Rising up in Dubai, Chris Darnell and Rene Morgan met one another throughout their first yr of faculty at Jebel Ali Major College. In 2020 the buddies noticed a chance to work collectively on an concept that they believed was not solely in step with Dubai’s Good Metropolis Imaginative and prescient, however one thing that would assist strengthen communities and the residents inside.
“Having lived in Dubai for all these years, we’ve seen first-hand how troublesome it may be for brand spanking new and long-term expats to attach with their neighbours, on condition that the so many households keep right here for just a few years. COVID-19 made issues worse with the lockdown, putting additional limitations on our social connectivity,” says Renee.
“To fight the issue, we determined to launch Hayi, (Arabic for neighbourhood), a free-to-use social community for neighbourhoods within the UAE, the place neighbours can join, share info and befriend these of their group. We’re each working full time on the startup and are tremendous passionate in regards to the prospect of making a singular platform for all communities throughout the nation, one thing we want was accessible whereas we had been rising up right here,” he explains.
Since launching the app in September final yr, Hati has greater than 2,000 verified neighbours onboard throughout 13 completely different neighbourhoods. “Earlier this week we launched in Motor Metropolis to supply neighbours with a digital answer to attach with their group. We’re within the technique of including native enterprise reductions to the app, in addition to a characteristic for group administration to attach with all residents in a extra social method. We hope to tailor the app so there’s something for everybody!” says Chris.
Together with the startup, the buddies have launched a social initiative the place they attempt to unfold consciousness on the rising downside of littering. “Dubai deserts have lately been below the highlight for the reason that Municipality eliminated 130 tonnes of garbage over a six-week interval and we’ve seen increasingly residents discussing the degrees of litter inside their neighbourhoods,” says Rene.
“In every of our lively neighbourhoods, we have now carried out volunteer clean-ups, with the aim of organizing small volunteer teams throughout the town the place eco-friendly neighbours of all ages can meet and volunteer their time to maintain their group clear. We’ve got had overwhelmingly constructive suggestions from neighbours, with many already expressing their curiosity in becoming a member of the trigger.
We’re at the moment within the midst of some thrilling partnerships with Neighborhood Managers throughout the area to help in organizing extra official social initiatives and occasions throughout the communities to actually create a way of group each on-line and offline. We imagine this initiative will assist the Authorities with its environmental efforts and can encourage neighbours throughout the town to try to stay a extra eco-friendly life-style.”
By the tip of 2021, the boys hope to launch the app in all neighbourhoods throughout Dubai and Abu Dhabi and need to develop to the broader GCC to supply all neighbours throughout the area with an unique social community for his or her group. If you happen to’d like to hitch the digital group for Motor Metropolis or any of our different neighbourhoods, you may obtain the Hayi app which is obtainable on the Apple App Retailer and Google Play Retailer.