AWOK.com launches its services in KSA

Updated 18 September 2017
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AWOK.com launches its services in KSA

AWOK.com, the UAE’s largest e-commerce player, has now ventured into Saudi Arabia. This is in line with the company’s vision of expanding its operations across the GCC. Customers in the Kingdom will now be able to purchase from around 50,000 products across 30 categories.
With this new development, customers will now be able to purchase the products of their choice from the AWOK KSA website as well as on the Android and iOS application catering specifically to the Saudi market.
The website and AWOK mobile platform is bilingual and available in both English and Arabic. With the official launch of AWOK’s Saudi Arabia’s new e-commerce website and with just a few clicks, customers can now purchase select AWOK products and have them delivered right to their doorsteps.
This development comes as a part of AWOK’s dedication to personalizing its website and application for each market and improving the shopping experience through deals and promotions specific to the country. The AWOK e-commerce platform is now available across the Kingdom.
Commenting about this launch, Ulugbek Yuldashev, CEO and founder, AWOK.com, said: “This is an exciting time for us as we want to further build on our growth story and expand our online presence to become closer to our customers in the Kingdom while providing them with a remarkable and convenient shopping experience. Our aim is to become the top e-commerce platform in the Kingdom within the next two years. We are seeing some excellent traction with our customers in Saudi Arabia.
“Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the MENA region. We have seen high demand for shopping online in the Kingdom, given the region has one of the largest Internet penetrations in the Middle East. Around 75 percent of the population has access to the Internet.
We cater to all age groups, with an extremely user-friendly and convenient online shopping experience.”
AWOK is continuously pursuing new ways of enhancing the shopping experience of its customers through providing convenience and bridging geographical boundaries. According to Statista, e-commerce revenues in the country exceeded $4.5 billion in 2016 alone. By 2020, the market size for e-commerce in the country is expected to grow to $8.35 billion, with the number of customers set to exceed 17.5 million by 2021.


KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

Updated 17 December 2018
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KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) awarded 243 master’s degree and Ph.D. candidates with their diplomas during its ninth commencement ceremony on the KAUST campus on Friday. 

The ceremony was presided over by members of the KAUST Board of Trustees, including Board Chairman Khalid A. Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources and chairman of Saudi Aramco, and attended by senior KAUST leadership and faculty members. 

Commencement 2018 highlights included the official inauguration of KAUST’s third president, Dr. Tony Chan, and conferral of the university’s first honorary doctoral degree to Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, former chairman of the KAUST board of trustees, former minister of petroleum and mineral resources and commencement 2018 speaker. The event also included remarks by 2018 student speaker and KAUST Ph.D. graduate Nada Aljassim, the first KAUST Gifted Student Program participant to receive her Ph.D. from the university. 

In his chairman’s address, Al-Falih said the event was “an occasion … to mark a number of milestones and celebrations … In the past year alone, KAUST has … achieved important advances in research, education, innovation and talent, all while making an impact … in Saudi Arabia and globally.” 

“KAUST has taken its place on the world’s scientific and academic landscape,” Al-Naimi said. “Ideas and innovations (from KAUST) … make a difference when they soar above our nation and around the world.” 

“As a university, we are looking forward to our next decade,” said President Chan, a member of the university’s Board of Trustees for seven years. “In my new position, I am really looking forward to the opportunity and challenge and becoming engaged with Saudi society in general.” 

President Chan noted one aim of his presidency is “to align KAUST’s mission with the Kingdom’s priorities — and in particular Vision 2030. The Kingdom is moving to diversifying the economy and toward innovation and technology, which align with KAUST.” 

Chan said: “We have formed a NEOM Center of Excellence at KAUST with the express purpose of working together with NEOM. One of our senior faculty members, Professor Carlos Duarte, is on the advisory board for the Red Sea Project. We have a KAUST Red Sea Research Center and we are located next to the Red Sea, which is a treasure for the Kingdom. We consider it one of our missions to support the projects going on in the Kingdom.” 

“KAUST is still very young, but we see ourselves as contributing to the innovation and economic development of the country and the development of human talent,” he added.