Top Corporate Websites in GCC: H&H Webranking Report

dubai-emaar-propertiesEMAAR, the real estate giant of UAE takes the top position,  second place goes to Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and third place ZAIN rounding up the top three best web performers as reported by H&H Webranking, an established international Yardstick for companies that want to benchmark their website performance in relation to other companies or competitors.

H&H Webranking benchmark survey has included GCC region in the 1st time ever after recognition of increasing number of companies registered and since the region is gaining more international attention. Also, H&H aims to help adapting the international norms and standards of corporate communication and I give them thumb-up for that.

Country by Country:

Bahrain is the highest average scoring country in the Gulf region, although, there is no significant difference between the countries.
Comparing the different sections in the survey, it is within General Company Information, Technology and Front page, that the Gulf companies show strong result. Examples of areas with room for improvements are Financial Information, Corporate Governance and Website Calendar.

Bahrain

The best Bahrain corporate website belongs to Gulf Finance House, with a score of 26.5 points. On the second place they find Al Baraka Banking Group with 26 points and Arab Banking Corporation with 25.5 takes the bronze together with Invest Corp Bank. Bahrain has the highest average score in the Gulf region. The 10 largest companies in Bahrain, measured by market capitalization, are included in the ranking. H&H Webranking Bahrain – results

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United Arab Emirates

EMAAR with the score of 34.25 takes the top position in United Arab Emirates. Second place goes to Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (33.75), and Sorouh Real Estate (33) takes the bronze. United Arab Emirates as a country has the second highest score in the Gulf survey. The 33 largest companies in United Arab Emirates, measured by market capitalization, are included in the ranking. H&H Webranking United Arab Emirates – Results

EMAAR wins the 2009 H&H Webranking in the Gulf region as their corporate website best fulfils the requirements of the target groups for corporate websites. EMAAR’s website has a well developed Investor Relations section which offers information that is highly requested by the capital market, such as presentations, financial figures and a lot of share-related information as the report discribes.

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Kuwait

ZAIN with a score of 33.5 takes top position in the H&H Webranking 2009 Kuwait. Second place goes to National Bank of Kuwait (27) and The Public Warehousing Company (23.75) rounding up the top three best performers. The 10 largest companies in Kuwait, measured by market capitalization, are included in the ranking. H&H Webranking Kuwait – Results

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Qatar

Al Khalij Commercial Bank grabs first place in Qatar with a score of 28.75, while second and third place goes to Qatar Telecom (28) and Commercial Bank of Qatar (23) respectively. The 12 largest companies in Qatar, measured by market capitalization, are included in the ranking. H&H Webranking Qatar – Results

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Saudi Arabia

SABIC wins the H&H Webranking 2009 Saudi Arabia with a score of 30.5, followed by Dar Al Arkan and SABB with both a score of 24. The bronze goes to ZAIN KSA and STC with a score of 22.25. The 20 largest companies in Saudi Arabia, measured by market capitalization, are included in the ranking. H&H Webranking Saudi Arabia – Results

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Sector outlook:

Gulf Finance House (26.5) has the highest score in the General Financial sector. Second place goes to Al Baraka Banking Group (26) and Arab Banking Corporation (25.5) takes the bronze.

Al Khalij Commercial Bank (Al Khaliji) with a score of 28.75 receives the highest score in the Bank sector. On second place they found Emirates NBD (25.75) and National Bank of Abu Dhabi 24.75 on the third.

ZAIN with a score of 33.5 takes the top position in the Telecommunication sector, while second place goes to Qatar Telecom (28) and third place to Du (22.75).

ARTICLE DISCLAIMER: Emaar, Gulf Finance House, Sorouh Real Estate and the long list here are existing (or former) clients of Flip Media, the agency that I work for as online project manager.

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Tarek is the founder and chief researcher at Youngberry, a youth research and marketing firm dedicated to the region. Tarek founded interactiveME.com and previously worked as Manager at Flip Media (Interactive Agency), Bayt.com (Job Site) and Consulting House Qatar (Consulting firm). He is researcher and writer on internet & disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, and youth culture.