As an Arabic speaking professional, I know only too well the importance of conducting business in our local language. Language is, after all, essential to every aspect of our lives. We use it to inform the people around us of how we feel, what we want, and it helps us understand the world.
At LinkedIn, we understand how important it is for professionals to have a platform to communicate in their own language. And as LinkedIn’s very first employee in the region back in 2012, to be able to announce today that our members can now access LinkedIn in Arabic fills me with utter pride.
The launch of LinkedIn in Arabic will allow hundreds of millions of Arabic speaking professionals to connect to people, knowledge, and opportunities around the world. More than 14 million LinkedIn members work and live in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region already, and as a region in which a great deal of business is conducted in Arabic, it will also have a big impact on companies using LinkedIn to hire, market and sell.
The addition of Arabic brings the total number of language options on LinkedIn to 24. It is the first right-to-left language that we have added to our portfolio – this posed a unique technical challenge which is why we are especially excited to make it available to our members.
New LinkedIn members can now sign up for LinkedIn in Arabic by visiting LinkedIn.com and registering for a new account. LinkedIn members who have been using the site in English can switch their language settings to Arabic, should they wish to do so, by following this link.
For more information, check out LinkedIn.com/Arabic.