What was the scope of their involvement?
The app, Explore Dubai, is an aggregation of all the activities and all the verticals we have in our business. It starts from hotel booking. Right now, we have done the hotel booking only in Dubai.
We are currently doing the beta testing; it will be live on the stores very soon. The user can register and they can book activities around Dubai, like going to the malls or doing the safari in the desert. There are hundreds of activities that they can choose from. There’s also a planner, so they have control of everything. They can choose all the dates that they’re there. They can choose what activities. They’ll be given the approximate amount of time that it takes to do a certain activity and how it can fit into their schedule when they’re here.
The app can also preplan everything for them according to their likes and dislikes; we fetch that from Facebook and various other channels if they choose to do that. It would create a preplanned schedule and then they can edit all any of it. Once they are happy with the plan on the app, they can press a button and everything will be booked for them straightaway through us. We’ll be giving them confirmation emails for each of the activities that they’re choosing on the app.
It's also a social network. They can take pictures for whatever activities they are doing or places they’re visiting and post it, automatically sharing to their Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, or Twitter. That’s the first version of our app, which has already been developed. They’ll be coming up with more upgrades soon.
The app is iOS and Android. We have a KPM [Klarnas payment methods] API integration. We used some third-party APIs for calendars and hotel booking. One of the APIs we integrated is booking.com—that’s how we get to know all the hotels and the details.
What is the team dynamic?
The best part is they have this entire team in L.A. and they give us a dedicated project coordinator. Zach [Regional Manager, Wve] was one of our project coordinators. He was the first contact when we approached them. He produced the scope, we negotiated with him, and he was prompt in responding. We were already comfortable talking with him.
Once the project was started, we handed the entire thing over to a project manager, who did a good job. In one exceptional case, when we were not able to explain to them one of the designs, they put us in direct contact with their lead designer and we were able to explain to them exactly what we wanted. Apart from that instance, we had one project manager talking to us all the time.
How did you come to work with Wve?
I reached out to Clutch. Wve was 1 of the 4 companies I reached out to.
How much have you invested with them?
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in February 2017 and the work is ongoing.