The online and mobile restaurant search and discovery service Zomato expands further into the Middle East with the launch of its Lebanon section.
Founded in 2008 in New Delhi, India, the company is present today in more than 100 cities across Lebanon, the UAE, Turkey, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, South Africa, the Philippines, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Qatar and India. Zomato covers more than 3,800 restaurants in Beirut and is available on web and mobile (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry).
Through Zomato, users can browse through restaurant information, read and write restaurant reviews, share pictures and build a personal network of people whose opinions they trust. It also offers a prospect for business owners to reach out to and engage with a highly targeted audience. Zomato’s mobile app allows users to discover restaurants around them based on their physical location, in addition to providing information for all restaurants in the city.
“We’re excited to include Lebanon in our growing list of [countries]. The Middle East is a very promising market for us and we plan to foray into more cities in the region over the next twelve months. Beginning today, people across Beirut can read restaurant reviews, discover places to eat at in the city and share their food journeys within their network,” says founder and CEO of Zomato, Deepinder Goyal.
“This is an exciting phase for us. We believe that we can disrupt restaurant discovery in Lebanon with our rich content-driven model. We believe that Zomato will change the way people look for restaurant recommendations around them, whether they’re looking for the best Mezzeh or the most popular sushi joint. We’re excited to bring Zomato to Lebanon and help the folks here find great places to eat. I was a big Zomato fan in Dubai, and every time I visited Lebanon, I couldn’t find a single online resource to help me make dining or delivery choices. Well, here it is,” says country manager of Zomato Lebanon, Karl Baz.