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iSurf makes community a priority

Oman: Tuesday, May 27 - 2008 @ 11:32

“isurf.co.om is a community portal and so involvement in a community event like the Origin Oman Exhibition is logical for us,” says Rafid Mukadam, GM of Infocomm, speaking of his company’s involvement in the local products and services exhibition. “To be worthy of the title ‘Community Portal’ we have to be part of the community and this is a great opportunity to do just that,” he adds.

Community portals are a worldwide phenomenon and have a key role to play in today’s digital society. The portals are more than a listing of local entertainment and offers, although this function should not be underestimated.

Their other role is to let outsiders learn more about the community itself and as such they are a vital part of economic development toolkits and project an image of a dynamic and connected community. Businesses want to move to communities that are comfortable with technology and that are clearly giving priority to staying current. Indeed, research points to community portals playing a part in helping economic development in towns and cities across the globe.

isurf.co.om is Oman’s leading community portal with cinema listings and movie clips, news on local events, games and more. Since its launch two years ago, it regularly attracts more than 250,000 visitors a month.

“Of course, we’re pleased about the number of users who come to the portal and that number will grow as internet penetration increases in the sultanate. But more than that, we’re very proud that our users come from all sections of the community. That’s a real achievement and a testament to the fact that we’re hitting the right balance with our content. We feel that there’s something for everyone. But we’re always excited about the chance to bring isurf.co.om to a wider audience and I feel that the Origin Oman exhibition will give us a good chance to extend our reach,” the Infocomm GM comments.

“And in an effort to bring the real and virtual communities closer together we’re going to post images from the Origin Oman Exhibition on isurf.co.om. We plan to do the same at the 150 Kilometre Meal which is being held this week at the Oman Tourism College. It’s another great initiative for us to be involved in. We are constantly looking for ways to upgrade the portal and get more people involved and we don’t just want unique visitors, people checking in to see what we are about. We want people to keep on coming back to us because they enjoy what we have to offer,” he added.

This is not the only community involvement that Rafid has in his sights: “When we say community portal, we really mean it, and it’s not just a virtual community, it’s about being part of the wider community and participating in it. We have a responsibility to give back to the community and isurf’s exploring ways of taking part in more of what’s going on in Oman. You can expect to see us active in events with a broad range of appeal across all sectors of society.”

isurf.co.om is part of the Knowledge Oasis Muscat based Infocomm Group which provides m-Commerce solutions, e-Learning packages and WAP/ Data services. Infocomm also offers innovative full turnkey wireless and mobile enabling technology solutions for telecommunications operators, government organizations, ports, airports, hotels, shopping malls, business and of course consumers. Indeed, many of its products are already in use across the Sultanate.

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