Souq.com launches same-day delivery service in Saudi Arabia

Souq.com has become the first e-commerce firm in Saudi Arabia to offer same-day delivery services, the company has announced.

The service will be available for ‘Fulfilled by Souq’ products in Riyadh and Jeddah.

“At Souq, we are always focused on the customer and giving them the easiest, fastest and most convenient shopping experience,” said Souq.com KSA general manager Saleem Hammad.

“We are delighted to bring our new same day delivery service to customers in Riyadh and Jeddah, so they can now have their favourite ‘Fulfilled by Souq’ products delivered to them within hours of ordering.”

The service will cost customers SAR 24, with no minimum order requirements. For same day delivery, however, customers will need to order before noon.

“We believe that deploying innovation that allows for same day delivery is a significant step forward for the region, allowing customers to choose from a large assortment of products and categories at the quickest turnaround,” Hammad added. “This coupled with the ease of our app and website further makes our customers’ online shopping experience even more seamless and enjoyable.”

Entrepreneur Amr Abdul-Aziz, owner of Derma.KSA1, uses Souq.com for his business. He said  the service means he will now be able to get his products to customers “even faster.”

“The guarantee to provide the customer with the purchased item on the same day also allows me to manage my inventory better,” he said. “In our fast-paced world, it’s great seeing that customers don’t have to wait for days to receive their favourite products.”

In April, Souq founder Ronaldo Mouchawar said that the company wants to “make sure services work well” in Saudi Arabia before relaunching the website as Amazon in the kingdom. The Middle East’s largest online shopping website relaunched to become part of the Amazon e-commerce portal in all countries in the region except Saudi and Egypt.

Carrefour and Talabat join forces to launch Grocery service in Bahrain

Talabat and Carrefour have joined forces to allow customers to do their grocery shopping on the food delivery app. With Talabat being one of the most frequently-used apps in the region, this innovation drives further convenience for users in Bahrain, making everyday life easier. Talabat’s partnership with Carrefour is also the first time a food delivery platform in the region has offered a complete grocery delivery option.

The new Talabat Grocery service is available as part of Talabat’s existing app, under a new filter card named ‘Grocery’. Since the launch of Carrefour on Talabat, the platform has seen a growth in demand from customers in Bahrain for items including water, packaged snacks, dairy products, eggs, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.

Talabat Grocery users will benefit from the platform’s advanced network of delivery logistics, receiving their order of convenience groceries via Talabat Go riders to their doorstep.

Commenting on the launch of Talabat Grocery, Hesham AlSaati, Talabat’s Managing Director in Bahrain, said: “Bahrainis are a tech-savvy population looking for innovative solutions that save them time. Our partnership with Carrefour is driven by our desire to help people focus on what matters to them. With our technological and logistics capabilities and Carrefour’s product offering, we are able to fulfil our users’ daily needs and deliver groceries quickly and easily.”

“At Carrefour, we strive to deliver seamless shopping experiences, no matter how our customers choose to shop with us,” said Jerome Akel, Country Manager of Carrefour in Bahrain at Majid Al Futtaim Retail. “Talabat is a leader in food delivery, a space that we are working with them in other markets and therefore are pleased to be strengthening our relationship by extending the grocery service to include Bahrain. With more purchases being made online than ever before, together we are adapting to this trend by giving customers easy access to a wide variety of high-quality products. We look forward to serving customers nationwide and taking our brand promise of creating great moments for everyone, every day to their doorstep,” he concluded.

User experience lies at the heart of Talabat Grocery, and customers purchasing their shopping through the app will receive the same variety, quality and product freshness they have come to expect from Carrefour’s brick-and-mortar stores.

With hundreds of Carrefour products listed on Talabat, customers in Bahrain have a wide range of categories available to them. Categories include fruit and vegetables, bakery items, fresh meat, dairy and organic goods, alongside baby items, household wares and personal care items.

Talabat has also launched dedicated technological functionality to support grocery ordering. This ensures a smooth and convenient ordering process for customers. Talabat has also invested in new logistical infrastructure to ensure that the groceries can be delivered quickly and easily

The Talabat Grocery service is now available on the Talabat app and website.

Carrefour

Carrefour in Jawad Dome will be free from single-use plastic bags

CarrefourCarrefour hypermarket in Jawad Dome, Budaiya is set to be the retailer’s most eco-friendly in the Kingdom. The store will be free from single-use plastic bags and offer biodegradable alternatives made from cassava instead, in addition to offering a range of reusable bags.

When complete, Carrefour’s hypermarket in Barbar will mark its 13th store in Bahrain overall. This came during a discussion by Carrefour, operated in Bahrain by Majid Al Futtaim, with representatives from the Northern Municipal Council, led by President Ahmed Al-Kooheji to discuss various opportunities for greater collaboration around sustainability.

Al-Kooheji praised Majid Al Futtaim during the meeting, for its role within the community and made note of Carrefour’s store in Barbar in particular.

“We are looking forward to working together with Majid Al Futtaim and hope to have a strategic and strong partnership that can raise awareness on various sustainable and environmental projects that the Northern Municipal Council is striving to be active in,” said Ahmed Al-Kooheji, Chairman of the Northern Municipal Council.

“Sustainability is a core element of our business, and we are keen on aligning our efforts with those of the Northern Municipal Council. We are grateful for their visit, as together we can continue to be a driving force behind our shared goals of educating the public on the harmful effects of single-use plastics while encouraging them to opt for greener alternatives,” said Jerome Akel, Country Manager of Carrefour in Bahrain at Majid Al Futtaim Retail.

MODA Mall

Bahrain’s MODA Mall signs up new luxury brands

MODA MallBahrain’s luxury shopping destination, MODA Mall has added four new tenants to its thoughtfully curated luxury line-up of over 80 fashion and 50 jewellery brands – including international and local – available through 150 outlets in the mall.

The mall has successfully signed up three lifestyle brands, including TUMI, a global travel brand offering premium leather products and accessories; S.T. Dupont, a French luxury manufacturer of leather goods; and LodinG, a high-quality shoes and menswear apparel brand.

In addition, an exclusive Rolex Service Centre has also opened in MODA Mall offering professional maintenance and care for Rolex watches. As for enhancing its food & beverage offerings, having recently introduced the Flat White café, the mall will further look into introducing more high-end dining experiences and ‘grab & go’ stores to increase the choice of culinary options for its visitors. It is also in the process of finalising retail offers that are in line with new market trends and customer requirements.

As MODA Mall focuses on expanding the scope of upscale retail offerings in Bahrain, Paul Nathan, director – head of real estate asset management for MODA Mall and Bahrain World Trade Centre reiterates that the strategy of repositioning the mall as the Kingdom’s only luxury retail destination has proved to be a huge success given the overwhelming response from luxury brands choosing to partner and showcase their products at MODA Mall.

Commenting on MODA Mall’s retail offerings, Savills, the managing agent for the Bahrain World Trade Center and MODA Mall’s spokesperson Donald M. Bradley FRICS said, “With a strong focus on luxury, we will be adding in more contemporary and upscale brands and services that are exclusive and create experiences that enable shoppers to be fashion-forward and pursue luxury lifestyles.”

Arabian Centres

Arabian Centres signs up Muvi Cinemas

Arabian CentresArabian Centres, one of the largest operators of lifestyle destinations in Saudi Arabia, has signed an agreement with Muvi Cinemas, the first locally created cinema chain in the Kingdom. Following the partnership, Muvi Cinemas will open multiplexes at four of Arabian Centres malls by the end of 2019.

The first will be at the Mall of Arabia in Jeddah where a 15-screen complex is near completion prior to its planned opening in the coming weeks. It will be followed by cinemas opening at Nakheel Mall in Dammam, Mall of Dhahran, Al Hamra Mall in Riyadh and the new boulevard mall complex U-Walk that will open in the capital later this year.

Through 2020, Arabian Centres will continue to expand its partnership with Muvi Cinemas and launch an additional 10 malls and will be bringing the movie experience to 8 Saudi cities over the next 24 months bringing the cinema experience to 250 screens. The range of movie experiences available will include the ScreenX, Junior, Suites and bespoke Xperience.

Commenting on the partnership, Arabian Centres CEO Olivier Nougarou said, “As a local company with a deep understanding of the Saudi consumer, we are delighted to have a cinema chain partner who is also born out of the Kingdom and is equally committed to provide a bespoke and uniquely home-grown entertainment experience. We are shortly opening Muvi Cinemas’ first Cineplex at our flagship Jeddah mall – Mall of Arabia – and following it with openings in the capital and Eastern Province as we continue to enable and enhance our lifestyle experience across the Kingdom.”

The cinema partnership with Muvi Cinemas is aligned with the Saudi Government’s Quality of Life Program within the broader Vision 2030 that is committed to the introduction of cinemas across the nation as part of a comprehensive range of entertainment, arts and cultural facilities.

Al Raha Mall Abu Dhabi introduces Brands4U factory outlet, subsidiary of Concept Brands Group, a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate known for international branded luxury goods. “Al Raha Mall shoppers will find Brands4U a one-stop destination for multiple fashion brands at affordable prices all year. The store offers luxurious products for customers at competitive prices,” says Sadiq Afridi, mall manager at Al Raha Mall. “Our vision is to cater to the average luxury consumer at Al Raha Mall with affordable prices and quality lifestyle products. We are delighted to be part of the retail portfolio at Al Raha Mall,” says Vijay Samyani, founder and managing director of Concept Brands Group. The 9,600sqft Brands4u at Al Raha Mall meets the requirements of luxury connoisseurs and brand conscious customers looking to buy perfumes, cosmetics, skincare, watches, jewellery, writing instruments, designer footwear and clothes. Shoppers at Al Raha Mall can win AED 50,000 weekly and a grand prize of AED 1 million as part of Line Investments & Property LLC’s ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign. To become a ‘Mall Millionaire’, shoppers spending AED200/- can present their receipts to customer service and their entries will reach them digitally via email and SMS. Al Raha Mall outlets include, Lulu Express Supermarket, Al Raha Cinema, Party Center, Zaks, Dubai Library, Tas-heel, Tasleem, Low cost Travel, Tadbeer, Brands4U, Sparky’s, Etisalat, Al Ansari Exchange, Asfar Laundry, Thrifty Rent A car, Salons, Photo studio, ATM’s and Green Land Flowers. Food lovers can enjoy Subway, Papa Murphy’s, Charley’s, Burger Hut, Soulful Restaurant, Samurai Japanese Restaurant, Sapori Veri Restaurant, Fresh Bakes Café, Bonjour Bonsoir Café, Caesar’s Restaurant & Confectionery and Tche Tche Boulevard Restaurant.

Brands4U now at Al Raha Mall

Al Raha Mall Abu Dhabi introduces Brands4U factory outlet, subsidiary of Concept Brands Group, a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate known for international branded luxury goods.  “Al Raha Mall shoppers will find Brands4U a one-stop destination for multiple fashion brands at affordable prices all year. The store offers luxurious products for customers at competitive prices,” says Sadiq Afridi, mall manager at Al Raha Mall.  “Our vision is to cater to the average luxury consumer at Al Raha Mall with affordable prices and quality lifestyle products. We are delighted to be part of the retail portfolio at Al Raha Mall,” says Vijay Samyani, founder and managing director of Concept Brands Group.  The 9,600sqft Brands4u at Al Raha Mall meets the requirements of luxury connoisseurs and brand conscious customers looking to buy perfumes, cosmetics, skincare, watches, jewellery, writing instruments, designer footwear and clothes.  Shoppers at Al Raha Mall can win AED 50,000 weekly and a grand prize of AED 1 million as part of Line Investments & Property LLC’s ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign. To become a ‘Mall Millionaire’, shoppers spending AED200/- can present their receipts to customer service and their entries will reach them digitally via email and SMS.  Al Raha Mall outlets include, Lulu Express Supermarket, Al Raha Cinema, Party Center, Zaks, Dubai Library, Tas-heel, Tasleem, Low cost Travel, Tadbeer, Brands4U, Sparky’s, Etisalat, Al Ansari Exchange, Asfar Laundry, Thrifty Rent A car, Salons, Photo studio, ATM’s and Green Land Flowers. Food lovers can enjoy Subway, Papa Murphy’s, Charley’s, Burger Hut, Soulful Restaurant, Samurai Japanese Restaurant, Sapori Veri Restaurant, Fresh Bakes Café, Bonjour Bonsoir Café, Caesar’s Restaurant & Confectionery and Tche Tche Boulevard Restaurant.   Al Raha Mall Abu Dhabi introduces Brands4U factory outlet, subsidiary of Concept Brands Group, a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate known for international branded luxury goods.

“Al Raha Mall shoppers will find Brands4U a one-stop destination for multiple fashion brands at affordable prices all year. The store offers luxurious products for customers at competitive prices,” says Sadiq Afridi, mall manager at Al Raha Mall.

“Our vision is to cater to the average luxury consumer at Al Raha Mall with affordable prices and quality lifestyle products. We are delighted to be part of the retail portfolio at Al Raha Mall,” says Vijay Samyani, founder and managing director of Concept Brands Group.

The 9,600sqft Brands4u at Al Raha Mall meets the requirements of luxury connoisseurs and brand conscious customers looking to buy perfumes, cosmetics, skincare, watches, jewellery, writing instruments, designer footwear and clothes.

Shoppers at Al Raha Mall can win AED 50,000 weekly and a grand prize of AED 1 million as part of Line Investments & Property LLC’s ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign. To become a ‘Mall Millionaire’, shoppers spending AED200/- can present their receipts to customer service and their entries will reach them digitally via email and SMS.

Al Raha Mall outlets include, Lulu Express Supermarket, Al Raha Cinema, Party Center, Zaks, Dubai Library, Tas-heel, Tasleem, Low cost Travel, Tadbeer, Brands4U, Sparky’s, Etisalat, Al Ansari Exchange, Asfar Laundry, Thrifty Rent A car, Salons, Photo studio, ATM’s and Green Land Flowers. Food lovers can enjoy Subway, Papa Murphy’s, Charley’s, Burger Hut, Soulful Restaurant, Samurai Japanese Restaurant, Sapori Veri Restaurant, Fresh Bakes Café, Bonjour Bonsoir Café, Caesar’s Restaurant & Confectionery and Tche Tche Boulevard Restaurant.

 

Sharjah Summer Promotions begins on Sunday offering up to 75 per cent off

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) is launching the Sharjah Summer Promotions 2019 on July 14.

Being held under the umbrella of the Sharjah Summer Festival, with a strategic partnership with the Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority,

This year’s edition is filled with attractive events and exciting discounts up to 75 per cent on all products, as well as valuable prizes and competitive deals.

The 49-day mega event will also feature a variety of recreational activities until September 1. For the first time, the SCCI has launched a contest through its social media platforms, where winners will be announced daily and given attractive prizes.

Mohammad Ahmad Amin Al Awadi, Director-General of the SCCI, said: “Sharjah Summer Promotions event is one of the key events organised by the SCCI, with a view to reinforcing the distinguished position of Sharjah as a unique destination for tourism, shopping and business.”

Monki

Scandinavian Fashion Brand Monki makes UAE debut at Yas Mall

MonkiScandinavian women’s fashion brand, Monki has officially opened its doors at Yas Mall. In partnership with Alshaya, this is the brand’s very first stores to open in the UAE. Fashionistas visiting the capital can now pick up the latest of the brand’s Scandi-cool and Asian-street style collections.

Located on the ground floor of Yas Mall, the new Monki store is designed with the characteristic Monki World flair, adding yet another unique fashion offering to Yas Mall’s existing international brands.

“We are now open and welcoming customers to the new store. Our community is growing in the region, and it is great to see Monki fans and fashion lovers explore the Monki style and make it their own,” says Jennie Dahlin Hansson, managing director for Monki. “In addition to Monki’s brand promise of empowering young women everywhere to express and feel great about themselves, we also focus on sustainability and being ethically conscious. We are very excited to finally have Monki in the UAE and invite all women to come visit our store and express themselves with Monki style in person.”

Carrefour

Carrefour to open in Jawad Dome

CarrefourCarrefour Hypermarket by Majid Al Futtaim, will be opening its new hypermarket outlet in Barbar’s iconic Jawad Dome. The opening marks Carrefour’s 8th hypermarket and 13th store in Bahrain overall.

Free from single-use plastic bags at cash counters, the branch will offer cassava-based alternatives which are bio-degradable in months, contain no petroleum element and are non-GMO certified.

Strategically located off the Budaiya Highway, Jawad Dome is highly regarded by residents of surrounding neighbourhoods, many of whom have visited the mall for generations over the course of its rich 39-year history.

Jerome Akel, Country Manager of Carrefour Bahrain at Majid Al Futtaim Retail said, “We’re pleased to be serving customers across all neighbourhoods living off the Budaiya highway, giving them access to the same range, quality, freshness, and value that they’ve experienced at our other stores.”

Apart from cassava bags, customers can opt for reusable bags which are sold at a nominal price of 0.300 fils each and come with a lifetime replacement guarantee free-of-charge at the customer’s request. The store itself also incorporates several energy efficient features.

With construction work underway, Carrefour intends to open the hypermarket ahead of the back-to-school season, providing residents with a onestop-shop to purchase their essentials in time for the upcoming academic year.

Splash now open in Al Wahda Mall

High street fashion brand Splash – part of retail conglomerate Landmark Group – is now open in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wahda Mall. Spanning approximately 14,000 sqft, the Splash store is located on the first floor of Al Wahda Mall extension, next to H&M.

In the new store, Splash offers an extensive collection of fashionable clothing for women, men and teens and collaborates regularly with well-known designers and personalities to bring the best of fashion to the region. Rendering the shopping experience more convenient, the brand also offers the click-and-collect option in the Al Wahda Mall store.

“We are delighted to welcome Splash to our portfolio of retailers. The wide range of goods offered by the brand perfectly aligns to the mall’s diverse offering to shoppers. We are confident that Splash will add more buzz to an already vibrant retail environment within Al Wahda Mall,” says Navaneeth Sudhakaran, general manager, Al Wahda Mall.

“We have a loyal customer base in Abu Dhabi, & their continued support has played a huge role in the growth of the brand in this emirate. Being one of the few home-grown fashion retail brands in this region, our focus has always been to offer trendy apparels while incorporating the best from the international runway and customising these to suit the customer tastes and climate of the region. Hence, we’re quite confident that our new store in Al Wahda Mall will continue to cater to the needs of all our customers and deliver an unparalleled shopping experience,” adds Raza Beig, CEO – Splash & fashion director – Landmark Group.

Hili Mall Super Summer Sale : the Season for Shop & Win!

Hili Mall, Al Ain’s super community mall, in collaboration with Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT) has kickstarted the Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Rewards Summer Edition with their exclusive “Shop & Win” raffle promotion until August 3, 2019.

For every AED 200 spent on purchases from any of Hili Mall’s brand outlets, a lucky customer stands a chance to win the daily prize worth AED 5,000 gift vouchers.

During the RAD Rewards campaign, mall patrons will also enjoy massive offers and special discounts up to 90% from more than 45 stores in the mall as part of the promotion.

Saeed Sultan Al Dhaheri – Hili Mall CEO, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Hili Mall is bringing back our “Shop & Win” campaign for the 3rd time this Summer Season. We are set to choose one lucky shopper to take home AED 5,000 worth of gift vouchers on a daily basis.

Hili Mall has been using this platform as a way to incentivize our loyal shoppers while offering them incredible deals from the wide array of retailers that we currently house. Partnering with RAD Rewards, a government initiative that brings in renewed sense of anticipation and excitement among Abu Dhabi’s residents and tourists, we expect our mall patrons to take advantage of the exciting promotions and get rewarded for it by standing a chance to win big every day.”

Adding up to Hili Mall’s numerous initiatives to boost the retail offerings within Al Ain, RAD Rewards has yet again introduced additional reason to shop and reward the shoppers this season.

RAD is DCT’s yearlong retail initiative in partnership with the retail sector in Abu Dhabi, aimed at boosting the industry by bringing in a synergistic integration of retail promotional offers across Abu Dhabi.

GANT

GANT to open in City Centre Muscat

GANTAmerican fashion brand GANT – part of LIWA Trading Enterprises in the region – is set to commence its expansion in the GCC with the opening of its first store at City Centre Muscat in Oman. Opening on July 15, 2019, the brand’s first location in the Sultanate will offer seasonal apparel that caters to the needs of the modern preppy gentlemen.

GANT mixes its American sportswear heritage with a sophisticated European touch. Today, the brand celebrates a strong presence in the region with 31 stores across the GCC. It is a brand built on the values of authenticity, quality, sport and timeless good taste. It continues to develop and define comfortable, style-conscious clothing.

Commenting on the opening GANT CEO, Brian Gevy, says, “Our vision has remained the same since the beginning. It defines GANT’s reason for being and is the fundamental reason as to why we come to work every day and why we are passionate about what we do.”

Born in the US in 1949, this year GANT is celebrating 70 years as a preppy American sportswear brand, founded on the East Coast of the US, which now has presence in 70 markets worldwide.