From Palestine: SafqaOnline A Craiglist For The Arab World.
Launched 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).
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.