Arabic is a language spoken in almost all Middle East and North Africa countries. There are 422 million native speakers worldwide. These travelers would be well-served by a Wikitravel travel guide in their language.
In addition, contributions in Arabic would help the other Wikitravel language versions. Many Arabic-speaking areas are major travel destinations; having locals update information in their native tongue (which could then be translated to other languages) would make for better information in all the Wikitravel guides. Arabic-speakers are also frequent travelers and would have a lot to contribute on other destinations and topics.
To get this project started, we need at least 3 Arabic-speaking users willing to contribute to Arabic Wikitravel.
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I agree to forming the Arabic Wikitravel and am willing to contribute:
MediaWiki, the software that runs Wikitravel, uses a language interface file to make the links and names and prompts and stuff readable in other languages. We need to customize a new version to work for Arabic Wikitravel.
We can collaboratively do this at LanguageAr.php. It's started off with the Wikipedia language file, and we can use the English en:Wikitravel:Language.php file as a reference for things that need to be changed. It's mostly just changing the name of the site (Wikipedia -> Wikitravel), the name of the license, and the names of some important pages.
The framework is up! There is a problem with the homepage that the tech team is working on. In the meantime, you can use the right navigation to move around. If you have feedback, please report it here or on my userpage so that I can easily get it to the tech team. Thank you and away we go! JuCo 19:04, 8 July 2008 (EDT)
The problems with the homepage have been resolved! We are very interested in Arabic speakers taking a look around, reporting errors or bugs and otherwise plunging forward.JuCo 17:12, 9 July 2008 (EDT)
Looks like we're having some trouble getting an Admin and may be getting spam, so we're disabling anon edits. We'll be happy to open it back up when people are interested in being Admins. JuCo 15:18, 23 July 2008 (EDT)