and fulfillment solutions. Today attracts over 23 million visits per month, 6.2 million registered users, and is fast growing as more consumers shop online in the Arab world. features more than 400,000 products from international and local brands at competitive prices, in 15+ categories in consumer electronics, fashion, lifestyle, health and beauty, home and babies. offers a convenient and safe online shopping experience with online payments, option to pay cash on delivery and free returns.

Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, caters to the needs of local markets with commercial offices in Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and a technical and development center in Jordan and India.

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  1. SEC Watch: Yahoo Purchased Maktoob For $164 Million; By The Numbers ( [edit]
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