Members of the Saudi information technology (IT) community and computer market are currently awaiting the outcome of a dispute between the American Macintosh computer company and its sole agent in Saudi Arabia, Al-Jereisy Computer Services.
Macintosh previously decided to market its products in Saudi Arabia through its agent in the UAE, rather than through Al-Jereisy. As a result, the Saudi Ministry of Commerce, which insists on having a local agent to market Macintosh products in the kingdom, decided to ban the import of all the company’s products until Macintosh chooses Saudi import representatives.
According to the London-based Al-Hayat daily, the impending decision will determine the future of Macintosh’s dealing in the kingdom, including whether or not the company will be forced to hire a Saudi import company to represent it.
Saudi Arabia holds a central role in the computer market in the Middle East, according Al-Jereisy’s chairman, Abdul-Rahman Al-Jereisy. The Saudi market attributes for nearly 80 percent of the overall computer market in the Arabian Gulf states, and half of the overall computer market in the entire Middle East region.
Apple-Macintosh computer sales to Saudi Arabia, prior to the ban, were valued $10-$12 million annually. ― (MENA Report)
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