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Mobily announced the launch of Mobily Developers Forum, a project that aims to improve Arabic content and help promote smartphone apps made by local developers.

Abdul Aziz on the Arabic edition of SaudiMac contacted the Mobily Developer Forum and this is their reply regarding financial details:

If you submitted your application under our App account, we will advertise for it, publicize it, send broadcast to all iPhone users about it to increase the revenues.
For all of that, mobily will share the revenue with you, e.g. Apple take 30% from the revenue, and the remaining will be shared 50% for both.
Thamer A. Al Jofi

So %30 for Apple, %35 for Mobily and %35 for the developer. I am not sure what does “broadcast” mean, it’s usually refers to blackberry messenger broadcasts. Does mobily plan to send a mass amount of SMS to promote apps? Won’t that be excessive?

For more information: Mobily Developers Community. The website has information about the contract between the developer and Mobily.

Arabic version of this post on SaudiMac Arabic Edition.

And now, the media coverage of Mobily’s Developer Forum:

Mobily builds region’s first Arabic internet content support platform

Posted on AMEinfo

Saudi Arabia’s Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has embarked on a unique project to help developers build mobile applications and software that support Arabic content, the company announced on Monday.

Mobily said the project aims to enrich cyberspace with Arabic content.

The program, dubbed “Mobily Developers Forum,” is set to encourage young, tech-savvy men and women to unleash their talents and develop quality apps with valuable content for smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone, BlackBerry devices, Google’s Android, and other phones with Windows

Mobile and Symbian operating systems. Mobily promised outstanding developers generous incentives.

Mobily says the MDF would be like a club for Arabian software talent where members can get their hands on all the resources they might need to create innovative mobile apps.

Mobily invited all professional and hobbyist developers, as well as software companies, to take part in the project.

Mobily said the project is part of its responsibility to provide the best possible opportunities to software developers by providing valuable services and sponsorships to distinguished projects.

Khalid Bin Omar Al Kaf, Mobily’s CEO, said that the MDF is the cornerstone towards building the world’s largest Arabic content and app website.

He added that the move is in line with the company’s strategy, which he himself had announced months ago, that aims to enrich the lives of the company’s customers and maintain its leadership in services and applications.

He said that the MDF would support young men and women by providing hobbyists with extra income, in addition to offering members many other perks from Mobily to encourage them and refine their abilities, all towards the purpose of providing innovative, valuable services to mobile users

A few months ago, Mobily was the first Arab mobile operator to launch an iPhone app designed specifically for customers to view their phone bills, transfer credit and locate the company’s outlets all over the Kingdom, among many other services.

Mobily Launches Developers Community To Enrich Arabic Mobile Applications & Content

Posted on StartUpArabia

Saudi Arabia’s second mobile operator Mobily (Etihad Etisalat) has launched a new project dubbed “Mobily Developers Community” that aims to help developers build mobile applications and software that support Arabic content.

It’s been a hot topic in almost every web or mobile event in the region that there is a big lack in Arabic applications and content, and Mobily hopes this project will play a role in enriching the offering of Arabic content available.

The program is focused on encouraging developers, both professionals and hobbyists, as well as software companies, to unleash their talents and develop quality apps with valuable content for the different smartphone platforms. They also wish for it to become a club for Arabian software talent where members can get their hands on all the resources they might need to create innovative mobile apps.

Obviously Mobily also hopes that the website at the center of this initiative will grow to become the world’s largest Arabic content and app website.

Mobily will take on the task of publicizing and promoting developers’ apps to encourage them to produce the best apps, and will be posting the best applications under its own page on the Apple Store for example.

Mobily also promises outstanding developers generous incentives, and plans to offer members a number of perks from Mobily to encourage them and refine their abilities.

It seems there’s one unfortunate restriction though and that is that developers who want to join the community of developers have to be based in Saudi Arabia as the registration requires a scanned copy of a Saudi ID or residency. Not sure why this restriction exists, I think it limits the potential of the platform to grow and become a central destination for the region.

Update: In the comment section below, Mr. Medhat Amer, CIO of Mobily & CEO of Mobily Info Tec, informed us that phase 1 of the project was for Saudi Arabia only, but that the project would open up to developers from across the region in its second phase.

Mobily to launch ‘MDF’

Posted on Arab News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has embarked on a project to help developers build mobile applications and software that support Arabic content, the company announced on Monday. The project aims to enrich cyberspace with Arabic content.
The program, dubbed “Mobily Developers Forum (MDF),” is set to encourage young, tech-savvy men and women to unleash their talents and develop quality applications with valuable content for smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone, BlackBerry devices, Google’s Android, and other phones with Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems.

Mobily, which has promised outstanding developers generous incentives, says the MDF would be like a club for Arabian software talent where members can get their hands on all the resources they might need to create innovative mobile applications.

Mobily invited all professional and hobbyist developers, as well as software companies, to take part in the project. The starting point is a website Mobily had set up specifically for the project, which can be found at http://developers.mobily.com.sa

Mobily’s CEO Khalid Al-Kaf said the MDF was the cornerstone toward building the world’s largest Arabic content and application website. He added that the move is in line with the company’s strategy, which he himself had announced months ago, that aims to enrich the lives of the company’s customers and maintain its leadership in services and applications.

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