offers free shipping and a helping hand to donate in Ramadan

Updated 10 June 2017
0 offers free shipping and a helping hand to donate in Ramadan is encouraging residents to demonstrate the values of philanthropy during the holy month. As part of its White Heart initiative, customers can now hand over their clothes donation bags to SOUQ drivers when they arrive to deliver their order. has partnered with OMO and Comfort to deliver these donations to those in need. is also offering free shipping on “Fulfilled by SOUQ” (FBS) product orders above SR200 ($53). “Fulfilled by SOUQ” offers customers the benefit of a “superior shopping experience” with fast delivery and products dispatched safely to their doorsteps. A quality control process from pick-up to shipment ensures that genuine and high-quality products from trusted sellers are packed with SOUQ packaging.
This Ramadan, to fulfil shoppers’ increased online consumption and gifting needs, is offering 10,000 exclusive and Ramadan deals.
These offerings incude all items from grocery supplies to home decor and gifting. Customers can avail good deals on Arabic fragrances, kitchenware, gifting and much more.
Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and co-founder, said: “We want to encourage our customers to embrace the spirit of giving during Ramadan. Through our White Heart campaign, we are providing a helping hand to our customers to donate during this holy month.”
As per the recent Facebook MENA research, there is a major surge in usage of smartphones during Ramadan as people rely heavily on their smartphone for entertainment, online shopping as well as Ramadan-related apps. Over 70 percent of people in the Middle East use smartphones, the research has revealed.
“Ramadan is one of the most significant times of the year for us and we witness major growth especially in m-commerce. In line with our customers’ demand, our generous Ramadan deals across categories are set to make Ramadan shopping easier and more enjoyable than ever,” Mouchawar added.

UK race to succeed Theresa May heats up with focus on Brexit

Updated 16 min 47 sec ago

UK race to succeed Theresa May heats up with focus on Brexit

  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday he is seeking to replace May
  • The best-known contestant for the Conservative leadership post is former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

LONDON: The race to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May is heating up, the field of Conservative contenders is quickly growing and the focus is squarely on how to handle Brexit.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday he is seeking to replace May, joining several others who have announced they will run to become the Conservative party’s next leader, and by default, Britain’s new prime minister.
May announced Friday she plans to step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7 and remain as a caretaker prime minister while the party chooses a new leader in a contest that officially kicks off the following week.
She plans to remain as party leader through US President Donald Trump’s upcoming state visit and the 75th D-Day anniversary celebrations on June 6.
Her successor will have to try to complete Brexit — a task that May failed to deliver during her three years in office. While she succeeded in striking a divorce deal with the European Union, the plan was defeated three times in Parliament by British lawmakers from across the political spectrum.
The EU extended Britain’s departure date to Oct. 31 but there still is no consensus among British lawmakers about how or even if the country should leave the bloc.
Even before a new leader is chosen, the Conservative Party is expected to fare poorly when the results of the European Parliament election in Britain are announced Sunday night.
The best-known contestant for the Conservative leadership post is former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has said he will take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 even if no deal has been reached with EU leaders.
Johnson’s willingness to back a no-deal Brexit is already causing some ripples.
Another Conservative contender, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, said Saturday that he could not serve in a Cabinet under Johnson if Johnson wins. Stewart says he could not work for a leader who is comfortable with the idea of a no-deal Brexit.
Stewart complained that Johnson said in a private meeting several weeks ago that he would not push for a no-deal departure but appears to have changed course completely.
Many economists and business leaders have warned that a no-deal departure would have a drastically negative impact on Britain’s economy and also hurt its European neighbors.
The field is likely to grow to about a dozen candidates, with a winner expected to be chosen by mid or late July. Senior Conservatives including Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and former House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom are among those considering a leadership run.
The Conservative Party chooses its leaders in a two-step process. First there’s a series of votes among the party’s legislators to establish two top contenders, then those names are submitted to a nationwide vote by about 120,000 party members.
The winner becomes party leader and prime minister, although the opposition Labour Party is warning of an immediate challenge to the new leader with an eye toward forcing an early general election.
John McDonnell, Labour’s economic spokesman, told the BBC on Saturday the party would push a no-confidence vote against the new prime minister right away.
“We believe any incoming prime minister in these circumstances should go to the country anyway and seek a mandate,” McDonnell said.
An earlier Labour Party attempt to force an early election failed in January when May’s government survived a no-confidence vote.
The UK’s next general election is set for 2022 unless there is a government collapse.