When it comes to buying groceries, dining in restaurants, updating your wardrobe, or simply hanging out, there are many places that you could go to here in Saudi Arabia. But if you prefer to shop online instead, don’t worry because there are plenty of shopping websites as well!
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You heard that right! By shopping online, you can order food, clothes, books, toys, electronic gadgets — almost anything you can think of — without having to step outside your house. And during this time when the whole world is facing a crisis, online shopping is more crucial than ever.
Where to Shop Online? Check Out These Websites
For today’s post, we have gathered a list of the most popular online shopping websites in Saudi Arabia. Some of these operate exclusively online, while others are part of a bigger “chain,” with physical stores, warehouses, and showrooms across the Kingdom. Likewise, some are located within Saudi Arabia only, while others have branches across the Middle East region and even beyond!
Established in 2010, AliExpress happens to be the third largest online shopping website in the world, and is operated by Alibaba Group. In fact, it has also become the third largest online shopping website in Saudi Arabia, offering a wide range of products to customers in the Kingdom.
Alshaya is owned by Alshaya Group, a family-owned enterprise that was first established in Kuwait, before expanding across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Turkey, Russia, and Europe. It operates stores, cafes, and restaurants, featuring premium brands like American Eagle Outfitters, Bath and Body Works, Boots, Debenhams, H&M, M.A.C., Mothercare, P.F. Chang’s, Pottery Barn, Starbucks, The Body Shop, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, and many more!
Amazon.sa is the biggest online shopping website in Saudi Arabia. Formerly, it operated as Souq.com, before getting purchased by Amazon in 2017, hence the new name. Today, Amazon.sa caters to shoppers in the Kingdom, and offers products from both local, regional, and international enterprises, including products all the way from the United States (US)!
Carrefour is one of the world’s largest hypermarket chains, with more than 250 hypermarkets, supermarkets, and online stores in 15 countries across MENA. It is owned by Majid Al Futtaim, a leading retail and leisure giant in the region. There are currently 18 Carrefour hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia, with seven located in Riyadh, the capital city.
Cobone is not your usual store in the sense that it sells products and services. Rather, it offers amazing deals, discounts, and coupons to various restaurants, spas, leisure attractions, and other retailers. If you are looking for a great promo, this website should be on the top of your list!
Owned by United Yousef Naghi Group, Eddy offers electronic products, furniture, and household appliances. It currently has 28 stores across Saudi Arabia, featuring the latest in mobile phones, computers, TVs, audio equipment, washing machines, dining room sets, and much, much more!
Established in 2003 by United Electronics Company, Extra is one of the biggest electronics stores in Saudi Arabia, with more than 40 branches across the Kingdom. Aside from offering mobile phones, computers, cameras, TVs, and other gadgets, it also sells high quality home appliances.
Jarir started out as a bookstore, way back in 1979. Over the years, it has transformed into one of the country’s biggest names in electronics, offering mobile phones, computers, and other gadgets. Today, it operates over 50 showrooms in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
9. LuLu Hypermarket
Owned by Lulu Group International, Lulu Hypermarket is a leading retail chain, operating around 191 stores in the Gulf region, as well as in Egypt, India, Malaysia, and Indonesia. There are currently six Lulu Hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia. Featuring lots of regional and international brands, the company’s tag line, “Lulu, where the world comes to shop,” is a fitting one, indeed!
Noon is among the biggest shopping websites in the region, with millions of online visitors every month. It was established by Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the founder of Emaar Properties. Tagged as “the Middle East’s homegrown online marketplace,” Noon currently operates in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE.
Ounass is an exclusively digital site offering more than 600 luxury brands, including the biggest names in fashion, beauty, homeware, and lifestyle. It was launched in 2016 by Al Tayer Group, featuring the latest in clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories, and more. Although based in Dubai, UAE — it also delivers to customers in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.
12. Tamimi Markets
A subsidiary of the worldwide Tamimi Group of Companies, Tamimi Markets is a Saudi company that operates over 45 supermarkets in Al Khobar, Al Hasa, Agrabiyah, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, and Riyadh. It is one of the fastest-growing supermarket chains in the Kingdom, offering food, fresh produce, and household products sourced from local and international brands.
Other than retail, Tamimi Group of Companies is also involved in hotels, catering, real estate, power generation, road construction, trucking, and transportation.
Ubuy is one of the largest e-commerce websites in the world, offering almost everything from food to clothing to electronic gadgets. Although based in Kuwait, Ubuy operates in over 50 countries around the world, including Saudi Arabia. With its catchy tag line, “Ubuy, we deliver,” this website is definitely a top contender on this list!
Originally based in Kuwait and owned by Alghanim International Electronics, Xcite started out with physical stores. Today, it has expanded its operations to Saudi Arabia, where it manages physical as well as online stores. The company is fast becoming a big name in electronics, offering mobile phones, computers, tablets, cameras, TVs, audio equipment, household appliances, and more!
As you can see, there are many websites where you can shop for food, groceries, medicine, clothes, books, toys, and many other household items — without having to set foot outside your home! On the other hand, if you are looking for ways to save money, here’s a list of free things to do in Saudi Arabia, things that you can definitely enjoy… even while on a limited budget!