Lately people have been asking us just how many group buying sites there really are covering the Middle East? so we here at TNW took it upon ourselves to figure it out, and the results are back. About a dozen.
One of the most significant findings is that Groupon.com will be expanding in the Middle East with their first portal covering an Arab country through Groupon.ae. We’ve sent a couple of emails out to those suspect have the answer but have yet to get anything official.
If you’re not familiar with Groupon’s European network, CityDeal was a Berlin based Groupon clone that got acquired back in May 2010. Which means the UAE portal will probably be managed from there until they set up shop in the UAE. Which doesn’t look like it’s going to be the near future.
This of course is sad news for the other Group Buying startups in the region, because this basically means Groupon probably isn’t going to be looking for acquiring any of them. Groupon would rather compete.
Now don’t get too excited, most only have a homepage so far. Nonetheless we thought we’d let you know how things are going and which to keep a lookout for.
- GoNabIt.com: Providing for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut, Sharjah-Ajman-RAK, Kuwait City. One of the two usual suspects backed by Bayt.com.
- Cobone.com: Providing for Dubai/Dubai Premium, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut, Sharjah, Manama. Second of the two usual suspects backed by Jabbar Internet Group.
- Waffarna.com: Still hasn’t launched. Will be initially covering Amman.
- Fustuq.com: Hasn’t launched either. Will be serving Amman.
- Madinadeal.com: Currently serving the good people of Amman.
- Makhsoom.com: Hasn’t launched yet, and will be initially providing for Lebanese cities starting with Beirut. Keep a look out for these guys.
- Groupon.ae: Official Groupon regional branch. Not yet launched. Will be providing for the UAE including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
- Grouponuae.com: Very creepy clone of Groupon UAE providing for no other than…the UAE.
- Wanamax.com: Not yet launched. Will be providing for Dubai.
- Cityloots.com: Not yet launched. Will be providing for UAE.
- Dailydiscount.ae: Not yet launched. Will be providing for UAE
- Aedeals.com (email based)
So there you have it a dozen websites mainly providing deals for the UAE and Jordan as launching pads for the rest of the region, with one launching from Lebanon.
Let us know if you’ve heard of any other websites so we can put them on the list and enjoy.