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Ouda W Dar is a new on­line rental plat­form that con­nects trav­el­ers seek­ing au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ences with hosts of­fer­ing unique spa­ces around the world. Founder, Sarah Ber­jaoui, explained, “If I had told you a few years ago that an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple would be stay­ing in strangers’ homes, I doubt you would have be­lieved me. Nowa­days though, most of us al­ready have courtesy of va­ca­tion rental plat­forms such as Airbnb. This cre­ated a new kind of ‘hote­lier’, namely the home own­ers who are look­ing to in­crease their in­come. How­ever, guests are no longer sat­is­fied with pay­ing less for less, as they want to stay in an Airbnb and have the ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence. To ad­dress this mat­ter, af­ter manag­ing lux­ury vil­las and prop­er­ties in Greece, Mykonos and Lon­don for the past 20 years, we ob­served the need to fur­ther ex­pand our pres­ence in the es­ti­mated USD 170 bil­lion mar­ket, es­pe­cially given that an­nual rental growth in Beirut is at 88 per­cent, Dubai at 107 per­cent and Cairo at a whop­ping 297 per­cent.” Ouda w Dar was cre­ated to fully cap­i­tal­ize on this ever-grow­ing trend in an­tic­i­pa­tion of what Ber­jaoui be­lieves will be­come a highly re­quested ser­vice. “We list the prop­er­ties on mul­ti­ple plat­forms, as well as han­dle all re­lated guest oper­a­tions, such as clean­ing, laun­dry, check in/out and price op­ti­miza­tion. Fur­ther­more, we of­fer guests be­spoke ser­vices pro­vided by our third-party part­ners who fa­cil­i­tate the search­ing, book­ing and pay­ing pro­cesses re­lated to meals, and nanny and concierge ser­vices.” The com­pany man­ages over 20 prop­er­ties around Greater Beirut and is cur­rently con­vert­ing three moun­tain and seafront prop­er­ties into au­then­ti­cally unique guest­houses, cou­pled with a broad range of hos­pi­tal­ity ser­vices.

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