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Dubai's noon inks deal with eBay to bring U.S. products to Mideast

The Dubai-based digital marketplace noon announced on Tuesday a partnership with U.S. e-commerce giant eBay to give customers in the region the chance to buy products from the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Mohamed Alabbar, founder of noon, said the e-commerce platform is connecting the region with the global e-commerce market through partnership with eBay.

"With this, we are offering our customers access to products that are not otherwise readily available in the region," added Alabbar, who is also the chairman of Dubai's Emaar Properties, a major Middle East developer.

Noon powered by eBay will be available from the second half of 2018 in its home market United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, through a dedicated app, as well as via mobile and desktop.

Products purchased via noon and shipped from overseas can also be returned to noon with a full refund option, based on terms and conditions, said the company.

Noon and eBay will also explore joint opportunities in marketing, know-how and best practices sharing to help the strong growth of online shopping in the region, noon said in a statement.

According to the "Middle East B2C E-Commerce Market 2018," combined e-commerce sales are expected to more than double between 2017 and 2020 to reach 20 billion U.S. dollars.
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