Airbnb to launch a MENA version in Arabic

The international hospitality service brokerage platform Airbnb has recently announced that they’ll be launching the Arabic version of the platform soon for the Middle East and North Africa regions.


The vernacular platform will be available for both desktop and mobile. This will pave way for the fulfillment of the globalized approach of Airbnb for serving the customers.

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Airbnb, being a popular platform in Dubai and the rest of UAE will make accommodation renting seamless for the regional audience.

Let’s talk a little data

According to Airbnb’s new report, more than 70 thousand listings are available for rent in the Middle Eastern and North African region on Airbnb. Out of which, around 10 thousand listings are from UAE itself. UAE hosts have served over 145 thousand guests from all over the globe, which is 63% more than the last year.

The other popular Experience platform of Airbnb which was launched in Dubai in 2017 deals with activities guided by locals. Emirates travelers can get firsthand experience of globally renowned Arab hospitality with this feature. Over 750 Experiences are currently active across the Middle Eastern and North-African region, in countries like UAE, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan. Almost 120 of those Experiences are featured in the UAE.

Airbnb have already started to work to keep their commitment to the region, by signing a MoU (memorandum of understanding) with Dubai Tourism (DTCM) back in 2016, as well as Ras al Khaimah in 2018. The MoU aims to promote tourism diversity and top-notch hosting within the region. Airbnb is also collaborating with DCT Abu Dhabi from last year for promoting Emirati Experiences that give the tourists a real flavor of the local community and culture.

Hadi Moussa, the Regional Manager of Airbnb in the Middle East and Africa quoted.

“The Middle East and North-Africa region is extremely important to us, so we are delighted to launch Airbnb in Arabic today. People from across the region have been using Airbnb since it was founded ten years ago to book magical travel experiences. We want to create a true sense of belonging for them by ensuring they can do so in their native language going forward. We want to inspire more Arabic speaking travelers to explore their favorite destinations through authentic, local stays and Experiences on the Airbnb platform”

To avail the Airbnb platform in Arabic on their desktop, users can simply choose Arabic with the language selector, or change the language to Arabic from the site footer. iOS and Android users can also change the app language into Arabic from iOS/Android settings.

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