|Type of business||Subsidiary|
|Founded||25 October 2005|
|Area served||Middle East|
|Key people||Ronaldo Mouchawar (CEO)
Asif Keshodia Group (CFO)
Wissam Daoud (COO)
|Alexa rank||433 (February 2016)|
Souq.com is an English-Arabic language e-commerce platform, often described as the Amazon of the Middle East. It is the largest e-commerce platform in the Arab world. On March 28, 2017, Amazon.com Inc. confirmed it would be acquiring Souq.com for $580 million.
The website was founded in 2005 by co-founders such as Ronaldo Mouchawar and Samih Toukan. It was initially an auction site linked to internet portal Maktoob. In 2011 Souq.com changed its model to an online shopping site similar to Amazon.com with a marketplace and retail items for sale on its platform.
In March 2014, the company raised $75 million from Cape Town, South Africa-based Naspers, bringing the total Souq.com had raised since its inception to $150 million. As of 2014, Souq.com had raised $150 million, the largest amount raised by any internet-based business in the Middle East.
The company was backed by Tiger Global Management and Naspers Ltd. as of 2015, among other companies, and headquartered in Dubai. In October 2015, it was reported that in a round of fundraising, the company was valued at around $1 billion. At the time, it had around 10 million visitors monthly in the 2nd place after Digikala by 51 million visitors monthly.
On March 27, 2017, Emaar Malls, described by the BBC as "the operator of Dubai's biggest mall," made an offer for Souq of $800 million. On March 28, 2017, Amazon.com Inc. confirmed it would be acquiring Souq.com for an unknown value. A source told the Wall Street Journal the deal was worth around $700 million. The Financial Times reported that the deal was "understood to be worth more than $650m." The BBC also reported that Amazon might be paying about $650 million. The deal was planned to be completed later in 2017.
SOUQ.com is now a subsidiary of Amazon, and acting as Amazon's arm into the Middle East region.
As of March 2017, it sold over 8.4 million products in 31 categories, including "consumer electronics, fashion, health and beauty, household goods and baby." It also had around 45 million visits per month. It was the largest e-commerce platform in the Arab world as of 2016, often described as the Amazon of the Middle East. As of 2014, the site delivered to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar.
As of March 2017, Souq.com has localized operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which as of 2014 equated to semi-automated modern fulfillment centers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Egypt, measuring a total of 35,000 square meters. At the time the company employed around 2,500 employees in engineering, retail, customer support, fulfillment and last mile delivery sections.
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