After all the delays, Noon is finally live in Saudi. The most-anticipated ecommerce platform (if that makes any sense) of the region had launched in UAE earlier this year, in September.
The Saudi version seems to have products in all the categories as the UAE one including electronics, fashion, and beauty. However, when you look at the sub-categories of grocery, most of them are empty. Looks like they’re working on it.
We skimmed through some of the products on the platform and most of them seem to have a two-day delivery time which, given the Saudi standard, is pretty decent. But it doesn’t come close to what was promised, the four-hour delivery for some products, when Noon was announced last year.
The company had signed a partnership with eXtra, one of the largest electronics retailer in KSA earlier this month. It is worth mentioning that eXtra already has big online presence with most of their products available through their web and mobile apps. It will be interesting to see how the partnership works.
The news of Noon’s Saudi launch comes a day after Souq announced the launch of its Amazon Global Store in UAE that lets users browse and buy more than one million Amazon products on Souq and order them by paying in Dirhams.
Looks like the ecommerce space is finally heating up, which is a good thing for consumers in the region.
Updates to follow.