Yango maps survey: 50%+ Dubai residents move more during Ramadan

With Eid celebrations on the horizon, Yango Maps, a navigation app made with Dubai in mind, conducted a survey to see how the Holy Month changes navigation habits in the city. The goal of the survey was to keep in touch with user needs in a constantly evolving environment and propose useful features relevant for this time of the year.The survey found that 52% of residents travel more during Ramadan than at any other time of the year. For many, this is a period for spending time and connecting with loved ones. And when it comes to selecting the mode of transport for their movement around the city, the majority opt for driving, while one in three users prefer public transport or taxis. Half of the residents noted that at this time of active travel, the most important considerations before setting off are safety, travel time, and the availability of air-conditioned spaces along the route. Responding to the users' needs, the app recently added new route options called "comfortable routes." When temperatures rise, the app displays additional directions that go through covered areas and air-conditioned bus stops. Additionally, during the month of Ramadan, over 70% of residents spend more time with family, exploring new places, and almost a half of residents (48%) tend to eat outside their home more often than at other times of the year. Taking this into account, Yango Maps offers a special Ramadan guide with a wealth of restaurants and cafes for a memorable Iftar menu: from traditional cuisine to inventive international dishes.Findings also confirmed that shopping continues to be a key activity for many in Dubai during Ramadan, with 61% of people agreeing that they tend to shop more often. The majority of shoppers do so offline, and three in five strive to discover new brands and find the best deals. The most popular shopping centers Yango Maps users visit are the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates, and the Dubai Marina Mall. To ensure a more convenient experience for users, Yango Maps plans routes straight to parking zones near such popular destinations.

Dubai Mall becomes most visited place on earth with record 105mln visitors

Dubai Mall welcomed a record 105 million visitors in 2023, a jump of over 19% on the previous year’s 88 million; sales were also exceptionally strong in 2023.New figures released by the mall today also show a staggering 20 million people visited the mall in the first two months of this year alone, with 2024 set to be another record year."These numbers reflect Dubai Mall's impressive status and mirrors the forward-thinking leadership and strong economy of Dubai. Our mall embodies the city's vibrant spirit and dedication to excellence, turning the leadership's vision into a reality. Being an integral part of Dubai's economic fabric, we play a crucial role in the city's success and innovation,” said Emaar founder Mohamed Alabbar. The new figures also show how the mall has become a global draw, attracting visitors from every corner of the world. “This wide range of nationalities not only underscored the mall's worldwide charm but also reflected the cosmopolitan culture of Dubai itself,” Alabbar added.Global Retail and Leisure Icon The mall's events and promotions in 2023 and the beginning of 2024 were a key driver of its foot traffic, as well as essential festive occasions and international celebrations. Major events like the Dubai Shopping Festival, the Dubai Food Festival and the acclaimed 3 Day Super Sale further demonstrated the mall's ability to draw and engage massive crowds.The mall's digital footprint expanded significantly, with an Instagram following currently at 1.3 million.The mall's commitment to customer satisfaction is evident in the high customer satisfaction scores, which averaged 4.6, reflecting positive feedback from thousands of customers.Elevating Shopping to an Art FormIn 2023, Dubai Mall redefined luxury retail. The "Retail Relation" programme partnered with top-tier brands to create immersive shopping experiences. Visitors marvelled at the magical festive displays by Cartier, Carolina Herrera, and Dior, while the Ramadan installation featured exclusive collections from brands like Fendi and Chloe. High-profile events like the exclusive Watches and Wonders, and the debut of Louis Vuitton's Pharrell Williams collection, further cemented the mall's status as a luxury shopping haven.

Samsung launches Galaxy Open Market pop-up at Dubai Mall

DUbai, UAE : Samsung Gulf Electronics has launched an interactive Galaxy Open Market pop-up at the Dubai Mall to showcase its latest Galaxy devices following the July 26 Galaxy Unpacked event, which took place in South Korea. Under the theme ‘Join the Flip Side’, the new launches include the Galaxy Z Fold5, Galaxy Z Flip5, Galaxy Tab S9 Series and the Galaxy Watch6 Series.The pop-up store at the world’s largest mall is now open until August 28th, allowing visitors and fans to experience the newly unveiled devices. The interactive pop-up features numerous activities divided into various themed experiential zones to highlight key features of the latest Samsung devices.At the FlexCam Selfie experiential zone, visitors can explore diverse selfie angles with the Galaxy Z Flip5, while at the gaming station, visitors can experience powerful gaming performance through various Z Fold5 and Tab S9 Ultra gaming kits, including a Mini Arcade and a Z Fold5 + Controller. The wellness zone will provide an experience around the Galaxy Watch6 Sleep Mode, including a sleep analysis and coaching guide to improve sleeping habits.Lastly, a Galaxy Z Flip5 Customization zone will let the visitors customize the new Flex Window using their own selfies. They will be able to experience a variety of custom elements from the display and create a unique Flex Window themselves.Visitors will have the opportunity to earn points for visiting each of the different experience zones, which they can redeem for gifts on exit,. To keep the engagement factor intact, Samsung will also be hosting a series of competitions, photography masterclasses as well as daily workshops during the course of the pop-up.

LUSH Dubai Mall store reopens with a fresh new look

Dubai,: LUSH, the ethical beauty brand proudly creating vegetarian and cruelty free products for 27 years and counting, is thrilled to announce the reopening of its first concpet store in Dubai Mall. The visually exquisite store that opened on April 7th, 2023, features an updated concept and design that draws inspiration from LUSH stores around the world, including a Harajuku wall inspired by the Japanese store and a Fine Fragrance section inspired by the Oxford Street store in London. The store also features a perfume area that highlights LUSH's extensive range of perfumes and body sprays.LUSH is also proud to announce that the Dubai Mall store is the first concept store in the MENA region to feature an entirely lanolin-free product range. As a vegetarian company, LUSH has been diligently working to phase out the use of lanolin in its products, which is derived from animals. The store countertops are made from recycled workshop materials, further showcasing LUSH's commitment to sustainability. Mark Constantine, one of the six founders of LUSH, also had input in the store's design, ensuring that it reflects the brand's values and ethos."Dubai is the hub for the entire region so knowing that it is definitely going to elevate our brand exposure in the GCC. We are taking concepts from Japan, London to name a few and bringing those amazing elements together in our store. The new concept and innovative design by LUSH are really going to showcase to our customers the future of LUSH on a global scale. I mean we have not been able to refit our Dubai mall shop for a few years now so getting this chance is great, we are very excited!" – said Miche Whitehouse, Head of Brand & Digital at LUSH Cosmetics.

UAE’s Sharaf Retail opens Cotton On's 11th store in Dubai Mall

Dubai: UAE homegrown retail conglomerate, Sharaf Retail significantly expands its presence in the lifestyle market across Middle East and Far East with addition to the opening of the 11th store of its lifestyle flagship brand, Cotton On at the world-renowned Dubai Mall.The new store is spread across an area of 4,601sq. ft. of shopping space that mirrors the group’s expansion strategy across the region.Cotton On is an Australian-based global fashion and lifestyle brand and the newest location will be offering a wide range of on-trend clothing, accessories, and homeware for men, women, and children.Founded in Geelong, Australia in 1991, Cotton On has quickly become one of the world's most recognized fashion and lifestyle brands. The brand is known for its affordability, diversity, and commitment to empowering people of all backgrounds to express their individual style and make their mark on the world.With the addition of its 11th location in the UAE, Cotton On continues to expand its reach and bring its unique blend of fashion and lifestyle to even more customers. The new store in Dubai Mall offers shoppers an immersive experience, featuring the brand's signature range of clothing, accessories, and homeware."We are thrilled to be opening the 11th store of Cotton On in the UAE, and our newest location in Dubai Mall," said Yasser Sharaf, Vice President Retail, Hospitality, Industry and financial services, Sharaf Group. "Cotton On is all about offering affordable, on-trend fashion and lifestyle products that empower people to express their individuality. We believe that our new store in Dubai Mall will be a fantastic addition to the retail landscape in Dubai, and we can't wait for customers to come and check it out."Sharaf Retail is rapidly expanding in the Middle East and Far East having opened 7 stores in the last 12 months across all brands under Sharaf Retail in Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman.Sharaf Retail specializes in retail development and brand building, with expertise in design, manufacturing, store operations and e-commerce creating a seamless brand and consumer experience across multiple touchpoints.

Xiaomi opens flagship store in the UAE at Dubai Mall

Dubai:  Xiaomi, a leading global technology company, recently opened its biggest flagship store in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Dubai Mall. The much-awaited official store opening took place on April 26th at an exciting event attended by technology enthusiasts and Xiaomi fans across the country, in the presence of Ronnie Wang, General Manager of Xiaomi Middle East and Levant, Arjun Batra, Country Manager of Xiaomi UAE, Tony Qin, Head of Xiaomi Middle East Retail, Ria Yu, C1 General Manager, and Yuchen Han, C1 Retail General Manager.Xiaomi's Dubai Mall store is a testament to the company's commitment to expanding its presence in the Middle East. It is a significant milestone for Xiaomi in bringing its innovative products closer to customers in the region. The store covers 6600 square feet making it Xiaomi’s biggest flagship store in the Middle East and one of Xiaomi’s biggest in the world."Our commitment to making quality technology accessible to everyone is reflected in our Dubai Mall store, the largest Xiaomi store in the world among our 1,400 stores worldwide, excluding China and India. Since the first Xiaomi store opening in 2017, Xiaomi has been bringing the concept of smart homes into daily lives. We are grateful for our consumers and Mi fans' unwavering support and promise to provide better quality products and the best shopping experience possible." said Arjun Batra.The event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which was followed by a range of interactive activities for the attendees to participate in. As the event progressed, the crowd was thrilled to see the cyber dog make an appearance on stage, which added to the excitement of the event.The opening was attended by numerous top influencers, including Ajman Khan and Roman Khan, who actively engaged with their fans and followers present at the event.Among the products displayed are smartphones, laptops, smart devices, and home appliances, featuring the latest Redmi Note 12 series, Xiaomi Electric Scooter 4 Ultra, Xiaomi 13, and more. The store's design aligns with Xiaomi's global branding standards, creating an immersive and interactive environment. Customers can test Xiaomi's latest products, explore their features and capabilities, and learn about technology trends.In celebration of the opening of the new store, Xiaomi is offering a 50% discount on all products to the first 350 customers, and a 30% discount to the next 400.Xiaomi's Dubai Mall store is located on the Ground Floor, in China Town. It is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 12:00 am.