88% of Middle East and North Africa Brands Changed Customer Experiences Due to the Pandemic

88% of Middle East and North Africa Brands Changed Customer Experiences Due to the Pandemic

Sitecore® the global leader in digital experience management software, announced today, ahead of GITEX Technology Week, that 88% of IT decision-makers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have fundamentally changed their customer experiences in response to the pandemic.

The research, conducted by YouGov MENA, surveyed more than 650 IT decision-makers across 12 countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Levant, and Egypt.

Furthermore, with the rise in e-commerce, 91% of customers in MENA have become digital converts since the pandemic and want to keep buying everything online. Supporting the Middle East’s customer experience and e-commerce markets, Sitecore will holds its first standalone participation at GITEX under the theme of delivering memorable experiences.

During GITEX, Sitecore will also distribute the 2021 Sitecore Experience Award to the Dubai-headquartered developer Kerzner International. Kerzner International was the Category Winner for the Most Intelligent Content Optimization in the EMEA region. Honorable mentions from the Middle East also included Dubai Free Zones (Most Intelligent Content Optimization), Emirates Airline (Best Innovation with Emerging Technologies), and Saudi Aramco (Best Digital Experience Transformation).

“Middle East brands, such as Kerzner International, Dubai Free Zones, Emirates Airline, and Saudi Aramco, have accelerated their digital transformation since the pandemic, fueling a turning point in customer experiences, and aligning in-store and digital retail experiences,” said Mohammed Alkhotani, Area Vice President – Middle East and Africa, Sitecore. “Sitecore’s first standalone participation at GITEX presents a vital platform to drive new business, share Middle East innovations with a global audience, get closer to our customers and partners, and exchange best practices with industry thought leaders.”

Sitecore will emphasize the rollout of its $1.2 billion global investment plan and the recent acquisitions of Boxever and Four51 and Moosend. Sitecore will also highlight the integration of the Sitecore Experience Platform and Sitecore AI solutions with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic process automation (RPA) across websites, apps, and social media.

Overall, the YouGov survey shows that 83% of MENA organizations advanced their marketing technology stack more in 2020 than in the three previous years. Among the top three technologies seeing the strongest take up to improve the customer shopping experience are apps or websites (63%), remembering customers’ shopping history (39%), and giving preferential offers or invitations (35%).

“Middle East organizations have driven a reinvention of their marketing stack over the past year, and understand the importance of using real-time technologies to personalize customer experiences,” added Mohammed Alkhotani. “With Middle East customers shifting to e-commerce and hybrid retail models, brands that personalize digital marketing campaigns can drive new levels of business competitiveness.”

In the run-up to GITEX, Sitecore will be hosting the webinar “Rethinking Marketing and Customer Experience” on Tuesday, September 14th at 11:30 am GST. For more information, and to RSVP for the webinar and for Sitecore at GITEX, please visit:

During GITEX, visit the Sitecore stand at the Dubai World Trade Centre – Hall 7, Stand F40 from 17-21 October 2021. Sitecore senior executives are available for interviews ahead of and during the event.

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