LinkedIn opens Middle East office

Professional social networking site LinkedIn has opened its first office in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Dubai Internet City office will serve as the company’s regional headquarters as it seeks to build on its growing membership and client base. It currently has more than five million members in the Middle East and North Africa.

Farhan Syed, director, global sales strategy at LinkedIn, said: “We are very excited to be opening an office here in Dubai – a city recognised by the world as a crossroads for global business exchange. Members are already networking in over 2,000 LinkedIn Groups in the region, exchanging strategic business insights and exploring opportunities together. Having a strong local presence will help serve our members better here, ultimately making them more productive and successful.”

LinkedIn has appointed Ali Matar as head of hiring solutions MENA, while LinkedIn marketing solutions will continue to be mostly sold through its partnership with Clique Media.

This latest expansion follows the opening of LinkedIn’s Spanish office in March, and brings the number of LinkedIn offices in EMEA to nine, including Paris, Stockholm, London, Munich, Milan, Dublin, Amsterdam and Madrid.