Luxury Brand Delvaux Opens At 360 Mall

First store in Kuwait and third GCC store for the Belgian established luxury leather goods brand Kuwait City, 25 August 2015: 360 MALL, Kuwaits iconic shopping mall owned by Tamdeen Shopping Centers, has brought the world’s oldest luxury leather goods manufacturer, Delvaux, to Kuwait for the very first time.

The Delvaux boutique was opened in partnership with the Dubai Holding Group. The Belgian brand was founded in 1829. In 2011 Delvaux became a part of the First Heritage Brands group, which already included the Sonia Rykiel and Robert Clergerie labels. This joining ensured the worldwide expansion of the brand.

Internationally recognized, the House of Delvaux has earned its reputation by remaining true to its values and for its savoir-faire craftsmanship, as well as for the supreme quality of its creations. Each Delvaux product is crafted by hand in its own workshops located in Brussels and France.

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Over the past two centuries Delvaux has created more than 3,000 handbag designs. Le Brillant, Delvaux’s iconic handbag, has been created especially for the 1958 World’s Fair. Other masterpieces have also made a mark worldwide in the history of fine leather goods, notably Le Tempte (1967), Le Pin (1972), Le Madame (1977) and Le Givry (1977). Architectural lines, daring proportions, and innovative shapes are – and have always been – key components of the House’s vocabulary.

The house that has enjoyed the title of Official Supplier to the Belgian Royal Court since 1883 is all set to welcome its Kuwaiti customers to discover the world of Delvaux and experience the true essence of luxury.

Claudia Lopusinska, Marketing Manager, 360 MALL said: 360 MALL is famous for the quality of its shopping and entertainment, and the sophistication of its ambience. Over the last six years the mall has become a premier shopping destination in Kuwait. With the opening of Delvaux, we are further enhancing our retail offerings.

Emirates Launches Second Daily A380 Service To Frankfurt

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced a second daily A380 service to Frankfurt, adding 1,155 seats a week on the route, with 280 in First Class and Business Class.

Commencing 1st January 2016, Emirates flights EK47/48, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will be up-gauged to an A380. The first scheduled A380 service between Frankfurt and Dubai was in September 2014; since then, over 280,000 passengers have travelled with Emirates on this route.

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“Our daily A380 service to Frankfurt proved to be extremely popular and we’re happy that demand has been so strong that we needed to increase capacity on the route. In fact, our four gateways in Germany are doing extremely well with 3 of them boasting a daily or double-daily A380 service. Should the opportunity arise, Emirates would be keen to fly to additional cities that are currently underserved, offering more choices to travellers,” commented Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West. “Our customers love the A380 and adding a second one to Frankfurt will further enhance the travel experience on that route and provide more A380 to A380 connectivity to popular destinations around the world via our ultra-modern hub in Dubai, added Frach.

“We are pleased that Emirates decided to operate a second daily A380 to Frankfurt. It shows a clear commitment of Emirates and underlines the attractiveness of Frankfurt Airport”, said Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board of Fraport AG.

Emirates’ flight EK47 departs Dubai International Airport at 14:35hrs and arrives in Frankfurt at 18:40hrs. The outbound flight EK48 departs from Frankfurt at 20:30hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0610hrs the following day.

The new aircraft will feature 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class, and 429 comfortable seats in Economy Class. Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to over 2000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice Digital Widesreen, the airlineâs award-winning inflight entertainment system, as well as free Wi-Fi and gourmet cuisine. It will also offer access to the world’s only onboard Shower Spa for First Class passengers and to the Onboard Lounge, where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise at 40,000 feet.

As with all Emirates flights, passengers will be able to accumulate Skywards miles and benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50 kg in First Class. Passengers travelling in premium cabins will also enjoy Emirates’ dedicated lounge at Frankfurt Airport, as well as Emirates Chauffeur-drive service.

Emirates also operates nine weekly freighter flights out of Frankfurt, offering a total cargo capacity of up to 1,000 tonnes per week. Main products transported include machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronic equipment bound for markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia as well as USA and Mexico.

The Emirates A380 is partly manufactured at Airbus facilities in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, with various parts coming from small and medium sized suppliers based in Germany like galleys, aircraft upholstery, paint and ground handling equipment which represent hundreds of millions of Euros in direct investments. The Emirates A380 programme creates and supports manufacturing jobs across the global aircraft supply chain. With a total of 140 aircraft ordered, Emirates is the largest purchaser of Airbus A380, accounting for more than 40 percent of the total A380 order book. Airbus estimates that Emirates A380 orders support the employment of 14,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Germany.

Madinat Jumeirah To Launch World Class Event Space In October 2015

Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai, will offer the largest hotel event space in the United Arab Emirates when the Fort Island expansion is completed in October 2015. Set over 1,750 square meters, the space has tripled in size and is set to host banquets, parties, exhibitions, product launches, music concerts, weddings, sports events and festivals for up to 1,400 people.

Margaret Paul, Resort General Manager, said: “We are delighted to be unveiling the new Fort Island at Madinat Jumeirah, one of the city’s most innovative and exclusive outdoor venues. This redevelopment demonstrates our commitment to continually enhance the guest experience and we look forward to catering for a larger and wider range of prestigious events for the meetings, incentives, conference and events (MICE) industry. The new venue has been rebuilt to accommodate large marquees and will provide versatile space for every type of event.”

The capacities at Fort Island have increased from 425 people to 1400 people in a cocktail set-up and from 250 people to 1100 people in a banquet style set-up in rounds of 10.

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The venue will feature an attractive and sustainable landscape, while preserving the fort’s traditional look and feel. Located in the heart of the resort and surrounded by Madinat Jumeirah’s characteristic waterways, the venue has spectacular views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The venue was originally commissioned in recognition of the history, culture and character of old Dubai and was inspired by the Al Fahdi fort located in the oldest existing part of the Dubai creek.

Fort Island will be connected to the resort by four bridges and guests can also access the venue by the traditional wooden abra boats when staying in one of Madinat Jumeirah’s three hotels. Its privileged location, steps away from the bustling Souk Madinat, the 600-seater outdoor amphitheatre, Madinat Theatre and the nearest hotel, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam makes Fort Island a one-of-a-kind venue for spectacular events.

An integral part of the existing and award winning Madinat Jumeirah’s Conference Centre, the new island will increase the centre’s overall capacity to 9,000 people over 10,000 square meters.

The Conference Centre is home to international events such as Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the World Economic Forum and is the proud sponsor of Art Dubai. Madinat Jumeirah offers a variety of multipurpose indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the resort.
These range from meeting rooms, banquet and events facilities to over 40 restaurants, all are accessible from the resort’s three hotels – Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah Al Qasr, andJumeirah Dar Al Masyaf by buggy, by foot, or traditional abras.

Phones Becoming A Problem As Communication Between Family Members Decrease

Having mobile phones have become quite a normal thing for people of all ages nowadays. We all know how useful a mobile is but apart from all the useful things, mobile phones nowadays are becoming a distraction.

Mobile phones have decreased the communication between members of the family. Before the internet was introduced to the world, families would often be seen communicating with each other.

Meals would be eaten without checking the phones and people used to keep a radio in between and everyone heard the radio. They would sit together and talk to each other and be happy.

When the television was introduced, family members would different programs but then there used to be certain program which all the family members would sit down and watch together. Communication was slightly affected with the introduction of the television.

Nowadays mobile phones have almost completely shut down any form of communication between family members. People are too busy communicating with people who are outside the house rather than those inside the house with the help of mobiles.

Teenagers particularly are the main victims of this. They start chatting with friends from morning until night and sometimes even skip their meals. They prefer watching shows on their mobile rather than sitting down with their family and watching a program.

Sometimes, the members of the family are so occupied in using their handheld devices that they do not hear their landline and sometimes if a friend or a relative is trying to contact us. People feel that it is better to restrict the time spent on our phone and internet

 

The Signs Are In The City – The Internet Of Things Is Shaping The Future Of Retail In Key Markets Across The Middle East And Africa

It is still early days for the Internet of Things (IOT), both here in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and globally. But, according to IDC, signs that it will soon be mainstream are already appearing.

For retail, this is literally true. All those digital signs popping up in shopping centres and airports in the MEA region are the most visible element of a market that is taking off. According to a recent IDC study looking at four key markets (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, and the UAE), spending on IoT solutions among retailers will grow by an average of around 19% annually for the foreseeable future, representing nearly $1.6 billion in spending from 2014 through 2018. While this growth is a bit slower than for IoT across all industries in MEA, it is a bit ahead of global trends, where overall IoT spending is soaring by an average of around 17% per year.

Despite the visibility of the signs, the great majority of IoT projects will relate to in-store promotions and personalized promotions as well as ad-hoc improvements to supply chains, in-store inventory systems, and transportation or delivery systems. This stems from a need for basic infrastructure and process optimization. Retailers are also seeking online and mobile sales channels and customer relationship initiatives, all steps on the path towards the creation of true omni-channel shopping.

For the three Middle East markets involved in the study, IoT goes hand in hand with high-end retail. While digital signage tends to be employed more equitably in terms of location, and IT more generally is working its way into lower-end shops (even if just as a PC or a mobile phone), the bulk of IoT solutions are being installed in large, midrange, and upscale shopping areas, particularly in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). IoT products can undoubtedly help convey a ‘luxury feel’, a crucial element of the Middle East’s high-end value proposition.

For all four markets, international brands will be the driving force. While high-end brands are already spreading throughout shopping centers and airports in the region, the markets remain underserved. The great majority of retail sales still happen in small, independent shops (in Sub-Saharan Africa, this proportion can be up to 90%). But where regional and global chains are present, competition is fierce, particularly in larger cities. Anything that enhances the customer experience – such as IoT – will be essential for long-term loyalty.

Despite IOT’s uptake in retail both regionally and globally, the term is not widely used in the region’s retail sector. While forward-thinking retailers in the Middle East and Africa readily embrace cutting-edge technology, they do so with an eye towards streamlining operations, reducing costs, and enhancing the customer experience. A point-of-sale system integrated with a customer-relationship-management system that connects web and mobile access points may be based on cloud technology or it may be located on client servers. For the retailer running it, the task it performs comes first.