YouTube launches Arabic version

Video-sharing website YouTube launches Arabic-language interface.

The YouTube homepage appears on a screen in Washington on September 3, 2010. Google-owned videosharing website YouTube is expected to turn a profit this year on revenue of 450 million dollars, The New York Times reported Friday. The newspaper, in an article about the rise of advertising on YouTube, said the site's revenue has more than doubled each year for the last three years.     AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM
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Skateboarding dogs, sneezing pandas and countless other internet offerings are now a little more accessible in the Middle East after the launch of YouTube in Arabic. The video-sharing website has launched its long-awaited Arabic-language interface in what could bolster the site's already strong user base in the region. YouTube's parent company Google, which bought the site for US$1.65 billion (Dh6.06bn) in 2006, confirmed the launch of the Arabic service.

"We are always looking for ways to improve the online video experience for our incredibly diverse global community," Google said. "By offering the YouTube site in Arabic we both acknowledge and celebrate our global roots, while enabling a new group of people to engage with YouTube videos and enjoy our platform in their language." YouTube is the second most popular website in Saudi Arabia and the third most popular in Egypt, the internet traffic monitor Alexa.com says.