Book Your Football Field With This Hot (and Growing) Bahraini Startup

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Are you in the mood to play football? Challenge some of your friends to a friendly match? We know how much of a hassle it can be to find a proper field, understand pricing, and go through frustration when someone doesn’t pick up the phone. But what if we told you there’s a solution for all that? You don’t have to stress yourself out anymore, or mentally prepare yourself before placing a call. Simply download an app called Malaeb!

Malaeb, co-founded by Ahmed AlRawi and Yasser Abdulaziz, was launched in May 2016. Think of it as the Airbnb of sports venues. Malaeb allows you to find and book football fields—hence the Arabic term malaeb—with ease. You can create and manage your own team, and even challenge other teams with your brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo (or Messi) skills! What’s more, this App allows you to join and play for any team that is looking for players!

Ahmed AlRawi started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 19 with Selfie Station, a small startup that was sold after a year and a half. After that, he decided to fully dedicate himself to Malaeb.

Yasser Abdulaziz graduated from university with a degree in accounting and finance. He worked for Unilever for over two years, but later quit to work on Malaeb. A self-confessed football enthusiast, Yasser teamed up with Ahmed to create an app that specifically targets football lovers. “Malaeb is a community app for football lovers,” explains Yasser. “It enables users to book football pitches online—and soon, we will offer more than that. We currently have over 400 locations across Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. These include Winners, TFA, Soccer City, and Soccer Stars, among others.”

Each had independently formulated the  same idea when they met—which made them the perfect pair to work on this brilliant concept. Malaeb currently operates in Bahrain, Kuwait, and some areas in Saudi Arabia, and they’re looking forward to expanding into four additional countries by the end of the year.

Malaeb does all of the organizing for you, so all you have to do is show up and play…and their social features are about to revolutionize the way people interact around the sport. Malaeb is available on iOS and Android for free. So, what are you waiting for? All you’ve got to do is choose a field, select the date and time you want, and confirm your booking!

 

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