Launches Middle East Job Search Application on Facebook® Platform

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Over 42 million Facebook users worldwide can now view and apply for job opportunities in the Middle East. (, the Middle East's leading online recruitment firm, today announced the launch of its online job search application on Facebook Platform. The move enables over 42 million Facebook users worldwide to view, search, recommend or apply for job opportunities with employers in the Gulf and throughout the Arab world.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Web 2.0 Summit, the annual gathering of global technology leaders in San Francisco, Managing Director Yasser Hatami said "The Gulf region relies heavily on international talent, with over 50% of its current workforce consisting of expatriates. The launch of this job search application on the Facebook Platform will bring the region into closer contact with the professional community worldwide."

He further added "We are making it easier for Facebook users to find job opportunities in the Middle East, while also providing Gulf-based employers with unparalleled access to a global talent pool, at a time when attraction of top talent has become every business's top priority."

Facebook offers an efficient way for people to stay connected with their friends and others who live, work or study around them. The California-based company recently launched Facebook Platform, a development platform that enables companies and engineers to integrate with Facebook and gain access to millions of users.

While the vast majority of Facebook users reside outside the Middle East, the site also enjoys a significant following within the region - including among both nationals as well as expatriates. Based on data from Alexa, the web information company, Facebook ranks among the top ten most popular sites in most Arab countries. In some countries, such as Lebanon, the site has reached the number one position, ahead of Google, the world's most popular search engine.

Facebook ranking among most visited websites

Lebanon    1
Jordan 3
Egypt 3
Kuwait 8
Bahrain    8
Qatar 9
Oman 10
Saudi Arabia 11

Source: Alexa (October 2007) is the first Middle Eastern business to launch an application on Facebook Platform and the first jobsite outside Europe and North America to do so.

Commenting on recent speculation about a possible ban on Facebook in certain countries, Hatami added "Despite concerns in parts of the Middle East about sites such as Facebook, we believe that these sites can add tremendous value to our region by accelerating the public adoption of value-adding online applications - such as the employment service has just launched on Facebook Platform."

Headquartered in Dubai, ( is the Middle East's leading internet recruitment portal for experienced professionals, covering Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. is currently used by over 400,000 registered professionals and several thousand employers across the Arab world.

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