Sawafi is an Arabic search engine started by a German and Saudi founded technological company. The search engine is dedicated to Arabic material. Sawafi’s inspiration was the Chinese web-search engine, Baidu.
Seekport is panning on launching the Arab language search engine “Sawafi” (”sandstorm”) later this year which will be specially designed to meet the challenges of the Arabic language. Sawafi will be the project of Dubai based Seekport Internet Technologies Arabia FZ-LLC,, a joint venture between Seekport and the MITSCO Group of Saudi Arabia.
From the release:
Interesting info on Arabic and Search:
* The ten most popular websites in the Arabic region account for between 16 and 70 million page-impressions.
* Estimates put the total number of Arabic language websites at around 100 million at the present time, doubling every year – which is only a very small proportion of the total worldwide Internet content of more than 12 billion sites.
* One of the reasons for this is the very high requirements that the Arabic language makes for Internet search engines. Current search algorithms in the usual Internet search engines are hardly capable of observing even the simplest morphological conditions required to process Arabic-language contents in a meaningful way for users.