INTERNATIONAL. IKEA under attack for its interpretation of Islamic sentiments.
INTERNATIONAL. Regional Visa purchases cross US$9.8 billion for 2004; Qatar up 66%.
INTERNATIONAL. WTO Secretariat reports declines in both new anti-dumping investigations and new final anti-dumping measures.
INTERNATIONAL. Tracking and retail opportunities in the long term, but telecom operators need to devise appropriate strategies, says Frost & Sullivan.
INTERNATIONAL. A preview of next week's MEED Middle East Retail 2005 conference.
INTERNATIONAL. Malaysia, as the current OIC Chairman, is playing a major role to re-energise the Organisation.
INTERNATIONAL. Two two-day workshops entitled 'Critical Tools for Retail Real Estate Management' will be held in September.
BAHRAIN. MAF Investments signs anchor agreements with Azal Group for Promod, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bijoux Terner, Zara Home and other new names.
INTERNATIONAL. Duncan Waddell of FM Intelligence was in Dubai and Bahrain recently to moderate the Middle East Council of Shopping Centre workshops.
BAHRAIN. The BHS, Mango, Adams, Shoe City, and Hush Puppies licensee with 140 outlets plans to sell off 40% of its stock.
INTERNATIONAL. The UK fashion companyTed Baker has announced that it has signed its second Asian territorial licence and a Middle East licence with Singapore company RSH.
INTERNATIONAL. BI-ME talks to MAF Investments Vice President Leasing Shahram Shamsaee about the success formula for planning and constructing large-scale destination shopping malls and some thoughts on the ‘City Centre’ brand and landlord-retailer relationships.
BAHRAIN. The US took one further step this week in achieving its ambition of reaching a regional free trade deal in the Middle East.
INTERNATIONAL. A Pan Arab Research Centre (PARC) study shows that total spending on advertising in the Arab world rose from US$4.67 billion in 2004 to US$5.40 billion in 2005, an increase of 17.2%.
INTERNATIONAL. Moutamarat and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey shows Middle East business confidence 35% higher than the equivalent US measure, only moderated by concerns over human resources and skills retention.
INTERNATIONAL. The partners are confident consumers will embrace the Borders brand.