Walif is a service that puts Dubai residents and visitors in touch with the city's activities, people, and merchants.
By collecting useful information about users' preferences and their extended networks, tracking recommendations, and with engaging editorial features like creative list making, Walif is able to provide highly accurate search results and suggestions.
Walif is available as a website and mobile application for Apple and Android users.
Finding connections through existing networks, based on a unique set of collected information makes Walif the first platform of its kind.
A more intuitive and natural keyword search allows you to look for businesses and people not just by categories but by entering specific terms.
The action of following, either an entity or a person, creates a connection that gets mapped in the system, and is then showed to other users.
Users I follow and the users connected to them.
Businesses I follow and my connections that also follow that business. Connections with a business are traced whenever an interaction takes place.
A connection is mapped when a user:
People that follow the lists that I follow
The benefit of searching with Walif is that you can search using popular keywords or with specific descriptions to find exactly what you're looking for. For example: italian laundry, romantic sushi restaurant, cheap reliable plumber. You can search by the name of a business or service and even add a location or an area. For example: Coya - Dusit Thani Hotel. An autocomplete feature shows you suggestions based on the letters typed and there is a default "near me" option that requests geolocation to enable it. Users only need to type "me" to initiate the "let's go" search.
To see content published by a specific type of user, expert or friend, click the filter icon on the right of the search bar and specify the category and subcategory.
Add multiple keywords to the search bar. For example: when searching for a cheap italian laundry, type the words "cheap italian laundry" then type enter to initiate the search.
Click on the dropdown menu from the search panel. Select "businesses and retailers", then select "people". You can search by name or use attributes and keywords to search people by job function. For example: english doctors, fun developers, etc.
Click on the dropdown menu and select "businesses and retailers", then select "list". Search by list name or by an attribute suggested in the field below, then click "let's go." For example: italian restaurants, kids fun - tourist attractions.
Stay updated on what happens at Walif. Follow people, businesses, retailers, and lists to receive related activity notifications, like if a friend posts a review, or if a business publishes a deal. If the owner of a list makes any changes, the followers of the List will also be updated.
From the profile page of the followed user you can disable feeds or notifications. When you follow a user, notifications about the activity of this user are automatically enabled. For example: if the user follows a business, creates a new list or rates/reviews an activity you get a notification. While this may be interesting to some people it could be overwhelming to people following a lot of users.
By clicking on the (W+) button on a business' page you are following the business and will automatically receive information about deals, promotions and related activities.
We invented a new way to help you keep track of your favorite businesses and retailers. Saving your selections is great, but being able to organize them into personal lists is even better, especially when you can see lists other people are making. Planning a night out and want to try some new places? See what Walif says then make a special list and send to friends for their opinion. Your sister's in town with kids? Be prepared with Walif. Make a list of kid-friendly activities, businesses, and even doctors and babysitters to share.
Creating a list is easy. Edit the old ones, create new ones, or snag other users’ favorite lists to see what they find interesting around town.
Find an interesting list but want to make some changes? Just save the list to make it your own then modify it however you like. Privacy levels can be customised, depending on who you want to have access. The more lists you make, the better chance you have to receive points and rewards.
A list needs to have at least one business in it. To create a new list you can go to a business page, or type a business title in the search bar to find a business to add, and click on the "add to list" button. A window will open that prompts you to create a new list if none are created, then simply add the selected business.
Be creative when naming your lists to encourage followers and help your list be more easily found. If you wish, you can then define the privacy level.
Go to the page of the business or type in a business name in the search bar to find a one to add, then click on the "add to list" button. A window will open that prompts you to create a new list if none are created, then simply add the selected business.
Add, remove, and rearrange the businesses on your lists and adjust the privacy settings with the handle on the left-hand side. From the list page you can also track your number of followers, see connections, and see and how many of them are your friends.
On the app, swiping the business tile to right reveals additional information, while swiping to the left gives the option to delete the business.
When you create a list you can adjust privacy settings at any time by clicking edit from the "multiple action" button or from the list page and switching on the the "private" button.
From the page of the list, find the "multiple action" button and click on "edit" to change the name of the list. Once the name has been changed you will then able to copy and save it as your own, making any edits you wish. If the list name is not changed, it remains saved without the option to modify.
From a desktop computer, a business can be deleted by clicking on the "x" button on the business tile, on the top right-hand side.
From the app, swipe to the left to find the delete button and click to remove the business from your list.
Well it shows how many users on Walif are interested in your list and you can receive updates of any changes or additions to lists that you've made and that others may have saved.
From your desktop computer, go to a business' page, and under the tab "pics & tips", add a review or rating by clicking on one of the two tabs below the general rating.
From the app, click on the pencil button or the "post a review" button. A window will open, prompting you to post a rating, image, or review.
From your desktop computer, upload single or multiple images and add a caption by clicking on "post a review".
From the app, click on the pencil or "post a review" button and upload single or multiple images, with the option to add a caption for each of them.
When viewing a business, you see both the general rating, given by the general public and/or ratings given by the people you are following. See how your friends opinions match up with everyone else's.
The check next to a business name means that the business has been verified and that the page is managed by the owner. This guarantees more accurate information.
Receive points for contributions like writing a review, creating a list, uploading a photo, following, and gaining followers.
Here is a cheat sheet of ways to earn points:
 points for downloading the app
 points for registering in Walif
 points for writing a review
 points for rating a business
 points for uploading a pic
 points for creating a list
 points since a new user started following your list
 points since a new user started following you
Prizes can be redeemed as soon as you have enough points. Just click on the "redeem" button and the points will be deducted from your total score and a pdf or jpg will be made available for you to download.
Register and log in to create a profile by providing a personal email and a password, or with your Facebook or Google+ account and connect with people that already in your friends network.
From the profile page, clicking on the settings icon on the top right hand side to access information about your profile, account, interests and social networks.
Providing additional details and information helps us provide you with the most relevant results possible. It connects you with similar users, and helps reinforce the reliability of your reviews, lists, and comments for other users in the world of Walif. Users are able to find and follow you based on your interests, your role, your location, or the type of lists you've created. If someone in your neighborhood likes the new cafe down the street, maybe you will too.
If you have registered through G+ or Facebook you can choose to show or hide your social profile on your Walif account by clicking the button "don't show on profile" under the social network tab in settings.
To delete your account, send an email to email@example.com
In accordance the terms and conditions, your photos and profile will no longer be active or searchable on Walif but the informaticustomeron you have provided will be stored in the system.
If your account has been hacked, report the profile from the "multiple action" button indicating that it is a fake profile then send us an email here so we can address the situation as quickly as possible and work to resolve it.
Report the profile from the multiple action button indicating that it is a fake profile and send us an email here so we can address the situation as quickly as possible and work to resolve it.
Experts are certain users, distinguished by a badge, with a particular skillset or knowledge, or that could be trendsetters in their respective field.
If you are a expert in a particular field, an opinion maker, send us an email here with some more information and Walif will take a look. After an evaluation and if it makes sense to Walif, a badge may be awarded.
Walif's trusty team personally selects and verifies each expert before they are awarded a badge.
Send us a message here with the details you used to register (name, surname, email) and someone will contact you shortly to resolve the issue.
Send us a message here and we'll send you a new link.
At the login page, click on "forgot password" and follow the instructions on the screen or click here
The email address you used to register cannot be changed. A new account can be created with a different email to here
Maybe you haven't activated the account after registering, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll resend you the link.
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If your photo has been removed it may have been flagged as inappropriate or not in line with our community standards. If you think we've got it wrong, please contact us here
If you find something offensive or inappropriate, report it by clicking on the "multiple action" button.
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A user can be blocked from following you and from viewing your full profile. Clicking on the "multiple action" button on the user profile page, then click on "block users". You can also find the "blocking" tab under "settings" and search by user. The user will not be notified when they have been blocked.
A blocked user will be able to see your public information but your profile will be kept private, without the option to follow you.
Yes. Simply click on the button "unblock" beside the name of the user you want to unblock under the "blocking" tab on your profile settings or by selecting "unblock" from the "multiple action" icon from the user's profile page.
Walif is a service that allows businesses in Dubai to improve their digital presence and better respond to customers' needs. Walif helps businesses connect more directly to consumers, develop relationships with new and existing customers, and encourage interaction.
Good news, your business may already be on Walif! In case we haven't got to you yet, help us out and send us an email here with your business details and trade licence number and we'll take it from there.
Don't worry, the information, images and actions connected to your personal account won't be in any way connected with your business activities.
There is only one type of account. When you register as a user on Walif you simply submit a request to verify ownership of a business then can switch from normal user status to business user from the dropdown menu on the header under your avatar.
You can claim your business by finding the button "claim this business" at the top and bottom of the page and from the "multiple action" icon.
There are no limits on how many businesses you can claim, as long as the claim is reasonable.
If we haven't gotten to your business yet, help us out and send us an email here with your business details and Dubai trade licence number and we'll take it from there.
So far Walif only allows one user per business page at a time.
The best way to present your business and to ensure its credibility is by having reliable information and great pictures that give people an idea of what their experience with your business will be like.
Up your digital game and gain trust with new and potential customers by replying and commenting back to other users. Be sure to use your business user status when doing so and not your personal one.
You can switch from a normal user to a business user by clicking on the dropdown menu the the header under your avatar or by clicking on the button to the left hand side of your business name.
In the same way you switch from a normal user to a business user, find the dropdown menu on the header under your avatar to see all of your claimed businesses. Easily switch from one to another by clicking the button on the left hand side of your business name
Groups are businesses that belong one main group and can be connected on Walif. If you can't find your main group, request that it be added by clicking on the link "can't find my group" under the tab group of your general business settings.
Search for your group name under the tab group of your general business settings and select the corresponding name to add it. Alternatively you can email us at email@example.com.
Click on the settings icon on the top right-hand side of your business page to access your business settings.
When completing the section for business hours first select either "General" or "Public Holidays" under the title.
Select the days of the week that apply and enter the opening and closing times. If an additional time slot is needed for these days, add a new one by clicking on the (+) icon.
If you have different timeframes for different days of the week, click "duplicate" to create a copy of the fields, then insert the desired time frame.
Be careful not to fill them all in simultaneously so as not to display multiple timetables on your business page.
For example: Mon - Tue - Wed - Thur - Fri 9:00-13:00, 14:00-19:00 and Sat - Sun 9:00-15:00
The field can be duplicated up to 7 times (one for each day of the week). If a day of the week is not selected, your business will result as closed for that day.
Keywords are words that characterise your business and help increase its searchability in the system. They appear on and are connected to your business page and help customers understand what your business is all about. For example: restaurant keywords may include gluten-free, fancy, French cuisine, kid-friendly.
Only the first 5 keywords that you type in your business settings will be shown on the profile but all of the selected keywords will be recognized during a search.
Fill in as much information about your business as possible and keep your business page updated with promotions, business details like special hours, recent and high-quality pictures, and any products you might want to feature. All the information you enter provides keywords that can help improve your searchability.
If you leave a field empty, it will not be shown on your business page.
Create or modify a deal by finding the "Deal" tab under business settings.
There are no limits to how many deals you can post as long as your promotion has been approved by DED.
Under business settings, click directly on the main image or find the business media tab. You can also select a photo from another user.
Yes, you can. Under settings you can select up to 5 images to be displayed on your business page under "media gallery". Under each image find the toggle switch, "show on business page" and switch it on or off.
It will stay on your page anyway. When you select a customer image to be shown on your business page, the system makes a copy of that image so even if the original user deletes it, your business page won't be affected.
From your business settings under the "media" tab.
No, they will stay separated.
You can access high level analytics and information about how your business page is performing from the business settings under the tab "analytics".
Walif lets you see how often your business page is being visited, reviewed, viewed, saved to lists, and how many users have clicked on your mobile number or emails.
You can also see who the users are that follow your business and who has saved it to a list.
Pretty soon, Walif will be providing you with even more valuable tools to help you to analyse information about your new and existing customers. Specific demographics, search origins, neighborhood information and more to help your business grow and thrive.
To ensure reliable and trustworthy information on Walif, businesses are not able to remove negative comments. You can report the unwanted activity by clicking on "report", specifying the reason you are requesting removal.
When trolling happens or if you think a user may be fake, report it by clicking on the "multiple action" icon from their user profile page and specify the reason you are reporting the profile, we'll take it from there.
You can unclaim ownership of a business by clicking on the (-) button on the business tile found in your personal profile settings under the "business" tab.
If you are selling or closing your business you can request removal of the business profile from Walif. Please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are passing the business or the management of the business profile to someone else you can simply remove it as a business you are managing. The business' status on Walif will change to unclaimed again, and the new owner can request to claim it, passing through the standard verification process.
Walif already misses you already, but it's cool. Simply send an email to email@example.com, requesting the removal of the business page. We're always hopeful that you'll come back.
Your business will no longer be on the Walif website or the app, but all the information you've provided will be stored in the system.