Google exploring Mideast markets – Currently in Beyrouth

27Mar09

google_lebanonGoogle representatives Mohammad Gawdat, center, Google’s managing director for emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa, speaks in an interview with The Associated Press, as Gisel Hiscock, left, Google’s director New Biz development for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Ahmad S. Hamzawi, right, Google’s engineering manager in Middle East and North Africa, look on at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beyrouth, Lebanon, Thursday, March 26, 2009. The Middle East and North Africa is a tremendous technological market and could possibly be the largest region when it comes to Internet penetration growth in 2010, members of a high-ranking Google Inc. delegation said Thursday. (AP Photo/Grace Kassab)

The Middle East and North Africa, where Internet usage is relatively low compared to Europe and the U.S., could see a large growth in Internet penetration rates in 2010, said members of a Google delegation touring the region Thursday.

The four-member delegation is on a fact-finding mission in the Arab world to gauge business opportunities. They have already visited the West Bank and are currently in Lebanon in a tour that will also take them to Jordan, Egypt, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

“The Middle East and North Africa hold a very high possibility to be the largest growth region in 2010” when it comes to Internet penetration, said Mohammad Gawdat, Google’s managing director for emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa, during an interview in Beyrouth.



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