From Palestine: SafqaOnline A Craiglist For The Arab World.

18 Jan, 2010

safaqlogoLaunched in November last year, SafqaOnline which means in Arabic “deal online” is a new startup from Ramallah, Palestine,  that is  similar to craiglist but provides better user interface and is geared towards the Arab world.

SafqaOnline caters to both merchants and individuals, for merchants it provides easy way to establish a web presence and create a virtual store online with contact information, services provided.

It also provides both merchants and individuals, free advertisements spaces that categorized in 5 Main Categories which are: Automotive, Real estate, Stores, Marketplace and Professions (Jobs).

safaq home page

As the founder of SafqaOnline George Halabi puts it:”there here are plenty of classifieds websites on the internet. the classifieds idea is old, craigslist was online in 1996, what we did is concentrated on the user experience and came up with a friendly user interface that makes finding information easy and straight forward.”

SafqaOnline is currently available in Arabic and English interfaces, It automatically converts posted ads into other languages. French and other languages will be added in the near future. The startup self funded and aims to generate revenues from ads. Its regional competitors include Asuaq.

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  1. Tanya Kasim  |  January 18th, 2010 at 1:21 PM #

    I’m not a web site creator or expert or anything, but I have a question about it. What safeguards do you place on Safqa Online for tweens, teenagers, and college students? This reminds me of something that happened last summer and craigslist was at the center of it.

  2. George Halabi  |  January 18th, 2010 at 2:24 PM #

    Tanya, I appreciate your concern, We have taken this into consideration. All Ads go through our monitoring system to make sure it’s relevant to the website’s content, objective and our middle eastern traditions which we are proud of.

  3. Ahmad  |  January 18th, 2010 at 9:51 PM #

    Very nice idea, the interface is good and easy.

  4. ghada  |  January 22nd, 2010 at 2:37 PM #

    in this world of computer and internet what else could me more convenient than doing deals online, its a marvelous site,and I hope people will appreciate using it.all the best

  5. Palestinian Craigslist launched in Ramallah - News  |  January 24th, 2010 at 4:52 PM #

    […] Arab Crunch blog is reporting on the launch of  SafqaOnline, which is a startup from Ramallah,  that is  similar to craiglist but is geared towards the Arab world. SafqaOnline which means "deal" in Arabic is currently available in Arabic and English interfaces, The startup self funded and aims to generate revenues from ads. […]

  6. bukhatir hawwal  |  February 11th, 2010 at 7:39 PM #


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