Since launching in English 2005, the online news aggregator and blog Huffington Post has opened “sister sites” across the globe, beginning with a Canadian edition in 2011 and continuing with sites for the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and so forth. Today, the company launched yet another with the rollout of HuffPost Arabi, which founder Arianna Huffington says is the 14th international site that they have unveiled.
In her blog post, Huffington notes that the site will focus on the entirety of the Arab world, which they are terming as stretching from Mauritania to Oman, and include reports from independent journalists on topics such as politics, business, culture, religion, food, traditions, and “human stories. And they will also feature a daily set of videos on topics ranging from “how to get a job” to the funniest ads from Ramadan.
In addition to their news offerings, Huffington says that the new portal will feature blogs from Jordan’s Queen Rania (on importance of increasing Arabic footprint online), Syrian screenwriter Hakam Al Baba (post-Arab Spring confusion), Saudi Arabian TV personality Ali al-Dhafiri (Iran’s relationship with the region), and others.
Finally, YouTube is an indispensable part of life in many regions and Huffington notes that the Arab world is no different, with MENA ranking 2nd only to the United States in terms of video views. On that post, HuffPost Arabi intends to supplement their content with original videos from a dozen local “YouTubers”.