5 of the Most Useful Middle Eastern Tech Startups

In the burgeoning Middle Eastern entrepreneurial marketplace, the technology sector is experiencing tremendous growth, thanks to dedicated startup support in countries such as Egypt. Both in this nation and across the rest of the region, a number of new companies that provide a variety of useful products to their clients are emerging. Whether it’s helping people make easier online payments or enabling companies to expand, a Middle Eastern startup exists to suit nearly every need.

Here are a few of the most useful tech startups in the Middle East:

  1. Snapay

The team behind Snapay has revolutionized the way that Middle Easterners manage their finances and make online payments. Recognizing the importance of smart phones in today’s world, the startup has created the innovative application, which facilitates online transactions for merchants and customers alike. This software functions like a sort of mobile point of sale (POS) device, enabling both parties to make and receive immediate payments via mobile phone without the need for a credit card or POS hardware.

During each transaction, the Snapay app generates a unique QR code that includes information about how much the merchant is charging and important user identification. After connecting their bank information to their account, customers can make immediate payments by simply scanning this code with their phone. Snapay thus enables its users to forego traditional wallets and credit cards in favor of a fully digital money transfer system.

  1. Tawlat

Available to those living in the United Arab Emirates, Tawlat makes eating out easier and more exciting. This app lets users make real-time online reservations at hundreds of restaurants and bars, which are searchable by location, type of cuisine, or special feature. Through the startup’s mobile app, users can also write and post reviews of the eateries that they visit or browse through those that others have created.

Perhaps the most innovative feature of Tawlat is its rewards system. Whenever individuals use the app or website to book a restaurant visit, they will receive points that they can redeem on future purchases. They can then use these points to save anywhere between AED50 and AED500 at any restaurant in the Tawlat network. Also dedicated to helping its users save money, the startup keeps users updated on discounts and other promotions at eating establishments across the Emirates.

  1. Dakwak

Since its inception in 2009, the Jordan-based startup Dakwak has become one of the most useful tools available to companies that are looking to expand their services globally. The firm provides translation services that help its clients create websites in more than 60 languages. Unlike other companies in this space, Dakwak is able to complete its translation services with a simple URL instead of requiring backend access.

Even better, Dakwak allows its users to customize their translated websites by adding pictures, written content, and CSS—all without having to do any coding. This company’s services not only save businesses precious time, but they also allow firms to reach more potential customers through online searches in multiple languages.

  1. KinTrans

Entrepreneur Mohamed Elewazer has spent years developing a way to bridge the communication gap between those who cannot hear and those with whom they wish to speak. The result of his efforts, KinTrans, is a device that translates sign language into spoken text. This solution is particularly aimed at those who need to conduct business but do not otherwise have a means of reliable communication. With KinTrans, companies of all kinds will be able to increase involvement of employees who are hard of hearing, increase their customer service capabilities, and ensure better workflow.

For its first release, in early 2017, KinTrans will be able to translate both Arabic Union Sign Language and American Sign Language. Elewazer hopes to one day expand its capabilities to include countless other languages and even help serve clients outside of a business setting.

  1. FittPass

Designed to make the fitness process easy for anyone, FittPass helps individuals take charge of their fitness by giving them the power to enroll in exercise classes when and where they want. Whether they are looking for a long-term gym or a simpler routine, they can create the plan that best suits their unique needs and workout goals. Through the FittPass website, users can search through a vast array of fitness centers that offer a wide range of activities, including yoga, mixed martial arts, and personal training.

With a particular facility in mind, users can then select from one of several pass types, which are valid for periods of one day to 12 months. These passes conveniently arrive through e-mail, which means that users can enjoy gym services on the go. FittPass places no limit on the number of passes that customers may buy, which makes it easy for people to find the right gym or try out numerous centers before committing to a membership.