Amazon opens new corporate headquarters in Riyadh

Amazon officially opened a new office in the Riyadh Front district of the Saudi capital on Monday

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The new space will house employees across the company’s e-commerce, payment services, internet services, advertising and smart devices businesses.

Since launching in the Kingdom in 2020, the company has now hired more than 1,400 people in Saudi Arabia.

Alongside the opening of the new office, the e-commerce giant is also working to launch a new initiative to train local talent, with details set to be released later this year.

“At Amazon, we’re talking about hiring builders to help us invent and innovate on behalf of our customers…” Abdo Chlala, director of Amazon GCC, said in a statement.

“With our new office, we look forward to not only welcoming our existing builders, but also to attracting and developing new talent through our upcoming talent program.”

Amazon Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Vice President Ronaldo Mouchawar also commented that the company was “delighted” to serve customers in the Kingdom and help support its social and economic growth.

Amazon has had a presence in the UK since acquiring souq.com in 2017.

It was officially launched in June 2020 when user information was transferred from souq.com to Amazon.sa.

Amazon Prime launched in Saudi Arabia in January 2021, offering same-day delivery in Riyadh and Jeddah.

It also introduces for the first time the virtual assistant Alexa with an Arabic option in the Khaleeji (Golf) dialect.

In March, Amazon also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Investment (MISA) and the General Authority for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to support SMEs across the country.

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