Com­ing soon: An app to or­der plumb­ing ser­vices

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Or­der­ing plumb­ing ser­vices will be just a tap away in Oman from Jan­uary.

Five Oma­nis, Hamed al Mahrouqi, You­nis al Rawahi, Aysha al Shi­bli, Asad Am­bu­saidi and Mu­taz al Zad­jali have come to­gether to de­velop the Musalih mo­bile app plat­form which will of­fer this ser­vice.

Speak­ing to Muscat Daily, Mahrouqi, 28, a grad­u­ate from the Sul­tan Qa­boos Uni­ver­sity, and team leader, said, “The idea to work on the project came up when I faced prob­lem in my apart­ment. The water pipe was leak­ing and needed to be fixed im­me­di­ately. I called many plumbers but they were un­avail­able be­cause of other works. I re­alised then that many peo­ple like me would be fac­ing the same prob­lem around Oman.”

Mahrouqi said that the Musalih app is a place to bring to­gether home own­ers and handy­men (Mahir). “A handy­man spe­cialises in a wide range of re­pairs par­tic­u­larly those re­lated to homes. We did re­search about the so­ci­ety in Oman and found that there is a big de­mand for such ser­vices. Peo­ple are usu­ally busy with their lives. Our aim is to save time and of­fer a range of ser­vices on our plat­form.

“We are com­mit­ted to train Omani youths to be­come Mahirs and join our plat­form to grow their busi­ness. We are still in the demo stage and de­vel­op­ing the Musalih app with our part­ners

CTO Mu­taz.”

Speak­ing of the chal­lenges, he said, “There were many chal­lenges. It started with form­ing a core team and find­ing the right part­ner to work on the idea.

“We want the Omani so­ci­ety to use such apps to get their work done eas­ily. We did a lot of re­search be­fore de­vel­op­ing the app. The key was to un­der­stand the need for such a plat­form and come up with right strate­gies be­fore we hit the mar­ket. We are look­ing for angel in­vestors to take the project for­ward.”

Mahrouqi said that he keeps meet­ing peo­ple to work on con­cepts and ideas. He added, “I am em­ployed in the oil sec­tor. I keep meet­ing peo­ple and dis­cuss ideas with them. To­day, we get lots of sup­port from the Omani gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor. Riyada is sup­port­ing star­tups There is sup­port from the Di­wan of Royal Court, Tow­ell Group, Alas­foor et al. All are try­ing to sup­port Omani en­trepreneur­s.

“We have reg­is­tered the project with the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try in Oman and with in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions like Seed Star and Pitch Palace in Bahrain.”

The team is us­ing so­cial media chan­nels like Instagram and Twit­ter to pro­mote the Musalih app plat­form. “We can be reached on Instagram and Twit­ter un­der the name of @musal­i­h_om and through email at [email protected]

About fu­ture, he said that the team wants to in­clude more util­ity ser­vices in fu­ture.

“We hope to launch the plat­form in Jan­uary. I thank His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said and the Na­tional Youth Pro­gram for Skills De­vel­op­ment for con­tin­ued sup­port. I also thank the Musalih team mem­bers and my fam­ily for be­liev­ing in me and my idea.”

Peo­ple are usu­ally busy with their lives. Our aim is to save time and of­fer a range of ser­vices on our plat­form Hamed al Mahrouqi

(Sup­plied photo)

L-R: You­nis al Rawahi, Asad Am­bu­saidi, Hamed al Mahrouqi and Mu­taz al Zad­jali

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