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.
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.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.