CNN launched a redesigned CNNArabic.com aimed at covering the Middle East and north Africa, as well as Arab-speaking communities worldwide, and bringing the site in line with the design, look, and feel of flagship CNN.com and CNN International.

CNNArabic.com now provides its users with the ability to connect with Arab-focused blogs and Facebook forums, including a weekly roundup of the most important and interesting ones; the latest regional business, sports, and entertainment news, including daily market reports, weekly wrap-ups, and profiles of Arab athletes; and updates on CNN regional programming including Inside the Middle East, Inside Africa, Marketplace Middle East, and Marketplace Africa.

The redesigned CNNArabic.com makes its debut one year after the cable news network launched CNN Abu Dhabi, making it the first Western news organization with a permanent broadcast and production hub in the region.

CNNArabic.com general manager and CNN International senior vice president and managing director of ad sales and business development Rani Raad said:

This is a fundamental reimagining of CNNArabic.com as part of our ongoing engagement with the Arabic-speaking world. The investment is a statement of the scope of our ambitions in this important part of the world.

CNNArabic.com editor Caroline Faraj added:

CNNArabic.com is your home for not just breaking news, but also human interest stories, expanded regional sports and business coverage, and an aggregator for the best from the Arab blogosphere. We’ve put video content front and center to enrich the user experience, and we have made it easy for users to interact with the content and put their imprint on the site with their commentary and recommendations.