Malaeb is a Bahraini-based community application that allows football players to book pitches close to their location conveniently and in a couple of minutes. The app offers another interface to the venue owners to edit their bookings and keep the booking process in real-time.
Malaeb co-founders Ahmed Al-Rawi and Yasser Abdulaziz are both devoted football fans. They were connected through mutual friends and discovered that they had independently envisioned the same idea for a football booking application. The couple of passionate football fans decided to launch the Malaeb application to fulfill their mutual passion. The application was launched in May 2016.
They were able to start a small pre-seed funding round of undisclosed value from Bahrain’s business angels network Tenmou. In October 2017, Raed Ventures led a seed funding round with the participation of Vision Ventures, Inspire Ventures, and 500 Startups for the Malaeb company. The funding amount was also undisclosed.
Malaeb is currently active in over 500 locations in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. It has been used by more than 100,000 people. Ahmed and Yasser look forward to expanding into four additional countries by the end of the year, and also expand in other sports in addition to football.
- The app enables users to search and book venues near their location instantly and in real time.
- The app allows the creation of teams and users can join games in their nearest venues.
- The gamification feature allows each user a profile with their activity and reviews.
Ahmed Al-Rawi Chief Executive Officer
Yasser Hadi Chief Operating Officer