Amazon to Acquire Middle East E-Commerce Giant SOUQ.com

Amazon to Acquire Middle East E-Commerce Giant SOUQ.com Image Credit: Amazon

Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com, an e-commerce leader in the Middle East. Amazon is paying about $650m for the company, according to industry sources. The deal was closed a day after Emaar Malls, the operator of Dubai's biggest mall, made an offer of $800m for Souq.

SOUQ.com is the largest online retail and marketplace platform in the Arab world, featuring more than 8.4 million products. The company claims that it attracts over 45 million visits per month, with localized operations in the KSA, UAE and Egypt. 

Management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney expects e-commerce in the Gulf region to quadruple from 2015 to 2020, to $20 billion. Joining the Amazon family will enable SOUQ.com to continue growing while working with Amazon to bring even more products and offerings to customers worldwide.

Russ Grandinetti, SVP, International Consumer, Amazon
SOUQ.com pioneered e-commerce in the Middle East, creating a great shopping experience for their customers. We're looking forward to both learning from and supporting them with Amazon technology and global resources. And together, we’ll work hard to provide the best possible service for millions of customers in the Middle East.

Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO & Co-founder, SOUQ.com 
We are guided by many of the same principles as Amazon, and this acquisition is a critical next step in growing our e-commerce presence on behalf of customers across the region. By becoming part of the Amazon family, we'll be able to vastly expand our delivery capabilities and customer selection much faster, as well as continue Amazon's great track record of empowering sellers.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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