On June 12 at the W Hotel, the Digital Doha Summit activities kicked off , an event sponsored by Forum One Communications, that had brought together technology enthusiasts to talk about big ideas and online trends as the mobile web, website usability and open source content management. Mr. Rami Al-Karmi the CEO of N2Vlabs – The group’s growth accelerator and investment arm at N2V – was invited to deliver the Digital Doha Summit opening session keynote.
Top executives and experts from the industry participated as attendees and speakers at the Digital Doha Summit. Participants and experts were from various leading entities including: ictQATAR, Netizency, Forum One, MADA, Al Jazeera Network, Silatech, Fakhro, Reach Out To Asia, Al Jazeera New Media Department, IREX, Aspetar, MEEZA, and many more,
Al-Karmi shared some enlightening statistics on the online social networks in the region, he urged the digital sector to encourage business leaders in the digital field to push the adoption of social media and digital channels as integral parts of their core day-to-day operations.
“Qatar has a 66% Facebook penetration, making it number one in Arabia and the fifth worldwide, there is a golden opportunity in Qatar that should not be missed”, he said. Facebook has a 44% penetration rate among the 58 million Internet users in the Arabic region, where the social networks present around 88% of the internet usage.
AlKarmi also mentioned that he was pleased to be a part of the summit, which is in line with the core belief of N2V to support the growth of digital Arabia.
During the summit sessions the experts and speakers shared with the attendees practical examples inspired by the opening keynote session, they talked about how Arab websites should abide by best practices, also they touched on the need to implement mobile friendly interfaces for those websites from day one, in addition to a set of practical steps (checklist) that must be implemented immediately once they return to their offices to benefit from the digital opportunity in the Arab World.
Worthy of note, N2Vlabs represents the growth acceleration engine and investment arm at N2V Group, specifically focused on growing none stage specific consumer web and mobile ventures. N2V is one of the largest investment companies in Arabia, focused on value creation through building and investing in Arabic consumer web & mobile ventures (e-commerce, digital publishing, social media, games, mobile apps, web forums, and user generated content), with over 200 employees spread in offices around different Arab countries and USA