Islamic Lifestyle 

US start-up pre-launches new P2P property rental platform for Muslims’ Islamic needs

| 26 January, 2017

A start-up has pre-launched a new online platform it calls “a faith-based homestay network”.

In a statement, Washington, DC-based Muzbnb said it expects to begin listing properties by spring this year and fully launch by summer.

Muzbnb follows the Airbnb model as a peer-to-peer property rental platform but it focuses on Muslim hosts and guests in order to accommodate their Islamic needs for leisure or business travel.

Muzbnb told Salaam Gateway it is currently soliciting emails and has received interest from hosts of houses, apartments and villas in Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, and U.S.

The start-up is reaching out to property owners through social media marketing, word-of-mouth advertising, and events. It also told Salaam Gateway it is expanding its marketing reach to professional and student associations, conferences and mosques.

The company projects between 1,000 to 2,000 listed homes per year, with a goal of 5,000 listed homes in three years earning a revenue of $1.5 million by then.

Muzbnb is founded by CEO Hadi Shakur, Chief Networking Officer Muhammad Oda and Chief Product Officer Irfan Aziz. Attia Nasar is Director of Communications.  

Muzbnb is the second Muslim- and Islamic-dedicated P2P property rental platform. UK-based Bookhalalhomes launched in 2015. It is founded by CEO Karima Bihaki.


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