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A.S. Watson announced this week it plans to open its first flagship in the Middle East in Dubai Mall on 1st October under its Watsons brand, and plans to roll out 100 stores in the region by 2025.

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As UAE-based LuLu grows its store base in Egypt and Abu Dhabi and rolls out a contactless payment solution in the UAE, we round up news from the retailer. LuLu expands presence in Egypt… LuLu has opened its second hypermarket in Egypt in Cairo’s District Mall in Sheraton Heliopolis. The new store was its 190th globally. Commenting on the retailer’s expansion plans for Egypt, LuLu’s chairman...
As Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) enjoys fast-paced growth online and expands its range in Pakistan, we round up news and further developments from the retailer. Carrefour sees triple digit sales growth online… In an interview with CNBC Majid Al Futtaim’s chief executive, Alain Bejjani, discussed the ‘ fantastic surge ’ in online sales the company had seen during the pandemic. Bejjani said Carrefou...
We round up new developments as retailers in the UAE offer new delivery app services, Choithrams opens a new store in Dubai and Lulu continues to expand in Saudi Arabia. New delivery apps to drive profitability for food and beverage suppliers During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many consumers in the UAE have turned to ordering food through Deliveroo, Talabat, Uber Eats and Zomato. T...

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