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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
     
    Mall of the Emirates Presents the Region's First Ever Food Festival Curated by Beauty and Luxury Brands

    • Feast on beauty as renowned brands serve mouth-watering creations during Dubai Food Festival • Shoppers earn double SHARE points on all F&B and beauty buys during the festival     Dubai, UAE, 09 March 2020:   In a unique twist for Dubai Food Festival, the worlds of beauty, luxury, and dining have converged as Mall of the Emirates hosts an array of pop-up culinary concepts curated exclusively by some of the mall’s internationally renowned brands. Until 14 March, select beauty and luxury brands are offering their own stylish selection of ......read more

    Al Bastaki: “Personal Care Supplies Available at Fixed Prices and Sufficient Quantities”

    Due to the recent surge in demand for hand sanitizers and similar products, Union Coop ensures a steady price and supply for consumers     The demand for hand sanitizer and similar products is surging, prompting Union Coop to ration supplies and taking necessary steps to ensure smooth shopping experience for the consumers.  Emphasizing on the situation, Dr. Suhail Al Bastaki, Director of Happiness & Marketing Department, Union Coop said: “Personal care supplies, especially hand sanitizers are available in sufficient quantities that meet the need of ......read more

    Al-Futtaim Technologies Wins Best Network Partner Award From Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

    Dubai, March 08, 2020:   Al-Futtaim Technologies announced it has been awarded “Best Network Partner 2019” by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise during the company’s global partners conference, Connex20, held recently in Dubai.  The Best Network Partner award is delivered annually by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to formally recognise its highest achieving partners from around the globe. The award was presented by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise executives Rukmini Glanard, Executive Vice President – Global Sales & Marketing, Stephan Robineau, Executive Vice ......read more

    Germany's Schüco International KG Signs Rental Contract with SAIF Zone to Lease 14 Warehouses

     The facilities cover total area of 8400 sqm, making it the largest number of warehouses rented for single company   Al Mazrouei: Our ability to draw in international companies reflects the competitiveness and comprehensiveness of our world-class services  Schüco Representative: SAIF Zone services will enhance our access to larger customer base in the region      Sharjah - 8 March 2020:  The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) has announced that Schüco International KG, a global leading system solutions provider ......read more

    Siemens Signs 10-year Lease Agreement to Base Its Dubai Operations at District 2020

     The German company announced details of its new offices at District 2020 Lease agreement will see 1,000 Siemens employees working from two buildings As Expo 2020 Dubai’s Infrastructure Digitalisation Partner, Siemens is helping to create one of the most connected and sustainable World Expos, and a blueprint for future smart cities that will be carried forward in District 2020   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 07, 2020:    District 2020 has announced that one of its key anchor tenants, Siemens, will grow its presence within its innovation ecosystem ......read more

    Young Designers' Vision Becomes Reality in Centrepoint's Store of the Future

    11 new Centrepoint stores set to open in the coming months across the GCC   - A joint initiative between Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) and leading retailer Centrepoint, a Landmark Group company, encouraged school children to provide designs for their upcoming “Store of the Future” in Mall of the Emirates.   - Winners, Angeline Benevides and Isaih Tarun, from Al Manahel Private School in Abu Dhabi enjoyed an exclusive preview of the project, just days before the new-look Centrepoint store completes    Dubai, United Arab ......read more

    Majid Al Futtaim Announces New Year New Car Competition Winners

    Northern Emirates, UAE, 04 March 2020:   Majid Al Futtaim has revealed the three lucky winners of its New Year campaign that offered shoppers the chance to kick off 2020 with a brand-new car. The promotion was held across Majid Al Futtaim’s Northern Emirates malls of City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, and City Centre Sharjah.  UAE national Abdulla Al Mehrzi and India’s Kondonttayil Pulapparakath both picked up the keys to their own Jeep Compass compact SUV, while Marietta Pinto of the Philippines earned herself a Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV. The winners ......read more

    Carrefour Unveils Mobimart: the Region's First Grocery Bus

    • Carrefour’s newest grocery concept brings fresh food and everyday supplies to underserviced neighbourhoods across Dubai.   Dubai, UAE, 3rd March 2020: Carrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the UAE, unveiled Mobimart, the region’s first grocery bus, bringing convenient and accessible shopping to the doorsteps of underserved neighbourhoods and communities across Dubai, six days a week.      Carrefour Mobimart offers customers an extensive variety of daily groceries and fresh food, including a selection of organic produce, frozen food, ......read more

    How's Your Nerve? Majid Al Futtaim Malls Unveils Ultimate Suspense Games to Enrich the Shopping Experience

    • Campaign concludes with one golden grand prize winner announced at each mall. • A gamified activation at City Centre Sharjah and City Centre Ajman will offer instant prizes when shoppers spend AED 200 or more.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 03, 2020:    Majid Al Futtaim malls is testing the nerves of its customers with a string of surprise and suspense activities this March. Both City Centre Ajman and City Centre Sharjah are daring shoppers to play the ultimate game of chance with an array of top prizes on offer.   Gold ......read more

    Dalma Mall Honoured With Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in Its Silver Category

    Abu Dhabi - March 02, 2020:  Dalma Mall, one of Abu Dhabi’s iconic shopping destination, has been once again bestowed with the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award – 2020 (SKEA) for demonstrating continuous contribution to its community and steady performance as a shopping center in Abu Dhabi.    The recognition is an outcome of Dalma Mall’s strategic implementation to achieve maximum level of operational excellence and to sustain its industry leadership. Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) was launched by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and ......read more

    Municipal investments can contribute SAR 20 billion annually to KSA's GDP, says Bain & Company

    Benefits include government revenue worth SAR 5 billion and 125 thousand jobs 27 February 2020 - Diverse municipal investments can give rise to more internationally competitive cities in Saudi Arabia and accelerate the Kingdom’s development in line with Vision 2030 by contributing SAR 20 billion annually to gross domestic product (GDP). Global management consulting firm Bain & Company presented this finding during the recently concluded Municipal Investments Forum in Riyadh.    Bain & Company led a workshop titled the ‘Role of Municipal Investment in ......read more

    SCCI Launches a Project for Developing Infrastructure of the 10th Industrial Zone

    Sharjah, Feb 29, 2020: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, in collaboration with the Department of Town Planning & Survey, Sharjah Roads & Transport Authority (SRTA), and Sharjah Water and Electricity Authority (SEWA), has announced the launch of the infrastructure development project for the 10th industrial zone in Sharjah. The new project is one of the pioneering initiatives with the aim of reconstructing the whole area, providing ......read more

    AF Construction Achieves 10 Million Man-hours Without Lost Time Injury on Creek Horizon Tower Project

    Dubai, UAE - February 27, 2020:   In a major milestone for the region’s construction sector and as part of its commitment to health and safety, AF Construction (AFC) has announced it has achieved 10 million man-hours without a lost time injury (LTI).  AFC achieved this significant landmark on January 30, 2020, at its Creek Horizon Tower project which marked 462 days without an incident. Over 67,750 task briefings were held and over 159,000 Don’t Walk Bys (DWB) were conducted resulting in raising the safety standard and quality for hazard assessment and work ......read more

    Bawadi Mall to Host Once Again the Competition of Epic Cuteness

    The 5th season of Baby Race will run on two weekends from March 5th – 7th and March 12th- 14th Al Ain, 24th February 2020: Bawadi Mall’s Baby Race is back once again for its 5th season this 2020. This year will surely be a lot more fun as the mall anticipates more parents to let their babies join the race.  The event, which will take place for two weekends from March 5th -7th and March 12th – 14th, will run from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at Bawadi Mall main atrium. Open to babies from 6 months to 16 months old, the event, billed as the slowest, yet cutest race, will see ......read more

    The Rise in Dubai Investors Looking at UK Property

    Dubai investors have long had an interest in the UK property market, and in the past few years, this number has continued to rise. Now more than ever, overseas and Dubai-based investors are choosing UK property for a number of reasons. One of the biggest and most significant reasons is that the prices in the UK are affordable, yet the returns (in both capital growth and monetary value) are highly lucrative. People see the chance they have with how in demand the UK market is, and they take this chance with open arms. Properties in Dubai and the UAE in general are expensive when you compare ......read more

    Hormann Helps Companies to Achieve Greater Fire Protection With New Flexfire Curtain

    Dubai, UAE; February 23, 2020: Hormann has launched their new FlexFire protection curtain, specifically designed to provide the construction and other industrial sectors with unrivalled smoke protection in the event of a fire. Equipped with an intelligent FSA-FLEXControl hold-open device as standard, the curtain closes reliably if smoke develops. Combined with optical smoke detectors that monitor the door area, the hold-open device is perfect for fire protection. The system can also be connected to the on-site fire alarm system for a complete fire protection offering, supported by an optional ......read more

    Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort Brings Flavours From the World Over

    The family-friendly beach resort is treating guests with attractive deals all through March Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2020:   Renowned for mesmerizing views of the azure Indian Ocean and the Hajar Mountains, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort offers novel experiences, making it an ideal getaway for families to relax. The luxury beach resort is home to 4 distinct dining ambiences and is bringing attractive deals for foodies and pampering guests at Spa Al Aqah all through March! Mother’s Day special Le Meridien Al Aqah is celebrating Mother’s Day ......read more

    HostMilano Brings the Global HO.RE.CA to Dubai

    THE WORLD LEADING TRADE SHOW DEDICATED TO THE WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL CATERING AND HOSPITALITY SHOWCASED IN THE UAE     • A total of 821 companies (of which 371 foreign) have already signed up to the next edition of Hostmilano (from 22 to 26 October 2021) • In 2019, the trade show closed with record numbers: more than 200,000 visitors, with 40% of those international, from 171 countries. • For Italian and international exhibitors, Host offers the perfect platform for giving the world a sneak preview of the latest products/services in the ......read more

    Al Wahda Mall Announces UAE Pro League Mobile Roadshow Activations

    Engaging and interactive experiences to promote the Arabian Gulf League   ABU DHABI, UAE - February 18, 2020:  Al Wahda Mall will be hosting activations for the Arabian Gulf League, UAE’s top professional football league consisting of 14 football clubs from across the country from the 20th to 22nd February, 2020 as they tour with engaging and interactive experiences that aim to promote the league. The 2019/2020 season will witness a total of 182 exciting matches being played until May 2020 with football clubs battling for victory in their bid to win the Arabian Gulf ......read more

    Mall of Oman Onboards a Host of Global Lifestyle, Fashion, and F&B Brands Ahead of Its 2021 Opening

    • Global fashion and lifestyle conglomerate Apparel Group will bring a variety of brands to Oman’s soon-to-be largest mall • Mall of Oman is on-track to open by March 2021     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 18, 2020:    Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia is on-track to deliver Oman’s ultimate shopping and retail destination, Mall of Oman. The mall announced today that it has reached an important milestone after signing a deal with retail ......read more

    IDB's Industrial Activity report shows 57% growth in Industrial facilities operating in Abu Dhabi in 2019

    1,552 licenses released to establishments under ‘Production,’ ‘Under Process,’ and ‘Industry Pioneers’ categories Construction, glass, metal, and chemical companies dominate Abu Dhabi’s industry sector Abu Dhabi, 17 February 2020: The number of industrial facilities operating  in Abu Dhabi grew by more than 57 per cent in 2019 to reach 66 facilities – recording a combined investment value of AED 6.29 billion -  as opposed to 42 facilities in 2018, according to the latest edition of the annual Industrial Activity report issued ......read more

    Dubai-based Baristas' Corner & Italy-based Dalla Corte Host an Intimate Coffee & Talks Evening

    17th February 2020, Dubai, UAE:   Emirati-grown purveyor of specialty coffees, Baristas’ Corner in partnership with Dalla Corte, Italian brand of espresso coffee machines, hosted The Coffee & Talks in Dubai event on 14th February 2020. Attended by VIPs, media partners & bloggers, baristas & coffee roasters, highlights of the evening include informal chats and conversations over steaming cups of coffee, an exciting latte art throwdown, coffee tastings and keynote presentations. The event brought all coffee lovers under one roof at C Central Resort The Palm, in the ......read more

    Bawadi Mall to Continue ‘Happy Monday' Campaign for the Whole of 2020

    The introduction of this campaign has ensured that the footfall on Monday is close to that on weekends Al Ain, 17th February 2020: As part of its ongoing commitment to provide its shoppers with the best shopping, entertainment, and dining experience, Bawadi Mall, the largest shopping mall in Al Ain, launched the Happy Monday Campaign in December. The unique campaign is still running every Monday and will continue for the whole of 2020 and years to come.  Speaking about the success of the campaign, Bassam Saleh, Director of Marketing, Bawadi Mall said, “We created this ......read more

    The Award-winning #burjumanfoodart Festival is Back by Popular Demand!

    Get ready to step inside the amazingly coulourful world of #BurJumanFoodArt!   Dubai, UAE, 16 February 2020:    Following the massive success of last year’s event, BurJuman’s award-winning #BurJumanFoodArt festival, the most Instagrammable foodie event in town, is making a return on the 20th of February.  Giant food art installations positioned throughout the Mall including spinning doughnuts, moving noodles, colourful sushi rolls, and an oversized popcorn tub sponsored by VOX Cinemas are guaranteed to make BurJuman’s Food Festival every ......read more

    Buyers Rush for Majid Al Futtaim's First ‘Elan' Townhouses at Tilal Al Ghaf

    • Developer’s initial offering of 300 three- and four-bedroom townhouses have sold out  • Properties were offered with a competitive six-year payment plan and a starting price of AED 1.26 million • Community features an abundance of facilities and amenities curated for the modern family • Elan, part of Majid Al Futtaim’s premier Tilal Al Ghaf community, was designed using the principles of ‘placemaking’ to create a sense of belonging      Dubai, UAE, 15 February 2020:   Majid Al Futtaim’s latest ......read more

    Best Ways for E-commerce Online Promotions in Middle East

    Online shopping is shaping the future into a much advanced world. Businesses in UAE have already realized this potential and almost all the stores in the malls have online sellers along with physical stores. The ones who haven’t already moved are working on it.  The ecommerce industry is thriving specifically in UAE because they are adopting different ways to make online shopping experience better for everyone. With great service comes great price but online promotions have become a norm in UAE making the experience much less expensive for everyone who wishes to venture into the ......read more

    Celebrate the Season of Love With Exciting Rewards at Dalma Mall

    Abu Dhabi; February 12, 2020:   Still can’t quite put your finger on how to impress a certain someone in your life this Valentine’s Day? Head to Abu Dhabi’s favorite mall, Dalma Mall and celebrate the week of love with your special one and win their heart instantly. The mall will rejoice the love season with various events, activations and a special game - ‘Locked in Love’. To participate and win big, mall patrons simply need to spend AED 200 across the mall (except Carrefour) throughout the week before the Valentine’s weekend and try their luck ......read more

    Dubai Shopping Malls Group Reports Business Growth Among 21 Community Malls Participated in the Spin & Win Promotion During the 25th Edition of Dubai Shopping Festival

    AED 748 MILLION WORTH OF RETAIL SALES RECORDED AMONGST 21 PARTICIPATING MALLS    Dubai; February 12, 2020:  The Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG), in collaboration with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), concluded a successful campaign for the 25th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival - ‘Spin & Win’, with an incredible response from the Dubai shoppers.  Increasing the base of daily winners proved to be a major catalyst for the growing shopper transactions during the promotional run and also impacted the overall sales positively within all ......read more

    Bawabat Al Sharq Mall Welcomes Visitors For Special Valentine's Day Surprise

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 10, 2020:   Special activation area for memorable photographic opportunities and chances to win, all part of the festivities line-up. This year Valentine's Day celebrations will be a special one at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Abu Dhabi's premier family shopping and leisure destination. A colourful Valentine's activation area featuring a heart shaped floral arch as the central highlight will be open to visitors where they can take selfies with their loved one from 13th to 15th February.  On the Valentine's Day, 14th ......read more

    A Limited-time-only Hangout Space Has Launched at City Centre Sharjah

    Kids and teens can access ‘The Fun Corner’ until 5 March    Dubai, UAE, 9 February 2020:   There’s good news for the whole family as City Centre Sharjah has announced the launch of a compelling pop-up entertainment experience, The Fun Corner, available exclusively for young kids and teens. Open every day from 10am to 8pm, the hangout space allows mall visitors to drop their children off at a dedicated area to keep them entertained while they shop. With a packed programme of daily entertainment, The Fun Corner offers free screenings of famous kids ......read more

    City Centre Deira is Sharing the Valentine's Spirit With a Love Garden and Valuable Prizes

    • A picturesque pink and red Love Garden celebrates Valentine’s Day with the community • Offering high-end prizes, the campaign coincides with City Centre Deira’s 25th anniversary       Dubai, UAE, 06 February 2020:   City Centre Deira is winning its shoppers’ hearts this Valentine’s Day with a beautiful Love Garden and valuable prizes, up for grabs until 15 February. The celebration neatly coincides with City Centre Deira’s 25th anniversary - the first Majid Al Futtaim mall to meet the ......read more

    Make a Splash in 2020 at the New Floating Sea Pool at Doubletree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 05, 2020:   DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island has unveiled its first new attraction of 2020 – a stunning floating sea pool with a walkway located in the middle of azure blue waters of the Arabian Sea, with sunbeds for guests to soak up the sun and enjoy panoramic views. Guests can swim or walk up to the floating sea pool and enjoy glorious views and great weather in the midst of the sea. The stylish new facility will also be available to host private parties, cocktail receptions and exclusive dinners. This is ......read more

    Something Exciting is Coming Your Way, Exclusively at BurJuman'

    Fashion comes home - BurJuman launches its new exclusive destination, with a catwalk of niche contemporary brands.      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 05, 2020:   One of the most established shopping destinations in the UAE ramps up the region’s style stakes with its new fashion walkway. Exclusively at BurJuman, coming your way are some of the world’s most sought-after fashion brands, many for the very first time in the UAE. From classic couture to contemporary cool, from urban edge to bold elegance, this eclectic catwalk of hand-picked ......read more

    Celebrate Valentine's at Le Meridien Dubai to Take Home a Stunning Diamond Gift

    The Hotel, in partnership with Liali Jewellery, is giving away diners 15 diamond pendants on Valentine’s Day     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 03, 2020:   Renowned for its culinary diversity, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre’s distinctive dining venues are set to present special Valentine's Day offerings. Eager to delight guests with a unique gastronomical journey, the hotel is geared up to present the most romantic canvas and a chance to win a heart-shaped diamond pendant. This Valentine’s Day, spoil your loved one by ......read more

    Something Exciting is Coming Your Way, Exclusively at BurJuman

    Fashion comes home - BurJuman launches its new exclusive destination, with a catwalk of niche contemporary brands.      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 03, 2020:   One of the most established shopping destinations in the UAE ramps up the region’s style stakes with its new fashion walkway. Exclusively at BurJuman, coming your way are some of the world’s most sought-after fashion brands, many for the very first time in the UAE. From classic couture to contemporary cool, from urban edge to bold elegance, this eclectic catwalk of hand-picked ......read more

    Swiss-Belhotel International Poised for 4 New Openings in H1 of 2020 in the GCC

    Swiss-Belhotel International is all set to open four new hotels in the GCC during the first half of 2020. Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, and Mr. Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and India, are currently on a tour of the GCC visiting the hotels. The new properties are located in Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. The first of these – Swiss-Belboutique Bneid Al Gar Kuwait – recently opened its doors marking the group’s debut in the country as well as the entry of the brand ......read more

    More Than 20,000 People Celebrated the Finale of Dubai Shopping Festival's 25th Edition

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2 February 2020:   The 25th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) has concluded with a blockbuster weekend of international concerts, thrilling events, world-class entertainment and interactive activations, as well as a spectacular fireworks display; a fitting end to the biggest and most rewarding event of its kind.      On Thursday 30 January, Rashed Al Majid and Majid Al Mohandis wowed audiences at the Coca-Cola Arena, receiving rave reviews from their fans. Musical sensation Rashed Al Majid is one of the most famous singers ......read more

    Dubai Festival City Mall's Mega Souk Is Back with Discounts of up to 75% on Popular Brands

    Running until 29th February, shoppers get to save 25-75% off on fashion, sports and accessories brands   Dubai, UAE, 27 Jan 2020:   Dubai Festival City Mall is bringing back mega saving experiences for its loyal shoppers. The Mega Souk shopping bonanza, running until 29th February, will offer customers the chance to save big with the 25% to 75% discount on Al-Futtaim brands akin to fashion, sports and accessories. This year, shoppers get to experience the mega sale on various brands including Guess, Kate Spade, KIABI and Claudie Pierlot, as well as luxury brands such ......read more

    Deloitte Real Estate Predictions 2020 in the Middle East: Technology and customer preferences driving real estate sector evolution in Dubai

    29 January 2020 - Deloitte launched the sixth annual Middle East Real Estate Predictions, Dubai, which examines the performance of Dubai’s real estate market in 2019 and forecasts the changes in the hospitality, residential, office, retail and industrial and logistics markets in 2020.  Oliver Morgan, Director and Head of Development in Deloitte’s Real Estate team in the Middle East said, “Dubai continues to grow as a logistics hub and tourist destination. Significant infrastructure investment has been made ahead of Expo 2020 and whilst there are still oversupply ......read more

    Blockbuster Line-up for the Closing Celebrations of 25th Edition of Dubai Shopping Festival

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 January 2020:   The 25th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) has pulled together an awesome series of concerts, events, world-class entertainment and interactive activations for its final weekend – ensuring the city receives a fitting close for the silver anniversary of one of the most highly anticipated events in Dubai and wider region.   On Thursday 30 January, singers Rashed Al Majid and Majid Al Mohandis will both perform at the sold-out concert at Coca Cola Arena. Al Majid is a musical sensation and one of the most ......read more

    Majid Al Futtaim is gifting three lucky shoppers a new set of wheels

    • Promotion is available at City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, and City Centre Sharjah • Two Jeep Compass and one Toyota RAV4 models are waiting to be won • Members of the SHARE rewards programme will also earn four times the points on their purchases     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 28, 2020:   Majid Al Futtaim’s Northern Emirates shopping malls are keeping the New Year’s spirit of celebration alive with the launch of one of their biggest campaigns yet. The promotion, which runs until 15 February at City Centre ......read more

    New TAG Heuer Autavia now available in bronze – reinvented for a new generation of travelers

    Dubai, U.A.E. – 26th January 2020: Earlier this year, TAG Heuer introduced its legendary Autavia timepiece as a new stand-alone collection that boasts the versatility, ruggedness and reliability that characterised the original Autavia from 1960. Two durable and timeless models in noble bronze with a green or brown colour scheme, powered by the COSC-certified automatic-winding Calibre 5, are now available in stores and online. The Autavia in bronze is an ideal choice for explorers who want their watch to live with them and show off their unique and adventurous lifestyle. The 42 mm ......read more

    Mall of the Emirates to celebrate family and fortune this Chinese New Year

    The mall will offer an authentic Chinese celebration with a breadth of experiences, prizes, and traditional entertainment.   Dubai, UAE, 26 January 2020:   Mall of the Emirates is bringing good luck and prosperity to the community until Saturday, 1 February as it hosts an authentic Chinese New Year celebration complete with rewards, honoured Chinese traditions, and magnificent entertainment.  In the spirit of good fortune, the mall is offering several generous opportunities to win prizes. Celebrating the lucky numbers this Chinese New Year, AED 12,000 in ......read more

    Bawadi Mall ends 2019 stronger with more exciting activities lined up for 2020

    • Higher footfall expected this year driven by five-year-tourist visa and Expo 2020  • Last year the mall opened four fashion stores, four food and beverage outlets, three beauty and cosmetic outlets and four different store categories to serve more shoppers and diners     Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, 26th January 2020:   Bawadi Mall is lining up more fun and exciting activities this year after ending 2019 stronger. Last year, the largest shopping mall in Al Ain hosted a string of events and opened new top-of-the-line stores to cater to the ......read more

    Dalma Mall Induces Nostalgic Moments for a Gathering of Over 15000 Fans With Arabic Folklore Music

    • The Damascus-based band TAKKAT performs for the first-time in the UAE • Over 15,000 fans gathered to attend TAKKAT’s rendition of the Arabic folklore songs      Abu Dhabi; January 22, 2020:  Dalma Mall was filled with euphoria and merriment as thousands of spectators gathered to attend the performance of the YouTube sensation, TAKKAT band. For their first international debut performance, TAKKAT witnessed an overwhelming gathering of over 15,000 fans who lined up in the mall hours before the concert began.   Originally from Damascus, ......read more

    Regus foresees the top trends of 2020 in the flexible workspace industry in the UAE

    Dubai, 22 January 2020: Leading global workspace provider Regus predicts a promising year for the flexible workspace industry in the UAE.   For many employers and employees, flexible working is now the norm. A Global Workspace Survey conducted by leading flexible workspace provider, IWG, shows that half (50%) of those surveyed mention that they work outside their company’s main location for at least half the working week or more.  Kory Thompson, Country Head Middle East at IWG said: “As the UAE looks to a new decade of growth and development, spurred by events ......read more

    Dubai Festival City Mall Hosts the Lunar New Year Celebrations with a Blast

    Dubai, UAE, 21 January 2020:   In partnership with Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment (DFRE), Dubai Festival City Mall is gearing up to celebrate Chinese New Year with a special IMAGINE show and an impressive firework display to precede this auspicious Lunar New Year on 25 January at 8:30 PM.  Dubai Festival City Mall will be hosting captivating roaming entertainment for guests to partake in the fête, from the famous Chinese Lion Dance to bring in good fortune, graceful sleeve dances that originate from the Han dynasty to a traditional fan dance which has been part ......read more

    Nickelodeon Singalongs! is bringing the party to City Centre Deira

    Dora the Explorer and other much-loved Nickelodeon characters will host a ten-day music and dance party at the mall   Dubai, UAE, 21 January 2020: This month, City Centre Deira will welcome the stars of the Nickelodeon world as the mall hosts Nickelodeon Singalongs!  From 20 to 29 January, Dora the Explorer, the Paw Patrol, and Shimmer and Shine will lead mall visitors through a number of catchy tunes and dance moves. After each performance, shoppers can then pose for a picture with their favourite characters during meet and greet sessions.  The fun continues with a ......read more

    Dubai Shopping Malls Group Continues to Amaze Shoppers With Big Wins

    • AED 431 million of sales across 21 DSMG participating malls in the first 3 weeks of Promotion • 2 more weeks of exciting promotion and chances to win cash rewards   Dubai; 21 January 2020:   The 25th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) started with the popular campaign, “Spin & Win” by Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG), and has became an instant hit amongst the shoppers this year, as well a major reason for celebration for the much-awaited shopping festival across the globe. With a chance to win up to AED 200,000 every week, shoppers ......read more

    Festival Plaza Weclomes Even More Brands to Your New Local

    Over 485,536 sq ft of retail space has now been occupied since opening The shopping destination is already home to IKEA, Marks & Spencer and Pan Emirates amongst many more       Dubai, 19 January 2020: Since opening to great fanfare just a month ago, Al-Futtaim’s Festival Plaza has added a further 18 stores to its offering, kicking off the year as it means to go on. This means that the GLA now stands at 485,536 sq ft.    The 18 new stores cover a range of offerings from food, beauty, accessories and home and leisure and will ......read more

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