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February 22, 2012

Weekly regional spotlight: Egypt and the Maghreb

Following our recent spotlighting of Iraq and Lebanon and Jordan, Nokia Connects heads over to North Africa to check out what’s been happening in some other Arabic-speaking countries.

via Sportman

Let’s start with something that happened across the whole region. Jukka Viljanen, a Finnish sportsman, recently completed the world’s first solo run across the Sahara desert using the Sports Tracker app on his trusted Nokia E5 (that’s him in the picture above). The route for his Sahara Challenge was posted on the Nokia Facebook pages for Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco and covered 2,000km (1,250 miles) in 35 days. Now that’s what I call a challenge!

Nokia Egypt recently announced the winners of the second Bilmasry competition, a contest designed to encourage local development of Arabic content for Nokia devices. Winning ideas included an app that automatically arranges appointments and sends automated text messages when a call goes unanswered, and an app that acts as a hub for political information.

But the grand prize went to developer Mohamed Wahaba, whose “Vehicle Traffic” application aims to prevent accidents between cars via a traffic control game. Genius!

In Morocco, Nokia has been spotlighting up-and-coming talent in the recent Maroc Web Awards, which aims to showcase the latest movers and shakers in Morocco’s blogging and micro-blogging scenes.

Nokia Morocco has also been busy meeting and greeting people living in Morocco’s rural areas of El Gharb and Beni Mellal, telling them all about the exciting things Nokia is doing in their country and across the world!

And last, but by no means least, we have this beautiful beach sunset photo by Walid Sadak taken on his Nokia N97.

Anything I’ve missed in Egypt and the Maghreb? Have anything to add? Then get in touch @Nokia_Connects and let me know!

Also, while I have your attention, check our our previous regional spotlights on Australia, Bangladesh/Pakistan, Canada, Finland, the USA and the UK. If you’d like to see your country up for review next, then let me know by getting in touch through Twitter or just in the comments below.