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|Industry||Online news media
|Founded||Manama, Bahrain (1999)|
|Headquarters||Exhibition Avenue, Manama
|Ronnie Middleton, Managing Director
Rana Lababidi, Director-Online Services
|Products||Online Directory of Companies
News and Features
|Slogan||Trade Arabia - The leading business information and trade news portal in the GCC.|
Trade Arabia is a Bahrain-based online business news and information portal covering various trade and industry sectors in the Gulf Region, Middle East and the Levant.
Founded in 1999, it delivers business information and trade news updates to online readers. The site's content is also being syndicated by news organizations[which?] in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States.
The portal is organized into news channels, market trends, business directory, calendar of events and premium content section, which is being accessed by more than 1.7 million visitors per month (based on WebTrends October–December 2008 average), and is generating more than 12 million page views per month.
The portal also includes a network of publication websites such as Gulf Daily News, Akhbar Alkhaleej, Gulf Weekly, Travel and Tourism Middle East, Gulf Construction, Gulf Industry, Middle East Interiors, The Gulf, Oil and Gas News and a number of industry events and exhibition websites.
The site sends a daily e-newsletter to subscribers in the Middle East, Levant and the world. The portal also sends EDMs for various clients to industry specific and geo-targeted audience. It also maintains a directory of companies covering contact and activity details of more than 500,000 companies from the GCC and the Middle East, China, East Asia, Europe and the United States.
The site operates a searchable events database holds information on current and upcoming events in the Middle East, including exhibitions, forums, seminars and conferences.
The company was founded and registered on November 24, 1999 by Network Solutions LLC. The portal was created by Al Hilal Group Managing Director Ronnie Middleton.
The first version of Trade Arabia was developed and maintained by Mariner Technologies, which eventually sold its company to the Al Hilal Group for maintaining the portal in-house. Samuel Thomas was appointed as its first manager.
From its inception in 1999 until 2006, the site underwent three revamps of design and branding before the current version.
In 2006, Al Hilal Group hired Rana Lababidi to manage Trade Arabia.