Dubai Retailer MAF Posts 10% Rise In 2012 Revenue

The company, which is expanding rapidly, aims bid for Egypt supermarket chain Metro in the first quarter of 2013.

Richard Mille Unveils 2013 Watches

The Swiss watchmaker unveils its timepieces for the new year at the SIHH in Geneva.

Saudi’s Almarai Q4 Net Profit Up 29%, Beats Forecasts

The dairy and food producer made a net profit of SAR369 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Turkey’s E-Commerce Firms Set For Shakeout

According to a Deloitte report on e-commerce in Turkey, 17 merger and acquisition deals were closed last year.

Dubai Duty Free To Employ 1,070 New Staff In 2013

Sales forecast at Dhs 6.6 billion for 2013, says executive vice chairman Colm McLoughlin.

Emaar Says No Plans To Spin Off Malls

The Dubai developer has denied reports it is planning to list its malls business.

Swatch Group 2012 Sales Up 14%

The group expects good results at operating profit and net income level when they’re released next month.

Dubai’s Just Falafel Plans 20 New UK Stores In 2013

The company has launched it’s first store outside the Middle East in London.

Rotana Kick-Starts Dhs2bn Al Ghurair Expansion

The number of stores at the adjacent shopping centre is set to rise from 200 to 350 this year.

Dubai’s BurJuman Shopping Mall Begins Expansion

A new Carrefour hypermarket and a 14-screen Vox Cinemas multiplex are part of the mall’s renovation plan.

Dubai’s MAF Group Eyes Egypt Supermarkets In $300m Deal

The Majid Al Futtaim group is reportedly in talks to buy the supermarket business of Mansour Group.

How Glambox Cornered The Luxury Testing Market

Shant Oknayan, co-founder of GlamBox, describes the first 12 months for the UAE’s start-up beauty revolution.

Chairman – Giordano Pushes For 15% ME Marketshare

Hong Kong clothing store to open 60 stores in the region and India by the end of 2015, says chairman Dr Peter Lau.

Revealed: The Best Tailors In The UAE

Where to go for the best bespoke suits and shirts in the emirate.

GCC To Host First World Luxury Expo

Steinway Piano Gallery will be displaying a crystallised 1/6 scale model grand piano worth AED12 million for the first time

Luxury Market To Contract Further in 2013

With increased consolidation and tepid growth only a few players will survive, says Manuel Emch, CEO of Romain Jerome.

Dubai Plans Mega City; World’s Largest Mall

The mall will be part of a new retail and tourism complex that also includes a park bigger than London’s Hyde park.

Spying for Dummies

A new breed of mannequin uses facial recognition software to gather customer data while you shop.

Burger King Eyes Expansion

Burger King, the fast food franchise, plans to open its first restaurant in South Africa early next year.

Saudi Bookstore Jarir Plans 70% Expansion

The chain is planning to spend $40 million a year, targeting the Gulf’s population growth.

10 Biggest Shopping Malls In The World

Not surprisingly, Dubai Mall, which welcomed 54 million visitors last year, makes it to the list.

Swiss Luxury Player Expands In Middle East

Bally opens new store in Dubai; third in the last one year.

Top 10 Fashion Brands In The Middle East

Gulf Business asked Sophia Serin, Senior Editor at Emirates Woman Group, to round up the region’s most popular fashion brands.

Marks & Spencer’s Middle East Expansion

The giant British retailer is opening a new store in Jordan before the end of the year.

Dubai Needs Affordable Shopping Malls

Retail must accommodate middle-class tourists’ needs as their numbers rise, say experts.

Qataris Biggest Luxury Spenders In ME

Residents in Qatar spend up to $5,000 per month on luxury goods, says new report.

First Free Sampling Store Opens In Dubai

Sample Central allows members to take products home for free in return for sharing their opinions.

Saudi’s Almarai To Issue Private Sukuk

The dairy company raised SAR1 billion through the first tranche of a Sukuk in March this year.

Fashion Brand Brioni Opens Shop In Dubai

CEO Francesco Pesci speaks to Gulf Business about the brand’s expansion in the Middle East, its PPR takeover and James Bond.

Groupon And YaDig Launch Review Partnership

New alliance will see regional website’s reviews published on global giant’s website.