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IndustryBusiness ratings and reviews
FoundedJan 2006
HeadquartersRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Key people
Jihad Alammar, Founder/CEO, Ziyad Alghannam, Co-Founder
Number of employees

Qaym is an Arabic-language review site specialized at user-based reviews on restaurants around the world. It started as a review site mainly for restaurants in the Arabian region. The website runs a social networking, user review, and local search using the second generation of web Web 2.0. The website is aimed to deliver good restaurant reviews and easy access contents for Arab readers.


  • 2007: Qaym started as beta version. The beta version was a basic prototype to test the system's performance by selected professional users and normal internet users.
  • 2008: By early 2008 Qaym was officially released to the public.
  • 2009: Qaym joined Badir-ICT, a technology incubator in Saudi Arabia.[2]
  • 2011: On March 2011, Qaym raised a round of funding from N2V, a top MENA Venture Capital firm.[3][4]


  • 2009: Qaym released a free application programming interface (API) V.1.0 in April 2009.[5] The API provides access to business listing details, reviews, photos, and ratings to a website, widget, or mobile application.[6] The API has been used to integrate business reviews into existing Google Maps applications.

Qaym Applications[edit]


  • Qaym was mentioned on Saudi local newspapers such as Al Riyadh and Al Eqtisadiah in April 2009.[13][14] Several remarks was mentioned about Qaym such as that it is one of its kind in Saudi Arabia.
  • In 2010, Bloggers and editors compared Qaym to Yelp, Inc. as the "Yelp for the Arab word".[15][16]

April Fools[edit]

On April 1, 2009, Qaym has featured an April Fools prank on the site. The site was totally revamped as if its going to be Camels reviewing social network.[17]


  1. ^ مدونة قيم »
  2. ^ Qaym on Badir ICT website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ N2V Announcing Qaym Deal "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 14, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ N2V Invests in Restaurants Review Site - ArabCrunch
  5. ^ Qaym Launches Improved Design, To Make Critical Decisions in The Coming Weeks - ArabCrunch
  6. ^[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Qaym iPhone App /Qaym App
  8. ^ Qaym-API-Class Resources by Ahmad Salman
  9. ^ Ahmad Salman Website
  10. ^ Ahmad Salman Announcing QaymRoulette on Twitter
  11. ^ Resriod on ArabCrunch Archived September 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Devdriod website
  13. ^ Article About Qaym 2 April 2009
  14. ^ Article About Qaym Al Riyadh. 3 April 2009.
  15. ^ Qaym is the New Yelp of Arabia TechCrunch. July 2010.
  16. ^ Join Zawya Business Development & Solutions, Latest Intelligence on Industry Zawya
  17. ^ Qaym has fooled Us

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