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Amazon Launches Its Prime Membership Program In Saudi Arabia

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Amazon has announced that it’s making its Prime membership program, which currently has around 150 million members around the world, available to consumers in Saudi Arabia.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of Amazon Prime in Saudi Arabia, providing customers with the best of shopping and entertainment,” Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and co-founder of Souq.com, the largest e-commerce platform in the Arab world, owned by Amazon, Inc. “Customers in Saudi Arabia can now enjoy all the benefits included in this program, starting with free and faster delivery times,” he added.

More specifically, the Prime membership comes with free one-day shipping to all key metropolitan areas; free two-day shipping to cities such as Jubail, Khamis Mushayt, Hail, Abha, and others; and free delivery to all other areas 4 to 6 days.

In addition to free local delivery, Amazon Prime members can order international items from Amazon.sa and have them shipped for free in 2 business days from Amazon UAE or 7 business days from Amazon US (eligible for orders over 200 SAR).

If free shipping doesn’t excite you much, then you might be happy to learn that Amazon Prime membership also includes non-shipping benefits. Prime members can watch popular movies and TV shows on Prime Video (complete with Arabic subtitles and dubbing), get exclusive gaming content on Prime Gaming, and enjoy attractive shopping deals throughout the year.

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All this and more for just 16 SAR per month with monthly billing or 12 SAR per month with annual billing (140 SAR in total). New members can sign up for a 30-day free trial to see what the service is all about before spending any money on it.

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UAE Is Ready To Test New Face ID Technology In Service Delivery

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It looks like UAE citizens won’t be required to identify themselves using government-issued documents in the near future. The country’s government has decided to greenlight an official trial of a new facial recognition technology (face ID technology) to further develop the services provided by the private and government sectors alike.

The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting on Sunday, which was chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai. “In a meeting today, we have approved a facial recognition technology to verify the identity of individuals instead of submitting a lot of documents,” tweeted His Highness.

If the initial trial turns out successful, the ministry will expand the use of the facial recognition technology and support the launch of a related set of services in some private sector institutions.

Besides being convenient and efficient, citizen identification using face ID technology could also help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and other infectious diseases. Similar contactless identification solutions are currently being deployed across airports, banks, and private businesses.

The Cabinet also approved the National Standards Manual for Statistical Data to provide a unified framework for the collection, processing, storage, and presentation of statistical data. The goal here is to ensure a high level of quality in all statistical activities, which play an essential role in supporting important governmental decisions.

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The manual covers eight basic topics: economic statistics, social and demographic statistics, education statistics, employment statistics, environment statistics, buildings and housing units statistics, and administrative divisions of each emirate.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Cabinet reviewed a study dealing with the prevention of mental and physical disabilities and reducing the mortality rate among children by performing premarital screenings for genetic diseases. According to the study, premarital genetic tests can reliably predict the risk of developing genetic diseases.

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