Our series of infographics ‘Top Property Portals’ brings you the market-leading real estate portals from around the world. Last week we looked at the top portals in North and Central America, and this week we take a look at the #1 property portals in The Middle East and West Asia.
As always, if you run a property portal in one of these countries and think we’ve made a mistake, get in touch and show us your numbers and we’ll be happy to make a correction if we agree…
Turkey – Hurriyetemlak.com
The marketing text on the site says 20 million monthly sessions, similarweb says over 40 million for June. Either way, the property portal branch of one of Turkey’s top newspapers is the biggest in the country.
Georgia – Myhome.ge
Run by the company Top.ge which also runs an auto portal, marketplace site and several other sites. Myhome beats fellow Georgian portal Place.ge to top spot.
Azerbaijan – Bina.az
Much like in neighboring Georgia, the top portal in Azerbaijan is part of a group of portal and classifieds sites. Bina.az is the most popular portal and is run by the same people who run the top job (Boss.az) and car (Turbo.az) portals as well.
Armenia – List.am
As the site’s English translation of its About section says “List.am is the largest Armenian community and classifieds site for all types of goods, services and offers. The entire country knows, loves and uses List.am.” Couldn’t have put it better myself.
Syria – sy.OpenSooq.com
The Syrian version of Jordanian-headquartered imena’s classifieds site OpenSooq seems to be where Syrians go to buy and sell property in the absence of OLX or any dedicated property portals in the country.
Lebanon – Propertyfinder.com.lb
OLX Lebanon may well have more traffic overall, but it’s tough to tell which categories that traffic is from. UAE based Propertyfinder bought realestate.com.lb in 2013 and can be considered the country’s biggest specialist property portal.
Israel – Madlan.co.il
On researching property portals in Israel we found a very high number of sites ranking highly on Google but then leading to error pages. Marketplace site Yad2.co.il has a lot of traffic, but Madlan.co.il seems to the top specialist portal in the country.
Jordan – Bayut.jo
In 2019 EMPG-owned Bayut bought out Lamudi, which was controlled by Berlin-based Rocket Internet, to become the most important property portal in Jordan.
Saudi Arabia – sa.Aqar.fm
Neither Bayut nor Propertyfinder dominate in Saudi Arabia. The top spot goes to Riyadh based AQAR which had over 1.6 million sessions in June according to Similarweb.
Bahrain – Propertyfinder.bh
Again, the general classified sites OLX and Opensooq are big here, but as for dedicated property portals, the prize goes to Propertyfinder.bh
Qatar – Propertyfinder.qa
Another gulf state in which Propertyfinder seems to be the only legitimate specialist property portal in town. Shout out to Boshamlan though which has my favourite logo of any property portal.
Kuwait – kw.OpenSooq.com
The marketplace site seems to be the place where Kuwait goes to buy and sell property. As for specialist portals, there are a couple but we can hardly include them on this list as Similarweb says they have fewer than 5000 visits per month.
UAE – Propertyfinder.ae
Propertyfinder.ae wins over Bayut by a narrow margin according to Similarweb. Over the course of this series, we have received a couple of angry emails and I’m half expecting another here. Although marketplace site Dubizzle probably has the most traffic for property, Similarweb does not show a breakdown by product category. EMPG now operates both Dubizzle and Bayut and so has combined traffic far above Propertyfinder which is winning here on a technicality.
Yemen – ye.OpenSooq.com
Once again the marketplace site triumphs in a less developed market. OpenSooq seems to be the only site worth using to find property in Yemen.
Oman – om.OpenSooq.com
There is OLX presence in Oman and, although the gap is closing, OpenSooq has had more than twice as much traffic over the last 3 months according to Similarweb.
Iraq – iq.OpenSooq.com
Another Arab country that does its property shopping on OpenSooq. Although there are some rudimentary local portals such as Dallal.online, none have anything like the traffic that OpenSooq has in Iraq.
Iran – ihome.ir
Although local marketplace sites Divar and Sheypoor may have more traffic, ihome is a legitimate Iranian specialist property portal with around 1 million monthly visits.