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As online video continue to grow in popularity in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi YouTube channels have begun to mature, and MBC and Yahoo have put forward strong digital offerings. Demand from advertisers is growing and driving monetization through product placement, branded content, and content creation directly for brands. ArabNet Riyadh will explore online video monetization trends, as well as how the Saudi YouTubers are diversifying their content and growing their revenues.


A thriving digital media industry depends on growing advertising budgets from marketing directors at local and international brands. These marketeers are increasingly dedicated larger parts of their budget and thinking to marketing on digital platforms, growing the region’s digital ad spend 35% last year. ArabNet Riyadh will explore how brand managers are setting their digital strategies, what their priorities are and how they are collaborating with agencies.


Online sports portals, like Kooora and Yallakora, are some of the most popular and fastest growing sites in the MENA. Riding this interest, Saudi entrepreneurs have developed their own apps, like Matches and Octoboot, which create locally-relevant content and services to engage sports fans. With 43% of MENA’s social media users discussing sports, ArabNet Riyadh will highlight the latest trends and opportunities in this domain.


Instagram is one of the fastest growing social platforms today, with more than 90M active users posting 40M photos per day. In Saudi Arabia and the GCC, Instagram has emerged as a mobile commerce channel, with popular stores, often run by ladies from home, reaching tens and hundreds of thousands of followers. ArabNet Riyadh will explore the trend of Instagram e-commerce and it’s potential to grow into a significant part of the Arab e-commerce industry.


Traditional bulletin-style Forums continue to attract tremendous traffic across the MENA and especially in Saudi Arabia - according to Ipsos, 30% of MENA internet users visit Forums each month. ArabNet Riyadh will investigate what makes Forums so compelling for users, how the Forums are moderated, and how brands can engage the communities in Forums.


According to Ipsos, 38% of Saudi Arabia’s online population are consuming online or mobile games. The massive demand in MENA has attracted the interest of global players, like Gamelof and Ubisoft, as well as regional and local developers. ArabNet Riyadh will explore the latest developments in online gaming and will highlight 8 promising games recently developed by Arab companies in the Battle of the Games.


Cash on delivery is still the preferred method of payment for most e-commerce buyers in MENA, reaching up to 70% according to Aramex. However, new payment gateways are emerging that are working to solve this and increase trust in online transactions. ArabNet Riyadh will tackle the latest trends in online payments and how to unlock the potential of e-commerce in Saudi Arabia.


The Arab world needs to created 75M jobs by 2020, and digital entrepreneurship is gaining increasing interest from the public sector as a strong avenue for job creation. Investor interest in digital startups is also increasingly rapidly, with total funds invested in MENA growing from $18M in 2011 to $75M+ in 2012. ArabNet Riyadh will bring together Saudi Arabia’s leading entrepreneurship stakeholders, as well as regional investors, to discuss the state of entrepreneurship and investing..


Social Media has become an essential part of any company's digital communication strategy, as 65% of MENA’s internet users have 4 or more social media accounts. ArabNet Riyadh will presents a series of back-to-back case studies and research, produced by rising regional social media agencies and brands, with particular emphasis on emerging platforms including Instagram, Keek and others.

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Abdulaziz Al Shalan Marketing Manager, C3 Films
Abdulaziz AlMusaireae Founder, Octboot.com
Abduljabbar Al-Abduljabbar Executive President, Naseej
Abdulla Al Barrak Director, Suhub
Ahmad Jadallah Director of Development - Games and Media, Semanoor International
Alexandra Tohme Marketing and Acquisition, MENA, Palringo
Ali Al Hazmi Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Sabq.org
Amira Rashad Head of Media and Channels, Yahoo!
Amrow Hijazi Marketing Director, Hewlett Packard
Baher Esmat VP, Stakeholder Engagement - Middle East, ICANN
Bander Asiri Co-Founder & Managing Director, Cehail Digital Advertising
Daniel Neuwirth Co-founder, Shahiya.com
Dirk Henke Managing Director Eastern Europe, Middle-East & Africa, Criteo
Eisa Atawi Founder & CEO, Ibtikar Technologies
Elie Nasr Co-Founder and Managing Partner, FOO
Esra Assery Co-founder and CEO, eTree
Eyad Alkassar Founder & Managing Director, Middle East, Rocket Internet
Eyad Siyam Online Marketing Accounts Manager, The Marketing Department
Fahad Bahdailah Director of Marketing & Communications, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Emerging Markets, MasterCard Worldwide
Fahed Moubarak Regional Sales Director, GCC , Maddict
Faisal Al Saif Founder & CEO, Tech Pills Production
Faris Alrashed Chairman and Founder, Oqal group
Fawzi Rahal Founder, CEO, Gamutt
Firas Otaibi Co-Founder, Kharabeesh
Fouad Al Farhan Co-founder, Rawaq
Foz AlKhalyawi Founder, My Recipes Cooks2012
Haitham Nabil Product Manager, Yallakora
Hani AlGhofaily Director of E-media Department, AlRiyadh Newspaper
Hashim AlNabulsi Head of Western Region, Saudi Venture Capital Investment Company
Hassan Hamdan Head of FrootApps, Optimal Technology Solutions (OTS)
Hassan Kabbani CEO , Zain
Hosam Alqurashi Vice President of Marketing & External Affairs, Al-Nahdi Medical Company
Jambu Palaniappan Head of EMEA Expansion, Uber Technologies, Inc.
Jameela Mohammed Ali Founder, Yummy Cakes
Karim El Khoury Founder & CEO, ViaMobile
Karim Saade Sports Marketing Director , Intigral
Kaswara Al Khatib Founder and Chairman, UTurn Entertainmnet
Khaldoon Tabaza Founder & Managing Director, iMENA Holdings
Khaled Adas Strategic Relationship Manager, MENA, Intel Corporation
Khalid AlKaf CEO and Managing Director, Mobily
Khalid Alsudairy Founder, Matches, LLC
May AlJaser CEO, Alyamamah Gelateria
Michel Malkoun Managing Director, DMS
Mina Nagy Takla Co-founder, Taghreedat
Mohamed Hossam Founder & CEO, Fatakat.com & Internet Plus
Mohammad AlHokail Founding Partner, The Marketing Department
Mohammed Al Abdullah Managing Partner, Social Hub
Mohammed AlBsimi CEO & Managing Director, Electrony
Mohammed Badwi CEO, Competitive Technology
Mshael Al Braidy Founder, My Little Shop
Muhannad Ebwini CEO, Gate2Play
Muna Al-Razgan Member, iWAN research Group
Nabeel Koshak Vice President for Business & Innovation, Umm Al-Qura University
Nawaf AlSahaf CEO, Badir Technology Incubator
Omar Soudodi Managing Director, PayFort
Patrick Attallah Founder, CEO, Social4ce
Riyadh Al Zamil Founder and Chairman, Raz Holding Group
Rob Kiely Market Manager, MENA, Facebook
Saif Jarad Founder & Manging Director, Chain Reaction Digital Services
Sana Odeh Clinical Professor & Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science, NYU - AD
Saud Alhawawi Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Tech World
Shahd Attar Advanced Services Manager, Cisco
Shoaib Ahmed Business Development Manager, Buzzeff Middle East
Soaad Mohammad Founder, Asrar Food
Sultan Al Malik General Director of PR & Media, Communication and Information Technology Commision
Tarek Mansour CEO, MIMV, LLC
Yannick Theler Managing Director, Abu Dhabi, Ubisoft
Yazeed Altaweel Founder & CEO, RQMNH
Yousef Alyousefi Director of Investments, TAQNIA
Ziad Matar Head of the Middle East and Central Asia, Qualcomm
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