Sunday, March 29, 2009

Couchsurfing in the UAE in our newspaper!

As most of you (should) know (by now), we’re avid CouchSurfers, by both hosting surfers as surfing ourselves. When we first travelled to UAE, the website was blocked (censorship, but why?!), and the number of CS hosts in Abu Dhabi was less than 10. But since the huge influx of people in the country, and the fact that the website is now off the blocked list, the amount of CouchSurfers has sky-rocketed to almost 1000!

Our newspaper, The National (and here the online version), recently published an interesting (full page, and on page 3!) article on CouchSurfing in the UAE. One of the the interviewees is a good friend of ours here in Abu Dhabi! Couchsurfing is how we got in contact in the first place!

You can read the article by clicking on the ‘read more’ link below:


A cushion in hard times

The National - News
28 Mar 2009

ABU DHABI // When their passion for music brought the Aflaki brothers to Dubai from Iran, they were faced with a major challenge: where to stay on a shoestring budget? Nima and Sina’s pursuit of their idols Iron Maiden, the heavy metal band, saw them...read more...