If you call the Middle East home or are planning a trip soon, then you need to know about Souq.com, an Amazon company. This incredible company is the largest Arab e-commerce shopping website and is considered the place for a premiere online purchasing experience in and around Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There are many reasons to use Souq.com for a wide variety of purchases. What could be easier than going online, being able to look at all the items that Souq.com carries and then getting purchases right away?
Site visitors to Souq.com can browse and make purchases right from their very own living room! Items are then safely shipped right to a customer’s door or business in a timely manner. Souq.com has more than 400,000 products offered online in categories such as fashion, electronics, household goods, books, health/beauty, sports/fitness, baby/toddler and fragrance/perfumes. Recently, Souq.com added Souq Supermarket, for those who want to purchase groceries online and have them delivered to their home. Same day delivery for the supermarket section is offered, too.
Souq.com is an English-Arabic shopping site founded by Ronaldo Mouchawar and Samih Toukan in 2005. It began as an auction site and was linked to internet portal Maktoob. Mouchawar stated that this company was designed to help connect the Arab world through its unique use of technology and trade. The site delivers to United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. It began to change its operating procedures to be similar to that of the Amazon platform in 2011. As an online site offering retail products with a marketplace, the company was extremely successful, even becoming the largest in the Middle East. By 2015, the company had a value of one billion dollars with the backing of Naspers Ltd. and Tiger Global Management. In 2017, Souq.com was acquired by Amazon for the estimated amount of between $650-700 million and this merger was a way to provide Arab shoppers with a top-notch consumer experience. Based in Dubai, Souq.com boasts approximately 45 million visitors each month.
Souq.com offers many products in 31 categories including everyday items, household goods and luxury watches and jewelry with brands ranging from Rolex to Harry Winston. A complete line of cosmetics can be found on the site including high-end brands such as MAC, Givenchy and Dior. If you are in the market for electronics, there is a comprehensive selection available including brands such as Microsoft, Samsung, Motorola and GoPro. There are also number of unique items offered by Souq.com, like a personal MiniPresso espresso machine designed for the customer who wants to have the special touch of luxury and convenience in their life. With more than 70,000 merchants that sell products on Souq.com, shoppers have convenience, choice and luxury at their fingertips!
The company recently launched a platform called Helpbit to provide a variety of services after the sale. Helpbit connects consumers to personal services such as alterations, repairs and even laundry and housekeeping. Souq.com also maintains an engaging social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram, to further support its vast shopping community. Souq.com features a streamlined customer account and cart system that remembers recent orders that have placed. There is even a section for customers to develop wish lists for future items that are desired. Souq.com is the place to go for a truly special shopping experience in the Middle East.