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
instigating entrepreneurs and guiding them towards
new investment opportunities;
awareness on the importance of DAC and promoting
this industry in the region.
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
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.
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]
The Importance and Opportunities
of the Digital Arabic Content [Arabic]
The Digital Arabic Content
Competition: Scope and Application Modalities