Hotels.com Launches Arabic Website For The Middle East

| May 5, 2009 | comment 9 Comments

Hotels.comHotels.com, one of the leading hotel accommodation booking sites in the world, has announced the launch of its Arabic website in the Middle East.  The website is available at http://fanadeq.hotels.com and uses IP based country recognition, an Arabic-language interface and local currency pricing and payment methods.

Hotels.com, is part of the Expedia group, and currently operates 52 global sites. Expedia announced in the summer of last year that it would be launching a dedicated travel portal for the Middle East within the following 12 months, and it seems this is the result of that effort.

Covering the key markets in the Middle East, the new website aims to offer competitive, value for money rates at over 100,000 hotels worldwide. As well as the hotel booking function, the site also offers in-depth hotel information including Microsoft mapping capabilities and property facility information. The site also includes destination information and customers reviews all in Arabic.

Nigel Pocklington, Managing Director of Hotels.com commented, “By launching our new website in Arabic, we are committed to unlocking the full potential of the Middle East market. Our goal is to offer our customers an accommodation booking service with extensive choices, great value prices and excellent customer service.”

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) barometer, the Middle East is already the world’s largest driver of travel, tourism and hospitality, with the sector fuelling the region’s current annual tourism growth of 11% per annum.

The Middle East has seen a steady growth in e-commerce over the last few years with an increasing number of consumers using the internet to buy products and services. One of the fastest growing categories for e-commerce across the globe is travel as customers are increasingly choosing the internet to look for the best deals.

  • jo

    if you are a website owner, I found a tool in the website ip-details.com that you can use to find the location of your veiwers and you can set prices according to the region of your visiotrs like what Hotels.com is doing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ahmad-Fahad-Al-Shagra/536371149 Ahmad Fahad Al-Shagra

    Its sad a high profile Expedia site like hotels.com doesn't have the courtesy to create a usable, or at least design standards compliant interface for their Arabic speaking users. The orientation is totally off, plus the main columns haven't been switched to accommodate left-to-right users.
    IMHO fanadeq.hotels.com is a #fail.

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  • arabiatoday

    i think this was phase two of the process.

  • http://www.travelobby.com/ Tim Abbott

    Mohamed,

    Tim of teksymmetry and travelobby.com here. Congrats to the hotels.com team, but travelobby.com has them beat on content here in Riyadh. While we are no hotels.com, we like to think our search engine gives them a run for their money in arabic and english since we do return more results :) . We just launched yesterday and will add some of the ip recognition things a bit later. We are launching a deals module in a couple of weeks for local travel agents, with some other cool stuff to follow. We wish hotels.com the best but we want to eat their lunch :) .

  • http://www.travelobby.com/ Tim Abbott

    Mohamed,

    Tim of teksymmetry and travelobby.com here. Congrats to the hotels.com team, but travelobby.com has them beat on content here in Riyadh. While we are no hotels.com, we like to think our search engine gives them a run for their money in arabic and english since we do return more results :) . We just launched yesterday and will add some of the ip recognition things a bit later. We are launching a deals module in a couple of weeks for local travel agents, with some other cool stuff to follow. We wish hotels.com the best but we want to eat their lunch :) .

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  • learnandmasterguitar

    This is such a great news for everybody living in the Middle East. Now, its easier for them to look for more hotels and they have a variety of hotels to choose from. They'll be able to get more affordable room or depending on their budget. Port Douglas Hotels

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    Interesting stuff. Too bad she passed, great to hear those old stories!

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