Two shopping malls of LIP win at the 2017 RECon MENA Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards
Renowned in the Retail industry for steady growth and promoting excellence, Line Investments & Property L.L.C (LIP), the region’s leading shopping mall development and management specialists across the Middle East won two awards at the recent RECon ME & North Africa convention’s Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards.
At a gala evening held at the Ritz Carlton DIFC for retailers, shopping centre leaders and related industry stakeholders, the mall management of Avenues Mall, Oman walked away with a gold award for Marketing Excellence Cause Related Marketing while the mall management of Al Wahda Mall won a Silver Award for NOI (Net Operating Income) Enhancement Excellence Marketing and Sponsorship.
Prior to the Awards evening, Line Investments & Property (LIP) management team showcased their upcoming projects, including Mall of Umm AL Quwain, and the malls in Sharjah and Silicon Oasis to trade and industry visitors.
Lulu Group International Director, Mr. Salim M.A., said, “Our team across the region continuously engage with brands and retailers to understand their needs based on current industry trends. Both awards symbolise the hard work of our colleagues and is a honored recognition by our industry peers.”
According to Marcello Larizza, the General Manager at Line Investments & Property LLC in Dubai, Sharjah & Northern Emirates, the awards are a testament of the commitment to professional enhancement and to CSR initiatives for the communities around projects. He reiterated the importance of recognising industry trends while bringing in new innovations to offer unique opportunities to brands and retailers.
Line Investments & Property LLC see value in events such as RECon MENA to meet developers, brands and retailers to collaborate on new and existing projects.
Toshiba recently launched a new initiative, the Mastering Memory Roadshow. Toshiba Middle East and Africa kick-started the roadshow in Dubai, before bringing it all the way to South Africa, and then back to the Gulf. For the event, they’ve invited world renowned Memory Master, David Thomas
A Sunday Time’s best-selling author, David Thomas has broken Guinness® and world memory records in the past. David has successfully harnessed his unique talents to become sought after motivational speaker, memory master and media personality. In the last 20 years, he has spoken in 21 countries, been in the media over 500 times in the media and appeared on television in 150 countries.
David flew in to conduct a Masterclass on how to improve memory by discovering new ways to upgrade memory skills, which is especially useful in an information-driven society where good memory can be a strong advantage; helping us become more organized and increasing our learning abilities. David’s masterclass actually boasts of an 80% increase in memory retention rates for delegates.
A first-of-its-kind initiative by Toshiba MEA, the roadshow prioritizes students and the youth as they are the future generation. In this regard, Toshiba has partnered with universities in Johannesburg and Cape Town for this interactive and highly enlightening event – namely, University of Witwatersrand-Johannesburg and University of the Western Cape this October 2017.
Toshiba Middle East and Africa’s General Manager, Santosh Varghese shares “We are truly excited about this initiative. We have been working hard to bringing the Mastering Memory Roadshow to life, and making it available in South Africa. In line with Toshiba’s ongoing campaign, we want to help students preserve their memories not only in Toshiba’s acclaimed storage solutions, but also in their own minds. Hence, the roadshow gives attendees the power to master their analogue memories as well as their digital ones.”
The range of storage solutions from Toshiba suit a variety of specific data storage requirements with smart and easy backup solutions. Always at the forefront of innovation, Toshiba storage devices work with the latest technologies and gadgets, including the newest mobile phones, tablets, laptops and cameras. In today’s world where our memories are stored as digital documents, photos and videos, Toshiba gives users peace of mind through fast, simple and reliable backup of data.
The roadshow commenced in Dubai, followed by Johannesburg and Cape Town capping off the trip in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia towards the end of October. Toshiba hopes this roadshow would be the first of many, and are looking forward to bringing it to schools and universities around the region.
- Thursday, 30 November – free admission
- Friday, 1 December – in advance AED300, on the day AED400
- Saturday, 2 December – in advance AED300, on the day AED400
- Season Tickets (Friday and Saturday) – in advance AED500, on the day AED600
- Children under 12 admitted free
- Special Reserved Seating and Corporate Hospitality packages are available – please visit: www.dubairugby7s.com
- Emirates Skywards Members can redeem tickets for the event using their Miles; members should visit the Sports and Culture section of Skywards at www.emirates.com to avail this offer
If you browse health related websites and social media pages on a regular basis – chances are, you have stumbled upon a post or two about the rise of Veganism. While some might argue that celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Olivia Wilde might have influenced this generation to adopt Veganism just like fashion and beauty trends – many individuals pursue Veganism to claim the benefits that come with this healthy lifestyle, to stand against animal cruelty around the world and guarantee a sustainable source of food.
This plant-based diet has been proven to boost energy, provide younger looking skin and reduce the chances of life threatening issues like heart diseases, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Luckily, vegan food options have become increasingly accessible at restaurants, supermarkets and food outlets – providing nothing but healthy alternatives to animal products.
ENCAS offers a wide range of gourmet and vegan friendly products prepared from all natural ingredients without compromising on the taste. The Carré raw bites are made of a biscuit base, delicious fillings and a chocolate top. The bites are free from gluten, dairy, grains, preservatives and refined sugar, and the preparation method is limited to preserve the nutritional value and quality of ingredients.
The Carrés are available in four different flavour variants and three different sizes. The sophisticated Carré boxes were named after major cities around the world to give the sweet escape that one deserves at any time of the day. The New York-New York!. Beautiful Istanbul, Stop to Zanzibar and Magical Bali include 4 mini bites with various flavours to match all tastes. While the Dubai With Love box includes an assortment of 12 or 36 mini Carrés. Not to mention the new range of delicious spreads, ideal for adding that sweet indulgence to your yogurt/oatmeal based breakfast or to your mid- afternoon snack.
We are excited about the new Marks & Spencer Food store in the Gulf that will be located at the Dubai Marina Walk. Being an expat British, I like to try things from my Dad’s home country as it reminds me of visits to see his family.
The outlet will be huge. Trading from 300 square metres, the new standalone food format makes it even easier for customers to access a carefully selected range of Marks & Spencer high quality food and drink, including tasty treats, kitchen cupboard essentials and tempting meal ideas. The new store will also have a 16-seater M&S Café, where customers can take-away delicious Fairtrade, 100% Colombian Arabica Coffee and butter-rich pastries on the go, or take their time to enjoy the quintessentially British Fish & Chips.
I can’t wait to try the perfectly prepared Scottish Lochmuir™ Salmon Fillets in a Soy, Ginger & Chilli Marinade or translating the theatre of restaurant desserts into something its customers can serve at home, such as the mouth-watering Chocolate Melting Dome. Earlier this summer, Marks & Spencer also unveiled its completely transformed M&S Café at Dubai Festival City, which includes a sit down, table-waited service, with new menu options such as Maple Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Salad, Prawn & Avocado Wrap and Super Berry Smoothie – which are also available at the new M&S Marina Walk store.
The new food store complements Marks & Spencer’s existing 28 clothing and food stores across the Gulf and online presence via http://www.marksandspencerme.com. Globally, Marks & Spencer has c.1,000 UK stores selling food, as well as 30 standalone food stores internationally.
Natasha Dury – Teen Guest Blogger
Its that time of the year when we go shopping with our mums for back to school promotions all over town. It will be winter season soon and I personally can’t wait for the cooler temperatures. Winter 2017 is all about lightness and comfort with Geox.
Hence Geox have created a kids’ collection rich with details combined with the patented technology of breathable soles. There is a shoe for every occasion: playtime, back-to-school or party time. Taking care of children’s feet is on the top of our list and making sure that their feet are snug and dry inside contributes to healthy development whatever their age.
The shoes in the Geox junior collection are all characterised by a chrome-free, anti-allergy non-toxic, removable, breathable, flexible, anti-bacterial and anti-static inner sole with memory effect.
The super light soles with cushioning effect are characterised by their lightness, flexibility, grip and durability. The special Geox patented micro-porous membrane does not allow water in. This is found inside the sole of every Geox model, creating the perfect micro-climate for feet inside the shoe.
JR Kalispera “ METAL DOTS”
These sneakers are great for trendy girls. They are available both in high-top and low-top versions, in reversed leather and suede with irregular polka dots and printed laminates with special colour block effect on the upper and foxing included.
JR Fantasy “SUPERHEROIN”
Designed for super heroines that want a touch of magic. These sneakers are available both in high-top and low-top versions in leather with details in patent leather and glitter. The real magic, however, comes in the form of applied stars and little wings that no little girl can resist.
The interchangeable inner sole has a cushioning effect for maximum comfort. Breathability and high performance levels are the name of the game. Sturdiness, grip and flexibility come before everything else.
JR Thymar “METAL GOLD & CAMOUFLAGE GLITTER”
These sneakers are made from camouflage pattern python print leather, total black leather or metallic effect gold with contrasting heel and sole in ultralight EVA for maximum comfort. These sneakers are designed for girls that follow seasonal trends.
JR Alonisso “SPORTCASUAL”
These high-top sneakers feature a blend of leather and reversed leather with a glossy printed strip and contrasting colours from the upper to the foxing. These sneakers are designed for sporty boys that like a touch of glam.
The breathable sole with patented Geox technology guarantees the highest comfort levels for your kids’ feet.
JR sport “LIGHT AND STARS”
Designed for kids that want to be noticed, these sneakers are available both in high-top and low-top versions. They are made from mesh combined with technical fabric and printed textures with a glossy effect and a big star applied in relief.
The LEDs in the soles light up with each step to make running and playing even more fun!
JR Kommodor “LED LIGHT” – boy&girl
Designed for older kids that don’t want to go unnoticed, these leather sneakers feature a sole with contrasting LED lights. The colour and frequency of the lights can be modulated using a simple button concealed under the tongue. A USB socket is also provided for recharging, so you never get left in the dark.
The Geox patent applied to the Baby range ensures the most advanced technologies support the growth of little feet and provide maximum well-being and comfort. All shoes also feature easy entry, ergonomic forms and removable insoles in chrome-free leather.
Baby casual “SNAKE”
For the first steps of little girls, these sneakers in glitter mesh, reversed leather and python print metal follow all the latest trends.
Baby retrò “CASUAL”
For baby boys, lace-up or Velcro in reversed leather with a brushed “used” effect. Blues combined with browns and yellows are right on trend.
LuLu offers an ultra-modern shopping ambience by integrating all conceivable needs of the consumers under one roof. Firmly following the tagline “LuLu, where the world comes to shop”, the Group has always tried to be a one stop shop for the multi-ethnic community of the region with an international mix of products as well as staff of different nationalities. The 700,000+ shoppers who patronize LuLu daily are the true testament to the popularity of the LuLu brand.
In February 2017 Deloitte in Annual Global Retailers Report has ranked LuLu Group as the top retailer in the Middle East and 27th among the top 50 fastest growing retailers in the world. Currently, LuLu Group is operating 136 stores across UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, with more new stores coming up.
Products are sourced from 21 countries including UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Brazil, apart from local sources. LuLu Central Logistics is a fully integrated logistics and warehouse management unit of LuLu. In UAE, LCL has more than 2.4 million sq. feet warehouse space to serve the needs of UAE residents.
Some quick facts about LCL (DIP) unit are:
• 24 hour & 7 days a week operation.
• The whole Logistics chain is integrated & paperless – receiving, storing reorder from store, picking & loading, dispatch to store, receiving at the store.
• 1st in Middle East to start “voice picking”
• 200+ trailer trucks deliver goods into LCL (DIP) each day.
• 12 containers of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are received each day.
• 8000+ different skus are delivered each day into LCL (DIP)
• 45,000 skus are stocked at any given point in time
• 350 truck-trips each day between the LCL (DIP) & stores in UAE
• Each day, about 15,000 skus are sent to the stores
• All LCL trucks are temperature controlled and fitted with GPS to enable quick, safe transport to the stores
• The LCL (DIP) also has food repacking and central kitchen for UAE
- o 2.5 tons assorted sweets produced and sent to stores each day
- o 400 varieties of items are made in the central kitchen
- o 100 chefs from 8 countries to cater to the needs of LuLu’s diverse customers
- o Free from cookies, sweets also made here.
- o 7 tons of rice is sent to the stores each day
- o 3 tons of pulse is sent to the stores each day
Inspiring and smart solutions featured in the 2018 edition to help customers make room for life in the heart of their home
IKEA, the Swedish home furnishing retailer, has officially launched its highly anticipated 2018 Catalogue, packed with home furnishing products, ideas and offers inspiring people to make room for life at home. IKEA Catalogue, the most widely distributed book in the world and produced in 35 languages, is now available in the UAE.
The contents of the 2018 edition reflect a change in the way people use their living spaces in the wake of urbanisation and new technology. Through its extensive consumer research, IKEA has now identified the living room as the heart of everyday life at home across the world, where it has become a place for connecting with family and friends, celebrating special occasions and a room that is more personalised than ever before.
Vinod Jayan, Regional General Manager – IKEA UAE, Qatar, Egypt and Oman said, “The world has seen more change in the home in the last twenty years, than it has in the last 200. Urbanisation and technology have reformed our lives and our homes, creating a huge opportunity to redefine the living room. Regardless of people’s living space, 2018 is about enabling you to make more room for the things you love in life and to help you get a few steps closer to your dream home.”
This year the catalogue demonstrates ways to improve life at home at affordable prices, meanwhile helping customers to plan their purchases with a focus on their living space. From stretching a room to be as flexible as possible to creating a living room where kids can be kids, the catalogue is packed with ideas and inspiration to be applied throughout a home.
As the living room has become the heart of the home, IKEA has paid particular attention to the sofa, launching seven more styles or ‘families’ to its existing wide range, designed with the evolution of changing lifestyles in mind. It has also launched six new sofa ‘families’ with a focus on smart storage solutions. The VIMLE family represents clever design in abundance, as sections can be added to it, changing its shape and size, therefore allowing for many different possibilities appealing to a variety of customer needs. There is an abundance of new product arrivals for customers to browse at leisure, complementing some of the core iconic products that remain strong favourites time and again.
Commenting on the catalogue format and customer experience, Vinod Jayan said, “We are always looking for ways to ensure our customer’s experience with us, even before they step through the door, is seamless. We are really excited to share our smart interior design and clever storage through our new improved printed catalogue as well as the app which is intuitive and user-friendly.”
This year the printed edition invites its owner to scribble on the spine, personalising the sentence ‘make room for…’. The app then complements the printed version keeping it fresh all through the year and contains additional video content that brings the pages to life.
True to its ethos, the 2018 edition is also full of features and content that not only provide inspiring design and solutions but also share tips and information on how to live ‘green’ – whether it’s choosing sustainable food to cook at home or buying energy-efficient products. Some of the key products that embody the IKEA ethos include the KUNGSBACKA units, its first kitchen cabinets to be made entirely from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood, as well as the new ODGER Chair which is made from 70% recycled plastic and 30% renewable wood.
Vinod Jayan concludes, “At IKEA we want to have a positive effect on the planet and people, and are truly passionate about it in everything we do. We hope that through the IKEA 2018 Catalogue we can educate our customers on how to do that easily at home to have a powerful effect.”