LinkedIn unlocks doors of first Middle East office

Summary:The enterprise social network is expanding in the Middle East and North Africa with a new facility in the United Arab Emirates.

LinkedIn is setting its sights on a bigger presence in the Middle East and North Africa after opening a new office in the United Arab Emirates.

LinkedIn is expanding in the Middle East.

Opened on Monday, the facility is housed in Dubai's Internet City, and will be used to support LinkedIn's five million members in the region.

Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have the most LinkedIn users in the region, according to the company. The biggest industries by member numbers are oil and energy, construction and IT.

LinkedIn has appointed a new head of hiring solutions for the region, Ali Matar, who will be charged with bolstering its recruitment business. LinkedIn's marketing in Middle East and North Africa will be sold through a partnership with Clique Media.

Along with the Dubai and Madrid offices, both of which were opened this year, LinkedIn has several other locations in the EMEA region: Paris, Milan, Stockholm, London, Munich, Milan, Dublin and Amsterdam.

Topics: Social Enterprise


Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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