Online shopping in Saudi Arabia

Online Shopping Grows in Saudi Arabia

Feb 18, 2020

Home > Snapshots > Online Shopping Grows in Saudi Arabia

Saudis have been enjoying the benefits of the Internet since it was made available in the Kingdom in the late 1990s. As elsewhere in the world, Saudis now make a large part of their purchases online, perhaps even more enthusiastically than most.

Online banking was one of the first services introduced some time ago, followed by online shopping and many other services. Today every service has an application to carry out the service, such as paying government fines, applying for labor authorizations, passport applications, etc. Until recently, Saudis had only two sources of entertainment, namely going out to restaurants or shopping. I never would have thought that they would replace the pleasure of shopping in malls and shops with online shopping, but they have.

The joy of browsing through stores worldwide and being able to wear designs not available in Saudi Arabia is a luxury, says Maha M, a 39-years mother of two. It feels like with a mouse click, I am in London or Tokio or Istanbul.

But that is not the only reason for Saudis becoming one of the top internet-using nations. It is also the hustle of going out for shopping at the right times and organizing the family before shops close for prayer times. The time available for shopping between prayers, especially in the afternoon and early evening, are not long enough to visit many shops, while the roads to usually full of traffic. Prayer times, variety of choices, traffic, accessibility are for sure convenient factors that made online shopping a luxury for many Saudis.

In addition, there are now alternative forms of entertainment, like going to the cinema, concerts or other cultural events.

Saudi shoppers are ‘extremely’ digitally savvy, says fashion guru. Read more:

Suggested Articles

Saudi Commentary On The Beautiful Game

Saudi Commentary On The Beautiful Game

In recent years, there has been a trend among football commentators in Saudi Arabia to focus on creating suspense and excitement rather than providing insightful analysis and knowledge of the game. While this approach may make for a more entertaining broadcast, it is...

GCC Efforts To Aid Syria and Turkey

GCC Efforts To Aid Syria and Turkey

GCC rescue teams have joined the international efforts to help the people of Turkey and Syria after the catastrophic earthquake. The wider population has started to make efforts to assist by collecting clothes, medicine and other things that are needed.   Saudi...

Issuing a free 4 days visa to Saudi Arabia

Issuing a free 4 days visa to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry has launched a free stopover/transit visa for visitors arriving by air. It is free and is valid for four days. The two most important benefits, in my opinion, are that it will help to improve international relations and cultural...

Saudi Music Finds New Beats

The Music Ecosystem and XP Music MDL Beast are relatively new to the Saudi music scene. They present a type of music and culture that is for youth and expression, making it an ideal candidate for success in today’s Saudi Arabia. Young Saudis, who are enthusiastic and...

Be Aware of Fake Hajj2022 Tours

The Hajj 2022 season has started, with numbers back to pre-COVID levels. For the first time since 2020. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous criminals offer fraudulent Hajj packages online, which some eager pilgrims fall for. It is not easy getting a permit to perform...

Abayas As Fashion Statements

    In Saudi Arabian society the Abaya  is a symbol of identity. Today, in modern Saudi Arabia, the Abaya (the cloak that covers the body, worn by women) remains part of the Saudi dress code for women. The cut, colour, fabrics, and how to wear it have...

Luxury Goods and Saudi Consumers

It is a fact that Saudi Arabia’s market is the biggest market in the GCC and young population is growing but today  they are not only buying luxury goods. On the contrary,as  enterneurship among is on the rise and with a more business-friendlier environment  many...