Google Opening Middle East Office in Egypt

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Google Opening Middle East Office in Egypt

Angelo Embuldeniya emailed me this morning with some clues that Google will be basing their Middle East marketing & sales operations in Cairo, although they already have a Research and Development Lab based in Israel. On Angelo’s blog he states that the Arab world had expected Google to open their regional office in the elegant area of Dubai (UAE), but Google has decided on Egypt.

Angelo writes on Stravinsky’s Sizzlin’ Shack (warning, two or more pop-up windows served):

According to some sources, a few months ago, Google Egypt hired a Country Manager (Sherif Iskander — mentioned here) who also serves as a regional manager and is now looking around for suitable candidates to fill the posts of Associate Product Marketing Manager and Product Marketing Manager. An unofficial Google page at details why Google should choose Egypt as their Middle Eastern base for regional operations and at the Wiki’s talk page, someone also notes the hiring of the regional manager for the Middle East and points to the vaccant positions.

It seems that although the official Google jobs site lists the vacancy for a product marketing manager for their office in Egypt, the listing fails to mention that posting may require travel between London and Cairo, the same job posted on states that the job is located in London although it is for Google Egypt. I’m guessing here, but I think that Google is planning on pushing Arabized/localized versions of their enterprise solutions like the OneBox & Google Earth. One of the reasons as to why Google might have chosen Egypt for their Middle Eastern regional office over Dubai, is since Yahoo already has a footing in terms of advertising sales & marketing operations for the region over at Dubai’s Internet City.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Jounalist

    They have already oppened an in the middle east – Israel

  • MeMo

    yeah but the office at Israel surves the Hebrew speaking ppl only
    they needed another one for the Arabic speaking countrys

  • Bashar Abdullah

    I dont believe they made the wise choice. Dubai is far much more advanced and popular, while the egyptian branches in general lack the quality of the brand it represents. I for one have reported several times deteriorating quality of the product when manufactured in egypt, and have stopped buying the product, unless its straight from the origin. I can see it only focuses on the Arabic content, and not new technologies, but let some Arabic speaker comment on the Arabized Walt Disney movies we have. They aren’t arabic, but local low quality egyptian.

  • Hani Hamdi

    It is naive of Bashar to assume that Egypt will not be central to the Middle East software development boom, despite the variation in work quality he refers to.

    Egypt is the home to the biggest Arab software development base. IBM has a development team based in Egypt, and Cisco is greatly expanding the scope of its activities in Egypt. Google would be seriously misguided to consider basing its activities elsewhere.

  • nader mamdouh

    i can’t believe bashar build his whole opinion on egypt based on a mal-funtioning product. I agree with hani. I would like to add that egypt’s mcdonalds and egypt’s procter & gamble, among many other multinationals, export many of their products to the middle east region.

  • Oluniyi David Ajao

    Egypt is the nerve-centre of the media industry in the Middle East. No harm in locating a regional head office in Egypt though Dubai (the UAE) is also a good contender. ūüôā

  • youssef

    iam 14 years old i live in egypt,cairo
    and i love google its the best and i hope to work anything at my summer vacation hope to reply at my e mail pls thank u for ur time

  • Taher

    Great choice, Egypt has been and always be the center of arabs for many reasons.

    But i wonder if there is any political reason for choosing Egypt!!

    Just a thought.

  • Atef Samir

    Hi Verry Good chance for google to grow Up, Egypt … Big Market
    We Welcome you whith opned arms

  • Pravesh Singh

    Dear Sir,

    I am Pravesh Singh. I have a good understanding with computers and networks and i will like to join the team.
    I prefer getting a interviewed.

    Pravesh Singh
    Ph: +971502743511

  • Syed Hussaini

    Dear Friends,

    Can anybody let me know the telephone number of Google in Egypt, if they are operational there. Thanks in advance……

  • Sayed Abu Diwan


    What is the latest update on this subject. I heard offices will open in Dubai too, after Egypt.

  • Jacob Lot

    Can anybody let me know the telephone number of Google in Egypt, if they are operational there. Thanks in advance……

  • manny barbari

    II think they will start in Egypt for a while, then after they discover the mentality and attitude of the Egyptian workers, and how Good they are in Project Time Delivery (Joking off course, nothing get delivered on Time in Egypt it would be a miracle if it happend). IBM itself is an example, IBM Egypt are the only subdivision that signs contracts without due dates. There is a Joke about Egyptians that goes like this
    IBM (Inshala) (Bokra) (Ma3lesh) which is when u are expecting a project, product anything to get delivered. They will tell you Inshala, then you go back to them they say come tomorrow Bokra, then when it is time to deliver and u tell them Were is he product? / Project? They say Ma3lesh.
    It is our Mentality we can’t run from it. Give me one advanced thing that Egypt has done after the pyramids. Our Manufacturing are messed up, our economy is full of corruption and paper shuffle. Were we NOW??? Look at DUBAI and what they did with their country and look were we are. We had the Idea from along time ago “Port Said”, we have the Nile, Pyramids, Reseal, Luxor, and Aswan. We could have been way better then Dubai as far as land mark and destinations we have all the touristy resources….

    At the end all I have to say. We have to try harder and work harder. All Egyptians run from Egypt instead of staying and try to change things. I hope and I dream we can bring us back to civilized country. We need people to fight back our lazy system and stop the sleep-in style that we have.

    Everything is Changeable except Change which is constant.

    I have worked hard and we do now have a great team in Egypt, but it wasn’t easy. It is really hard. I cant Imagine a foreign Entity starting an office here. They will go through hell to tell u the truth just to get the paperwork done.

    Manny Barbari

  • Khalid Farha Al-Othman

    Looking forward to join google company, and I have seen the accoplishment that google has reach, so I would like to join your teams.

    I am from Saudi Arabia – Riyadh City

  • Minx0r

    I think its great that Egypt has been chosen! Egypt is by far the best place to base. You have an immense pool of IT related workers, they come much cheaper than those in Dubai and of course not forgetting that most of the IT industry in Dubai is comprised of Indians (majority have poor / no Arabic) and Egyptians (who move to Duabi for the higher salaries).

    Dubai is a nice place to live, operation is a completely different matter.

    Personally Im looking forward to what may happen and indeed the ripple effects to come!!

    PS: Im British so no ‘nafsana’ here!

  • Minx0r

    PS: In reply to Manary’s post, a valid one indeed. However your very much mistaken. The fault is not the ‘mentality’ or the ‘attitude’, but more so the HR of the companies.

    Dont get me wrong! There are some Egyptian workers that drive me nuts! from senior management all the way to the office boy who constantly asks me how many sugars… four is not a hard number to remember!

    Ultimately though if you look at the advertising industry in Egypt, and the Middle East, poor is not a word to describe whats going on! When an ad is aired and its pants it should be pulled, yet we see them being churned out everyday! Yes visually there are the really good ones! But advertising is not about style… its ALL about communicating a message…

    The same applies for Dubai and sadly the *WHOLE* of the Middle East… its not the attitude or capability… its all about understanding and listening… two qualities inherently missing in most graduates!

    Someone please sell pro activeness and spunk on eBay!

  • Madeleine

    I read almost the above mentioned comments with the pros and cons of Egypt. Of course it is a good choice despite all the inconveniences. we are the biggest market in the region and who ever wants to spread any product and gain within no time he would come Egypt. Also you should not forget the exchange rate LE>Euro !! ūüôĀ I think it could be the stronger reason. good luck

  • slayer

    Sherif iskandar no longer works in Egypt office, actually google office is closed now and they are looking for a new HQ for engineering in the middle east. Egypt is still one of the options beside Jordan.

  • Rana Mohamed Khamis

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to seeking a job in the HR field in your company in Egypt.

    Best Regards,

    Rana Mohamed

  • Emad El-din

    Hello every body,
    it will be cool if we joined Google in Egypt , i am working in Thomas Cook Egypt , i would like to join Google Egypt for any position ,
    please any one know how to contact with google Egypt Tell Us
    Tell : 002 010 42 42 385
    E-mail :


    I would like to join Google Egypt team for any sales or marketing position.

  • Basel

    Dear Sirs,

    Attached you will find my personal resume/certificates of recommendations for the above mentioned vacancy.


    Basel al zuhlof

  • http://IamFromJordan,Amman Basel

    Dear Sirs,

    Attached you will find my personal resume/certificates of recommendations for the above mentioned vacancy.


    Basel al zuhlof

  • Basel

    Dear Sirs,

    Attached you will find my personal resume/certificates of recommendations for the above mentioned vacancy.
    I am From Jordan . Amman

    Basel al zuhlof

  • Basel

    Dear Sirs,

    Attached you will find my personal resume/certificates of recommendations for the above mentioned vacancy.
    I am From Jordan . Amman
    00962-788144114 or 795245906


    Basel al zuhlof



  • Fawzy

    to all who see that Egypt is not the best choice for google.
    Egyptians, are those who are going to build it whether in Egypt, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, or any other country in the MENA, so, it is wise to cut it short and do it in Egypt and pay wages for Egyptians as locals rather than as expats.


  • Mohamed Serag

    My name is Mohamed serag im 33 Years old Egyptian male with more than 6 years experiance in Telesales, customer service and telemarketing ” International acounts ” and i have used to work in marketing Googles adwards in USA and Canada . I am looking for a suitable position. Thanks 0020184694840

  • Dr alaa rahman

    Dear all
    I am sure Egypt is the best place to have google office in the middle east but I think it does not matter , In any other arabic countries egyptians are in control of all IT skills. Good luck

  • Egy

    كس ام جوجل

  • yasser seleem

    also i have an other website but i have a huge big problem with ad words all my ads are not showing any impressions without any reasons every thing is looks very good & i do not understand what is the problem & the support never reply my e-mails & i can not find a phone number in egypt that i can use so please if we now had a google office in egypt i think i should be able to have a support
    thank you

  • Youssef

    Dear Sir,

    During my searching for a job, I found a good news, that Googles will be start in Egypt, so, would you please see the attachment is my 27 years of experience of Administrative Assistant CV. I hope you interest it.

    I hope you can give me chance or the opportunities in you’re respect Googles for me to have this job in, I’m rally interesting to have this job with Googles in Egypt.

    I hop to hear from you soon.
    Thank you and best regards,

    Youssef Farag Basta
    Mobile number (+20105601454)
    Cairo, Egypt

  • Boston SEO

    I think the decision to expand operations into the Middle East is a good idea. I was wondering how Yahoo has managed to stay alive, and now it makes sense that they were involved in international markets while Google was not. Now Yahoo might be in trouble. I am surpirsed Google did not want to set up headquarters in Dubai to compete directly with Yahooo!

  • omneyakhalilbrahim

    Dear MR or Mrs
    I hope to be one of your successfully tean in Google Company

    Best Regards
    Omneya Khalil

  • omneyakhalilbrahim

    Dear MR or Mrs
    I hope to be one of your successfully tean in Google Company

    Best Regards
    Omneya Khalil