Yallawain: Gowalla For Kuwaiti Restaurants With Emphasis on The Web, No Check-In
Again we come to the area of location based services, Foursquare and Gowalla offers users to check-in at locations, add tips and so on. There are some differences between both in terms of the game playing elements and other features at Gowala where users can share pics and so on about a certain venue.
Yallawain from Kuwait revolves around the same concept which also the recent Jeeran places and what Yelp for the Arab world Qaym revolves around. But unlike Jeeran and Qaym yallawain is in english: you add a restaurant location, share your tips about the dishes a particular restaurant serve or add a review about your experience. And Yes, you can vote locations up or down follow users activities and so on.
When compared to Jeeran places or facebook places Yallawain has a better design and a greater usability and empashsais on the menu it self where you can vote dishes up or down, but we do not know if it can live long or gain traction in the face of facebook high adoption rate in the Arab world and Kuwait in particular where yallawain is focusing on. For now they have locations and tips around them, which helps in the time being users to find a place to eat.
And oh, the site is still in private beta, you need an invite.