I have been given a task of researching usability of Middle Eastern websites so the considerations can help shape the functional specification and wire-frame diagrams.
What is noticeable from the number of Middle Eastern websites I have visited so far is the right-justified structure and text that supports their right to left reading preference. This approach appears to differ across the internet because while some right-justify the whole website, for example Dubai newspaper Emarat Al Youm, others justify solely the text, for example Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and choose to follow the conventional Western approach of locating key content on the left.
I am interested in the best solution for Middle Eastern users so should the whole website be right-justified or would justifying only the text be sufficient?
Also, are there any usability pitfalls that only effect Arabic websites?
And are there any Middle Eastern websites that discuss usability research findings?