Lab grown diamond Evermore flagship boutique

Region’s only ‘lab-grown diamond’ brand opens boutique in Dubai

Evermore’s boutique is now open in the new Deira gold souq extension in Dubai

Hani Weiss Majid Al Futtaim CEO

How customer-centric technology is reshaping retail industry

Hani Weiss is the CEO at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, we spoke to him about how under a strategy of omnichannel retail, the challenges of digital transformation can be turned into opportunities

Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC Distribution approves $350m interim cash dividend for H1 2022

This is the first payment in what is expected to be a full-year 2022 dividend payment of minimum Dhs2.57bn

Chaloub Threads Styling

Chalhoub Group acquires majority stake in London-based digital luxury retailer Threads Styling

Founded by Sophie Hill, Threads Styling offers a social-first personal shopping service through social platforms and chat-based commerce

Scan & Go payment provider MishiPay launches in UAE

MishiPay launches in UAE, allows shoppers to scan and pay

The payment ecosystem commences its operations in the UAE by deploying its self-checkout technology across Virgin Megastore outlets

Carrefour Egypt partners with Merge to provide sign language interpretation

Carrefour Egypt stores will offer sign language interpretation

Carrefour has partnered with Merge, an IT company to launch simultaneous sign language interpretation in its stores

FedEx insights on e-commerce

What’s driving the e-commerce industry: consumer behaviour or digital innovations?

More than ever, consumers now want fast, on-time and flexible delivery solutions, with the option of easy returns

Emaar annual meeting

Emaar shareholders approve acquisition of Dubai Creek Harbour, sale of Namshi

A special resolution to remove the minimum contribution of UAE and GCC nationals in the company was also passed

TikTok launches podcast series

TikTok launches podcast series ‘The Future of Retail’ in the GCC

The podcasts will shed light on the evolution of the industry, and feature discussions with some of the retail sector’s most prolific players

Nanovo launches in Middle East with first phygital retail concept

6thStreet collaborates with Nanovo, opens region’s first phygital store

Customers can select from more than 40,000 products at the store’s self-service terminals


Climate change: How has extreme weather affected cotton?

The world’s cotton supply keeps shrinking, hit by drought and heat

Dubai Duty Free

Dubai Duty Free records over $1bn in sales for first eight months of 2022

Online sales reached $29m, accounting for 3 per cent of total sales from January through August

Spinneys Aster JV

Spinneys, Aster Pharmacy JV to launch supermarket wellness concept

The first Spinneys store to introduce the concept will be announced soon with a rollout to follow across the UAE

Mall of the Emirates digital concierge service

Majid Al Futtaim launches SHAREPay for loyalty programme members

SHAREPay enables members to link up to 10 existing debit/ credit cards to a single digital card, enabling seamless instant earning and burning of SHARE points

Last three days of Dubai Summer Surprises, discounts up to 90%

Last three days of Dubai Summer Surprises, discounts up to 90%

Residents and visitors can avail the final sale of DSS offers from September 2 to 4


WhatsApp rolls out in-app shopping product with India’s JioMart

The new feature lets users in India shop for products from JioMart, and pay for them directly within the app

Mohamed Alabbar to acquire stake in YNAP from Richemont

Mohamed Alabbar to acquire stake in Yoox Net-a-Porter from Richemont

Alabbar’s investment vehicle, Symphony Global will acquire a 3.2 per cent stake of YNAP’s share capital, while Farfetch will take 47.5 per cent adds Al Ain Farm products to its offerings

Al Ain Farms to offer dairy products in Africa through DP World’s connects 10,000 registered customers to 2,000 registered vendors and facilitates the trade of 1.4 million products on a daily basis

Majid AL Futtaim announces H1 2022 results

Majid Al Futtaim reports 18% rise in EBITDA to Dhs1.9bn, revenue rises 15% to Dhs18bn

Majid Al Futtaim – Properties’ revenue rose 51 per cent to Dhs2.4bn, while EBITDA was up 27 per cent to Dhs1.4bn

Get your child 'Back-to-School' ready

Get your child ‘Back-to-School’ with these retail offers

UAE’s leading retailers have plenty of offers and deals for the new academic year

Merit Incentives launches Prerna Sonawane

Merit Incentives launches, a software as a service platform

The company has launched its latest gifting solution with talabat across the MENA region

Majid Al Futtaim report reveals spending increased by 22% in H1 2022

UAE consumer spending increased by 22% in H1 2022, reveals Majid Al Futtaim report

In the first half of 2022, the retail general category was up by 15 per cent from the same period in 2021

Danube home opens in Mauritius

Danube Home signs new franchise with Hyvec Group in Mauritius

The first showroom is expected to open in November this year

Forever 21 expands in the Middle East and South East Asia

Forever 21 expands in the Middle East and South East Asia

The group opened a 12,000sq ft store at Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall last week, which signals its expansion strategy across the two markets

Dubai Summer Surprises

How unified e-commerce can help UAE retailers drive sales this Dubai Summer Surprises

Studies show there is a 9 per cent higher increase in growth amongst agile businesses that connected their online, in-app and in-store payment channels compared to those that don’t

Saudi Arabia retail sector shows recovery in H1 2022

Domestic demand, spending boosts growth in Saudi Arabia’s retail sector in H1 2022: JLL

For the months of April and May, the value of point-of-sale transactions jumped by 16 per cent year-on-year to a total of SAR91.8bn across the kingdom as a whole

BinDawood acquisition

BinDawood Holding to acquire stake in French influencer marketing agency

Ykone is an influencer marketing agency focused on travel, beauty, fashion and luxury brands

Zeman Awwal MOE has launched a shop and drop service

Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates launches ‘Drop and Shop’ service at Zeman Awwal

The service is open from Monday to Sunday between 1pm–10pm

Savills- retail destination trends 2022

Four global trends shaping the future of retail destinations: Savills

In the Middle East, there are already clear signs of retailer demand, with a shift away from purely franchises to brand-owned stores

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UAE consumers are now buying a greater variety of brands than they did pre-Covid: NielsenIQ

According to NielsenIQ, 68 per cent of UAE respondents felt they could find a brand that fits their exact needs if they looked hard enough