Amazon’s MENA Operations has hired more than 1,500 employees amounting to a steep increase in the workforce by 30 percent with an eye to meet the unprecedented demand for the e-commerce giant amid coronavirus outbreak.
Amazon’s MENA Operations include Amazon Web Services which now has over 6,500 employees with offices in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
“We see ourselves playing a really essential role here, because we’re working with all the authorities to make sure that we’re able to deliver as many essentials and important goods to customers across the region that we operate in.”
UAE-based Souq.com, which was co-founded by Mr. Mouchawar, was acquired by Amazon for $580 million in 2017 and rebranded as Amazon.ae a year later.
Amazon MENA has been striving to support adhering to the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health and Amazon’s own safety standards as well as managing the demand and growth seen from the consumer’s perspective. The e-commerce giant will place all employees diagnosed with COVID-19 into quarantine and will offer up to two weeks’ pay, and increased safety and sanitization procedures.