Qaym Launches Improved Design, To Make Critical Decisions in The Coming Weeks

12 Jul, 2010

Saudi based, restaurants social review site or “Yelp for the Arab world” Qaym has launched a new design for its Arabic site that includes a number of features: new cities page design that now includes restraints guide, badges for active members, improved search that now comes with suggestions among other additions.

In the blog post (Arabic link) announcing the new UI Jihad Alammar, founder & CEO of Qaym said that Qaym is going through critical time and that decisive decisions will be made in the coming weeks regarding the future of his startup.

Jihad also described a number of challenges that Qyam face, on top of them according to him, is that the Arab Internet users is still hostage to the “Forum Culture” and that Arab Internet users are used to forums basic UI (user interface) which makes it difficult for non-forums sites like Qyam to be used by the average Internet users. This point is also shared by  Mohammed SAHLI the founder of Arabic links  sharing site (stumbleUpon Arabic clone ) Merkab.

However Jihad mentioned that the explosive growth of Facebook among Arab users is a major factor in changing this culture and Arab user perception about how to use the web, as Millions of Arab users are being used to social tools and apps on facebook.

The other challenge he said that Qaym face is lack of interest among Arab developers to use Qaym API which they launched recently.

We wish all the best to Qaym and hope they thrive, the same to all Arab and International startups, But is it true Arab users are still hostage to the “forums culture” ? if true Why? This question has been a debatable question on ArabCrunch.NET Startup Q&A here.

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  1. Tareq Kayyali (Shawweet.com)  |  July 13th, 2010 at 10:13 AM #

    Cannot agree more, the mass of the Arab internet users are addicted to forums that they are not willing to see beyond that. But this challenge is up to us to face. We need to focus on our UI and Development to slowly migrate them from Forums into Full functional social network.

    This approach is not easy and not straight forward, but it pays off when you start seeing bunch of ‘Forum’ addicted users shift to a different UI.

    As for Qaym I will be approaching them soon for their API which can do a great boom with an upcoming launch of ours that will be announced soon (Jihad will be contacting you soon)

  2. Gaith Saqer  |  July 13th, 2010 at 12:10 PM #

    good to know, plz bing us once launched :)

  3. Afeef  |  July 13th, 2010 at 8:00 PM #

    I tried binging you now… I can’t find many results on bing.com…. anything I am missing here?

  4. Gaith Saqer  |  July 13th, 2010 at 9:07 PM #

    bing who plz Afeef?

  5. Afeef  |  July 13th, 2010 at 10:00 PM #

    like you mentioned in your comment…

  6. Gaith Saqer  |  July 13th, 2010 at 10:15 PM #

    oh sorry i meant ping me :D not bing sorry.

  7. Afeef  |  July 13th, 2010 at 11:09 PM #

    ok

  8. aqarmap.com  |  July 14th, 2010 at 7:21 PM #

    The Forum Syndrome is killing all Web 2.0 startups in MENA. We are facing the same problem with AqarMap.com, several members of our website have asked us to install a forum :) !!!

    We need to join hands and launch a huge education campaign against this phenomena. Gaith, you should take the lead with this, and I am willing to support. We can create a video campaign and have all founders of web startups join us.

    Its a big problem, and we cannot blame the users.. We need to educate them !

  9. OOIZO  |  August 2nd, 2010 at 1:05 PM #

    Please Read Our Review of Qaym http://www.ooizo.com/?p=41 you will like it and it will help the developers to know what areas they should cover in the future.

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