Gathern, a booking platform startup based out of Riyadh, has recently raised seed funding from a group of investors, including Saudi-based Inspire Ventures and Vision Ventures, 500 Startups, Aquilaria Capital Management Fund, and Deyarat Trading Company. Abdulla Al Rumaih, the co-founder of Flyin, along with Abdulrahman Al-Janini and Nayef Al-Athel also participated in the investment. Gathern has yet to disclose the amount that was raised.
According to trackMENA’s data, Gathern is the first Saudi startup with a female co-founder to have raised venture capital (excluding those that raised capital by joining an accelerator program).
Founded in 2016 by Latifa Altamimi and Faisal Alanazi, Gathern allows users to book chalets and camps using its online platform or mobile apps. Think of it as a Booking.com for Chalets in Saudi Arabia. The platform since launching its services has enabled booking of more than 30,000 nights across eight cities in the Kingdom.
The platform and apps list chalets and camps with pictures (including the 360-degree views) that are taken by professional photographers on behalf of Gathern. The startup doesn’t charge chalet owners for this. In addition to pictures, Gathern also lists details about all the properties including the facilities it offers, how many people or how big of a gathering the chalet is ideal for, what’s available in the kitchen, how many washrooms does the property have, checkin and checkout time, and more.
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