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Qatar National Day Website development on SharePoint announced at Middle East SharePoint Conference

Sunday, Dec 05, 2010

In preparation for Qatar’s anticipated National Day celebrations on the 18th of December and in line with the historic achievement by Qatar in winning the 2022 World Cup bid, the State National Day Celebration Organizing Committee, Microsoft Gulf and LINK Development, the foremost IT solutions provider in the region, today announced the development of a spectacular Qatar National Day portal based on the latest Microsoft SharePoint 2010 technology. This announcement was made at the Middle East SharePoint conference which started today in Doha, sponsored by LINK Development. The government related portal aims to engage the community in the events and activities taking place on Qatar’s National Day.

“We are pleased to announce the development of the Qatar National Day Portal on Microsoft SharePoint 2010. In line with our objective of utilising state-of-the-art technology, we decided to go ahead with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 as it is the business collaboration platform of choice for the enterprise and the Internet. We aim to provide our visitors with relevant, up to date, and easily accessible information through this advanced portal,” said a spokesperson from the State National Day Celebration Organizing Committee.

The core of the portal is the events module, aiming to highlight National Day celebrations. The site is all integrated with a multiple views calendar, a list of activities and details, along with content and media relevant to the events.

According to Mohammed Hammoudi, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar. “We are very pleased at having the Qatar National Day website hosted on the latest technology through our Microsoft SharePoint 2010 solution based on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform. SharePoint 2010 will greatly enhance the user experience of visitors to the portal. The advanced features will provide visitors with user-friendly interfaces, interactivity, online collaboration and easy access to all information and content, allowing for a smart and efficient way to search and navigate the website.

He added, “From a business collaboration standpoint, SharePoint 2010 delivers the best productivity experience by letting people work together in ways that are most effective for them. It also helps customers rapidly respond to business needs with dynamic and easily deployed solutions.”

The Qatar National Day website carries the latest information and news about National Day as it was designed to provide Qatar’s nationals and visitors alike with a 360 degree view of the events as well as engagement and interaction across social media,” says Irini Raafat, Managing Director of LINK Development.

The site offers social network integration features, visitors to the website are able to log in with their Facebook account, minimizing time spent registering on the portal. Additionally, they can share and post pages from the portal on their Facebook or Twitter accounts. The website is also fully integrated with YouTube and Flickr enabling visitors to fetch the updated real time photos and videos through the Qatar National Day YouTube and Flickr channels.

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