Dubai’s Damas Jewellery appoints new chairman and CEO

Perramond replaces Damas’ first female CEO, Asil Attar, who was appointed to the role in February last year

Saudi mall operator Arabian Centres to reopen 20 shopping centres this week

The kingdom has allowed malls in most regions to reopen during Ramadan

Majid Al Futtaim launches Dubai’s ‘first’ in-store hydroponic farm

The farm spans 24 square metres and can accommodate up to 16 varieties of leafy greens and herbs

Abu Dhabi mall employees to be tested for Covid-19; new guidelines for customers visiting shopping centres

The testing of the employees would be carried out in coordination with the Department of Health (DoH)

Bahrain launches virtual mall with 100 stores amid Covid-19 concerns

The government-run website showcases products from over 100 local businesses

UAE retailer Majid Al Futtaim launches online marketplace through Carrefour

The platform has been successfully piloted for six months with third-party sellers and is now available on the Carrefour mobile app and website

Abu Dhabi Sheikh invests $1bn in top grocer LuLu

LuLu operates shopping malls and other businesses such as hospitality and real estate, and had an annual turnover of about $7.4bn

Revealed: Dubai issues list of guidelines for reopening malls, offices

The official date for reopening businesses is expected to be “announced shortly”

Abu Dhabi considers reopening malls with precautionary measures in place

Shoppers will be required to wear masks and gloves and maintain social distancing

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DP World launches online marketplace to support artisans and small businesses during Ramadan

Sellers can register on manasah.com for free

Dubai Silicon Oasis offers rent waivers, deferred payments to residents, startups and retailers

Existing residential tenants at Dubai Silicon Oasis can now make monthly payments towards their rent

Dubai Mall launches virtual store on noon’s online portal

Deliveries will be fulfilled by noon.com across the UAE including next-day delivery on select orders

Certain food stores allowed to operate in Dubai, outlets fined for inflating face mask prices

Meat, fruits, vegetables, roaster, mills, fish, coffee, tea trading stores can stay open from morning to night

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Talabat now offers 24×7 grocery delivery service in Dubai

The company said that it fulfils deliveries within an hour and offers groceries at hypermarket prices

Dubai clarifies directive on closure of commercial establishments

Dubai Economy has outlined businesses which are affected by this decision, the exemptions and the duration of the closure too

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UAE retailer Majid Al Futtaim to reassign over 1,000 employees to Carrefour

Ahead of the redeployment, employees have completed the requisite training

UAE supermarkets and pharmacies can remain open 24 hours a day

The percentage of shoppers in each of these establishments at any time must not exceed 30 per cent of its total capacity

UAE’s TRA shares list of ‘online grocery’ apps

The online stores on the list include large shopping centres and cooperatives, as well as grocery stores, meat and vegetable shops, and other services

UAE supermarkets confirm that they remain open, are ‘fully stocked’

Supermarkets also confirmed that they are carrying out regular sanitisation procedures

UAE’s Al-Futtaim to provide mall tenants three-month free occupancy

Al-Futtaim’s local mall portfolio consists of Dubai Festival City Mall and the Festival Plaza mall

Covid-19: Timings of shopping malls in the UAE reduced

The reduced operating hours do not apply to Carrefour, pharmacies or clinics within the malls

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Abu Dhabi plans to ban single-use plastic bags by 2021

The phased programme will include the development of legislation and levying of fees to discourage the use of avoidable plastics

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Carrefour launches mobile grocery bus in Dubai

Customers can check daily route schedules and timings of the Mobimart bus on Carrefour’s website

New energy drink made in Dubai aims to compete with Red Bull, go global

Dubai Energy Drink, set to launch across the UAE, includes a sugar-free version which is made with stevia

UAE’s Agthia launches region’s first ‘plant-based’ water bottle

The new Al Ain bottle features packaging made using plant-based sources which are biodegradable

Dubai Shopping Festival: lineup revealed for closing weekend

Rashed Al Majid and Majid Al Mohandis will perform at the Coca Cola Arena on Thursday, January 30

Dubai Festival City Mall hosts region’s largest LEGO festival

The festival is on until March 14 with over one million LEGO bricks set up in the mall

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How to sell the right way in Dubai

Mark Dickinson, a hospitality industry veteran, will be conducting a day-long seminar in Dubai to show managers how to transform selling from a process into a customer experience

These were the top 5 best selling categories in Dubai Duty Free in 2019

In 2019, a total of 24.284 million sales transactions were recorded – an average of 66,500 sales transactions per day

Dubai intensifies retail monitoring to ensure DSF discounts are genuine

Officials are monitoring market activity and inspecting commercial establishments