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Type of business e-commerce
Type of site
Available in Arabic
Founded 1998
Headquarters Beirut, Lebanon
Area served Middle East
Industry Retail
Products Books, Music, DVDs, Gifts.
Alexa rank 26,309[1]
Launched 1998 (Arabic نيل و فرات.كوم) is an Internet e-commerce website, similar to, which serves primarily the Middle East and Arab World. The company sells books, magazines, films and software. It was founded and launched in 1998,[2] and was part of a large boom in Arab World use of e-commerce.[3] The name Neelwafurat is a term referring to the Nile and Euphrates rivers (neel means "Nile", "wa" is a phonetic spelling of the specific letter waw, and furat means "Euphrates"). This is a reference to the connection with the Amazon River.

Neelwafurat's headquarters is located in Beirut, Lebanon. There is an additional branch in Egypt.[4]

In 2004, the two best-selling novels on Neelwafurat were Cities of Salt by Abdul-Rahman Munif and The Insane Asylum by Ghazi al-Gosaibi, however both of these books were banned in Saudi Arabia.[5] The web retailer is seen as a primary part of Lebanon's New Economy, and is a major outlet for independent publishers.[6]

Neelwafurat's primary competitors are and[7]


  1. ^ " - Traffic Details from Alexa". Alexa Internet, Inc. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  2. ^ staff (December 21, 1998). "Software Center introduces the first commercial Arabic library on the Internet.". M2 Presswire. 
  3. ^ Nasser, Zeid (July 1, 1999). "Arabs go e-shopping". The Star. Jordan. 
  4. ^ "About the Company". Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Saleh Ambah, Faiza (April 8, 2004). "Banned Saudi novels thrive abroad - and at home". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  6. ^ AKAŞ, CEM (Ju;y 28, 2006). "Beyrut'un kitapları". Radikal (in Turkish). Retrieved 10 August 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Tresilian, David (July 26, 2006). "Publish or perish". Al-Ahram. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 

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