Airbnb Launches Arabic Website Amid 63% Growth in UAE Visitors – Arabian Business

Airbnb on Wednesday launched its Arabic website in a bit to grow its presence across the Middle East and North-Africa region, where it has over 70,000 listings.

All features in in the localised web platform and iOS and Android apps will be accessible in Arabic, including listing pages with thousands of bookable homes.

As of January 2019, it has experienced a 63% year-on-year growth in UAE visitors, according internal Airbnb data, having welcomed over 145,000 guests from around the world compared to an estimated 90,000 guests in the same time last year.

Airbnb had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai Tourism (DTCM) in 2016 and with Ras al Khaimah in 2018 to encourage responsible hosting within the emirates and promote tourism diversification.

Last year, Airbnb and DCT Abu Dhabi partnered to launch the Emirati Experiences that allow guests from around the world to live like a local.

Arabian Business reported in November last year that the online hospitality platform was considering the launch of an Arabic-translated website to cater to its users in the MENA region.

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