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    admin 9:40 am on April 6, 2014 View Post & Comment  

    Retail: Rapid UAE Market Growth 

    According to new research, the UAE has the world’s second greatest potential for luxury spending growth, while at the same time, the value of the county’s retail sector is set to expand by $10 billion (AED36.7 billion) between 2012-2015.

    The Knight Frank Wealth Report 2014, outlined global luxury spending trends, naming Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia as the top three fastest growing premium markets in the short to medium term.

    analysis of luxury spending trends

    Spotlight on luxury

    Dubai FDI, part of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, estimates that the UAE’s retail sector will grow by around 32.9% to reach US$41 billion (AED151 billion) by 2015, driven by a number of factors, including:

    • Affluent UAE residents’ high disposable incomes
    • A rise in visitors here to spend
    • A steady inflow of international retailers

    With 82% luxury brand presence, Dubai commands about a third of the entire regional luxury goods market. Additionally, in a show of confidence in Dubai as a premier shopping destination, luxury brands will be vying for travellers’ attention at Dubai’s upcoming Arabian Travel Market (May 5 to 8, 2014), the theme of which will be ‘Spotlight on Luxury’.

    Growth drivers

    Confident in Dubai’s luxury retail future, Emaar Chairman Mohamed Alabbar plans to list Emaar’s shopping retail division. He says: “Today, Emaar’s retail subsidiary is our high-performing business, which derives its growth impetus from the sustained growth of Dubai and its reputation as an international business and leisure hub.”

    With a recorded footfall of 75 million in The Dubai Mall alone last year and new luxury retail malls popping up across the country, the UAE’s luxury goods market is poised for very strong growth in 2014.


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    admin 1:02 pm on September 27, 2012 View Post & Comment  

    Flying high with Zenith 

    Concierge jetted to Paris last week to celebrate Zenith’s iconic Pilot collection of fine timepieces.

    The glamorous event, which took place in the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Arts and Crafts Museum), welcomed 250 guests including media, retailers and clients from around the world.

    As the permanent home to the plane used by Louis Blériot, the first man to fly over the English Channel in 1909, the venue was a fitting choice for the occasion, which cemented Zenith’s links to the world of aviation. Drawing on its rich heritage, the company displayed a selection of its most prized timepieces since its inception in 1865, including historic time measurement instruments that were originally used by pilots.

    Among the high-profile guests was brand ambassador Felix Baumgartner, who will be jumping from an altitude of 36.5 kilometres as part of the Red Bull Stratos mission in October. In doing so, he will become the first man to cross the sound barrier in freefall mode from the edge of space. Of course, he’ll be taking his El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th along for the ride.

    Felix Baumgartner and Virginie Ledoyen with Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of Zenith

    Other French celebrities in attendance included actress Virginie Ledoyen, actors Richard Berry, Jean-Paul Rouve and Laurent Lafitte, as well as Elie Semoun, Estelle Lefébure, Pascal Elbé and Andrea Soldano.

    Guests were treated to a selection of canapés and cocktails while enjoying unique entertainment including a flight simulator and a live saxophonist and singer.

    Admiring the unique collection of watches on display, Concierge’s eye was draw to the three new models in the collection, which Zenith’s regional director Georges Bechara says are already available in its The Dubai Mall boutique.

    The Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20, inspired by the famous 5011 pocket watch of the 1960s as the most accurate chronometer ever presented, is sure to appeal to those who admire early 20th century style.

    Echoing the vintage chronograph watch of the 1960s to 1980s, the Pilot Big Date is ideal for functionality fans. With a classic design and technique honouring the legendary El Primero movement born in 1969, it is reliable as it is stylish.

    Lastly, the Pilot Doublematic chronograph is a jetsetters dream thanks to its two discs simultaneously displaying the time in different parts of the world. The mechanical automatic El Primero Calibre 4046 can be admired through an open worked oscillating weight that is also visible through the sapphire case-back.

    Pilot Doublematic

    If, like us, you’re finding it hard to make a choice, take these words of wisdom from Louis Blériot speaking about the accuracy of his Zenith watch in 1912. He said: “I am extremely satisfied with the Zenith watch that I generally use and cannot recommend it too highly to people who are looking for precision”. We are happy to report that the sentiment still stands strong today.

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    admin 12:09 pm on July 17, 2012 View Post & Comment  

    Italy meets Arabia 

    Known for its luxurious range of scents and accessories, discerning shoppers around the world look to Acqua di Parma for a slice of authentic Italian elegance. Now, the brand is turning its attention to the Middle East with the launch of the new Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud.


    Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud arrives in the Middle East


    To celebrate the new scent, Concierge attended an intimate dinner hosted by Gabriella Scarpa, President of Acqua di Parma and CEO for Dior Couture Italy at the stylish Roberto’s Restaurant in DIFC. As well enjoying a delicious four-course dinner, media guests were treated to an exclusive preview of the fragrance.


    NPI Group Editor Faye Rowe pictured with Gabriella Scarpa (left)


    Inspired by the journey from Italy to Arabia, Colonia Intensa Oud features notes that travellers would experience along the way, beginning with the fresh, citrus notes of the iconic Acqua di Parma to coriander from Russia and precious Argarwood essential oil from the Gulf.


    The Italian influence injects a modern dose of energy and lightness into this typically heavy scent, without compromising its long-lasting appeal. Once applied, the oud adapts to the scent of the wearer’s skin, creating a bespoke aroma.



    In addition, while it is designed with men in mind, it does have a unisex appeal. The art deco bottle comes in a tobacco-coloured box lined with elegant bronze silk, making it a choice gift for Eid.


    Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud is priced at AED670 for 100ml and is available from 11 points of sale across the UAE, including Burj Al Arab in Dubai and Paris Gallery, Khalidiya Mall in Abu Dhabi. For details visit acquadiparma.it


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    admin 3:41 pm on June 3, 2012 View Post & Comment
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    Watch and learn 

    By Charlotte Van den Broucque

    What better way to spend an afternoon than a long lunch in the luxurious surroundings of the One&Only Palace hotel and being shown the latest, beautifully displayed, Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo watches?  Fresh from Basel, both collections feature stunning updates and additions for the new season.


    VERSACE Vanity collection

    Timepieces from the Gancino Sparkling collection by Ferragamo boast encrusted bezels and coloured stones including topaz and garnets. Combined with a double wrap-around strap in traditional tan and white leather or t hot pink and bright orange, the effect is ideal for those who like to stand out. More sparkle comes with the Idillio range with sapphire-, ruby- and diamond-covered faces and a subtle ‘galaxy’ arrangement of diamonds across the dial.

    For men, the F-80 collection provides an opportunity to own a sporty watch reinforced with carbon fibre. Pick from classic black or brighter options, where colourful second hands or hour markers match bright rubber straps in yellow, blue and orange. Alternatively, the ‘Colour on time’ project for men and women allows shoppers to choose different design specifications for their own F-80s using a special app in-store. Add gemstones for extra glitz and engrave the back of the case with a personal message.

    From Versace comes a combination of class and glamour to cater to a wide spectrum of tastes. For men, the limited-edition Versace Character Automatic boasts classic good looks. Combining a stainless steel case with rose-gold details on the hands, indexes, buttons and crown makes for a sophisticated accessory. The Character Quartz is a sportier, more contemporary watch with a two-tone black and gun-metal dial that has three counters and a grooved rubber strap.

    Taking its lead from the springtime hues seen on the Versace S/S ’12 runway and clothing collection, the Vanity watch range features sky blue, mauve, white and pistachio green straps and faces. Bezels are adorned with either diamonds or raised stud detailing and the famous Versace emblem (Medusa’s head) adorns the strap.

    With many more besides, it’s well worth a trip to Paris Gallery to take a look at the superb timepieces that both Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo have to offer this season.

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    admin 12:53 pm on January 9, 2012 View Post & Comment
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    The Dubai Mall welcomed 54m visitors in 2011 

    The Dubai Mall has reported an incredible annual footfall of 54 million in 2011.

    The Dubai Mall, Grand Drive


    Putting the numbers into perspective, the mall quoted the fact that New York welcomes 50.2 million visitors each year, Las Vegas 39.2 million, and Los Angeles 26.3 million people.

    The Dubai Mall, Waterfront Promenade at New Year

    The Dubai Mall is the world’s most visited shopping and leisure destination, assisted by a host of attractions that include its almost-one-kilometer high neighbour– The Burj Khalifa, indoor aquarium and marine zoo, Olympic-sized ice rink and worlds largest musical fountain.

    With leading brands choosing to operate their flagship stores at the mall, retail sales across the 1,200 outlets were boosted by an average 35 percent.

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    admin 5:10 am on October 30, 2011 View Post & Comment
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    Eyes on the time 

    It was a race to the finish line for esteemed Swiss watchmaking brand, Longines, who today proclaimed a long-term partnership with the elite Meydan Group


    Mrs. Nayla Hayek Chairwoman of the Boards of Directors-Swatch Group LTD & Mr. Saeed Humaid Al Tayer Chairman & CEO-Meydan Group LLC in front of the Dubai Sheema Classic trophy presented by Longines.

    The new alliance, which sees Longines named as the official timekeeper for all the equine events being held at Meydan, was announced today at The Meydan. Key members of the media were invited to the lunchtime event, where Chairwoman of the Board of Directors Swatch Group Ltd, Ms. Nayla Hayek, took to the stage with Mr. Saeed H. Al Tayer, Chairman & CEO of Meydan Group, to talk about the new union. “Horses have always been my passion,” said Hayek. “I am therefore delighted that Longines has taken this strategic decision to be involved in another long-term partnership in an additional horse sport event.”

    Mrs. Nayla Hayek, Chairwoman of the Boards of Directors-Swatch Group LTD & Mr. Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman & CEO-Meydan Group LLC at the Longines & Meydan press conference.


    Mr. Saeed H. Al Tayer echoed her sentiments, “The tradition of equestrian sports is a strong part of the culture in Dubai and the UAE. We are pleased to team with Longines, a brand known for their commitment to quality and elegance.”


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    admin 2:03 pm on December 22, 2010 View Post & Comment
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    Dubai Shopping Festival 

    From Chanel and Chopard to Prada and Piaget, Dubai, which is second only to London in its number of global retail brands, is brimming with designer labels. And as you would expect of such a prominent shopping destination, the emirate has some of the best shopping festivals in the world with huge discounts and jaw-dropping in-store promotions.

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    admin 1:16 pm on December 22, 2010 View Post & Comment
    Tags: , GUide, Mercato, , The DUbai Mall   

    Dubai shopping guide 

    Shopping in Dubai often does not feel like shopping at all. The sprawling malls are so huge and so elaborately designed that often they can feel like a separate city in themselves. As well as all the stores you could possibly imagine, the malls also have restaurants and cafés which draw both shoppers and Dubai residents meeting with friends. Children are well looked after, with play centres for all ages at all of the major malls. There is everything from soft play areas for toddlers to themed thrill rides for teenagers. Amazing aquariums, stunning ski slopes and vast entertainment venues make a trip to the mall more than a shopping expedition.

    Dubai Shopping

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    admin 7:00 am on November 1, 2010 View Post & Comment
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    Beau to bespoke: the genesis of a gentleman’s suit 

    The roots of today’s Western business suit can be traced back 200 years to London. Now, the traditions and expertise of that city’s Savile Row are available in Dubai for discerning dressers
    Does it take you five hours to get dressed, or do you insist on cleaning your footwear with fine Champagne? If the answer to both is a resounding ‘no’, but you do wear a business suit, at least you have one thing in common with the godfather of modern garb, Mr Beau Brummell.

    Suit in progress at Ascots & Chapels

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