ARABIAN BUSINESS - London-founded Muzmatch has its eye on regional daters, says founder Shahzad Younas. At last count, the app had 5M users globally. Founded in 2014, the app has specific features that support the Muslim faith, such as 'chaperone' options, private viewing functions and a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or lewd comments. Users can also select matches based on sect, ethnicity and religious practices. Backed with $9M seed and Series A investment from a range of Silicon Valley and global investors, with a 35-strong team, Muzmatch aims to transform how Muslims meet and marry. In the Gulf, the app's average user age is 30 years, for both men and women - while 45% of its users are Arab and 28% South Asian. The majority of its regional users are based in Saudi Arabia, followed by the UAE. Across the region, 20% of members are female, compared to the global average of 33%, and nearly half of all Muzmatch calls are initiated by women.