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Within the framework of the project "Promotion of the Digital Arabic Content Industry through Incubation" which was initiated in 2007, UN-ESCWA, in collaboration with selected technology incubators in the region, organized several national competitions to incubate the best digital Arabic content (DAC) projects during the second half of 2008. The competition was open to young entrepreneurs as well as university and college graduates who have a project idea or a concept that would contribute to the development of the DAC industry.

The main aims of the DAC competition are:

  • encouraging university graduates to work in the DAC domain in view of its importance and the available market opportunities;

  • instigating entrepreneurs and guiding them towards new investment opportunities;

  • raising awareness on the importance of DAC and promoting this industry in the region.


Final Results

The DAC Competition in Yemen was launched by UN-ESCWA in cooperation with the Aden ICT Incubator between 19 July and 21 August 2008. A total of eighteen proposals were received as participants to the competition.

Participants were evaluated through a two-phased evaluation process undertaken by UN-ESCWA, Aden ICT Incubator in addition to selected experts and professionals from the ICT field. Three projects were selected as winners. Winning the first place was the Aden Tourism Portal, the Electronic Mediator came in second, and the E-Learning project got the third place.

The Aden Tourism Portal is a comprehensive and interactive touristic portal on Aden governorate. The project was proposed by Amal Al-Sakkaf, Dalal Mohamad, Sally Mohamad, Enas Awlaki and Farida Mehren.

The Electronic Mediator is an online mediator for services such as employment, project funding and real estate. The project was proposed by Omaima Bahaidara, Mohamad Rashed, Rana Anwar, Sabreen Nasher and Rawya Abdel Kader.

The E-Learning project aims to present a comprehensive education management system used for online registration and class management coupled with an online digital library. The project was proposed by Walid Al-Homry.

All projects were awarded an incubation period of one year which started on the first of November 2008 at the Aden ICT Incubator.


The Information and Communication Technology Division at UN-ESCWA in cooperation with the newly inaugurated Aden ICT Incubator, launched the Digital Arabic Content Competition in Yemen on 19 July 2008. The event took place at Mohammad Ali Loqman Conference Hall, Aden University, Khor Maksar and included presentations on the importance and opportunities of the digital Arabic content industry, the competition and submission modalities, and services that will be provided by the ICT Incubator for winning projects.

The deadline for all eligible and interested parties was set on 21 August 2008.


Announcement      [Arabic]  [English]
Application Form   [Arabic]  [English]

Launching Event Documents

Agenda   [Arabic]  [English]
The Importance and Opportunities of the Digital Arabic Content  [Arabic]
The Digital Arabic Content Competition: Scope and Application Modalities  [Arabic]

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