They were meeting potential husbands through family connections but often they would have to decide whether to marry them after a one-hour meeting. A cousin, Saleh says, went through 10 years of this without finding anyone to settle down with. Saleh, 32, wanted to find a better matchmaking method. So he and three other entrepreneurs came up with Harmonica, a dating app he says meets the specific needs of Arab users — and gives people more than an hour to decide their future.
Egyptians are split into two groups: 1- those who totally disagree with the idea of dating, and 2- those who will never believe in arranged marriages. So what is those two different types take on dating apps? No matter how much people criticize such apps of both natures, they are still being used, could be more than any other app on play or app store. As technology changes and new apps appear, the ranking of the apps changes. Two years ago, I believe before Egypt got to know Tinder, the most used dating application in Egypt was Frim. Need not to mention that there are other apps now. Those apps leave us more and more confused.
Any real-life similarities are purely coincidental. Hossam sips on his cappuccino in an upscale French-themed cafe in the historically affluent — but not so much these days — neighborhood of Korba in Heliopolis. A waitress comes up to ask him if he needs to order anything else, and he instantly presses the lock-screen button before she can glance at this phone as he dismisses her request politely.