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Amazon Reports Robust Q1 Results and Plans Major Expansions in KSA and Mexico

Amazon has announced first-quarter earnings, surpassing market expectations and unveiling plans for significant investments in infrastructure developments in Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

Thu, May 2, 2024 8:28pmGrey Clock 2 min Inc. announced first-quarter results that exceeded market expectations, driven by strong performance in cloud computing, spurred by the excitement surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI), and an increase in advertising revenue.

In the first quarter, sales rose by 13% to $143.3 billion from $127.4 billion the previous year, surpassing the London Stock Exchange Group‘s forecast of $142.5 billion. Net income saw a significant surge, tripling to $10.4 billion from $3.2 billion a year earlier.

The company also outlined its expansion plans, including the development of new infrastructure regions in Saudi Arabia and Mexico. This expansion is aimed at providing a broader range of options for developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises in running their applications and serving customers.

Amazon plans to invest over $5.3 billion in Saudi Arabia as part of AWS’s long-term commitment to the region, along with more than $5 billion in Mexico over the coming years.

Sales in North America grew by 12% year-over-year to $86.3 billion, while international sales increased by 10% to $31.9 billion. AWS sales rose by 17% to $25.0 billion. Operating income for the quarter was $15.3 billion, up from $4.8 billion in the first quarter of 2023.

Operating cash flow also showed a robust increase of 82%, reaching $99.1 billion over the trailing twelve months, compared to $54.3 billion in the previous year. Moreover, free cash flow significantly improved to an inflow of $50.1 billion for the trailing twelve months from an outflow of $3.3 billion as of March 31, 2023.

Andy Jassy, President and CEO of Amazon, commented on the results, stating, “It was a good start to the year across the business, and you can see that in both our customer experience improvements and financial results.

“The combination of companies renewing their infrastructure modernisation efforts and the appeal of AWS’s AI capabilities is reaccelerating AWS’s growth rate; our Stores business continues to expand selection, provide everyday low prices, and accelerate delivery speed, while lowering our cost to serve; and, our Advertising efforts continue to benefit from the growth of our Stores and Prime Video businesses.

“It’s very early days in all of our businesses and we remain excited by how much more we can make customers’ lives better and easier moving forward.”

For the second quarter, Amazon expects net sales to be between $144 billion and $149 billion, representing a growth of 7-11% compared to the second quarter of 2023. This forecast includes an unfavorable impact of about 60 basis points from foreign exchange rates. Operating income is anticipated to be between $10 billion and $14 billion, up from $7.7 billion in the second quarter of 2023.


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Preparatory Work for UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail Project Commences at Full Speed

Preparations have begun on the transformative UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail network, revealing significant construction details during a site visit.

Thu, May 16, 2024 3 min

The $3bn Hafeet Rail project between the UAE and Oman will feature 60 bridges and a 2.5km tunnel, making it an “architectural and engineering marvel,” according to CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi.

Hafeet Rail has announced that preparatory work is moving full speed ahead for constructing the transformative railway link between the UAE and Oman. This announcement was made during a site visit attended by key officials, members of the Asyad and Hafeet Rail executive management teams, project contractors, and consultants.

Key Highlights

During the visit, attendees were introduced to the main components of the project, including passenger, repair, and shipping stations, as well as major bridges and tunnel sites.

The Hafeet Rail project is set to play a very important role in enhancing local and regional trade, unlocking new opportunities in the infrastructure, transportation, and logistics sectors, and fostering economic diversification. It will also strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Oman.

The project will involve constructing 60 bridges, some reaching heights of up to 34 meters, and tunnels extending 2.5 kilometres. The Hafeet Rail team showcased the latest rail technologies and innovative engineering and architectural solutions designed to navigate the challenging geographical terrain and weather conditions while maintaining high standards of efficiency and safety.

The rail network will boost various industrial sectors and economic activities and significantly impact the tourism industry by facilitating easier and faster travel between the two countries.

Ahmed Al Bulushi, Asyad Group Chief Executive Asset, noted that the project’s rapid progress reflects the commitment of the UAE and Oman to developing and realizing the project’s multifaceted benefits.

Investment and Future Impact

Al Bulushi added that investments in developing local capabilities and expertise in rail-related disciplines over recent years have enabled the project to reach the implementation phase successfully under the leadership of highly efficient and professional national talent.

Hafeet Rail’s CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi emphasized, “The commencement of preparatory works for construction is a testament to the robust synergy between all parties involved in both nations, achieving this milestone in record time. We are confidently laying down the right tracks thanks to the shareholders of Hafeet Rail and the expertise of local companies in Oman and the UAE, alongside international partners.”

During the site visit, the visitors explored some of the key preparatory sites, including Wadi Al Jizi, where a 700-meter-long bridge towering 34 meters will be constructed. This ambitious project is envisioned as an architectural and engineering marvel in a complex geographical landscape.

Future phases will require more collaboration, with a continued focus on quality, safety, and environmental considerations in line with the international industry best practices.

The Hafeet Rail project represents the first-of-its-kind railway network linking two Gulf nations, marking a significant shift in regional goods transportation. This efficient and reliable transportation option will reduce dependence on slower and less sustainable road transport.

Hafeet Rail promises a 40% reduction in shipping costs and a 50% in transit times compared to traditional land transportation methods, as it will be connecting five major ports and several industrial and free zones in both countries.

This shift will reduce reliance on road transport by cars and trucks and promote more sustainable shipping practices. The establishment of the railway network will also create significant opportunities for SMEs in construction, engineering, and logistics support, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and innovation within the domestic economy.

By linking major ports, the Hafeet Rail project will enable local SMEs to import, export, and distribute their products more effectively, enhancing their market reach and global competitiveness.


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