Amazon makes hiring push in Saudi Arabia
Amazon posts job ads after Crown Prince meets Jeff Bezos
Amazon.com is adding several jobs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, signalling Jeff Bezos's desire to expand in the country following a closely watched meeting with the crown prince.
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met with Amazon's chief executive officer in Seattle last week. The 32-year-old heir apparent to the throne had planned to discuss a potential project with the Ministry of Energy for Amazon to build a data centre in the country, which would be the first in the Middle East for the world's largest cloud provider, Bloomberg reported last week.
While the status of the data centre proposal is unclear, Amazon began advertising at least five new full-time positions for e-commerce and grocery operations in Riyadh this week.
Amazon-owned Souq.com also added three others in Dubai since Tuesday. Raf Fatani, Amazon's head of Middle East and Africa, promoted the jobs on his Twitter account on Wednesday, which includes a key role for a government relations representative. Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Amazon is keen to expand in the Middle East, most notably through the purchase of souq.com last year.