SOUQ.com offers free shipping and a helping hand to donate in Ramadan

Updated 10 June 2017
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SOUQ.com offers free shipping and a helping hand to donate in Ramadan

SOUQ.com 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. SOUQ.com has partnered with OMO and Comfort to deliver these donations to those in need.
SOUQ.com 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, SOUQ.com 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, SOUQ.com 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.


Thousands protest in Algiers despite tight security

Updated 20 September 2019

Thousands protest in Algiers despite tight security

  • Salah on Wednesday ordered police to block protesters from outside Algiers entering the capital to boost numbers at the anti-regime rallies
  • Friday's protest marked Algeria's 31st consecutive week of rallies

ALGIERS: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Algerian capital on Friday in defiance of a heavy security presence to demand the ouster of the country's army chief.
Demonstrators gathered near the capital's main post office square, the epicentre of Algeria's protest movement that forced longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down in April, this time calling for the ouster of General Ahmed Gaid Salah.
"The people want the fall of Gaid Salah," the strongman in post-Bouteflika Algeria, they chanted. "Take us all to prison, the people will not stop."
Friday's protest marked Algeria's 31st consecutive week of rallies, but protesters faced a heavy deployment of security forces in the city centre and along its main avenues.
Salah on Wednesday ordered police to block protesters from outside Algiers entering the capital to boost numbers at the anti-regime rallies.
The tougher line on protests came just days after interim president Abdelkader Bensalah announced a December 12 date for a presidential election to fill the vacuum left by Bouteflika's departure.
The army chief has led the push for polls by the end of 2019, despite mass protests demanding political reforms and the removal of the former president's loyalists -- including Gaid Salah himself -- before any vote.
In the runup to the latest rally, as on previous Fridays, police made several arrests near the square, AFP photographers said.
Police stopped vehicles on main streets in the capital and an AFP journalist saw officers in plainclothes ask for identity papers, before some were led off to nearby vans.
As a police helicopter scoured the skies, security forces also stopped cars headed towards the city centre from its southwest entrance, where a dozen anti-riot police vans were stationed.
Said Salhi, deputy head of the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights, condemned the heightened security measures as "illegal".
Demonstrations have officially been banned in Algiers since 2001 but the prohibition had been ignored since rallies started on February 22 against the ailing Bouteflika's bid for a fifth presidential term.