Ahmad F Al-Shagra
Co-founder of Nadrus.com, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer. Co-founder of Nadrus.com, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer.
Sydney, Australia based hotel search engine HotelsCombined.com announced today that their iPhone app iFindHotels got Arabic support, making it the first app in the iTunes market to provide regional & international hotel search in Arabic.
The release of iFindHotels version 1.31 for iPhone and iPod Touch will allow Arabic speaking users to fully utilize the hotel comparison app which comes in a time where tourism in the Middle East is expected to boom upon the opening of at least 3 massive airports throughout the region within the next 5 years.
The registration-free app compares hotel rates from over 30 of the biggest travel and hotel booking websites. With integrated mapping, smart sorting and filters for search results, and get the best rate in their currency of choice.
Being based in Australia hasn’t prevented the people at HotelsCombined from launching an Arabic version of the website at HotelsCombined.ae in an attempt to fill a gaping hole in the Middle Eastern online travel industry.
iFindHotels has some other interesting features as well:
- Search for hotels near your current location (GPS location aware)
- Make bookings by phone, toll free (With participating hotels only)
- Organize search results with Price, Popularity, Location and Airport filters
- Shake for map- Quickly and easily find hotel locations on a street level map
“ We see great opportunities to further our growth within the Arab speaking markets, for both our iFindHotels app, as well as our core website. We’re excited to be the first to have a fully functional app in Arabic and look forward to the continuing expansion of HotelsCombined into the Middle East region, which is fast becoming a key global travel market.” said Hichame Assi, Head of Strategy and Online Marketing for HotelsCombined via email.
[Disclosure: Hichame Al-Assi is a personal friend and mentor]
Considering all the above and the fact it’s free of charge, you might want to take iFindHotels out for a spin the next time your traveling. You can find it here on iTunes.
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