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    Al Ruwad Real Estate Appoints Alaa Masoud as General Manager of Sales and Marketing

    Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2020   Al Ruwad Real Estate, an exceptionally well-respected and awarded real estate agency in Dubai, has appointed Alaa Masoud as General Manager of marketing and sales.  Alaa is an expert in marketing and business development with 20 years of experience in media, communication, hospitality and real estate.   Alaa started his career in Dubai in 2000 in Blue Media Group and Arab Media Group as a Sales and Marketing Manager, followed by a breakthrough into the real estate industry with a position of Head of Marketing for Azizi Developments. Since then, Alaa managed various teams across renowned brands such as Danube Properties, Sharjah Oasis Real Estate Development and Tilal Properties.   Ismail Al Hammadi, founder and CEO of Al Ruwad Real Estate said: “The rapid development in the ......read more

    SCAD Building Materials Price Report Construction Labour Costs and Diesel Price Record the Largest Annual and Monthly Falls in April 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 30, 2020:   The Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD), a Department of Government Support entity, has issued its monthly Building Materials Price Statistics (BMPS) report for April 2020. The report covers price movements across key building materials in April 2020 compared with March 2020 and April 2019.   April 2020 vs March 2020 In April 2020, the average prices of cement group increased by 0.9%, concrete by 0.1% compared with March 2020. During April 2020, the average cost of construction labour dropped by 20.5%. Diesel price dropped by 8.4%, and steel by 2.7% compared with March 2020.   April 2020 vs April 2019 In April 2020, the average prices of natural stone increased by 6.4%, wires for small building rose by 3% and stainless steel sinks with single ......read more

    Union Coop Al Barsha – 3 Commercial Center 40% Complete

    Union Coop is looking forward to expand its presence further in the emirate of Dubai    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 23, 2020:      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 23, 2020:   The largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE, Union Coop through its ‘Investment Division’ has revealed that its Commercial Center project in Al Barsha – 3 area is 40% complete. The move comes within the framework of Union Coop’s plan for strategic expansion and increasing its outreach to serve the members of society, and contribute to obtaining a unique shopping experience. The new branch will increase Union Coop’s strategic inventory by 11%.    Commenting on the project, H.E. Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al Falasi, CEO of Union Coop said: “The total cost of the ......read more

    Union Coop Launched ‘Drive Thru' Shopping Service

    The First Drive-Thru Shopping experience in the Middle East   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 20, 2020:  Union Coop, the largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE launched a new ‘drive-thru’ shopping service that allows consumers to shop from their vehicle, at Mirdif branch in Etihad Mall, first of its kind shopping service in the Middle East. Commenting on this, H.E. Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al Falasi, CEO of Union Coop said: “Based on the current and rapid developments witnessed by the world and the retail market in particular, Union Coop decided to implement this exceptional and new idea that contributes to increasing options for shopping methods for the community members and Union Coop consumers, where we offer tradition shopping service in the showrooms, the shopper valet service, online shopping ......read more

    SRTI Park Discusses Reality, Future of Research and Development in Arab Region

     SHARJAH, 20 May, 2020 - The Sharjah Open Innovation Council organised by the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, SRTI Park, has launched the first series of remote sessions titled 'Horizons of Scientific Research and Knowledge – based Economy in the Arab World'. Moderated by Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, the session hosted Dr. Rania A. Al Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation in Egypt, and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman and Founder of the Jordan-based the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global. During the session, which was inaugurated by Al Mahmoudi, the reality and future of research and development in the Arab region were discussed. Al Mahmoudi underlined the pioneering role that Sharjah plays in supporting education, culture and scientific research in the Arab world through ......read more

    Al Maya Supermarkets Open Its First Supermarket In Ras Al Khiamah

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 18, 2020:   Al Maya Supermarkets has opened first Supermarket in Ras Al Khaimah at Al Hamra, Al Jazeera area, informed Mr Kamal Vachani, Group Director, Al Maya Group.  Al Maya Supermarket is one of the leading and trusted Supermarkets chain in the UAE with multi format stores serving sizeable number of customers since more than 35 years.  Al Maya Supermarket has a sizeable share of the UAE retail market.   We are thrilled to introduce our new  supermarket in Ras Al Khaimah.  We believe our customers will be pleased with the wide variety of services and fresh product offerings available for our customers, including a wide selection of fresh fruits, full-service meat counter, seafood counter and a bakery range. Mr Kamal Vachani further mentioned Al Maya offers ......read more

    Union Coop: AED 46 Million Project in Umm Al Quwain

    A Good news for the Citizens of Umm Al Quwain    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 14, 2020:   Union Coop, the largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE revealed that the progress in it’s Umm Al Quwain Coop Residential and Commercial project, in Al Salamah – 3 area of Umm Al Quwain emirate has achieved 7%. The project has been designed and implemented as per the latest local and international architectural standards, as a part of the Union Coop’s objective for the implementation of world-class projects at the least possible costs.  Talking about the project, H.E. Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al Falasi, CEO of Union Coop said: “The preliminary and excavation works for project has already been completed. We expect that the as per the ‘Project timeline’, constructions of the ......read more

    Al Wahda Mall is Now Open for Its Customers in Compliance With the Health and Safety Measures

    • Al Wahda Mall reopens in accordance with guidelines and protocols issued by Department of Health – Abu Dhabi and Department of Economic Development (DED) – Abu Dhabi. • Occupancy will be limited to 30% from original capacity and parking will be limited to 50% • All those above 60-year-old and kids below 12 will not be permitted to enter as part of the precautionary measures    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 May, 2020:  Al Wahda Mall, an iconic landmark and central Abu Dhabi’s leading shopping and lifestyle destination has successfully completed all the requirements and protocol set by the Department of Economic Development (DED), Abu Dhabi and is now open for the customers. In strict compliance with the health and safety measures outlined by the Department of Health and ......read more

    Al-Futtaim Launches Web-Based Crowd Management Tool To Ensure Safety of all Customers

    System developed to enable Al-Futtaim retailers to adhere to guidelines and protocols issued by Dubai Economic Department   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 12, 2020:   Al-Futtaim today announced the launch of an innovative Web Based Crowd Management Service for its store customers to ensure they can continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines while visiting Al-Futtaim properties. The quick and convenient service was developed in response to the Dubai Government’s health and safety directives following the announcement by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management to reopen malls and retail stores. The technology solution helps manage the flow of customers to maximum 30% of store capacity, ensuring the safety of customers and retailers.   The service allows customers to either ......read more

    Majid Al Futtaim Announces New Opening Date for City Centre Al Zahia

    Dubai, UAE, 11 May 2020:   Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has announced a new opening date for its upcoming mall in Sharjah - City Centre Al Zahia.  Now set to open in March 2021, the decision allows tenants sufficient time to prepare for their new store openings and ensure they can provide a compelling customer experience.    The decision to defer the mall opening date has been taken in light of the global disruption in the retail sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional months will allow all of City Centre Al Zahia’s tenant partners increased time to stabilise and prepare their new stores effectively, to the standards that they and Majid Al Futtaim adhere to,  and open  at a time that is ......read more

    Union Coop: Delivery from Online Store to Consumers in 2 Days

    UAE’s Largest Consumer Cooperative is covering all angles to curb the pandemic     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 11, 2020:   Union Coop, the largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE announced that Consumer orders through Union Coop online store are delivered within 2 working days maximum, as of May 10th 2020, as this comes within the framework of improving its services to delight the community members and contribute towards curbing the spread of Coronavirus.  Spokesperson: “Union Coop raised the number of employees working in the online store to more than 500 people. This number includes employees of the E-Commerce Section, delivery services and logistical support like Noon, El Grocer, Dukkaani, Instashop,  Masar, ATC, Swan, Dubai Taxi, Infiniti, New Heights and ADCO where these ......read more

    Atlantis, the Palm Serves Iftar for Diners in Resort and at Home

    The resort’s famed Ramadan tent ‘Asateer’ will offer home-delivered Iftar whilst WHITE restaurant will serve in-resort Iftar by the beach   Dubai, United Arab Emirates 30th April 2020:   In line with the Dubai Government’s decision to ease some restrictions around the city, Atlantis, The Palm is pleased to announce that the resort will offer special Iftar deals to enjoy in-resort and at home during the Holy Month of Ramadan.  ASATEER HOME DELIVERY Whilst the resorts’ famed Asateer tent is not open this year, diners can still enjoy Dubai’s favourite Iftar in the comfort of their own home. Starting from just AED145 per person, the Iftar menu includes Chef Ali el Bourji's signature dishes including lentil soup, hot and cold mezzeh, a selection of meat dishes such as slow ......read more

    Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA fights in the Frontline Against COVID-1

    At special rates, the company hosts thousands of healthcare professionals who need to stay close to their workplaces   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 30, 2020:   Millennium Hotel and Resorts MEA, one of the fastest-growing hotel management companies in the region, supports the healthcare sector through devotedly designed residency promotions and packages. Hosting thousands of heroes from the medical field across the region including doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, the company advocates profoundly the national efforts of governments and health authorities by enabling medical heroes to stay close to their workplaces at affordable rates.   In addition to waiving fees, booking cancellation with full refunds for guests, and adopting of world-class health & safety measures, the company ......read more

    Burjuman Reopens Its Doors With Strict Precautions in Place

    Dubai, UAE, 30 April, 2020:    In line with Government recommendations, BurJuman has reopened its doors to welcome visitors back as it operates reduced hours, from 12 pm to 10 pm. Essential services continue to operate with extended hours as before. Strict regulatory precautions have been placed, which includes wearing masks at all times, limiting mall visit time for individuals to a maximum of 3 hours and practising social distancing while in the mall. BurJuman has also increased its already active cleaning and sterilization routine and placed health and safety signages across the mall to ensure all guidelines are followed.  “The health and well-being of our customers, employees, retail partners, and the communities we serve are always our top priorities. We are closely monitoring updates from the Dubai ......read more

    Waterfront Market Re-Opens on 28th April

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 April 2020:  In line with the recent directive from government authorities, Waterfront Market, Dubai’s premier state-of-the-art fresh food market is delighted to announce that all its shops and F&B outlets will re-open on Tuesday 28th April, joining its Fish, Meat, Dry Goods and Fruit and Vegetable Markets, and Lulu Hypermarket. The management team have taken extra precaution to safeguard the health and safety of all who enter.   During Ramadan all Markets will be operational from 6:00am to 22:00pm, offering the best value in fresh goods, whilst the other retail outlets and F&B outlets will open from 12:00pm until 22:00pm. Cleaning and sanitization will be ongoing throughout the day, and deep cleaning and sanitization will take place throughout the night commencing after ......read more

    Retail Reels From Covid-19 – Sharp Decline in Sales, Though Online Groceries Show Uptick: KPMG Report

    Online groceries sales surge 40%, luxury and fashion sales down by 50%     Dubai, 27 April 2020:  KPMG Lower Gulf’s latest report, ‘Navigating the pandemic,’ has revealed a mixed bag of challenges for the UAE’s consumer and retail sector, currently battling the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.    Among the strong performing sectors, online retail, particularly of groceries, has witnessed significant growth. Grocery retailers witnessed a 20% to 40% increase in sales during the first half of March, compared to the same period last year. Online marketplaces also saw surging demand, particularly for laptops/tablets (online learning and remote working requirements) and gym equipment (due to the closure of gyms and fitness centres).    On the other hand, with malls closed, ......read more

    Dubai Investments Industrial Manufacturing Companies Continue Production Meeting Local Requirements

    Adhering to local regulations, companies continue to reinstate manufacturing sector’s key role in supporting the economy Dubai, UAE, April 26 2020:   With the manufacturing sector identified as a crucial industry and used as a means to achieve sustainable growth, Dubai Investments, the leading diversified investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is committed to contributing to the UAE economy through this vital sector by continuing the ongoing production of raw materials across its industrial manufacturing subsidiaries in steel, aluminum, glass and other building materials. The functionality of the production lines are in line with maintaining and adhering to the regulations implemented by the government and in full commitment to protecting and safeguarding employees.  “Supporting ......read more

    DLD: Smart Remote Payment Services to Facilitate Real Estate Registration Process

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 26, 2020:    Dubai Land Department (DLD), in cooperation with Smart Dubai and the Department of Finance (DOF), launched remote payment services to facilitate the process of real estate registration through the Dubai Pay portal. This step is part of the precautionary measures taken by DLD to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the health and safety of its customers. The initiative also aims to expand the process of payment methods through Dubai REST and DLD’s website, allowing for the easy collection of service fees. It is also expected to help facilitate payment services for DLD’s customers, which will lead to the revitalisation of Dubai’s real estate market and the establishment of reliable practical solutions for all procedures and transactions. The remote ......read more

    Al-Futtaim Malls To Open Doors in Accordance with Guidelines and Protocols issued by Dubai Economic Department

    Dubai Festival City Mall and Festival Plaza will open on Saturday 25th April with reduced trading hours    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 25th April 2020:   In accordance with the announcement by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, Al-Futtaim will open its malls across the UAE on Saturday 25th April with trading hours of 12pm-10pm. Family entertainment, cinemas, gyms, prayer rooms, changing rooms and shisha services will remain closed, as per the directive.  The opening comes in line with the supreme Committee of Disaster Management’s announcement of the partial easing of restrictions on movement in Dubai. Prior to opening, both malls are mandated to comply with the various guidelines and protocols and the partial opening is within strict health and safety ......read more

    UAE Retail Response on COVID-19 - Seek More Government Support to Open Non-Essential Retail, to Reset UAE Economy

    • The survey reports the level of impact and possible future of over 150 retailer brands who have presence across all the emirates of the UAE • 13% expect a moderate impact and forecast a possible recovery within the coming quarter • 65% will consider retail events such as Eid, Back to School, Fall or Winter as part of their plan for business recovery • 24% suggests the government entities for tax waivers along with 22% for discounted licensing fees      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 23, 2020:   With the current lockdown under the national disinfection program, the mandatory closures of shopping malls and non-essential retail outlets is now building up the pressure on the retail sector. While, the impact triggered is clearly visible within financial markets, there is ......read more

    Union Coop Allocates AED 17 Million to Combat Corona in Coordination with Competent Authorities

    AED 150 Million allocated to reduce the price of 25,000 Commodities with more than AED 500 Million the contracted value with suppliers for the month of Ramadan preparations      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 23, 2020:   Union Coop, the largest consumer cooperative in the UAE, announced the allocation of AED 17 Million to support precautionary initiatives and measures taken by the government to confront the Corona pandemic, as it spent about 8 million and 522 thousand dirhams until April 22, in addition to providing logistic support and contributing to the implementation of awareness campaigns to educate community members, noting that it has supported Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Police and the Community Development Authority and other authorities, as this comes within the framework of its efforts ......read more

    Insta-Worthy Fashion Brands to Follow

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 22, 2020:   A premier shopping destination in the heart of Dubai, BurJuman debuted its new fashion walkway in January, and is now redefining luxury and edging towards evolving into a designer hub and go-to shopping destination for fashion lovers. As a venue, BurJuman is lifestyle at its best; eye-catching, challenging, bold, edgy and surprising. It delivers a fashion walkway dedicated to insta -worthy contemporary, bespoke and elegant brands from many influential names in the fashion industry.   Some of these Insta-worthy fashion brands to look out for this year are:   • LHU Urban – Contemporary streetwear for a rebel, young male crew    Created by the Belgian designers and founders of Les Hommes, Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch, LHU Urban is the ......read more

    Majid Al Futtaim Fashion Expands Digital Footprint With the Launch of Online LEGO Certified Store

    New online yellowblocks.me caters to customers across the UAE, and offers same day delivery*  Dubai, UAE, 20 April 2020:   Majid Al Futtaim Fashion has expanded its digital footprint and customer reach with the launch of an online webstore for LEGO Certified Stores in the UAE – yellowblocks.me. The new platform invites LEGO-lovers across the country to enjoy greater convenience as they shop from the Danish toy company’s wide variety of creative and interactive products.  The online store offers the complete LEGO product range, including exclusive monthly sets from LEGO Creator Expert lines, LEGO Star Wars, and other categories. In celebration of the launch, online shoppers can capitalise on free delivery for a limited time only. The store is also offering same day delivery for orders placed ......read more

    Dubai Real Estate Projects in Full Swing

    With construction being one of the very few operational, vital sectors in the UAE, Azizi Developments’ projects are progressing rapidly   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 April 2020:  Azizi Developments, a leading private developer in the UAE, has announced that its projects across Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR), Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Healthcare City, Al Furjan, and Downtown Jebel Ali are well underway, with construction progressing swiftly despite global COVID-19 challenges.  According to the 24-hour sterilisation programme issued by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, some sectors are exempted from the restrictions, including the construction sector, which is pivotal to the UAE’s economy and the well-being of its residents. With Azizi being a leading developer in this ......read more

    Mall of the Emirates is Bringing Spring Summer Trends Straight to Shoppers' Doorsteps

    ‘Trends At Your Doorstep’ invites customers to shop the latest fashion, beauty, and luxury collections online and benefit from complimentary delivery plus bonus SHARE points Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2020:   Mall of the Emirates has launched a new online platform that ensures consumers who eagerly awaited the new Spring Summer 2020 collections can continue to shop the latest arrivals from the mall’s fashion, beauty, and luxury brands. Trends At Your Doorstep, will provide residents in Dubai with a seamless online shopping experience. Customers can now for the first time ever peruse the latest Spring Summer 2020 collections from the comfort of their homes and reserve their favourite picks for delivery. With close support from Majid Al Futtaim, select brands from Mall of the Emirates can transfer their ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Real Estate and Retail
     
    Celebrate the 48th UAE National Day at Dalma Mall

    •  Shoppers to enjoy up to 75% discount during the 4-day super sale •  Mall visitors to witness wide range of cultural programs and novel events   Abu Dhabi - November 27, 2019:   From cultural performances, fusion dance, kid’s activity corner, roaming entertainment to interactive digital attractions and more, Dalma Mall, the favorite mall of Abu Dhabi will be buzzing once again starting 28th November in celebration of the 48th UAE National Day and throughout the long weekend. Dalma mall has announced a wide range of activities and ......read more

    Expo 2020, infrastructure projects driving growth of Dubai's construction sector

    • Dubai accounts for 42% of current active projects in the UAE • Construction sector contributed an estimated 6.4% to Dubai’s GDP in 2018 • New analysis released during Dubai Chamber briefing held on the sidelines of The Big 5 exhibition in Dubai      Dubai, UAE - November 26, 2019:   Expo 2020 and government-led infrastructure projects were key factors driving the growth of Dubai’s construction sector in 2018 and 2019, and this is trend expected to continue over the next two years, according to new analysis released by Dubai ......read more

    Udrive Partners with Al Ghurair Center

    Shopping made simpler.     Dubai, UAE - November 26, 2019:  Want to go shopping? But tired of the endless traffic and parking problem? Udrive has got the perfect solution. Get your shopping shoes ready as Udrive has partnered with Al Ghurair center to offer designated parking spots for Udrive and Al Ghurair shoppers!!! This service makes shopping hassle-free as you can start and end your trip from Al Ghurair center as well.  Udrive is the first car-sharing provider in the Middle East that provides car rental by the minute, also includes free parking and free ......read more

    Robinsons celebrates UAE National Day with leading Emirati brands and a host of family-friendly activities

    Dubai, UAE - November 25, 2019:  This UAE National Day, leading department store, Robinsons will be hosting a range of activities to keep the little ones entertained. And if this wasn’t enough, shoppers can enjoy browsing a range of Emirati brands across the store, which are perfect gifts for loved ones. So, whether shoppers are looking for a family day out or wanting to shop the latest collections straight off the catwalk – Robinsons has it all.    From Wednesday 27th November until Tuesday 3rd December, Robinsons will be hosting a series of fun-filled ......read more

    Dubai Festival City Mall Predicts Biggest Celebration of UAE National Day Yet

    Dubai, UAE, 25 November 2019:   Dubai Festival City Mall will join major landmarks in Dubai on Monday night to celebrate the UAE’s 48th National Day by projecting an all-new IMAGINE National Day show and two spectacular fireworks displays. The mall is kicking off a National Day experience called “Faces of the Nation”, running until 02 December, where visitors can snap pictures of themselves at the designated photo booth for a chance to be personally featured in a special IMAGINE National Day show paying homage to the ‘Year of Tolerance’. With 2019 ......read more

    Al Othaim Leisure relaunches Xtreme Zone at Deerfield's Mall Abu Dhabi

    Dubai, UAE - November 20, 2019:  With an extravagant outdoor area in the Mall’s Garden area, the facility showcases free-jumping and strength evaluation opportunity with over 36 interconnected Trampolines.   Abu Dhabi - November 20, 2019: Xtreme Zone, a ‘futuristic’ family entertainment outdoor facility owned by Saudi Arabian conglomerate Abdullah Al-Othaim Leisure, has relaunched its facility at Deerfield’s Mall in Abu Dhabi. Al Othaim is known as the region’s leading family entertainment solutions provider.    As part of the ......read more

    December Specials at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort

    Dubai, UAE - November 19, 2019:  Being one of the most iconic resort destinations on the U.A.E’s East Coast, Le Meridien Al Aqah, located amongst the enchanting scenery of Fujairah, invites you for an experience of a lifetime. The stunning beach resort is renowned for its impeccable variety of cuisines and the friendliest environment for a fun-filled holiday all through December. Celebrate the joyous National Day of the United Arab Emirates on December 2, 2019 at the Views Restaurant with a delicious National Day brunch. At AED 165, enjoy a selection of eats, including ......read more

    Deerfields Mall is Back With Its Third Season of Farmers Market

    • Over 20 farmers to showcase and sell locally grown, quality products • The Farmers Market will be hosted in the garden area of the mall every weekend until 04th April 2020 • The mall will also host Marhaba Market – a special market for handy-crafts     Abu Dhabi - November 12, 2019:    Deerfields Mall, the popular shopping and lifestyle destination of Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Abu Dhabi City Municipality and Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority is back with its latest edition of ‘Farmers Market’. Curated to ......read more

    The 10th Edition of Sharjah Stamp Exhibition to Kick Off on November 19 at Mega Mall Sharjah

    Sharjah,11 November 2019:  The 10th edition of the Sharjah Stamp Exhibition, organized by the Emirates Philatelic Association (EPA), is set to kick off on November 19 and will run until November 23. The largest cultural event of its kind across the region is bringing together enthusiasts and collectors of rare stamps from the UAE and other countries of the world. “Our preparations for hosting this unique event have been wrapped up, through which, we aim to shed more light on the cultural legacy and long postal history of the UAE by displaying unique collections of stamps ......read more

    Union Coop Releases the instant Electronic Share Trading Update

    Retail Pioneer’s Online trading platform accounted for 5,760 transactions worth AED 204 Million in 5 months   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 10, 2019:    Union Coop, the largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE revealed that the total transactions through its electronic ’Share Trading’ platform accounted for AED 204,302 Million since the platform’s launch 5 months ago on May 22nd till the beginning of November 2019. Commenting on this achievement, the Chairman of Union Coop ‘H.E. Majid Hamad Rahma Al Shamsi’ said: “Since ......read more

    National Geographic Abu Dhabi Provides an Unprecedented Look into Makkah's Sprawling Hospitality Infrastructure with Accor

    Hosted by Emirati photographer Obaid Al Budoor who shares with us his personal hospitality journey in the Holy City  The 4-part series is airing now on National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s YouTube Channel   November 10 2019:   National Geographic Abu Dhabi announced today the release of a new short format series in partnership with Accor, providing viewers a behind-the-scenes insight on the sprawling growth of the hotel infrastructure sector in the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia to meet the needs of the ever-growing number of pilgrims throughout the ......read more

    Accor's role as Makkah's leading pilgrim hospitality services provider showcased in National Geographic Abu Dhabi series

    Four-part ‘a Look Into Accor’ Programme, Hosted by Emirati Photographer Obaid Al Budoor, Goes Behind the Scenes at Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel Properties in the Holy City   November 10, 2019:    Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, has partnered with free-to-air Arabic documentary channel, National Geographic Abu Dhabi, to produce a four-part series showcasing its world-class pilgrim hospitality services at its Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel properties in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.   Airing now, ‘A look into Accor’ follows ......read more

    Etihad Airways awards air hospitality contract to ABC

    Company supported by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development Abu Dhabi, 09 November 2019: The Airport Belgrade Catering (ABC) company, recently fully acquired by Emirati-owned Cirta Group, a stable of companies supported by government entity Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED), has signed an agreement with Etihad Airways to provide air hospitality, on-board retail services and logistic solutions over an initial period of three years that will cover more than 700 Etihad flights annually. The agreement, which is subject for renewal upon its expiration, was signed by Abdullah Al ......read more

    Al-Futtaim Malls Wins Big at RECON MENA

    Record Eight Awards presented to Festival City Destinations        Dubai, UAE, 07 November 2019:   Al-Futtaim Malls picked up a record eight awards at the RECON MENA Awards hosted by Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and Retailers (MESC+R) in Dubai last week.  Its properties across the region all scooped prizes in different categories for marketing campaigns and initiatives in the past year focusing on promotions, digital, sponsorship, customer experience and engagement.    Timothy Earnest, Group Director of Al-Futtaim Malls ......read more

    Experience Some of Dubai's Most Opulent Accommodation at La Riviera Apartments

    While there may be no shortage of quality accommodation within Dubai’s midtown district, acquiring luxury apartments for either residential or investment purposes is not without its challenges. The exciting La Riviera Apartments project, however, guarantees high-quality living within a vibrant community of like-minded individuals.   A landmark project This landmark project takes opulence to the next level and is certain to appeal to both younger first-time buyer/investors and seasoned home-seekers. In fact, anyone looking to establish themselves in one of the ......read more

    Empower starts construction of its new headquarters worth AED 280 million

    Dubai, UAE, 6th November 2019:   Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, announced the beginning of construction of its new headquarters in Al Jaddaf, Dubai, at a cost of AED 280 million. The building is expected to be inaugurated in Q1 of 2021. The new headquarters includes two buildings; an office building and a residential building, both will be having a 3-storey underground parking as well as shops. Each building consists of 10 floors; the office building includes staff offices and shops, while the ......read more

    Four lucky shoppers win big during City Centre Muscat's Autumn/Winter 19 campaign

    Winners received gift cards worth OMR 1,000 as part of mall’s shop and win competition   November 6, 2019:  City Centre Muscat has revealed the lucky winners of its Autumn/Winter 19 shop and win competition, launched to mark the arrival of the new fashion season.  Omani nationals Essa Al Haddabi and Suhail Al Henai have secured a mall gift card worth OMR 1,000 – plenty for a shopping spree at Oman’s premier shopping destination.  Also celebrating the win were Shabbir Ahmed from Pakistan and Huda Al Shaikh from Palestine. All four scooped ......read more

    Bold Bakers, Meet Gemma Stafford at Dubai Festival City Mall this Weekend

    Dubai, UAE, 06 November 2019:   To all the ‘Bold Bakers’ out there, this is your chance to meet the Irish professional chef & baking expert Gemma Stafford. Borders Bookstore at Dubai Festival City Mall will host Gemma on Saturday, 09th November 2019 from 4PM-6PM at an exclusive book signing session for her book “Bigger Bolder Baking”.   Gemma’s ‘Bold Baking’ style was developed over the years from baking in her tiny kitchen to a Michelin-Starred restaurant in San Francisco. Gemma hosts her online baking show titled ......read more

    Dubai International Hotel takes home the “Best Airport Hotel in the UAE” Title among others at Haute Grandeur Global Awards, 2019

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 05, 2019:    Located at one of the world’s busiest airports, Dubai International Hotel is renowned for its service excellence and personalised hospitality to transit passengers and travellers alike. So it came as no surprise when they received 8 awards for 3 distinct categories at the latest iteration of Haute Grandeur Global Awards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 19 October 2019. Haute Grandeur Global Awards are known to raise standards of excellence in hospitality globally, inspiring establishments to outperform past achievements. Thus ......read more

    Explore Hello Kitty Mania as Candylicious Turns 10

    Celebrations and anniversary collection line inspired by Candylicious x Hello Kitty     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 05, 2019:   UAE’s most loved candy store, Candylicious and Sanrio’s most celebrated character, Hello Kitty celebrate their birthdays with an exclusive partnership! To mark the milestone, Hello Kitty will be travelling from Tokyo to Dubai to celebrate as Candylicious turns 10 and she celebrates her 45th anniversary.     Everyone loves candy! It was on that universal premise that Candylicious was founded a ......read more

    Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies provides Vertical Transportation solutions for Dubai Festival Plaza

    Company to provide 46 elevators, escalators and travelators in the upcoming urban community lifestyle mall   Dubai, UAE, November 05, 2019:   Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies, a multi-disciplinary engineering organization, has announced it has supplied and installed state-of-the-art LM elevators and Hitachi escalators and travelators for the upcoming Festival Plaza Mall.    The Al-Futtaim group company’s Elevator Division supplied over 24 LM Wittur Machine Room Less (MRL) elevators of varying capacities ranging from 2,000kgs to 5,000kgs and 14 ......read more

    5 nationals win big during City Centre's Autumn/Winter 19 campaign

    An AED 25,000 shopping spree and AED 100,000 cash prize have been up for grabs throughout October    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 5, 2019: City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif have revealed the final lucky winners of their Autumn/Winter 19 shop and win competitions, launched to coincide with the arrival of the new fashion season.   Sheryl Mandap from Philippines, Rafif Alfaisal from Syria, Zainab Aljamaly from Iraq, and Ajay Nepali from Nepal are the winners of an AED 25,000 shopping spree each at City Centre Deira, while Aditi Gill from India ......read more

    Emaar Malls announce 6% growth in revenue reaching to AED 3.412 billion (US$ 929 million) in 9 months of 2019; net profit grows by 6% to AED 1.732 billion (US$ 472 million)

    • Net profit for the third quarter of the year (July to September) 2019 is AED 602 million (US$ 164 million), an increase of 12% over the same period last year  • Revenue for Q3 2019 increased by 5% to AED 1.185 billion (US$ 323 million) compared to Q3 2018     Dubai, UAE; November 03, 2019:   Emaar Malls (DFM: EMAARMALLS), the shopping malls and retail business majority-owned by Emaar Properties (DFM: EMAAR), recorded an increase in revenue by 6 per cent during the first nine months (January to September) of 2019 to AED 3.412 billion (US$ 929 ......read more

    Union Coop Raises 32 Flags on top of its Branches and Commercial Centers.

    The celebration comes after the Great Leader’s call to come together in celebration of UAE Flag Day.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 03, 2019:    Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Union Coop raised 32 national flags high above its 21 branches and Commercial Centers in the Emirate of Dubai, expressing their loyalty and belongingness to the homeland and the wise leadership.   H.E. Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al Falasi, CEO of Union Coop ......read more

    City Centre Muscat diversifies its brand offering with new retail and restaurant openings

    The mall recently added GANT, Rocomamas, Miniso, KIKO MILANO, and Kiehl’s to its impressive list of tenants   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 03, 2019:    City Centre Muscat, Oman’s first and largest lifestyle shopping destination, has added to its already diverse offering with a number of recent new retail and restaurant openings. The new arrivals further strengthen City Centre Muscat’s competitive advantage in the retail sector while elevating the shopping experience for discerning customers. The new tenants follow the opening of several ......read more

    Union Coop Reports 16% Growth in Net Profit for Q3 - 2019

    AED 387 Million Reported as Net Profit for Nine months.  Union Coop expects investments exceeding AED 2.13 Billion through 18 projects in the next four years.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 03, 2019:   Union Coop, reported a 16% growth in net profit until the end of the third quarter of 2019, compared to the same period of the previous year, which is an increase of AED 54.3 million, from AED 332.3 million in 2018 to AED 386.6 million in 2019.  Commenting on Union Coop’s performance, the CEO ‘H.E. Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al ......read more

    HITEC Dubai 2019 to Bring Together World's Leading Technology Solution Providers for Hospitality Industry

    DUBAI: HITEC Dubai 2019, the Middle East’s largest hospitality technology show for hotels organised by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and Naseba, and endorsed by Dubai Tourism, will bring together over 2000+ Hospitality professionals, 100+ exhibitors and 30+ leading thought leaders from across the region. The mega event will be held this year on November 12 and 13 at the Festival Arena by Intercontinental at Dubai Festival City. HITEC will give Middle East buyers – currently worth over USD 75 billion – access to top solution providers ......read more

    Marks & Spencer to Dazzle Some Magic & Sparkle Over Dubai Marina Mall This Festive Season

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 29, 2019:    It’s almost the wonderful time of the year – and with that, Marks & Spencer’s is delighted to announce that due to popular demand, its Christmas pop-up store will be returning to Dubai Marina Mall from 30th October to 25th  December for its second year.   With festive favourites such as mince pies, Christmas puddings and its world-famous mini bite tubs, the pop-up store will also include quintessential British treats such as crumpets and all-butter mini shortbread trees. And it’s not just ......read more

    Union Coop: Immediate Hiring of 44 UAE Nationals

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 29, 2019:    Sighting extended support to the program of Emiratization in the country, Union Coop, the largest Consumer Cooperative in the UAE announced the immediate recruitment of 44 UAE Nationals during its ‘Open Day’ recruitment drive, held this week at Etihad Mall.    The Director of Human Resources and Emiratization at Union Coop ‘Mr. Ahmed Bin Kenaid’ has been optimistic about Union Coop’s relentless effort towards Emiratization, he said: “Union Coop has organized 6 ‘Open ......read more

    Surprise! Instant wins are waiting for shoppers at City Centre Ajman this month

    The Emirate’s largest mall is offering guaranteed instant-win prizes when shoppers spend AED 200 or more Ajman, UAE, October 28, 2019:   City Centre Ajman is upping the excitement of shopping at the Emirate’s largest shopping mall and entertainment destination this month with the launch of It’s Time for More Surprises. The month-long campaign guarantees every shopper an instant prize related to the mall’s diverse retail and entertainment offering when they spend AED 200 or more between October 15 and November 15. All visitors need to do is redeem ......read more

    Sustainability is ‘changing the Manufacturng Game' as Half of World's Consumers Are Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Products

    Latest data from Accenture highlights growing trend, which will be one of several key topics under the microscope at 2nd Gulfood Manufacturing Foodtech Summit With three quarters of consumers citing reusable or recyclable designs as important to their buying habits, Summit will hear why manufacturers must embrace change to succeed   Dubai, UAE – 28 October 2019:   Increased consumer knowledge on sustainability in manufacturing sparked by growing environmental awareness, and the prevalence of digitalisation, are changing the manufacturing industry. ......read more

    Boo-tify Your Home this Halloween with IKEA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 27, 2019:    With the most exciting time of year approaching and festive celebrations around the corner, it’s time to get creative with decors and add IKEA touches to your life. From carved jack-o-lanterns to physical candles; decorative pumpkins, webs and spiders, candies and loot bags, IKEA has everything you need to add to your checklist before an eventful Halloween bash.    The region’s favourite Swedish home furnishing retailer has got you covered with some fun and creative décor ideas that are affordable and can ......read more

    Commemorating Retailing Excellence in the Middle East

     The Annual RetailME Awards 2019   Dubai 24th  October 2019:  The Annual Images RetailME Awards, celebrated some of the region’s most outstanding achievements in retail at a gala ceremony on 15th October 2019 at Le Méridien Hotel & Conference Centre, Dubai UAE.  Images RetailME Awards honour excellence across a range of retail categories, turning the spotlight on the best performing retailers in the region and benchmarking best practices in this vibrant industry.  Among the winners in 21 diverse categories were; LIWA TRADING ENTERPRISES for ......read more

    Take Advantage of an Early Super Sale at JYSK

    Scandinavian excellence to refurbish your home at exceptional prices.       Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 October 2019:  As the much anticipated 3 Day Super Sale fast approaches, JYSK, the Scandinavian homeware brand has announced an early sale to lead up to it. With discounts ranging from 20 to 70 % on everything, beginning 24th October 2019, consumers will enjoy Scandinavian sleeping and living at the most competitive prices. Enjoy good quality sleep with JYSK’s wide range of mattresses, duvets and pillows with advanced sleep technology and cooling ......read more

    Snap and Win at Al Ghurair Centre

    **  Share your pictures using hashtag #TheCentre and have the chance to win AED 1,000 weekly **   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 23, 2019:    In the heart of old Dubai, there’s plenty going on at Al Ghurair Centre as they embark on an exciting period of change and development to enhance their offering for the local community. October sees the installation of a fun series of wall art across the mall to add vibrancy and many photo worthy and instagrammable moments for those spending time at #TheCentre .  Visitors of Al Ghurair Centre can take their ......read more

    City Centre Al Shindagha is helping the light shine brightly this Diwali

    The Majid Al Futtaim mall is celebrating the festival of lights with colourful décor, a Diwali Market and fantastic giveaways   Dubai, UAE; 22 October, 2019:  As Dubai’s Indian community prepares for the arrival of the festival of lights on Sunday 27 October, City Centre Al Shindagha is joining the city-wide celebrations with a specially curated Diwali Market, joyful makeover, and a variety of generous promotions between October 18 and November 2 to welcome the Diwali spirit. Customers will be greeted by ornate on-ground décor and ceilings that glisten with hanging ......read more

    Dubai's Largest Diwali Celebrations Begin with Fireworks and Bollywood Dances on Festival Bay

    In celebration of the Festival of Lights Dubai Festival City Mall to launch the 4th all-new IMAGINE Show, ‘Hathi’s Garden’   Dubai, UAE, 21 October 2019: In collaboration with the Consulate General of India to the United Arab Emirates and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Dubai (DTCM), Dubai Festival City Mall will be home to the biggest Diwali celebrations in Dubai this year to bring the 3.3 million Indians residing in the city an unrivalled experience at its world-class destination to celebrate Diwali in style. The occasion will be marked on ......read more

    'Celebrate Diwali with BurJuman'

    Enjoy Indian festivities through a colourful and exciting week-long celebration Dubai, UAE, 21 October 2019:  This October, immerse yourself in a spectacular fiesta as BurJuman celebrates the Indian festival of Diwali. The Mall has come alive with an explosion of colours, offering all ages and nationalities, an exciting opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of Indian culture and traditions.   Your favourite City1016 RJs - Malvika, Sid and Parikishit - kicked off the celebrations with a high-energy roadshow on the 18th of October.    Indian-themed ......read more

    Emirates Co-op' Mini-Mart' Opens at Zayed University

    21st October, 2019 Dubai - Emirates Cooperative Society – the leading grocer in the UAE, recently inaugurated their latest 'Mini-Mart' at Zayed University Dubai Campus. This launch is part of their expansion plans as announced by the board at the annual general meeting held earlier this year. The Mini Mart is centrally located within the atrium at the University.   Additionally, 'Mind café' coffee shop, well-known for their specialty coffee, and loved by the Emirati Community, was also opened at the Mini Mart. Students will enjoy early morning coffee, pastries, ......read more

    Daiso releases its collection of Halloween decorations!

    • Included in the range are a host of frightenining and spooky items including cobwebs, buckets, masks, accessories, costumes, make-up and much more… • The Japanse retail concept store organised a pumpkin carving competition at their Dubai Springs Souk store over the weekend to kickstart the celebrations!       United Arab Emirates, 21 October 2019:  Daiso Japan, the Japanese value retail concept with over 40 stores in the UAE has released its collection of Halloween decorations across the region.       The ......read more

    DuPont to Acquire Membrane Business from Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.

    October 20, 2019 – DuPont (NYSE: DD) recently announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the Memcor® business including ultrafiltration and membrane biofiltration technologies from Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. “Our strategic intent for the Water Solutions business is to have a robust portfolio of technologies so that our talented global organization can leverage a broad range of solutions to solve our customers’ most pressing ......read more

    Construction of Abu Dhabi's AED 4.4 bn Reem Mall Reaches its Highest Point

    The structure of Snow Abu Dhabi –world’s largest snow play park -  reaches its highest peak with rest of the building structure continuing to progress rapidly   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 October 2019:   Reem Mall, the world’s first fully digitally enabled smart shopping mall, was officially topped out this week after construction reached the highest point for the new mall structure. The topping out was marked by key project representatives from Al Farwaniya Property Developments including Faisal Sultan, Chairman, David Boesley, Executive Chairman, ......read more

    Middle East Retail Forum (MRF) 2019 focused on RetailNEXT

    Dubai 19th October 2019:   The Eight edition of the Middle East Retail Forum 2019 took place on 14th  & 15th of October at Le Méridien Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, Dubai UAE. The conference brought together the Middle East’s most powerful retail influencers and leaders to focus on the fundamentals driving profitable innovation in Retail. Over 80 speakers and 300 delegates were present at MRF this year.   ‘RetailNEXT’ was the theme at MRF and it focused on - The new wave of People, Products and Processes. The two-day conference was ......read more

    November Specials at Le Meridien Al Aqah

    October 17, 2019:  Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah is pleased to share its’ November promotions including special menus, staycation promo code and a special offer to celebrate International Children’s Day. Please find below the highlights of the promotions. Press note for the same can be downloaded by clicking here. Gonu Bar & Grill – Cold Seafood Platter priced at AED 249 per couple (Nov 21 till 28) Sapore – Special truffle menu (Nov 8 till 14) Taste – Celebrating Loy Karathon from Nov 20 till 24 with special noodle menu Pool ......read more

    One stop shop for classifieds and deals in UAE- QUOODO.com

    An online e-commerce website for jobs, motors, property, deals and free classifieds.                                    Dubai, U.A.E – October 17, 2019:  The world has changed. Digital has changed it. QUOODO.com aims at shifting the gear by the official launch of their ecommerce platform with solutions that match customers’ demands and expectations in the U.A.E. It is an online classifieds and deals platform where people can get their hands at the best available options in the ......read more

    Dubai Shopping Malls Group Announces “shop & Win Gold” Promotion for Diwali 2019

    • Shop for AED 200 at any one of the 10 participating mall to be a part of the Diwali promotion and win gold bar • Winners will take home a total of ½ kg of gold bars during the two-week long Diwali campaign    Dubai; 14 October 2019: Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) with the support of Dubai Festival and Retail Establishment (DFRE) announces their Diwali campaign “SHOP & WIN GOLD”, offering shoppers a rewarding shopping experience this festive season. Shoppers stand a chance to enter the draw and win upon spending AED 200 at any of the 10 ......read more

    Celebrate Diwali with BurJuman

    Enjoy Indian festivities through a colourful and exciting week-long celebration Dubai, UAE, 14 October 2019:  This October, immerse yourself in a spectacular fiesta as BurJuman celebrates the Indian festival of Diwali. The Mall will come alive with an explosion of colours, offering  all ages and nationalities, an exciting opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of Indian culture and traditions.   Your favourite City1016 RJs - Malvika, Sid and Parikishit - will kick off the celebrations with a high-energy roadshow from 7 pm to 9 pm on the 18th of October, ......read more

    Autumn/Winter 19: Step out in the latest styles with City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif

    Lots of chances to win with fashion-focused activities during the Autumn/Winter 19 season Dubai, UAE , October 10 2019: The 2019 Autumn/Winter fashion season has arrived, and as shoppers step out to snap up the latest trends, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira are here to help make sure each purchase is a little softer on the pocket. For the entire month of October, visitors can shop the style most true to their personality across each mall’s breadth of luxury and affordable fashion retailers, and capitalise on a host of money-saving offers. Every week, when customers spend ......read more

    The S Hotel Al Barsha reveals five new food and beverage offerings

    8th October 2019, Dubai, UAE:   The S Hotel Al Barsha, a new four-star property in Dubai Science Park, unveils an exciting selection of five food and beverage offerings. A stylish and contemporary retreat for business and leisure travelers, The S Hotel offers guests an inviting and intimate ambience, and cuisine that is pleasing to the eye as well as the palate.    The five F&B options at the hotel include ‘Business Lunch’ for busy corporate executives; ‘Schools Out @ Fusion’ for parents and kids to enjoy snacks after a hectic day at ......read more

    Halloween Celebrations at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 08, 2019:    Get your freak on! Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre is all set to host the spookiest Halloween Brunch and parties on 31st October -1st November, 2019. Be ready to get tricked by the entertainment, scandalous cocktails and sinful treats.    Warehouse   Stalking Dead Halloween Party Thursday, 31st October   Get ready for a truly Spook-tacluar evening this Halloween! Flutter down to Warehouse for a frightfully fun night of partying, dancing and dining. Dusty notes and a guest DJ who will keep you ......read more

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