Posted by Neil King
Yahoo! Middle East has continued its regional expansion with the opening of new offices in Dubai and Amman.
The move comes after Yahoo! Middle East acquired Maktoob.com, the leading online community in the Arab world, with more than 19 million unique users, in August 2009.
According to the Jordan Times, the offices present a spacious and fun environment, providing staff with many luxurious amenities like table tennis, Nintendo Wii machines and cafes with TVs and satellite connections.
The acquisitions are part of Yahoo!'s wider strategy to grow its business in some of the world's emerging markets by connecting consumers with important online services in their local language.
Plans are now being finalised for the official brand launch of Yahoo! Maktoob later this year.
Ahmad Nassef, vice-president of Yahoo! Middle East, said: "These two offices reflect our commitment to the region and will offer vital support for our activity and growth over the coming year."
Last week, the UAE's Institute of Applied Technology announced it has agreed a deal with technology giant Intel for the development of an advanced e-learning curriculum in the country's schools.