Airbnb launches Arabic platform

The logos of Airbnb are displayed at an Airbnb event in Tokyo, Japan, June 14, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 25 May 2019

Airbnb launches Arabic platform

  • Airbnb has over 70,000 property listings in the region
  • Its website and mobile app will allow users to navigate the platforms in Arabic

Home rental company Airbnb launched an Arabic version of its global platform this week, in a bid to strengthen its presence in the Middle East and North Africa markets.

The US-based home-sharing company, which has over 70,000 property listings in the region, localized its website and mobile app to allow users to navigate the platforms in Arabic, and also allow them to book and pay in their local currencies.

“We want to inspire more Arabic speaking travelers to explore their favorite destinations through authentic, local stays and Experiences on the Airbnb platform,” Hadi Moussa, Regional Manager Middle East and Africa at Airbnb, said in a release.

“We want to create a true sense of belonging for them by ensuring they can do so in their native language going forward,” she added.


Proposals to cut expats in Kuwait reviewed by National Assembly committee

Updated 10 August 2020

Proposals to cut expats in Kuwait reviewed by National Assembly committee

  • One of the seven plans submitted by members of parliament calls to set a percentage for each migrant community in the country
  • The Kuwaiti government’s plan calls to replace about 160,000 expat working in the public sector with nationals

DUBAI: Thousands of expats in Kuwait are expected to leave the country as talks over the decision have started between the government and the National Assembly human resources committee.
The government and parliamentary proposals are being reviewed by the committee, national daily Kuwait Times reported.
One of the seven plans submitted by members of parliament calls to set a percentage for each migrant community in the country.
The Kuwaiti government’s plan also calls to replace about 160,000 expat working in the public sector with nationals, but did not provide a timeframe.
The proposal also suggests that about 370,000 expats who show a “negative impact” on the country or are illegal residents can be dismissed by taking short-term measures.
The government added in its plan that “marginal” workers should be reduced by 25 percent. It also expects to lower temporary employment contracts by 30 percent in government jobs.
The government also discussed the massive increase in the expat population in the country between 2005 and 2019, as it went up to 4.42 million. It added that during this time, the citizens’ population increased from 860,000 to 1.335 million.