Arab Love Line has a clear mission in mind. The site hopes to foster meaningful relationships between Arab men and women. It seeks to unite Arabs from around the world. Its focus is on singles who wish to build long-term connections. Ideally, these matches would lead to marriage or lifelong friendships. The site’s founders feel most competitors in this dating niche encourage less serious endeavors. I am not sure that I agree with such a statement. All the same, this site’s goal is clear.
Signing up to ArabLoveLine.com is simple. That doesn’t mean you can skip many steps though. You do need to provide some basic information about yourself. Only a few details like your weight and income can be answered by choosing “I’d rather not say” from the dropdown menu of responses. That said you only have to write a brief essay about who you are. You don’t have to go into too many specifics regarding your ideal match. That part of your profile is optional for the most part.
“You can even do keyword searches straightaway without needing to pay.”
One immediate problem I have with the site is the lack of zip or postal code searches. All the same, you can select country, state or province and a city. You are limited to searching the cities the site provides for each location in a dropdown menu though. However, the lists the site gives are rather extensive. At least for the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, you have many choices in each region. Some other international locations might be less well represented, but usually the mailing code searches wouldn’t address that issue either.
You don’t have to upgrade in order to use advanced searches. The advanced options allow you to use all the criteria that members fill out when they create a profile. You can even do keyword searches straightaway without needing to pay. When you get your results, you’ll be happy to know that you can view full profiles for free. The last login info is clearly shown. I appreciate that they’ve given free access to these features, which are sometimes limited on other dating sites.
Rather, some of the extras require a premium subscription. You can’t even peek at the members’ forums or create a personal blog without upgrading your membership. It seems logical enough to me though. You come to a dating site to meet someone one-on-one. It’s not for the bells and whistles. Unfortunately, you also need to pay to reply to messages. Requiring both parties to pay limits contacts. It also might weeds out folks who are less committed to connecting to someone special. Arab Love Line requires a commitment of money as well as time in your quest to meet someone.
ArabLounge.com uses the tag line, “connecting Arabs worldwide.” The site certainly seems to have a specific target market in mind, and it hits the mark well. This site gives you enough free access to really get a handle on its value as you experience its pleasant and easy to use site design. That said, it still has its limitations before you upgrade.
The profile process on ArabLounge is challenging, because it’s somewhat involved. However, generally speaking, the more info you provide, the more chances you’ll have of catching someone’s interest. It may not seem worthwhile to new users, though. Nevertheless, if you plan on staying on the site for any length of time, you should commit yourself to filling out your profile completely.
“Other features on Arab Lounge include a free advice column and chat rooms for paying members to meet others in an online group setting.”
As for access, Arab Lounge really lets you get a feel for what’s available on the site. Free users can search profiles, see when people last logged in and even be contacted by paid members. What you can’t do is search for members closer than 150 miles, which is the one drawback. However, if you pay for a membership, you can narrow down your search radius.
It’s free to reply one time to an email received from a paid subscriber. That’s great news in a couple of ways. If you pay, you know that you can send an email to anyone and the individual can reply free. If you’re trying the site out before paying, someone might contact you, so you’ll know it’s worth joining. It’s a win-win situation in the end.
You can send free e-cards and “flirts”, too, to help get the ball rolling. Other features on Arab Lounge include a free advice column and chat rooms for paying members to meet others in an online group setting. There’s also a personality test to take to enhance the visibility of your profile’s compatibility with other members. Or you can add a video intro to further enhance your profile.
The worry with niche-dating sites is that they don’t have the opportunity to reach the masses like a general dating site would. However, even though this site might not have a huge number of members, it does manage to maintain a modest but solid base of visitors to its pages. Ideally, its popularity will grow, but at least it shows itself to be more than a flash in the pan when it comes to attracting Arab singles.
The only true negative is the site’s high-end membership fee. The price has actually increased from the time of our initial review. Joining costs considerably more than most other sites charge. Some would argue that paying more helps guarantee that the singles on Arab Lounge are sincere in their romantic endeavors.