Fekr Rama is a new web portal that provides rich Arabic content in the fields of culture, education, heritage, religion, sport and the arts for Arab and other audiences.
A collaboration between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Al Azhar, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Information, the Egyptian Publishers Union and the e-Learning and Business Applications Union, the portal was launched in March 2008.
The result of two years of preparation, Fekr Rama currently contains more than 6,000 titles, 3,000 of which are free to access. By 2009, some 20,000 titles will be available.
The portal contains e-books, magazines, directories, news and audio files, as well as animation for children and programs that promote learning.
Fekr Rama, derived from Panorama El-Fikr El-Araby (Arab Intellectual Panorama), focuses on Egypt as a pioneering civilization in the spread of knowledge and as a role model in preserving Arab heritage for future generations.
- To preserve Arabic heritage for coming generations through the
enrichment of Arabic digital content in all forms
- To support and promote the Arabic digital content industry and
- To boost investment in the hosting of Arabic digital content
- To raise Egypt’s competitiveness as a supplier of Arabic digital content
- To increase job opportunities in the national ICT sector, particularly for youth
The portal contains a wide selection of e-books sorted into more than 28 categories for simple searching. Free books are available for download.
Animated versions of 50 children’s plays, allowing viewers greater interaction than the original print versions.
A rich library of historical and artistic photos from different eras in Egyptian history, with a focus on natural and cultural heritage.
Multimedia resources include national, classical and children’s songs.
- MCIT and the National Library and Archives of Egypt (July
2006): Digitization of more than 50,000 titles with full bibliographic
- MCIT and Dar Al Maaref (July 2006): Digitization of 10,000 titles
- MCIT and the National Theater (July 2006): Digitization of 250
- Agreements with more than 50 partners – 10 governmental and
40 from the private sector