The Middle East and North Africa’s first-of-its-kind online marketplace “asamies.com” is live in beta phase, a promising business model devoted to inspire SMEs and entrepreneurs by providing a wide variety of catchy business names to pick from.
Since its launch in early November, the early stage company has witnessed a number of tractions providing early concept validation. The company’s landing page has received over 100 subscribers in a matter of two days. The user average session duration is 5 minutes on the website. A great number of visitors expressed their interest in listing their own domain names although seller account registration is a phase was yet to be launched and promoted in the future per company’s plans. asamies.com got selected out of 300+ applications to pitch among the top 10 Tech startups on The Entrepreneur Day 2014, a competition organized by Silicon Oasis Founders in Dubai.
“We are excited and proud of what we have achieved so far, though we still have a lot of plans to roll out.” said Ahmad Abdelraziq, co-founder and Managing Director of the company. Aamir Shaikh, co-founder and Creative Director, added “such tractions are good validation milestones and uplifting but that doesn’t change the fact we have to carry on our hard work to live up to users’ expectations”.
The website provides premium names in English and Arabic scripts. Each name is packaged uniquely and at an affordable rate which includes a catchy domain, a quality logo, a choice between the world’s most favorable extension [dot]COM and the world’s first borderless Arabic extension [dot]Shabaka. The website also provides several ways for visitors to browse, select and buy, with the company’s mission to remove the frustration of business enthusiasts wishing to start a project but struggle to find a quality name with a web presence.
The [dot]COM is being offered as it is the most popular extension while the [dot]Shabaka is being offered as the founders want to play a part in raising the Arabic content on the internet; the latter comes especially after realizing the low representation of Arabic web content globally in a region where it is the native language. Not only various ways of payment are offered on the website, but also an installment plan is offered for those who wish to pay off their due amounts over an agreed period. This added advantage is offered at 0% profit as the founders acknowledge the flexibility that people and businesses need when kicking off a project.
asamies.com is founded by Aamir Shaikh and Ahmad Abdelraziq. It is an online marketplace whereby users can browse, shop and buy brandable business and domain names. The Tech Start-up is owned and managed by Innorific FZCO based in the Dubai Silicon Oasis, UAE.