Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

January 18, 2009

Logitech in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:40 pm

Read more about Logitech in Saudi Arabia at Saudi Techview.

Currently, Logitech’s only distributor in Saudi Arabia is “Mishaal Alsudairy Office for Commercial Services”. Again with Saudi Arabia technology sites: bad design, redirects to another URL and outdated information (Gitex Riyadh 2007).

You can buy Logitech devices from Jarir Book Store (a book store not selling books? no comment from me there!) but they are overpriced. The other method is to just buy from Amazon and ship using Aramex or myus.

Apparently Logitech was looking for a new distributor in Saudi Arabia according to ITP: Logitech set to appoint new Saudi distributon but that was as old as May 28, 2007 and no new updates.

“We are currently looking at the possibilities of expanding our distribution channel to get closer to the market there as the retail sector is developing so much,” said Robert Van Der Vegte, director Benelux and MEA at Logitech. “Saudi Arabia is the second biggest market in the region so it is time now for us to seriously and professionally go after that market,” he said.

It’s been over a year, Mr. Robert. Have you found a new Logitech distributor in Saudi Arabia already?

Do you use Logitech devices? Feel free to share your experience on their hardware.

June 22, 2008

O’Reilly Computer Books in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 6:32 pm

As a geek, I appreciate a good computer book, but the lack of computer books in Saudi Arabia is frustrating.

I can only blame it on the lack of interest. And what I never found here are books by O’reilly Media and searching online will only show results with the other “O’reilly”. You can still find computer books in Saudi Arabia although some are limited and old. Your choices are:

1.BST Electrical with a very bad site design. That store used to import all the computer books in Saudi Arabia (but no O’Reilly) but lately they switched activity to selling computer accessories.

2.Jarir Bookstore not just a bookstore. In fact, information about books on their site is missing!

3.Alshegrey Bookstore but the site is … for sale. Saudi companies are too young to use the Internet! Old reviews for that site.

4.Obeikan Bookshops but their site’s English section is still down though.

This will not do, the only alternative is buy your books online which is what I always do. Even with the high shipping rates the fact is that there are no other method. If you have an Aramex Shop & Ship account then you can easily buy books and have them shipped to you. Let’s help by “Spreading the knowledge of innovators”.

September 30, 2006

Seagate spells out Middle East channel changes

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 7:49 pm

Seagate outlines its plans the channel structure in the region after aquiring Maxtor.

In terms of distributors there will be six in the [Middle East] region selling both the Seagate and Maxtor product lines … ESAP in Saudi Arabia and Almasa will sell Maxtor lines only while both Delta and Jarir will operate as retail distributors.

This is good, I hope to see more competition to the dominant-in-Saudi-market Western Digital. But from the looks of it, Jarir are always overpriced (bought a mouse that I found for 100SR less at Best). As for ESAP, I never heard of them before, the only info I found about them is the number found here). (Source: ITP)

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