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Old February 21st, 2012, 07:10 PM   #101
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Here's a larger render of the Dubai Mall expansion that appeared in the news.... looks like it's right by the Dubai Fountain, close to Boulevard Plaza....





And sorry to disappoint everyone with this, but the Dubai Metro link render put up by Emaar does not look as impressive as that shiny glass tube that was initially shown in all press releases



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Old March 12th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #102
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 06:53 PM   #103
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Ibn Battuta explores chances for Ikea store

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Mar 21, 2012


Nakheel is in negotiations with Ikea to build a major store at Ibn Battuta Mall as part of the Dubai developer's huge expansion of the shopping centre.

The mall is set to double in size and Ikea is being considered to fill a large part of the space, following the appointment of a consultant by Nakheel to examine the project.

The store at Ibn Battuta Mall would be more than 30,000 square metres and similar in size to its successful sister store on Yas Island in the capital.

The Ikea store at Festival City caters for the Northern Emirates and the older areas of Dubai, while the new store target shoppers from Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Discovery Gardens.

"I hope to sign," said Adnan Hegrat, the head of malls and retail at Nakheel. "It's 90 per cent yes. We are having an expansion of the mall and we hope Ikea will be part of this expansion," he said. A representative of the Al-Futtaim Group, whose retail division holds the franchise for Ikea, stressed the two companies were still in negotiations and declined to comment further.

Analysts said an Ikea at Ibn Battuta Mall would be popular and would probably not affect sales at its other two stores in the country.

"One's at one end of town and one would be at the other, so I think it's a good idea," said David Macadam, the head of retail for the Middle East at Jones Lang LaSalle,a property specialists. "There's enough population growth to support both stores."

Ikea's store in Yas Mall celebrated its first anniversary last week, having moved from Abu Dhabi's Marina Mall. The home furnishings brand had a strong year for sales last year and welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors to its Yas store, according to the company. Ibn Battuta Mall is on of the largest themed malls in the world, with about 111,500 square metres of leasable retail space and more than 265 stores. The extension is expected to include a mix of retail, entertainment and hotels.

Nakheel has also announced it would double the size of Dragon Mart, the huge Chinese shopping and trading centre on the outskirts of Dubai, adding about 158,000 square metres of retail space and 5,000 parking spaces.

It is in the process of raising Dh300 million (US$81.6m) from banks to build The Pointe, a retail, residential and marina development on the Palm Jumeirah that will include 75 retail stores and 125 food and beverage outlets.

Nakheel is also expected to begin work on the much-anticipated Palm Mall this year, which will offer about 80,000 square metres of leasable retail space. Al-Futtaim Group, which was founded more than 70 years ago, operates more than 40 companies with 20,000 employees in at least 20 countries.

In addition to Ikea, Al-Futtaim's retail division holds the franchise for Marks & Spencer and operates Plug-Ins Electronix in the UAE.

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Old April 11th, 2012, 07:02 PM   #104
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This should be good

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Gelato Lab - Traditional Italian Ice Cream ( Goldcrest Executive) , opening soon



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CBRE's global retail rankings by country and city for 2012......

Source: http://www.cbre.eu/portal/pls/portal...report_id=1687



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UK's Poundstretcher is coming to Dubai

UK's popular bargain basement brand will open in the Madina Mall in Al Ghusais some time in the next fortnight

XPRESS REPORT Published: 00:00 April 19, 2012


Dubai: UK's popular bargain basement brand Poundstretcher is coming to Dubai. It will open in the almost completed Madina Mall in Al Ghusais some time in the next fortnight.

Shoppers will be spending dirhams to buy heavily discounted household items and consumer goods, but the store will still be called Poundstretcher. The company will also retain its famous motto, ‘every penny counts', on its signs. The Dubai store will be Poundstretcher's first overseas outlet. "There is a gap in the market for discount retailers out there. We think we can make money," Poundstretcher's Middle East and Africa manager Cliff Lomberg said, hinting at four more stores across the UAE.

Last year saw Poundstretcher made its first profit in six years, posting a Dh8.1 million profit.


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Example of a UK £ Stretcher....

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New all-gourmet store opens in Emirates Hills

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Milk & Honey, the city’s first gourmet supermarket at Emirates Hills. The store prides itself on storing high-end gourmet products. Image Credit: © XPRESS / Zarina Fernandes

DUBAI: The city's first all-gourmet supermarket, Milk & Honey, opened its doors in Emirates Hills on Friday. With potatoes at Dh36 per kg, water hitting an all-time high of Dh125 a bottle (750ml) and lemonade with 24-karat gold flakes for Dh76 a bottle, XPRESS explores the concept of gourmet supermarkets.
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Prada to roll out new MidEast stores

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Prada, the Italian fashion company that owns the Miu Miu and Church’s brands, plans to add 260 stores in the next three years to tap demand in emerging markets including Brazil, China and Arabian Gulf countries.

“We are expanding in Morocco, Istanbul, Beirut, Dubai and Qatar,” CEO Patrizio Bertelli said in an interview with Bloomberg Television conducted in Italian via a translator. “Brazil is also a big market we’re looking at.”
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Their shop in MOE has been under development for months now
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Trader Vic's to launch fourth Dubai venue


Rendering of the new and improved Trader Vic's, which will feature a live sushi bar

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Trader Vic’s has announced the launch of its new Dubai venue in June 2012 at Dubai Festival City.
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MotoGP's Nicky Hayden opens region's first Ducati Caffe in Dubai Mall

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Nicky Hayden flew in to promote the new Ducati Caffè. Courtesy of Ducati

It isn't every day you get to meet a world champion, whether past or present, so when the offer comes through to hook up with a former MotoGP champ, you don't take too long to say "yes please". The UAE is an obvious destination for the rich and famous for many reasons and, a couple of weeks ago, Nicky Hayden was in Dubai, where he was a special guest at the opening of the Middle East's first Ducati Caffè.
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What is mean to Duccati caffe.....? Bike dealer or coffe shop....!
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What is mean to Duccati caffe.....? Bike dealer or coffe shop....!
Have a look here > http://www.ducati.com/ducati_caffe/index.do

At Dubai Mall > http://www.thedubaimall.com/en/restaurant/ducati-cafe
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Ethical brand Fashion Compassion comes to Dubai

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Bambah Boutique in Jumeirah specialises in vintage fashion. Courtesy Bambah Boutique. Gunas Sweetheart bag.

What's the first thing you look for in the next must-have fashion accessory? It's probably not where, how or in which factory it is made, or even the brand, but what it looks like hanging off your arm. Ethical arts and crafts and fair trade products have been around for some time, but high-end fashion rarely fits the genre - at least until Fashion Compassion, the brainchild of the UK-based entrepreneur Ayesha Mustafa, came to fruition. The ethical fashion retailer stocks only fair trade, eco-friendly and ethical high-end items. This weekend, the company makes its first foray into the Middle East with an open house organised in collaboration with the Bambah Boutique, Jumeirah.


Fashion Compassion, an online retailer of "ethical" fashion, owner Ayesha Mustafa, 30, poses for her portrait at her family's home in Dubai. Amy Leang / The National
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The World's First Hello Kitty Beauty Spa Opens In Dubai







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Do you want to treat your little angel for a day with you in the spa, but can’t think of somewhere she would be excited to go? If there is one thing that no little girl can resist, it is the charms of Hello Kitty. Too bad you have to travel all the way to Dubai. The world’s first ever Hello Kitty Beauty Spa has opened its doors in Dubai, at the Town Centre Jumeirah! This wonderful spa offers treatments specially designed for both young girls and older women, namely the “Princesses” and “Queens”. The Princess program includes the Kitty-cure, Toe-Tally Perfect, Kitty Glam facials, among many other cutesy themed treatments. For children, they only use organic products that have been specially created for their sensitive skins. The USP of this spa is definitely the Hello Kitty themed luxurious pink interiors! Walk in and you feel like you have entered fairyland.
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DUBAI RETAIL RENTS RISE AS MORE U.K. RETAILERS ARRIVE

The influx of retailers from the United Kingdom into the UAE this year has forced up rents in some of Dubai's biggest shopping malls. Austerity measures in the UK and weak economic growth have caused many retailers to seek respite and expand overseas, with Dubai often seen as a first port of call to gauge international demand.

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Deira City Centre and Mall of the Emirates are almost 100 per cent leased and continue to outperform the other malls, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's report. The top malls can now charge Dh5,900 (US$1,606) per square foot of store spaceper year. "Dubai Mall is seeing an increase in its occupancy rates with more retailers looking to be based in one of the biggest shopping centres in the world, which attracted 54 million visitors in 2011," the report said.

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Dubai's malls to open for 24 hours for two weeks during 'Eid in Dubai' extravaganza

Sheikh Mohammad extends Eid celebrations with malls to operate 24 hours a day

By Jumana Khamis, Staff Reporter
Published: 15:19 September 29, 2012



Dubai: Shopping malls in Dubai will remain open round the clock during the ‘Eid in Dubai’ celebations, according to organisers.


His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced that ‘Eid in Dubai’, the family shopping, leisure and entertainment extravaganza hosted by the city to coincide with Eid Al Adha celebrations, will be extended to two weeks.


The originally planned four-day celebration organised by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, will start on October 18 with all participating shopping malls to be operational 24 hours a day.

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