ArabianBusiness.com vs. Maktoob Business
Not all news websites are created equal.
Before we judge the news websites, we’d like to note that Kipp visits both ArabianBusiness.com and Maktoob Business regularly, and that we’re indebted to them for helping us generate story ideas.
ArabianBusiness.com is part of the Arabian Business Group, which is run by Dubai-based ITP. We can appreciate that the internet connection in Dubai is terrible, but compared with other Dubai-based websites, AB does poorly. Whereas AME Info takes between four to six seconds to open, ArabianBusiness.com takes 15 to 20 second to open. There’s no excuse for that. Score: 2
AB is well known for its scoops. AB Group’s editorial director, Anil Bhoyrul, has an enviable list of contacts in the region, which explains some of the scoops. However, even without Bhoyrul’s little black book, AB journalists know what they’re doing. It’s too bad that they’re told to tone down their stories; but any journalist who’s worked in the region knows that censorship is a given. Score: 9
With blogs, slideshows and special reports featured regularly on AB, there’s plenty of editorial variety on the website. Score: 8
AB looks old. With all the money ITP’s got, you’d expect a more interactive, stylized website. It is poorly organized and text heavy. It could use an upgrade. Score: 3
Final Score: 22
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