Tuesday, May 31, 2011

National Geographic Magazine: The Arabic Version

This is an article I wrote for elan Magazine.

Since the very first issue in 1888, and for over 120 years of its establishment, the National Geographic Magazine has bestowed its knowledge-passionate readers with exceptional on-ground and first-hand reports and photos about planet earth, its nature, its beauty, its inhabitants, and the outer space that surrounds the blue planet. It has delved deep into the forgotten history of nations, and it has been the emblem of professional scientific research, towards which millions of dollars were spent. The magazine has been printed in over 30 languages. And finally, the year 2010 witnessed the breakthrough of an Arabic version of this invaluable treasure.

The initiative to publish the magazine was undertaken by Abu Dhabi Media Company, which is based in the UAE. The same elegance and eloquence of the English version is nicely reflected in its Arabic sister, thus defining a new age for Arab readers who have been thirsty for knowledge but for many years were unfortunate for the lack of serious scientific resources or publications in Arabic. Another reflection in this magazine is the Arab generosity represented in the DVDs which are distributed for free with each issue, and which present some valuable National Geographic Channel’s programs dubbed into Arabic and aired regularly on the National Geographic Abu Dhabi channel.

read the rest of the article on this link.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Internet is Killing the Planet... Really??

According to this infograph, statistics show that data centers are consuming so much energy that is enough to power up a country. The more we use the internet to search via Google, the more CO2 emissions are spread. Very interesting infograph and a bit annoying. What do you think??

Earth Day Infographic

Infographic via: Wordstream

Thursday, April 21, 2011

How to Land a Job Using Social Media

The word "social" used to have a well-known connotation that was geared towards our human interaction between each other. This interaction was channeled through different mediums and methods throughout the different ages. The word "social," however, has acquired an entirely different meaning in the technological age. With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and many more "social media" sites, the definition of being social now has a new significance.

Social media sites have enabled us to connect and become more powerful in ways never approached before. The more networking we do, the better our chances will become meeting new people, finding valuable opportunities, and landing dream jobs. One of the very effective modern methods to land a job is by utilizing the power of social media sites and their tools. This article introduces some of the methods based on observation, extensive reading and a personal experience.

Build Your "Social CV"

For a long time, job seekers have had to go through the trouble of finding a professional CV-writing method in order to reflect their true potentials. Though this is still necessary especially for recruiting companies that have not gone "social" yet, many sites have introduced innovative and efficient approaches towards building a professional online CV. For example, millions of worldwide professionals have utilized LinkedIn to enhance their chances of visibility. According to a very interesting infographic, the site's members have exceeded 100 million people worldwide, and the number is on the rise. Having a profile on LinkedIn increases your chances of visibility exponentially. Pay attention to how you build your CV on this site because it reflects your attitude. Use every tool available, such as skills and recommendations. Expand your network to include middle and high profile professionals. Join professional groups and search for jobs and companies that are of interest to you. Use your profile to apply for jobs instead of merely sending a CV in a Word document or other formats. LinkedIn has become a viable alternative to your documented CV. So utilize it well!

Tweet Your Interests!

Twitter has a large base of users, and it is a very popular site that has grown exponentially over the years. More than 200 million people use this site. Though it might look more personal than otherwise, professionals and companies alike have turned to using this valuable site in huge numbers. But how can you personally use Twitter to find a job? Well, you need to build your Twitter profile first. Make it reflect your interests. Use eye-catching graphics and background. Tweet your interests. Put a link to your LinkedIn profile or your online CV. Follow interesting and influential people and companies. Establish relationships and conversations by re-tweeting and mentioning. And most importantly, search for companies that are tweeting jobs. Use hashtags (#) before your search terms. Search for recruiting companies that are using Twitter to post jobs. In other words, be active and you will find worthy results.

Facebook! Yes Indeed!

With more than 500 million users worldwide, Facebook could be considered a country by itself. This "online country" is valuable and useful in multiple ways. Though the site is not meant to build a business-looking profile like LinkedIn, job seekers can use it to search for jobs that are announced and posted by companies and groups. There are many groups in your area that offer recruiting services and which have Facebook profiles. You can also search for the pages of companies of your interest, and then be up-to-date with their activities, their jobs postings and their latest requirements. In addition, put a link to your LinkedIn profile or your online CV on your Facebook page. Let your Facebook friends and buddies know that you are looking for a job. The chances are that your friends might know a company which is in need of a person of your qualifications. The word of mouth on Facebook can be very effective, especially if you have a large base of connections and friends.

To summarize, social media has become a serious business that can be utilized for numerous reasons and purposes. The more you create good visibility of your talents, skills and experience, the better the chances will be for you to land your dream job. Integrating all your social media profiles is essential. Unify your communication message, and be consistent. And always, try to utilize social media tools the best way possible.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Value of Linkedin (Infographic)

Linkedin is "the Facebook of business" as this infographic tells us. The site has grown exponentially over the past several years, and its membership count has reached over 100 million people and professionals worldwide. Source is www.onlinemba.com.

The Value of Being LinkedIn
[Source: Online MBA]

Saturday, April 9, 2011

And The Winner of Arabs Got Talent is ...

Finally the first season of the new entertainment show, Arabs Got Talent, has drawn to a close. The finale was very interesting and full of professional and semi-professional acts and performances done by different Arab entertainers. The first season had its pitfalls and shortcomings, but the upside of it is it showed that the Arab world is full of worthy talents and entertainers. The winner is the Egyptian Amr Katamesh with his "Halamenteeshi Poetry".

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Google's April Fool: Gmail Motion

Got pranked this year yet? Google's April fool for this year is funny, and to a large degree, credible and believable. Google has always amazed me for their ability to bring new things to the technology table. Opening your gmail with your body movements is a nice idea, but watch out guys! This is a hoax :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Qatar: A World Destination

This is the article I wrote for Elan Magazine.

Summer or winter, cold or hot, it doesn’t matter. Qatar has delivered serious plans to host the soccer World Cup in 2022. Summer temperatures could arise to 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit), yet international fans will be able to enjoy the cool breezes thanks to the stadiums air-conditioning technology.

December 2nd, 2010 was a day history will remember. In a brave move by the governing body of soccer, FIFA, Qatar was voted to be the host country of the internationally viewed soccer event, the World Cup; this single step will change the perception of soccer, forever. The same love, passion and skill set the Arab players show year after year has been acknowledged.

After preparing and delivering a professional campaign that included high profile football celebrities, such as Zinedine Zidane, Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola to name a few, and the dedication of top Qatari personalities to the issue; Qatar beat the United States by 14 votes to 8. According to The Telegraph, millions of dollars were spent for the communication campaign in order to win the votes of the members of the FIFA Executive Committee.

To view the complete article, you can click on this link.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Arabs Got Talent - Fayha Choir

Nice harmony and blending of Western vs. Eastern music..

How Are We Spending Our Money Online (Infographic)

Source of this information is: www.mycouponcodes.com.

Online Shopping Around The World: How We Spend Our Money Online
Online Spending Infographic By My Coupon Codes

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Is Arabic Becoming Extinct?

This is the article I wrote for elan Magazine.

The evolution of languages is an everlasting process. Since the dawn of humanity, mankind has sought to communicate in various ways. The invention of languages, whether written or spoken, was a milestone in our progress as human beings towards a civilized society. The case with the Arabic language is not different. A Semitic language with over 280 million native speakers spread mainly in the Arab World, Arabic has witnessed major challenges throughout its history. These challenges are a direct threat to the identity of Arabs and the practical use of Arabic in general.

To view the the complete article, you can click on this link.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Video of the Japan Tsunami

Earthquakes, tsunamis and natural disasters remind us all of the vulnerability of human beings. This video shows it all. May God help the victims and the survivors.