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MECSC Newsletter Jan 2019


The MECSC Newsletter Jan 2019 Issue
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Welcome to our January 2019 Newsletter

Our team at MECSC has hit the ground running and active on many fronts in January. Our key goal this year at the MECSC is 1200 members in 2019. We have many new initiatives to virtually increase the number of members during this calendar year. Given our new membership offers and promotion, the benefits of becoming a member is invaluable as you join the largest retail professional network in the MENA region.
The role of the MECSC is to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profiles in the retail industry. As members of our organization we suggest that you ask for what you need from us, to enable your business to prosper and grow.  Our team is ready to assist your companies’ business growth and personal careers to flourish.  Successful business is all about successful relationships and we want to build these relationships with you,  all you need to do is ask and participate.
 

SHOPPING CENTRE AND RETAIL TRENDS

Jeddah retailer Manuel Market plans to open 100 new stores

Jeddah retailer Manuel Market plans to open 100 new stores.
Arabian Business   l 30 January 2019

 

Majid Al Futtaim 2018 revenue up 8% to $9.4bln.

Majid Al Futtaim 2018 revenue up 8% to $9.4bln.
Zawya   l 30 January 2019

 

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Saudi Arabia announces plans for major entertainment complex in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia announces plans for major entertainment complex in Riyadh
Arabian Business   l 30 January 2019

 

Trampoline park operator plans major Gulf expansion

Trampoline park operator plans major Gulf expansion
Arabian Business   l 22 January 2019

Progress has been made on the world’s largest sports mall

Progress has been made on the world’s largest sports mall
ConstructionWeek   l 20 January 2019

 

They’ve started building the first supertall tower at Uptown Dubai.

They’ve started building the first supertall tower at Uptown Dubai.
Whats On  l January 14, 2019

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    THE MECSC DIRECTORY
Deadline Extended: MECSC Directory Listings
Final Due Date on February 10, 2019.
Submit your listings now!

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Please click one of the following and send to publishing@mecsc.org

1.  Mall Information Form
2.  Retailers Information Form
3.  Service Provider Information Form

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MECSC MEMBERS' CORNER

Unifree Duty Free Chose V-Count Solutions For The Biggest Duty Free In The World!

Unifree Duty Free Chose V-Count Solutions For The Biggest Duty Free In The World!
Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing 2019 reviews the global economic scenario and its impact on the retailing industry. Read More

 

Majid Al Futtaim 2018 revenue up 8% to $9.4bln.

The Treasure Chest goes live with Semnox and Playsafe Cashless System
Semnox in association with Playsafe Systems has successfully implemented its Cashless Business Solution in The Treasure Chest family entertainment park in Newport. Read More

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Openbravo will be participating as a SILVER PARTNER at The Retail Summit
Come and meet us to learn about the Openbravo cloud-based omnichannel solution and discover why leading Middle East retailers like Sharaf DG and other international retailers like Decathlon or Toys "R" Us have already adopted it. Read More

 

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Sahara Mall Riyadh announces its renovation plan by also hosting 9 Screens VOX Cinema
Improvements include a complete remodulation of Center Court, a new and improved FEC and new furniture for the Food Court and common sitting areas.  Read More

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Burj Nahar Mall opening Q4 2019
Burj Nahar is a mixed use development located centrally in the heart of Deira, Dubai. The retail Development is poised to become a mass market, outlet driven, brand oriented destination community center set to attract customers from within Dubai and Beoyed.   V isit Website

 

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Pathfinder has partnered with more than 100 Shopping Centres to help them reap the benefit of real-time data capture and actionable analytics
Pathfinder recently partnered with The Mall at Colombo City Centre  which is set to become Sri Lanka’s largest shopping destination, and the only integrated lifestyle complex of its kind. Visit Website

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Centro Mall, which is located in the heart of Ramallah's city center will be set to become the largest mall in Palestine
Here are  some of the attraction points Centro mall will be providing for its customers: Wax Museum, Buzz Activity Area, Kids Play Area, Ice Rink, and Aquarium. Read More

 

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Special invitees enthralled by the magic of 'Holoverse' at Oman Avenues Mall
Al Tamman Group’s Grand Entertainment LLC has partnered with renowned Australian immersive entertainment technology specialist - Euclideon Entertainment, to bring to the Sultanate, the Middle East’s first hologram arcade – ‘Holoverse’. Read More

      THE RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Our First Quarter Issue is OUT NOW!

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In this edition, the CEO of Asala Holding, Mr. Fouad Al Rashed, graces the cover of our magazine.  As our theme focuses on Redefining Experiential Retail in 2019, Fouad introduces the two mega malls that will change the retail face in KSA. Read online version here.

Grab your own copy at the MECSC Office or email customercare@mecsc.org for more details.

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  MECSC MEMBERSHIP
Welcome to our newest MECSC Corporate Members!

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LALS Group, Al Majid Property Co. LLC and Granadia joined MECSC as our newest Bronze Corporate Members.

Expect to hear and see more of these corporate members in our Retail People Magazine,  Website, Social Media Accounts and Newsletters.

Become a Member now     View who recently joined MECSC

MECSC LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
For Retail Real Estate Professionals Level 1, 2 & 3

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Delegates will master core concepts, share ideas and identify successful strategies alongside colleagues from around the world to equip yourself to succeed in the Shopping Centre and Retail Industry.

Contact MECSC office at +971 4 359 7909 or email lea@mecsc.org to register.

Custom Education also Available - 
When your organization or affiliated companies consider customized retail industry training programs, please contact us as we would be pleased to assist you with your training needs.

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  RECON MENA 2019 - SAVE THE DATE

October 27-29, 2019 l Dubai, UAE

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  INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

Me, My Life, My Wallet

KPMG Report - A new way of navigating the evolving consumer

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Global Powers of Retailing 2019

Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing 2019 reviews the global economic scenario and its impact on the retailing industry

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Study: Gen Z is Truly the Digital Generation

Retailers targeting the Gen Z consumers need to offer the right kind of omnichannel customer experience

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What Customer Service Skills Improve Retail Business Growth 

Retailers seeking to drive profits need to focus on three key customer service skills, according to customer intelligence company Infinity Research

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NEW RETAIL OPENINGS

First look: Entertainment destination Wavehouse at Atlantis The Palm

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A major new dining and entertainment venue is set to shake up things at Atlantis The Palm when it opens on February 1, and we’ve had a first look inside. Called Wavehouse, the new complex is split between indoor and outdoor activities and comes complete with a restaurant, terrace and adult-only bar, as well as endless family-friendly fun to keep little ones (and grown ups) busy. Jan 29 l What's On

UK fashion brand Missguided to open at The Dubai Mall

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Found on the first floor, the store is opposite Dubai Aquarium, near Forever 21, taking the spot formerly occupied by New Look. Missguided is popular for catering centrally to young millennials, offering shoppers more than 500 new styles each week, that are inspired by street style, catwalk shows and social media. It’s released collections with stars including Nicole Scherzinger and Jourdan Dunn, as well as brands such as Barbie and Love island. Jan 29 l What's On

Las Vegas’ award-winning Bacchanal buffet now open in Dubai

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A brand new slice of Las Vegas has arrived in Dubai with the opening of Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai. As well as bringing 301 additional guestrooms, two pools and a host of restaurants and bars to Bluewaters island, Caesars Resort also sees the arrival of Las Vegas’ famous Bacchanal buffet. Jan 29 l What's On

Sneaker Store The Social Foot opens in The Dubai Mall

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Dubai is embracing sneaker culture. With a handful of smaller hype-sneaker stores popping up over the past few years, the big boys have finally noticed, and launched their own. The Social Foot, a part of the Sports & Lifestyle division at Al-Futtaim, will stock the latest sneaker releases and worldwide streetwear brands Jan 15 l Sneakers ME

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Dubai: PINZA, the modern ‘pinzeria’ that delivers the lightest, crunchiest, tastiest and healthiest hand-kneaded crust in Dubai, has marked the opening of its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall, Jumeirah. Offering indoor and outdoor dining experiences, the new trendy outlet serves unique Pinzas, seasonal Pinzas as well as a range of salads in addition to vegan options for the discerning customers. Jan 13 l Zawya

  NEW SHOPPING CENTRE OPENINGS

Dubai Industrial Park Launches First Community Retail Mall

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Dubai - Dubai Industrial Park (DI), one of the largest industrial hubs in Dubai and a member of TECOM Group, has announced the official opening of its first retail offering, Sapphire Mall, which will cater to residents in the destination’s growing community.  Jan 6 l MENA Herald

UAE’s Majid Al Futtaim opens $117m City Centre Suhar in Oman

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UAE-based mall operator Majid Al Futtaim has opened its OMR45m ($117m) City Centre Suhar, the company’s fourth shopping centre in Oman, it announced on Wednesday. The mall features 129 retail outlets such as such as Body Shop and Max Fashion, a 7,348 sqm Carrefour Hypermarket, a nine-screen VOX Cinemas, Magic Planet and over 1,000 available parking spaces.  Jan 23 l Gulf Business

*UPCOMING PROJECTS

21 new Dubai hotspots to open in 2019

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From fancy five-star hotels and celebrity chef-backed restaurants to giant shopping malls and performance venues, these are the new launches we’re most looking forward to in the emirate this year  Jan 8 l The National

MECSC Newsletter Feb 2019


The MECSC Newsletter Feb 2019 Issue
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Welcome to our February 2019 Newsletter

MECSC to pioneer Crowdsourcing, Webinars and Podcasts for the Retail Industry in the Region.

Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people who provide content, services, knowledge and contributions, usually through the internet.

For our members this means access to vast amounts of information which will be generated globally.  Please let us know what information you are seeking and we will endeavor to provide crowdsourcing solutions for your business.

Webinars are coming to the MECSC in the second quarter this year. We will keep you posted. Please let us know what you want to learn about online with our newly created Webinars.

Podcasts are also coming to the MECSC in the second quarter this year. We will keep you posted. Please let us know what you want to learn about online with our newly created Podcasts

Important Announcement: Newly Amended MECSC By-Laws.
The MECSC Board President Mazen Hamza Qandeel together with the MECSC Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of the several amendments to the MECSC bylaws to reflect the current operation of the organization. Click here to view the amended MECSC By-Laws updated on 12 February 2019. 

A big thank you to our MECSC Board of Directors who were busy brainstorming and planning for the success of the MECSC's events, publications and activities. The first MECSC’s Board of Directors’ meeting this year was held last 12 February at the MECSC's office. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss important operational and policy matters, and review the association’s progress in meeting its strategic goals.

The role of the MECSC is to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profiles in the retail industry. As members of our organization we suggest that you ask for what you need from us, to enable your business to prosper and grow.  Our team is ready to assist your companies’ business growth and personal careers to flourish.  Successful business is all about successful relationships and we want to build these relationships with you,  all you need to do is ask and participate.
 

WHAT'S NEW IN RETAIL

Majid Al Futtaim's first mall in Abu Dhabi set for Q2 2019 launch

Majid Al Futtaim's first mall in Abu Dhabi set for Q2 2019 launch
My City Centre Masdar has created 1,500 construction jobs and is expected to achieve Estidama Pearl 3 rating
Construction Week l Feb 28, 2019

 

Union Coop plans move into Abu Dhabi

Union Coop plans move into Abu Dhabi
Union Coop, the largest cooperative retail group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is planning to expand outside its home emirate of Dubai
Zawya l Feb 28, 2019

 

$137mln Bahrain mega mall on track for October opening

$137mln Bahrain mega mall on track for October opening
The project will feature more than 200 retail outlets on a total built-up area of 125,000 sqm
Zawya l Feb 25, 2019

 

Trampoline park operator plans major Gulf expansion

Fashion giant R&B opens major store in capital city
R&B, Apparel Group’s most popular fashion retailer offering quality clothing at affordable prices, has opened a store in Al-Qasr Mall in Riyadh.
Saudi Gazette l Feb 24, 2019

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    THE MECSC DIRECTORY

We are now finalizing The MECSC Directory 2019 and will soon be off to the printers! Thank you for all members who have supported this once-in-a year publication of MECSC!

Make sure to reserve a copy now! We are now 60% less of stock due to early reservations!

Do you want to write an Experts Views article? Or to advertise your Mall or Brand? Last call to express interest! We will not be accepting paid contents anymore after March 14, 2019! Reach out to us now!

The MECSC Directory will feature Malls, Retailers and Service Providers in 27 countries with new countries like Iraq, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and many more!

Do you want to know more? Click here now or email publishing@mecsc.org

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MECSC LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
For Retail Real Estate Professionals Level 1, 2 & 3

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Don’t be left behind -- Equip yourself with retail knowledge now!

MECSC, together with our training instructors, are consistently raising the bar on the training offerings provided to retail professionals.  One of MECSC’s focus is designing its training course content specific to retail to ensure participants will learn how to develop, lease, market and operate shopping centre successfully.  

Participants will be taught the fundamentals of operating a shopping centre more effectively as well as learn how the essential components fit, the basic principles of the art and science of merchandising, the economics and the leasing strategies to effectively impact the income and retail productivity of their centre.

Contact MECSC office at +971 4 359 7909 or email lea@mecsc.org to register.

Custom Education also Available - 
When your organization or affiliated companies consider customized retail industry training programs, please contact us as we would be pleased to assist you with your training needs

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MECSC MEMBERS' CORNER

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Cirque du Soleil and Openbravo strengthen their partnership for the next 5 years
The use of Openbravo software will enable Cirque du Soleil to continue innovating at the point of sale with the introduction of new capabilities aimed at delivering an improved customer experience in all its merchandising stores and shows, as well as to progress with its omnichannel strategy. Read More

 

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L5 Award for Crisis and Risk Management Course l  24 th to 26 th March 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE. This course has been designed for experience security, risk and crisis managers who are being tasked with the planning and management of increasingly complex scenarios. Read More

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Meraas and Backite Media extend advertising partnership to four Dubai destinations
Al Seef, City Walk, La Mer and The Beach to now benefit from the technicolour advertising displays BackLite Media have been bringing to Meraas’ destinations for three year.  Read More

 

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i12WRK - A disruptive app to help you find your next hire, and save cost
Find the right candidates and make even smarter talent decisions with this disruptive app that uses smart technology to ensure jobs are geo-located and helps you tap into the local talent pool.  Read More

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H.R.H Prince Mishaal Bin Majed honors Red Sea Mall
H.R.H Prince Mishaal Bin Majed honoredRed Sea Mall at the celebration of the Jeddah Creative Awards event.  Read More

 

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Red Sea Mall embraces the launch of “Hayya Jeddah” 2019
Within the Jeddah’s Chamber celebration of its 75thanniversary, the “Hayya Jeddah” 2019 festival is back, which is organized by the events management department at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Read More

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Successful Implementation at Torq03 E-Zone, Adds to Semnox Repertoire
Torq03 has adopted the Semnox cashless system for the gaming operations at its facility in Bengaluru. Read More

 

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Majid Al Futtaim to launch Carrefour Business in 2019
‘One stop shop’ service will provide a wide range of high-quality food and non-food solutions to cover the needs of the HORECA industry and B2B customers, with incentivised pricing for volume-based orders. Read More

      THE RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Our First Quarter Issue is OUT NOW!

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In this edition, the CEO of Asala Holding, Mr. Fouad Al Rashed, graces the cover of our magazine.  We would like to thank all our Advertisers and Sponsors for this issue. We are inviting you to read the magazine online for more up-to-date topics in the retail industry.  Read online version here.

Grab your own copy at the MECSC Office or email customercare@mecsc.org for more details.

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MECSC MEMBERSHIP

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Juby Jose, Head of Marketing & Specialty Leasing of Dalma Mall shares his retail background and experience for being a member of MECSC since 2010.  Read More

Expect to hear and see more of our members members in our Retail People Magazine,  Website, Social Media Accounts and Newsletters.

BECOME A MEMBER NOW!     VIEW WHO RECENTLY JOINED MECSC
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  RECON MENA 2019 - SAVE THE DATE

October 27-29, 2019 l Dubai, UAE

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Join the MECSC Team

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Position: Membership / Database Accounting Executive

Minimum Requirements:
Accountant
Excellent Communication & Marketing Skills
Technical Skills (Website Manipulation and Management)
Advance Excel Skills with Reporting
With Experience in Telemarketing, Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing

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Send us your CV at  account@mecsc.org

  INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

2019 Retail Industry Outlook
Navigating Disruption in Retail
Deloitte: Download Full Report

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The Retail Trends Playbook 2020
A report by business intelligance platform PSFK in partnership with Microsoft:  Download Full Report

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RETAIL TRENDS

Aldar Investments acquires Etihad Airways properties in Dh1.2bn deal

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Aldar Investments Properties, a unit of Abu Dhabi’s biggest listed developer Aldar Properties, is acquiring full ownership of Etihad Plaza and Etihad Airways Centre from Etihad Airways for Dh1.2 billion in its first major deal since launching in 2018.
The National l Feb 27, 2019

As the cashless craze takes hold, retailers are shopping for cashier-less checkouts

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Social media platforms like Instagram, have played an important role in helping budding businesses and entrepreneurs develop and shape their marketing strategies as they leverage such platforms to reach their target audience. The cascading feed of retail events and pop-up stores on Instagram has been valuable to entrepreneurs in the UAE and wider Gulf.
The National l Feb 14, 2019

Huawei rolls out $2,600 foldable phone to compete with Samsung

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Only five days after Samsung disrupted the smartphone industry by launching both 5G-enabled and foldable phones, Huawei has entered the segment, too. The Chinese manufacturer has combined the features into one device, unveiling its first 5G and foldable phone, the Mate X, at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.
The National l Feb 25, 2019

World's highest lounge opens at top of Dubai's Burj Khalifa

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Emaar has opened doors for the public to the highest point in Burj Khalifa at levels 152, 153 and 154, towering at an imposing height of 575 meters, with the unveiling of The Lounge, Burj Khalifa. Billed as the world's highest restaurant, The Lounge, Burj Khalifa spans the three floors and also features an outdoor terrace.
Arabian Business l Feb 13, 2019

Emaar Malls fourth-quarter net profit grows 2% as it expands outlets and retail offerings

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Emaar Malls, a unit of Dubai’s biggest listed developer Emaar Properties, posted a 2 per cent increase in fourth-quarter net income as it continued to expand its malls and retail offerings.Net profit in the three months ending December 31 reached Dh591 million, the company said on Wednesday. Revenue during the period grew 8 per cent year-on-year to Dh1.21 billion.
The National l Feb 13, 2019

Why pop-up events might be favoured over retail outlets

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Social media platforms like Instagram, have played an important role in helping budding businesses and entrepreneurs develop and shape their marketing strategies as they leverage such platforms to reach their target audience. The cascading feed of retail events and pop-up stores on Instagram has been valuable to entrepreneurs in the UAE and wider Gulf.  
The National l Feb 10, 2019

India-based Zomato said to plan exit from UAE business

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

India-based foodtech major Zomato is reportedly in talks with German-based Delivery Hero to to sell its UAE-based business. UAE was the first market outside India that Zomato launched its food delivery business. The UAE accounts for about 20 percent of Zomato’s overall food delivery business.
Arabian Business l Feb 6, 2019

Lulu to invest Dh2b in Egypt's retail industry

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Egypt is the new 'destination for investments' and gateway to African continent, a top trade official said as the UAE-based Lulu Group is set to pump Dh2 billion in the retail sector.
Khaleej Times l Feb 6, 2019

Mall of the Emirates rolls out WeChat Pay targeting Chinese customers

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

The mall is the first in the UAE to offer this payment option. Retailers at Mall of the Emirates will accept purchases via WeChat Pay in a bid to attract more shoppers from China to spend at the Dubai shopping and leisure centre.
The National l Feb 6, 2019

Carrefour's new school will train 2,500 managers for the digital age of retail

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Retail Business School is designed to boost customer experiences and lower prices. Step into Majid Al Futtaim’s new Retail Business School and Fiona – a virtual assistant - welcomes you to the campus that aims to train nearly a quarter of Carrefour's staff in the UAE for the new digital age.
The National l Feb 5, 2019

MECSC INSTASTORIES

David Macadam as Keynote Speaker at Landmark Africa's Staff Conference l  Feb 7, 2019

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MECSC Board of Directors Meeting l  Feb 12, 2019

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MECSC Staff Completed Digital Marketing Training l 
Feb 13, 2019

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