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Dubai: A new walkway connecting Ibn Battuta Mall with the Dubai Metro officially opened on Thursday, marking the completion of the Dh135 million expansion of Nakheel’s shopping complex.

The “Mall-Metro” link is the second element of the developer’s phase one expansion, which also includes a 300,000 square-foot extension to the mall that officially opened earlier this year. A second 4.7 million-square-foot expansion is under way.

The two-storey, 210 metre walkway means Dubai Metro and bus users can now directly access the mall and its 400 shops, restaurants and attractions.

The link itself features 90 new retail and dining outlets including a food court – the second at Ibn Battuta Mall – with around 20 restaurants. 

“Today marks yet another major milestone for Nakheel and its rapidly-growing retail development portfolio. We continue to enhance and upgrade our existing malls with new facilities and attractions that benefit customers and retailers, while at the same time delivering a new and diverse range of retail and leisure developments,” said Ali Rashid Lootah, Nakheel chairman.

Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah a

“Nakheel Malls’ project portfolio is set to become the largest in Dubai, with more than 17 million square feet of leasable space in operation or in the pipeline.”

With more than 20 million visitors a year, Ibn Battuta Mall is already one of Dubai’s “must-see” destinations.

Ibn Battuta bridge

The Metro link is a natural progression for Ibn Battuta that will inspire more people to discover its stunning architecture, intriguing history and retail offering – and encourage those who would normally use the car to switch to public transport, said Nakheel.




Abu Dhabi: Think of geeks in a comic book store or a comic book convention. Multiply that by about $200 million, replace the geeks with high net worth individuals, and that’s what you get in Big Boys Toys.

The retail exhibition showcases products from automotives and technology to fashion and art, and is set to grow this year when it comes to Abu Dhabi from November 23 with products exceeding a net worth of $200 million.

Atif Malik, exhibition director at Artaaj, organisers of Big Boys Toys, said demand has been growing for this year’s event, with many consumers calling in advance to inquire about products.

“Judging by our current registration process, we expect about 20,000 people to come this year compared to roughly 16,000 last year. Our target audience is made up of hobbyists, high net worth individuals, VIPs, and some as far as royal family members … so we don’t really expect (the global drop) in consumer spending to impact demand for our products,” Malik said.

Around 60-65 per cent of high net worth individuals that frequent the event are based in the UAE, with the rest based mostly in the GCC, India, China, and Russia. Malik said he expected Big Boys Toys this year to see around 1,500-2,000 high net worth individuals attending.

This year’s edition will feature 200 products from 39 countries, and 21 global product launches. Among the highlights of this year’s event is Letrons, a car that transforms into a robot (like a real-life Transformers). It is run through a remote control, and as a car, goes at around 20km/h. It will be auctioned at Big Boys Toys in Abu Dhabi later this week with a starting price of $600,000.

Other products that will be launched at Big Boys Toys include the world’s smallest and fastest single-engine jet, and the fastest street legal production bike.

The event will also host a section for women’s products including jewellery, beauty products, travel, and lifestyle products.


Dubai: Majid Al Futtaim secured seven gold trophies during this years RECON 2016 for Middle East and North Africa, which was help recently.

The seven awards were for design excellence, the use of emerging technology in new media deployment, and the strength of its malls’ integrated digital campaigns, cause-related (CSR) marketing, and public relations campaigns during RECON 2016 for Middle East and North Africa,

On the same night, Majid Al Futtaim’s malls in Ajman, Fujairah Beirut, Dubai, Manama, Muscat, and Qurum were recognised with silver awards for net operating income growth through marketing, compelling sponsorship strategies, robust customer service experiences, innovative social media deployment, and marketing excellence in sales promotions and events.

Winners of the 2016 Middle East and North Africa Shopping Centre Awards were selected by a peer-based jury of eleven regional and international experts in shopping mall development, marketing, and operations, who fielded and evaluated hundreds of entries across six main categories.

“Securing 18 gold and silver trophies at the 2016 Middle East and North Africa Shopping Centre Awards underscores the investment that Majid Al Futtaim continues to make in communicating with and elevating the experience for our customers and partners across the Middle East,” said Ghaith Shocair, Chief Executive Officer Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim Properties. “As part of the company’s vision to create great moments for everyone, everyday, we are committed to innovation and excellence in the way that we market our retail destinations through tools including events, advertising, social media, CSR, and PR.”




Dubai: Cityland Group, the company behind the Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden, plans to open the world’s first nature-inspired mall in Dubai, according to a statement on Wednesday.

The Dh1.1 billion Cityland Mall is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2018 next to Global Village on Shaikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. It is expected to have an annual footfall of up to 12 million visitors.

“The mall guarantees an immersive experience for all members of the family, led by a strong selection of renowned fashion retailers, convenience store, cinema theatre and dining options that are both internationally reputed and locally popular,” said Fahimuddin Sharfuddin, chief executive and board member at Cityland Group.

The 2.2 million square foot mall will feature a 200,000 sqft open-air garden, called Central Park, which is the mall’s central attraction. Besides the mini-Miracle Garden and mini-water park, it will also feature a 300-year-old ancient tree garden, Japanese garden, 360-degree rooftop garden, and a cluster of restaurants and al fresco cafes. A 3,000-seat amphitheatre and a miniature amphitheatre for children will provide a platform for performing arts throughout the year. There will also be a walking track along the open-air garden.

“A central attraction within the mall, access to the park will be free of charge, and will ensure repeat visits,” said Abdel Naser Rahhal, Vice-Chairman, Cityland Group.

The mall will consist of six thematic pavilions, each displaying a distinct global culture and design style that represents the cultural diversity of the UAE. The 1.13 million sq.ft. retail area will feature more than 350 retail stores, including home furnishing stores, electronic outlets, cosmetic shops as well as personal and banking services. It will also have a 100,000 sqft hypermarket.

Popular fashion outlets will account for the largest share of the retail space, covering 48 per cent of the total leasable area, the company said in the statement.

Additionally, the mall will have more than 75 global dining options. A dining area enveloped by an arch structure with wooden interiors will form the outer-perimeter of the botanical garden. The property will feature 14 to 16 cinema screens, including a dedicated kids’ screen, and will incorporate the latest film technologies such as the 4DX format.

The development will also include a shaded parking space for more than 6,000 cars.




I'm a watch fan. I love looking at them, feeling them, and admiring them. But, I also realize not everyone who owns or wants to own a luxury watch sees them in the same way.

It's no secret that people buy and wear luxury watches for different reasons. While I appreciate their complexity and history, another man might see it as a status symbol.

But that's ok! People enjoy watches for a variety of different reasons. 

This is important not because one reason is better than another. Instead, it's important because your reason for buying a watch can often dictate what type of watch you end up purchasing.

Take, for example, the biggest decision people make when buying a watch: quartz or mechanical. 

I will always choose mechanical over quartz because it's more interesting to me. And I think, if you fancy yourself a watch fan, you should (usually) too. I like to know that it's my hand winding the gears and the motion of my wrist powering it. I like to see the intricate clockwork seen in the rear of the watch, and see it move as it ticks. I enjoy knowing that I'm wearing the pinnacle of such an old technology on my wrist.

But many people don't care about any of that. They just want a nice-looking watch on their wrist that is from an impressive brand and tells the time accurately. They don't want to have to worry about it running out of power and needing to be rewound and reset after becoming inaccurate.

Those people should certainly look at quartz watches. They're more accurate than mechanical, they run off a simple battery that is very cheap to replace, and they look virtually the same as mechanical watches. The only difference is that they're less "interesting" to watch aficionados. Which isn't something you should worry about.

After all, you'll be the one wearing your new watch.



Electronics retailers are ramping up the hunt for sales with bumper discounts and giveaways as they look to shake off a softening of demand for smartphones and laptops this year. The second Gitex Shopper of 2016 kicked off on Saturday and runs through to October 8, with all the major high-street names packed into Dubai’s World Trade Centre exhibition halls. Visitors to the show will be offered bundle deals and discounts on a myriad of products. While the pile-it-high-sell-it-cheap mantra has worked at most Gitex events in the past, it may be different this year because of the current lack of innovation in the electronics sector to entice shoppers, one retailer said. "We have seen 2 to 3 per cent growth this year which is far below normal," said Mohesh Chatrani, assistant vice president at Jacky’s Electronics. He said he expects a 10 per cent to 12 per cent bump in sales from Gitex with customer marketing efforts revolving around experience stations during the event. "The replacement cycles for mobiles and laptops and notebooks have lengthened. The lack of innovation in smartphones and laptops mean mobile replacements have changed from one year to two years and laptops from two years to three years. There is nothing new in the technology eco system to replace that lag so we are seeing a slowdown in the sector and a slowdown in the economy," said Mr Chatrani. Jacky’s Electronics only saw a 5 per cent jump in sales at the Spring Gitex but economic data suggests deals and bargains have been driving retail forward despite the challenging climate. Emirates NBD’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for August, that tracks retail, travel and tourism, showed strong sales growth was supported by strategies to offer discounts to stimulate demand. Smartphone shipments to the UAE have also fallen – over 15 per cent in the first half of the year, according to IDC. However, some retailers believe demand for handsets is still strong. "Mobile phones will continue to be one of the top categories this year," said Nilesh Khalko, the chief executive of Sharaf DG. "The iPhone [7] launch has seen a very good response and even for the Samsung Note 7. With new devices such as the Sony Xperia XZ, HTC Desire 10 and Huawei P9 we expect mobiles as a category to drive business." Jumbo Electronics said that it will offer discounts of up to 50 per cent and will bundle into purchases branded bags, watches, sunglasses, headphones and speakers. "The momentum of sales brought by Gitex Shopper will help drive sales towards the end of the year when customers buy gifts during the festive period," said Nadeem Khanzadah, the head of omnichannel retail at Jumbo Group. Source:

The upcoming Mall of Qatar shopping mall project, which is due to open by the end of 2016, will generate about 8,000 new jobs, it has been announced.

Mall of Qatar is due to open its doors to the public in the last quarter of this year and will offer retail space of more than 500,000 sq m.

When fully operational, the sprawling complex will boast over 500 shops including 100 F&B outlets which are currently in the fit-out stage.

Ahmad Al-Mulla, Mall of Qatar CEO, said the mall is set to play a pivotal role in the country’s economic growth and diversification. 

“Mall of Qatar has been carefully designed to immerse visitors in a superior, unparalleled, and multi-sensory experience—one that perfectly blends the best in shopping, dining, and entertainment,” said Ahmad Al-Mulla, Mall of Qatar CEO.

“Our project won’t just redefine the traditional concept of a shopping centre — it will also help create around 8,000 new job opportunities and thus serve as a springboard for Qatar’s economic growth.”

As well as shops, the mall will premiere the world’s first resident troupe – offering mall-wide entertainment with 52 weeks of shows on a 360-degree custom developed revolving stage, as well as a multilevel family entertainment complex.

The mall will also feature a 19-screen Cineplex inclusive of IMAX’s revolutionary laser projection and 12 channel immersive sound system on the region’s largest screen. The cinema will also feature the latest 4D projection technology screen, 7 VIP screens, an 8-lane bowling alley, and in-theatre gourmet food services.



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