Dalma Mall announces 24-hour Eid sale

Abu Dhabi-based Dalma Mall has announced a 24-hour mega Eid Mega Sale from June 5, 10AM until June 6, 10AM. Retailers in the mall will offer deep discounts, some even up to 90% across categories during this second season of Eid Mega Sale.

“We are excited to announce the second season of Eid Mega Sale at Dalma Mall in partnership with Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, where shoppers can benefit from different offers and promotions. Previous mega sales during the festive seasons have attracted thousands of people to Dalma Mall and have proved to be successful as a key driver for our retailers. In line with the retail trend, we will continue to support anchor retail activities and exclusive experiences for mall visitors,” says Bhupinder Singh, general manager & CFO, Dalma Mall.

Some of the participating fashion and multi-brand department stores in Eid Mega Sale include Debenhams, H&M, Centrepoint, American Eagle Outfitters, Silvian Heach & SH Mixeri, GAP, Iconic, LC Waikiki, Forever21, Red Tag, Chattels & More Furniture & Accessories, Home Centre, Pottery Barn & PB Kids, Style Boulevard, Jawhara Jewellery, Lifestyle Jewellery, Bath & Body Works, Flormar, Arabian Oud, V Perfumes, Samsonite, Skechers, Swatch, Sun & Sand Sports, Healthy Sports, City Sports, Columbia, Timberland, Cannes, Adidas, Puma, Under Armour, Rivoli Eyezone, Kiddy Zone, Madame Coco, Al Salem Carpet, Hanox, Al Motahajiba, Nayomi, Lipsy London, Wallis, Vincci, Aldo & Aldo Accessories, Footlocker, Coast, Next, Exquisite, La Moda Sunglasses, Al Tawash, Miniso, Barakat Optical, Supercare Pharmacy, Emax, E-City and Paper House.

Apart from the 24-hour mega sale, Dalma Mall will also host a range of celebratory moments including cultural and entertainment shows across four days of Eid celebrations, offering a unique experience for everyone. Currently, the mall also has an on-going campaign until June 6, where two lucky shoppers stand a chance to win brand new Nissan Patrol cars by spending AED200 at any of the retail outlets or AED500 at Carrefour in Dalma Mall.

Spinneys to open in Ajman’s Al Jurf community

Home-grown supermarket chain, Spinneys will officially open the doors of its latest store in the family-favourite and rapidly-developing Al Jurf community in Ajman. The store opening is scheduled on May 30, 2019.

Spanning more than 14,000 sqft, the new Spinneys store in Ajman will be the second in the emirate and will create over 35 new jobs for the local community. It will be open seven days a week from 8am until midnight, bringing a convenient, one-stop shop for great-tasting, quality food.

The new full-service supermarket will be the 58th Spinneys store in the UAE and will feature a range of on-site facilities. Services will include an in-store bakery with an Arabic bread baking facility, fresh cold and hot deli, a butchery, tasty fruits and vegetables, mixed salads, prepared food to go and everyday staples.

“With our continued focus on expansion throughout 2019, opening our second store in Ajman reinforces Spinneys’ footprint across the emirate. Al Jurf community offers a diverse selection of retail and dining attractions and we’re delighted to bring our fresh food offering to local shoppers in Ajman,” says Morne Fourie, general manager – marketing for Spinneys.

Being an independently-owned retailer, Spinneys is able to listen to its customers and adapt to grow and build a supermarket that sits at the heart of the community, whilst still remaining true to its fresh food retailer values. Highlighting continued growth for the brand, Spinneys has plans to open eight more supermarkets this year – including Jumeirah Golf Estate, Damac Hills, Dubai Creek Residences and Meydan in Dubai and Al Maryah Central in Abu Dhabi.

Harvey Nichols opens a new store in Doha, Qatar

Harvey Nichols in partnership with Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Group of Companies, has opened doors to a new store in Doha, Qatar. Located in Doha Festival City, the store is spread across 80,000 net sq. ft. of retail space, spanning over three floors showcasing a luxurious edit of womenswear, menswear, accessories, beauty, childrenswear and lifestyle.

Commenting on the new store opening, Daniela Rinaldi and Manju Malhotra, Co-Chief Operating Officers of Harvey Nichols, said in a statement: “We are delighted to be opening a store in Doha. We know there is an appetite for our brand in the region so we are excited to be able to offer the discerning customer in Qatar our exclusive edit of designer brands.”The company said that this latest store in Doha expands Harvey Nichols network which covers key locations across UK and Ireland (Knightsbridge, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds, Beauty Bazaar Liverpool) as well as international markets such as Hong Kong, Dubai, Riyadh, Istanbul, Ankara and Kuwait.

Mexican cinema operator,Cinépolis eyes major expansion in Oman

Mexican cinema operator Cinépolis will open a new movie theatre in Sohar, Oman on Thursday, its second in the Gulf region. The company revealed it plans to open two more cinemas in Oman by the end of this year as part of further expansion across the region. Cinépolis’ newest cinema will open with a screening of the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Aladdin’ with regular screenings of Bollywood and global hit movies taking place each day.

Located in the Landmark Group’s Oasis Mall, Sohar, the Cinépolis cinema will feature eight screens including the first Junior theatre in Oman which features a Jungle Gym, complete with slide and ball pit, as well as bean bag seating. Every screening shown in the Junior Theatre will be split to include a 15-minute intermission to allow restless children to take a break, enjoy some snacks or play a while.

Elsewhere, guests can relax with three seating options Recliner, Deluxe or Premium, with rocking or fully reclining leather chairs available.The Sohar opening comes five months after Cinépolis, the fourth largest operator in the world, made its debut in the GCC with the launch at the Atrium Mall, Saar, Bahrain.

Founded in Mexico in 1971, Cinépolis is a global cinematic powerhouse that boasts over 1.1 million seats worldwide. The company’s new Oman location will increase its international reach to 17 countries.

QNTC launches biggest ‘Summer in Qatar’ programme

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) announced a season of summer experiences, retail offers and entertainment, to run from 4 June to 16 August. This year’s ‘Summer in Qatar’ introduces a wide range of exciting indoor activities and thrilling outdoor experiences, along with entertainment programs featuring local, regional and international artists, edutainment, summer and sports camps as well as special promotions on inbound travel, hospitality and shopping.

QNTC brings together more than 30 partners from the public and private sectors, including the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MCI), Ministry of Municipality & Environment (MME), Qatar Museums (QM), Qatar Airways (QA), Katara Cultural Village, Qatar Foundation (QF), Private Engineering Office (PEO), Katara Hospitality, Al Rayyan Hospitality, Marriott International hotels, 9 participating malls, and other event partners including QSports, The Social Studio, Alchemy and Radio ONE FM Qatar.

Travel:

Starting 15 May, Qatar Airways will offer a discount of 25% on all flights to Doha from more than 160 destinations worldwide, for travel to Qatar anytime between 30 May – 16 August. Moreover, Al Maha Services, Qatar Airways’ personalized meet and assist service for customers arriving, departing or transiting through Hamad International Airport, will offer discounts of up to 25% on all their services during the summer.

Qatar Airways passengers can also take advantage of +Qatar, a unique stopover package, in partnership with QNTC, designed to give travelers transiting through Qatar the opportunity to discover the country with free luxury hotel stays and complimentary transit visas.

Hospitality:

A wide range of hotels and hotel apartments will offer discounts of up to 25%, valid for stays between 4 June – 16 August 2019 along with several additional incentives and promotions at facilities (Terms and Conditions Apply). Participating hotel groups include Katara Hospitality, Al Rayyan Hospitality Hotels and Marriott International hotels in Qatar.

Katara Hospitality expressed its gratitude for their partnership with QNTC for ‘Summer in Qatar’ this year. With the aim of providing unique experiences within its local hotels, the company places significant importance on initiatives that enhance its diverse offerings while highlighting the country’s passion for creating ultimate guest experiences.

Indoor and Outdoor Entertainment:

The ever-popular “Entertainment City’ will offer a plethora of family fun at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre in addition to activities and entertainment at malls.

In addition, members of Qatar Museum’s Culture Pass Plus and Culture Pass Family will enjoy benefits such as exclusive discounts on tourism products, outdoor, mall and retail activities, family entertainment as well as a variety of other offers.

This year’s activities also include deals at numerous indoor theme parks, edutainment parks. These include the newly opened Angry Birds World, a novel indoor-outdoor theme park that brings the popular game to life. Talal Bin Mohamed Al Attia, CEO of Trimoo Parks stated, “Offering year-round family fun, we are delighted to be a part of Summer in Qatar. Trimoo Parks include three unique indoor-outdoor facilities at Doha Festival City. These include Virtuocity, a gaming and eSports venue spanning over 4,500 sqm, the world’s first Angry Birds World™️ indoor & outdoor entertainment park and Snow Dunes – a winter wonderland expected to open this summer. These uniquely immersive experiences are sure to delight the whole family and further support QNTC’s efforts to diversify the country’s tourism products.”

Meanwhile, Souq Waqif and Katara Cultural Village will also bring vibrancy to the summer with family fun and entertainment shows during both Eids.

Mall Activities:

Nine participating malls across Qatar will be offering special entertainment shows, exhibitions and free activities for different age groups throughout ‘Summer in Qatar’, with programs for adults as well including free makeup and fitness classes.

Numerous sales and promotions along with the ever-popular raffle draws will excite shoppers hoping to save and win big. Various entertainment and edutainment parks inside these malls and at The Pearl Qatar will offer summer-long deals and promotions.

Over 2 million QAR will be up for grabs through raffle draws this summer. The smallest cash prize will be a 20,000 QAR, while the grand prize, to be awarded at Eid Al Adha, will be a McLaren 570S.

Entertainment:

Music enthusiasts can mark their calendars as celebrated names are set to rock this ‘Summer in Qatar’, including international superstars, Arab singing sensations and Bollywood artists. Movie buffs will get a chance to attend the glittering South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) with well-known celebrities from the industry.

Comedy fans can prepare themselves for the return of the Doha Comedy Festival, while the little ones can enjoy numerous stage shows including ‘Hello Kitty’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Smurfs’.

Lulu Hypermarket opens in Muharraq, Bahrain

Region’s top retailer, Lulu Group is rapidly expanding its network across the GCC to cater to the growing needs of the vast multinational consumers of residing in the country, especially in the new suburbs.

The 171st Lulu Hypermarket was inaugurated yesterday by H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Deputy PM of Bahrain , following the official opening of the newly revamped Muharraq Central Market by HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain.

Strategically located in Muharraq, the sprawling 90,000 sq. feet new hypermarket which is also 8th in the country and 171st globally leads the redesigning of the Muharraq Central Market space and is expected to revitalize business in the one of the most historic trading hubs in Bahrain. It has been designed using the latest retail space concepts and most modern technology for ease of shopping and will serve the residents of Muharraq and Busaiteen, which are densely populated residential areas and a trading hub. The new branch employs 1,200 Bahrainis including 450 females.

Dragon Mart Qatar lights up for Ramadan

Dragon Mart Qatar is beautifully lit up for this Ramadan and is offering wide selection of unique home decor items, fashionable Ramadan themed dresses and abayats, handbags, accessories for women, men, and kids, and much more! Explore the mall and grab your favorite ones from Dragon Mart Qatar as they are having Special Ramadan Offer until June 4, 2019.

Visitors delighted at City Centre Bahrain with traditional ‘Gergaoun’ celebrations

City Centre Bahrain, the premier shopping, entertainment and lifestyle destination in the Kingdom of Bahrain, highlighted its commitment to fostering the Kingdom’s culture and traditions by hosting its annual ‘Gergaoun’ celebration in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Development, creating great moments for visitors, on 16 May, 2019.

City Centre Bahrain was full of smiles and laughter as children and families arrived dressed in their best traditional clothes and took part in the Gergaoun festivities. Little ones enjoyed singing songs, marching along to the beats of a live traditional Bahraini band and dancing along with the traditional mascots in the mall’s Central Galleria. Children toured the mall with the main ‘Fraisah’ (a traditional figure of the festival) for Gergaoun celebrations, to collect Gergaoun, goodie bags full of treats, from City Centre Bahrain and its participating retailers.

During its 13th ‘Make a Difference’ campaign visitors are encouraged to donate gently used clothes, books, toys and non-perishable food items at the special Donation Station located near Gate 4, on the ground floor.

City Centre Bahrain invites visitors to enjoy the soothing and spiritual ambiance and the beautiful back drop of Ramadan themed décor.

City Centre Bahrain adds new brands as part of Retail Expansion

City Centre Bahrain says that it opened 22 new shopping and dining concepts since the start of 2019. The move is said to be part of its ongoing retail expansion drive and represents its commitment to enhancing the experience of its visitors.

“We are committed to maintaining City Centre Bahrain’s competitive edge as the preferred shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination in the Kingdom of Bahrain by staying ahead of our customers’ needs and creating great moments for everyone, every day. By anticipating retail trends and introducing both global and homegrown concepts, City Centre Bahrain continues to raise the standard of retail offerings and evolve in line with Bahrain’s market demands, as well as those of our visitors from Saudi Arabia,” said Duaij Al Rumaihi, senior mall manager at City Centre Bahrain.

The mall is said to deliver ‘an unparalleled shopping experience with new and exclusive stores’. Al Rumaihi says that, going forward in 2019, shoppers can expect the introduction of several fashion brands that will also be exclusive to the mall.

“The diversity of new outlets at City Centre Bahrain addresses all of the fashion, interiors, wellness, and dining needs of Bahrain and the Eastern Region’s shoppers, with more brands to launch in the coming months; we look forward to welcoming visitors to experience these new offerings under one roof at City Centre Bahrain,” concluded Al Rumaihi

Fashion Forward Dubai pop-up returns to Saudi Arabia

Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), Middle East’s definitive fashion platform, will present a special collection by 12 regional designers for its third edition in Jeddah department store Rubaiyat, Stars Avenue during Ramadan, from May 17 until June 3, 2019. Dresses created by seven of those designers will also be available in Rubaiyat’s newly opened department store in Olaya Riyadh, KSA.

The labels available at the pop-up include Arwa Al Banawi, Beige, Bint Thani, Bthaina, IAM MAI, Marina Qureshi, Nasiba Hafiz, Noon By Noor, Rami Al Ali, Sara Altwaim, Zayan The Label and accessories by Sarah’s Bag.

The impressive line-up of upcoming regional designers will showcase their Ramadan and spring/summer 2019 apparel and accessory collections at the Rubaiyat fashion stores. They will showcase their works to a fashion-savvy clientele in the Kingdom through a platform to grow their brands.

Further, in line with Fashion Forward’s mission to encourage and develop the region’s young fashion talent, the pop-up also offers independent designers’ access to retailers and markets that are otherwise challenging to enter.

“Fashion Forward Dubai is thrilled to continue expanding our partnership with the prestigious Rubaiyat. Our first two editions have resulted in several success stories for our designers. We are confident that this momentum will continue as we tap into new talent and markets with our growing roster of fantastic designers,” said Bong Guerrero, CEO and co-founder, FFWD.

Assima Mall to house several first-to-Kuwait brands

The Assima Mall, part of the massive Assima Project, will open with 60% retail concepts that are new to Kuwait, RetailME reports. The mall will house the first Monoprix in Kuwait. The first Galleries Lafayette store in Kuwait, spread across three floors, will open in Assima Mall.

Another anchor tenant, yet to be announced, will also be new to Kuwait. The entertainment offer in the mall will be huge and differentiated, with the likes of National Geographic Ultimate Explorer and UFC health club – both first-to-market in Kuwait – along with local brand Cinescape, part of the Kuwait Cinema Company.

Al Jazeera Perfume Boutique opens at Qatar Duty Free

The Qatar Duty Free (QDF) announced the launch of the first-ever airport branch of the award-winning Qatari brand, Al Jazeera Perfumes, at Hamad International Airport (HIA). The new airport outlet brings travel shoppers a premium selection of perfumes blending traditional Middle Eastern aromas with distinctive Parisian scents.

Located in Concourse C adjacent to the iconic Lamp Bear, the boutique combines elements of Al Jazeera Perfumes’ Middle Eastern inspiration with a sleek contemporary twist. The royal gold-themed airport shop brings the brand’s high-street concept to the heart of HIA and will showcase a selection of best-selling fragrances. In addition, the store offers a special fragrance collection of the finest quality from Montale Paris, the French ambassadors of oud.

“It has been a privilege to work with the prestigious Qatari fragrance brand Al Jazeera Perfumes, as we bring this elegant fragrance brand to our home and hub, Hamad International Airport. We are proud to support and feature local brands amongst the wide array of luxury stores available at HIA. We constantly strive to enhance our offering and delight customers with an experience worth travelling for, and are confident that Al Jazeera Perfumes will be an instant success with all our passengers,” said Bruce Bowman, QDF’s senior vice president.

“We are very proud to partner with Qatar Duty Free to launch our very first Al Jazeera Perfumes airport exclusive shop at Hamad International Airport. As an award-winning brand, we specialise in providing our customers with the most exclusive collection of perfume oils in the Middle East. This airport exclusive will provide an excellent opportunity for us to increase our presence in partnership with an award-winning retailer at HIA,” added Ahmed Essa Al Hashemi, general manager, Al Jazeera Perfumes.