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SharePoint Saturday Arabia Postponed

I am sorry to announce that SharePoint Saturday Arabia, scheduled to be held on December 11th has been postponed until further notice.

For those who cannot wait and keen to attend other SharePoint talks and events, I recommend the following top-notch events:

1. SharePoint Saturday EMEA:  this will be huge, organized and sponsored by great ISV’s and partners, stay tuned for more info |

2. TechEd Middle East : Register Now!

3. SharePoint Conference 2011, Qatar. Register Now!

4. MS3arab Community monthly meetings: I’ll be speaking next month about SharePoint 2010.

Stay tuned for the news dates for SharePoint Saturday Arabia, this will be announced very soon!


SharePoint Saturday Arabia is back –11 Dec 2010

SharePoint Saturday Arabia Online event is back!1

Following from last successful event, this online event is scheduled for DEC 11, 2010.

Last March, we hosted the first instance of SharePoint Saturday Arabia and it was a success, thanks to our speakers and sponsors. It was a ten hour event with 15 Speakers, including 8 MVPs, and two simultaneous sessions running every hour. We had 750 registrants and around 150 attendees( Recording from the first event are still available here )

This is the second event and we are hoping for the same success and enthusiasm from our audience.

In the spirit of giving back to the SharePoint Community, the event admission will be free of charge, supported by people volunteering their time to speak on their favorite SharePoint topic.

We are now taking speaker submissions. Please download the speaker submission form. There are some new questions on there that you might not have seen if you have participated in previous SharePoint Saturday events since we are dealing with multiple timezones and continents.

We will take submissions only for 2010 material. Presentations will last one hour with possible Q&A continuing through the live blogging platform.

Register here

SharePoint Saturday Arabia Recordings + Bonus Videos !!

As I promised yesterday in my wrap-up post, SharePoint Saturday Arabia recordings are now available for download. I have just uploaded 15 hours of great SharePoint content to SkyDrive, please let me know if you have any issues in downloading the recordings!

Session Speaker
Keynote and Introduction to SPS Arabia Dux RaymondAyman El-Hattab, and Marwan Tarek Arabic / English Download
Developing Sandbox Solutions Mohamed Yehia Arabic Download
Troubleshooting SharePoint Solutions Ayman El-Hattab, SharePoint MVP Arabic Download
Intelligent SharePoint Architecture and Storage Optimization Strategies Dawid Kozlowski [AvePoint] English Download
Visual Studio tools for SharePoint Marwan Tarek, SharePoint MVP Arabic Download
XSLT in SharePoint Osama Mourad Arabic Download
SharePoint 2010 Architecture Fundamentals: Virtualization & Scalability Michael Noel, Forefront MVP English Download
SharePoint 2010 Data Manipulation Techniques Mostafa ElZoghbi, C# MVP Arabic Download
SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Document Management Agnes Molnar, SharePoint MVP English Download
Unleash the Power of OBA with SharePoint 2010 Razi Bin Rais, SharePoint MVP English Download
Introducing ALM to SharePoint Development Implementations Jeremy Thake English Download
SharePoint Identity Crisis Michael Hinckley English Download
Introduction to SharePoint Designer 2010 Jerry Yasir, SharePoint MVP English Download
SharePoint for Public Facing Web Sites Jose Antonio Morales English Download
No Code Business Connectivity Services Fabian Williams English Download
SharePoint 2010 Worldwide Deployment Nicholas Georgeault, SharePoint MVP English Download


During the event, Jose Antonio Morales received lots of questions about Public Facing Sites with WSS 3.0 so he decided to create two more videos to answer the attendees questions, you can get Jose’s videos from the links below.

WSS 3.0 For Public Facing Sites – Part 1
WSS 3.0 For Public Facing Sites – Part 2

Another question that we received more than once during the event was about installing SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7, my dear friend Mohamed Moses has done a great job summarizing the process in a short video, you can get Mohamed’s video from the link below.

Installing SharePoint 2010 Beta on Windows 7

Thanks again for all our attendees, speakers and all people who helped me in organizing SharePoint Saturday Arabia, stay tuned for more videos on !

SharePoint Saturday Arabia Wrap-Up

SharePoint Saturday Arabia was a live online, ten hour event on March 27th 2010. There were 15 Speakers,including 8 MVPs, and two simultaneous sessions running every hour. We had 750 registrants and around 150 attendees.


Throughout my blog, twitter and Facebook, I had wonderful opportunities to get connected with tons of nice folks in the Middle East and especially in Arabia and the one thing I have noticed in common is the thirst for SharePoint knowledge.

These people are in true need for answers, they feel like they are alone, they don’t have enough conferences as with the case in Europe and America, they don’t have Visual How To’s in their native languages and they just cheer up when they come across someone who knows their struggles.

The first step for bridging the gap and fulfilling the needs was creating a community channel and a place where Arab SharePoint professionals can share their expertise and hence was created.

Moreover, after the great success of SharePoint Saturday EMEA and the amazing feedback I received about my Arabic session there, I decided to follow Mark Miller’s footprints and to organize a similar event with more localized content for Arabs.

First step was contacting Marwan Tarek, my partner in most of my crimes and asking him to help me in organizing the event like managing speaker submissions, sponsor requests and making sure that speakers are having good and reliable internet connections. I have also contacted Baransel Dogan and Ruari Plint (MEA MVP Leads) asking them to spread the word and ask more MVPs to participate.

I would like also to point out that Mark Miller ( has done a terrific job putting together the lessons learned from SharePoint Saturday EMEA in a brilliant article here ( ), I would encourage anyone willing to run an online event to strictly follow the advices presented by Mark in this article.

The Event

We had Six MVPs + Two other people who were recognized as MVPs just 5 days after the event (I am happy to be one of those).

We also had other seven SharePoint experts in different countries and time zones, I would like to seize the opportunity and thank them all for their wonderful sessions and the willingness to help and share. Special thanks go to Dux Raymond for staying up very late and keynoting the event, it was very nice having a



he event went very well; the speakers were punctual, interactive, and keen to share their expertise with the audience. We had one moderator per session; the moderator was responsible for keeping an eye on the chat room, managing the audience requests, passing the questions to the speakers, resolving any audio issues and recording the sessions. Egypt SharePoint User Group leaders and Ahmed Ramy from dotnetwork user group were responsible for moderating the sessions.


The best part about the event was the closure. We had an interesting talk with the audience about the ways we can improve the event, whether they like this type of online events and how frequent they would like to see SharePoint Saturday Arabia.

The feedback was positive, I would like to refer to two blogs post that really made me happy and more determined to organize and sponsor more online events. I have even quoted some paragraphs here:

SPS Arabia event was truly amazing

SharePoint Arabia (nontechnical view):

Yesterday, I’ve seen the success after months planning, I’ve seen achievements after team working, I feel so honored to join such a wonderful team. I almost felt like I’m one of them! The way they introduced each others was my favorite, they way they thank any speaker after his session was amazing, all speakers were proud to be a part of it. The online chat room was really active, the attendees were so friendly, I knew many SharePoint related new guys“, By: Baraah Omari

Each session lasted from 45 to 55 minutes followed by a Q & A session. All of the speakers were well versed in their topics and inspired a lot of questions from attendees. I was only able to attend 8 of the 16 sessions. The set up was really nicely done with two LiveMeeting Channels set up (one for the Arabic sessions and the other for the English sessions) this was used for the slide presentations and audio from the session speakers; along with an online chat room sponsored by for questions from the attendee’s. The sessions started and ended pretty close to on time and everything was done really well.”, By : Johnathan

Here is another feedback that I received from Razi Bin Rais, SharePoint MVP and one of SharePoint Saturday Arabia speakers :

Thanks for an amazing event, kudos to all the team members behind SharePoint Saturday Arabia. I been chatting about the event with couple of folks from Asia Pacific region and they are impressed by the quality and execution of the event. I am planning to do a detail blog post once the recording of the sessions are available.”

Waiting for your blog post Razi and thanks for your e-mail :))

Another one is from Fabian Williams, one of the great experts who joined us in SharePoint Saturday Arabia :

I have to echo the remarks and accolades for both the organizers and speakers in this event, spot on mates… I am looking forward for the next one. ”

Thanks Fabian for your e-mail, I have received wonderful feedback about your session! I look forward to having you in our next event; Arabs love you man 😉


I have received lots and lots of e-mails, Twitter DMs and FaceBook messages from our attendees and people registrants asking about the recordings and the slides. I know I am late, sorry guys for this, but the recordings needed some extra work and editing, all what I need to do now is uploading them, so the recordings along with the slides will be available within 24 hours. Please keep an eye onEndUserSharePoint.ComSharePoint4Arabs.comSharePoint Saturday Arabia site and my blog for any updates.

Login information for SharePoint Saturday Arabia

This is a quick note to let you know that the session schedule, presenters and session listings are now available for download:

Locations and Presenters for Each Channel

Intro and Keynote Ayman El-Hattab and Marwan Tarek

Channel 1

Channel 2

Live Text Chat for All Sessions


The first session starts at 7:00am (GMT +0 ) Marwan Tarek and I will do the intros together and then present a short keynote talk to get everthing started. Everyone should login for the first session of the day. That’s when we’ll give instructions on how the day will work and how to attend the sessions.


There is no password needed, so leave that field blank.

Live Text Chat for SPSArabia: We have setup a live text chat so you can participate in the discussion during the live sessions. No login is needed… ignore the password field. Each of the various tracks will have their own chatroom, making it possible to flip back and forth between tracks.


The session schedule, presenters and session listings are now available for download:

To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support

SharePoint Saturday Arabia Updates

Good morning, afternoon, evening

This is a “warm up” note to let you know how Live Online SharePoint Saturday Arabia is going to work (hopefully).

There will be two simultaneous sessions running each hour; one in Arabic and the other in English. 4Thesessions schedule will be posted next Monday at most, on the registration page and Participants will choose a session each hour. They are welcome to switch back and forth between sessions. The session descriptions and speakers are available

The first session starts at 7:00am GMT+0. Marwan Tarek and I will do the intros together and then present a short keynote talk to get everything started. All the registrants will receive the login information and the live meeting URL during the next week.

In order to hear the presentations, you will need speakers or headphones. THERE IS NOT CONFERENCE CALL DIAL IN NUMBER since this is an international event. Everything will be done over your computer.

I would like also to seize this opportunity and thank all our sponsors, I have announced all about the giveaways and the raffles on twitter last week but for those who are not following the hashtag #SPSArabia, here are they :

  • Our platinum sponsor “USPJ Academy” is offering 20 copies of “Introducing SharePoint 2010” journal issue as raffles. This issue, spanning a massive 180 pages, is the first independent book on SharePoint 2010 available on the market.
  • is offering one yearly subscription (worth $199.50) as a raffle.
  • TekPub is providing free monthly subscription to all SharePoint Saturday Arabia attendees.
  • Telerik is offering one premium collection license as a raffle.

Please keep an eye on and follow me on twitter (@aymanelhattab) for up to the minute updates.

Sincerely, thanks for participating in this event. We are doing our best to make the presentation process as transparent as possible.

Looking forward to a great event.
Ayman El-Hattab

Recordings from SPSEMEA – Marwan Tarek and Ayman El-Hattab

[[Cross-posted from EndUserSharePoint.Com ]]



Ayman El-Hattab, founder of, made an announcement this morning that, following in the footsteps of Live Online SharePoint Saturday EMEA, he is sponsoring Live Online SharePoint Saturday Arabia! This is exciting news. Now that the door has been opened, hopefully more of these event will start being localized for communities that don’t have the resources to produce their own.

When I received Ayman’s message, it reminded me that I hadn’t posted his recorded session from SPEMEA. His session was done in Arabic, so making it available now is a good warmup for SharePoint Saturday Arabia, coming on March 27, 2010. Also included for download is Marwan Tarek’s session on SharePoint 2010.

Downloads for SPSEMEA

[[Cross-posted from EndUserSharePoint.Com ]]

SharePoint Saturday Arabia

4I am really pleased to announce that Registration is now open for participation in Live Online SharePoint Saturday Arabia. By registering for this event, you are confirming you would like to view the live presentations, presented from 7:00am to 3:00pm (GMT+0), on March 27, 2010.

In order to hear the presenters, you will need headphones or computer speakers. There will be no conference call dial-in phone numbers.

The live blogging platform will allow for real time questions to be passed to the presenters. There will be multiple sessions running simultaneously so that we can present to a diversified audience with different technical needs. ( Till now we are planning for two channels, one in Arabic and the other in English ).

As you register, we would very much appreciate it if you would spread the word to your SharePoint colleagues.

Thank you for joining us. With your participation, we hope to make this an exceptional event.

Register here ..