About Places.ae

Where's the closest pizza place?

That question was asked late 2007. A few weeks later, Places.ae was born. Places.ae is one of the most comprehensive online directories for the United Arab Emirates. Running since 2008, it has provided the residents of the UAE with useful information.

In plain english, Places.ae is a location based directory, holding a vast list of so-called "points of interest", such as restaurants, hotels, school, bars, etc. If you wish to advertise your building, and attract a few hundred thousand eyeballs on the way, you can do so at this link.

Why we created places.ae

Every day we noticed a need to find places. Numerous times we stumbled across friends and colleagues asking "oh, where's the closest hospital", or "where can we eat something that's nearby?". To help everybody (in the UAE at least), we created places.ae.

Initially, in early 2008, it started off as a Ruby on Rails project, but we soon realized it's potential, and brough it live. Since then, the userbase and the directory has been growing steadily.

Wish to help with places.ae?

We always welcome good resources and ideas, please get in contact with us so we can discuss about possibly working together.

If you have any more questions, please check our help page or feel free to contact us at any point in time.