Online hospitality service Airbnb has announced that its platform will be available in Arabic to make it easier for people in the Middle East and North Africa to access its website’s content.
This means that all features of Airbnb can be read in Arabic – listing pages with thousands of homes available for booking, experiences around the world and content on how to travel or host using the service.
Airbnb has also released new data to show that across the Middle East and North-Africa region more than 70,000 listings are now available to book on the Airbnb platform.
As of 1st January 2019 in the UAE, 10,000 listings were available on the Airbnb platform and hosts in the UAE welcomed more than 145,000 guests from around the world – showing more than 63% year-on-year growth.
“The Middle East and North-Africa region is extremely important to us, so we are delighted to launch Airbnb in Arabic today,” said Hadi Moussa, regional manager for Middle East and Africa.
“People from across the region have been using Airbnb since it was founded ten years ago to book magical travel experiences.
“We want to create a true sense of belonging for them by ensuring they can do so in their native language going forward.
“We want to inspire more Arabic speaking travelers to explore their favourite destinations through authentic, local stays and experiences on the Airbnb platform.
“Arab hospitality is famous around the world. Airbnb wants to encourage more people in the region to host and share this warm welcome with guests from around the world.”