Danube app continues expansion across Kingdom

Majed M. Al-Tahhan, managing director, Danube app
Updated 31 July 2017

Danube app continues expansion across Kingdom

Saudi retail giant Danube, which launched the region’s largest grocery e-commerce platform in May, is expanding its operations online and offline across the Kingdom with new stores opening in Riyadh, Dammam and Abha in the coming weeks. The new store openings will also further the expansion of Danube’s e-commerce reach across Saudi Arabia.
The company is launching a weekly iPhone 7 weekly giveaway, with runner-up prizes, to last for the next four weeks until Aug. 23. All those who shop on the Danube app or on Danube’s website (www.Danube.sa) will automatically enter into the draw. The competition is open to everyone. Three weekly runner-up prizes worth SR250 ($66) are also up for grabs each week.
Majed M. Al-Tahan, managing director, Danube app, said: “Since the launch of our new app and e-commerce platform a few weeks ago, we have seen a great uptake among our loyal shoppers wanting to buy their groceries online. The Danube app is the most convenient way to shop for grocery, it’s extremely fast and safe. Delivery is free and delivery takes place at a time to suit the shopper’s convenience, sometimes in as little as two hours. Saudi Arabia has many factors that are conducive to the adoption of online grocery shopping and we are seeing all types of customers trying the app; from those who are using it a few times a week for small shops and those doing larger bi-monthly grocery shops.”
Saudi Arabia is one of the largest and the fastest growing e-commerce countries in the GCC, but until recently the e-commerce space has largely been used to buy consumer electronics, travel and accessories or fashion.
Al-Tahan added: “The videos we created to show how convenient the app is have generated a lot of buzz on our social media platforms and demonstrate how the Danube app and online shopping experience is fast, convenient and safe, with the same superior Danube customer service you get in store.”

UAE’s Al-Hamra announces
relief package for partners

Updated 02 April 2020

UAE’s Al-Hamra announces
relief package for partners

Al-Hamra, a real estate developer, services provider and investment company in the northern emirates, has created an economic relief package, which includes several initiatives to help ease the financial burden of its mall tenants, freehold owners, residents and customers, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The announcement is in line with the UAE government and Ras Al-Khaimah’s objectives to support the economic environment and boost financial stability. The initiatives include up to three months of rental relief, reduction in cooling consumption charges, deferral of fees, waiver of payment delay penalties and payment due date extensions.

Dedicated teams have been deployed to assess specific requirements of various businesses and individuals to provide economic relief and support. The tasked force is also reassessing cost-effectiveness of operations in order to pass on the benefit to the end users and customers.


The initiatives include up to three months of rental relief, reduction in cooling consumption charges, deferral of fees, waiver of payment delay penalties and payment due date extensions.

Benoy Kurien, group CEO of Al-Hamra, said: “We have been proud partners in shaping the real estate landscape of Ras Al-Khaimah and this pride comes with a responsibility to the emirate as well as to our partners and consumers who have contributed to our success. This pandemic is reshaping the way we think about community and has made one thing strikingly clear: Our interdependence. We are working closely with our stakeholders to ensure that we recover from this period together, stronger and more resilient.

“We understand the predicament faced by all and the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our economy. During these unprecedented times, we are more committed than ever to stand firmly by our valued partners and customers. Our initiatives aim to support business continuity by offsetting some of the impact, and to promote the welfare of the community. Our dedicated teams will reach out to our partners in the following days to understand and discuss their requirements and implement effective measures. We will continue to support the government, our customers and partners in all ways possible to overcome this challenging situation together.”

Al-Hamra has diversified interests in retail, residential and hospitality in Ras Al-Khaimah and owns iconic assets such as the award-winning master planned community of Al-Hamra Village, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Khaimah, Ritz Carlton Al-Hamra Beach, Manar and Al-Hamra Malls. The group is focused on providing premier lifestyle real estate developments, while investing in hospitality and leisure segments.