Online network offers 4 million products for sale in Saudi Arabia

Updated 07 December 2017
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Online network offers 4 million products for sale in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: More than 4 million products are being advertised through a network of 1,165 licensed online agencies, which has already attracted 500,000 users in the Kingdom up to Sunday, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) announced this week.
The Sale online application can be accessed through Apple Store, as well as Google Play or through the website, sales.sa. The MCI database, through the application, will display the licensed online agencies together with their products, their services and respective promotions offered in the Kingdom.
This application, which will save consumers’ time and efforts in looking for products they need, will also protect them against delusory or fake sales.
The system can search for any consumer products on sale, find out the percentage of such sales and the validity of the products, and help customers to reach the sale sites by accessing a GPS service.
The scheme has been developed and operated by Thiqa Business Services Co., under the supervision of the MCI. Under the program, the products offered for sale include clothes, children’s accessories, perfumes, sport items, footwear, household appliances, cosmetics, watches, jewelry, furniture, home tools and equipment, cleaning supplies, bags, health care and personal care items and household glass items such as dinner sets, coffee sets, cutlery and crockery.
Two weeks ago, the MCI and the Capital Market Authority (CMA), together with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), warned the business community against dealing with suspicious websites, calling for investment and trading in securities.
Issuing a stern warning against suspicious websites or individuals who call for investment and trading in securities, the MCI advised customers to be careful of such activities by unscrupulous sources.
Lists of persons and institutions licensed to practise such trade activities can be found on the SAMA and the CMA websites.
 


King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. (Supplied)
Updated 17 October 2018
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King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

  • The Saudi leadership made key decisions to protect antiquities and historical sites
  • Saudi Arabia aims to conduct awareness campaigns, establish museums and develop them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors

JEDDAH: The achievements made in Saudi Arabia’s national heritage sector, and the prizes and awards that have been won as result, are thanks to the support and efforts of King Salman, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
His comments came as the king received the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage, which was awarded in recognition of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques cultural heritage program.
King Salman oversaw the creation of the antiquities and heritage sector 50 years ago and stood firmly against the elimination or extinction of archaeological and heritage sites, Prince Sultan said, and has made historical and important decisions to protect antiquities since the era of the late King Saud.
This support culminated in the adoption of the innovative Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques for the Care of Cultural Heritage program, implemented by the commission to bring about a qualitative shift in projects and programs devoted to national cultural heritage.
Prince Sultan said: “The award is a result of King Salman’s follow-up and support to the program, which the SCTH and our team have translated into projects and initiatives carried out in cooperation with highly professional partners, in order to preserve, restore and develop the national heritage and make it a reality that connects citizens to their country’s history and heritage.”
He said the SCTH has built upon the great efforts of the institutions that preceded it in taking care of the nation’s antiquities, as well as individual efforts to preserve national heritage.
“Today, we reap the fruits of these efforts: The culture we have learnt from King Salman and previous leaders, which has taught us to complete the work and loyalty of all those who built and achieved before us,” he said.
Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, a member of the Federal Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, announced that the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage had been awarded to the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Program for the Care of Cultural Heritage during a ceremony on April 22, 2018.
The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. It also conducts awareness campaigns, establishes museums and develops them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors, prepares Islamic historical sites to welcome visitors, and preserves culturally important buildings and towns to showcase the role of the Kingdom as a crossroads for civilizations through the ages and achieve a qualitative shift in the field, contributing to economic growth.