Middle eastern dating websites
Current members trace their family histories to countries including Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Morocco.
The site works a little bit differently than dating apps such as Tinder, in which users swipe “yes” or “no” on profiles that provide scant information other than photos.
Shamash is hoping to introduce the site in Israel as well.
Initially, she intended the website to be only for Jews of Iraqi descent, but shortly after its launch, she decided to expand it to all Mizrahi Jews.
People can opt for either low quality dating websites used to chat anonymously, or social networks like Moroccos Alam Jadid, which is designed to help like-minded people meet over common interests.
It’s odd, explained the Lebanese entrepreneur, given how the social pressure can be to find someone after a certain age, and how tricky it can be to meet members of the opposite sex person in some areas.
She explained: “If we don’t have the land under our feet and we’re floating — it’s a culture that is floating and dispersed — why not use [technology] as the ground under our feet, and find each other?
With his French business school diploma and his job at an international consulting firm, Cédric Maalouf was following the same path that most successful Lebanese follow.
Set on finding the right person for him, he signed up for a dating website only to realize there are virtually none in the Arab world.
Shamash, who published a book in 2015 about her Jewish family’s 1972 escape from Iraq, was traveling around the United States, giving talks about her background.