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Google unveils web site design app for Arab users

Internet search giant says using application is as simple as editing a document.

Google unveils web site design app for Arab users
ERIC SCHMIDT: Google chairman and CEO. (Getty Images)

Internet search giant Google announced on Wednesday the launch of an Arabic version of Google Sites - a free application it claims will make the creation of a web site as simple as editing a document.

Available to consumer, education and business users, the application will enable people to quickly gather a variety of information in one place - including videos, calendars, presentations, photos, attachments, gadgets and text - and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organisation, or the world.

"The Internet has become the primary means of communication for many organisations, businesses, and individuals in their everyday lives," said Wael Ghonim, regional marketing manager MENA.

"Making Google Sites available in Arabic means Arab users can create a customised and sharable site within minutes, without using even a line of code. All it takes to start a new page is just one click."

Creating and editing a set of pages in a Google site requires no knowledge of HTML or web design skills.

All content is instantly searchable, and Google Sites is accessible through any web browser.

Google also confirmed the launch of four new Arabic editions of Google News for Egypt, Lebanon, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Users in these countries can now access Google News editions specific to their country and get the latest headlines on topics such as politics, business, sports, entertainment and more.

Like all Google News editions, the computer-generated Arabic editions aggregate headlines from thousands of news outlets around the world, group similar stories together and link directly to the original sources that publish these stories.

This enables users to search for topics they're interested in, and read a wide variety of perspectives from different sources. It also enables publishers to expand their reach to a wider audience, thus increasing traffic to their site.

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