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It’s 40 Days 40 Offers at Al Ghurair Centre

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The UAE’s landmark mall celebrates its big 4-0 with mall-wide shopping offers and restaurant discounts, fun fitness challenges, a luxury car giveaway…and many more special offers! Get a headstart on the action here.

It’s 40 Days 40 Offers at Al Ghurair Centre
Friday 16 July 2021

HIGHLIGHT

The UAE’s landmark mall celebrates its big 4-0 with mall-wide shopping offers and restaurant discounts, fun fitness challenges, a luxury car giveaway…and many more special offers! Get a headstart on the action here.

Forty years is undisputedly a milestone anniversary worth celebrating, and at the Al Ghurair Centre, they are doing just that. Retailers in the landmark mall are celebrating 40 years of the Middle East’s first shopping mall, with 40 exclusive promotions for 40 days. From shopping discounts, restaurant deals and fitness promotions, to the chance to win a luxury car, the mall’s retail community is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its big 4-0, with its 40 Days, 40 Offers campaign.

“Over the past 40 years, Al Ghurair Centre has been interacting with the community by providing a place where people can shop, dine and be entertained,” says Haytham Nasr, Head of Marketing, Al Ghurair Properties. “Over the decades we have continuously evolved, adapted ourselves to meet consumer needs and market trends, and we would like to celebrate our 40th Anniversary with our valued customers! This 40-day campaign of exclusive offers is our way of celebrating with them, and thanking them for their support over the last four decades.”

How can you take part in Al Ghurair Centre’s exclusive 40th-anniversary deals? Read on to find out.

Mall-wide retail promotions

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Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

From July 8 to August 16, shops and establishments across Al Ghurair Centre have devised a range of unbeatable, one-time-only festive offers. The special retailer offerings range across every store category at the destination venue, from fashion, health and beauty to dining, electronics and entertainment.

Keeping things exclusive, the deals will only be available to those customers who have downloaded the free Al Ghurair Centre (AGC) Rewards App, which is available on the App Store and Play Store respectively.

The AGC Rewards App focuses on enhancing the customer experience for shoppers at Al Ghurair Centre, so that they obtain the best possible prices and offers at any given moment from participating retailers within the mall.

Select retailer offers

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Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

Retailers across the mall are running different kinds of promotions, a selection of which are listed here:

• Fashion and retail: Rivoli Group is applying a 40% discount to selected brands, including merchandise from Tissot, Rado, Certina, Hamilton, Gucci and Mido, while Rivoli Eye Zone has up to 70% off. Lifestyle Fine Jewelry is running a mega sale with a huge 60% discount, plus 5% extra for Al Ghurair Centre customers on all diamond jewelry and branded watches. In addition, Marks & Spencer has a promotion on beauty products where you buy 2 Get 1 Free from July 28-31, and also 25% off Ladieswear from August 4-7. Over the 40-day period, Forever 21 has priced several items below Dh40. Centrepoint is giving customers AED 50 off on their next purchase on the Spend of AED 200. Meanwhile, Matalan has a 50% discount on selected items from July 8 to August 7. There is also a 50% discount on selected items at Red Trees, 40 per cent on full-priced items at Koton, 25% off all merchandise at Giordano and a flat 20% off on selected items at Shoeexpress until August 16.

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Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

• Entertainment: At Reel Cinemas, moviegoers pay Dh40 instead of Dh75 for the premium Dolby Cinema experience on weekdays only, exclusive of public holidays. Meanwhile, at Fun Adventure Games Spot, gamers booking an hour get the next 30 minutes complimentary. Both promotions run from July 8 to August 16.

• Electronics: Retailer Emax has several different offers from July 8-31. There is 15% off networking products, and 10% off hard drives, SSD and flash drives, as well as exclusive offers on select television models.

• Health and beauty: What’s the point in celebrating if you can’t look your best? There’s plenty of opportunities to do just that with offers from across Al Ghurair Centre’s health and beauty retailers. Supercare Pharmacy has a 15% discount on selected products, and Bath and Body Works is rewarding all customers who spend Dh250 on non-sale items with three free body care products. Over the same period, at Flormar, it’s between 25 and 50% off, while the Swissôtel Spa has a 40% discount on all spa treatments.

• Food and drink: A number of food and beverage outlets at the mall are offering discounts of between 20% and 40% over the promotion period. Chocomonarch has a 40% on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between July 8 and August 16, while Manoushe Street will take 25% off your bill from July 18-27. Grab 20% off the bill at Farsi Restaurant, on large pizzas at Papa John’s and 40% off the total bill at SweetnLightcafe, all from July 8 to August 16. Meanwhile, Hotel Swissôtel Al Ghurair is offering a 40% discount on items ordered a la carte at its Yasmine and Liwan outlets, as well as a 40% discount on its popular SBG Grill Nights. Other outlets are offering straight-up value deals: at Jollibee, a curry-flavoured chicken rice bowl with small fries and a drink are only Dh15, while a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts (6 assorted and 6 original) cost only Dh34. Maru Udon will give 20% off on weekdays whereas Wingstop offers you a double treat where you get 16 Wings + 2Dips + 2 Sides + 2 Drinks + 2 Flavors for just Dh75.

Fitness memberships giveaway

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Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

If fitness is your bag, head over to Metrofitt! Al Ghurair Centre’s workout destination is hosting a one-off fitness challenge from 6pm -7pm daily at the Central Atrium, so you can head over straight from the office – or from your home office – to give it your best. Each winner will receive a 40-day gym pass daily during the anniversary season, which runs until August 16th.

Four different challenges are running over the 40 days:

• The Rowing Challenge: How far can you go within 30 seconds? Whoever covers the most distance within 30 seconds wins. Be warned: It isn’t going to be easy.

• The Burpee Challenge: How powerful are you? Whoever clocks up the most burpees within 30 seconds while keeping to the correct form wins. Participants will be closely watched by trainers, so you’ll need to stay on point.

• The Plank Challenge: How strong is your core? The person who holds the plank for the longest time – in the perfect position – wins this test.

• The Skipping Rope Challenge: How long can you jump? In this challenge, the winner is the person who can skip for the longest period without a break.

The fitness centre has ensured that government health protocols and social distancing guidelines are in place, so you can take part in the challenge with total ease.

Additionally, Metrofitt has discounted its normal monthly membership fee of Dh149 to Dh40 from July 8 until August 16. The offer is only available to those who also book a three-month membership from August to October at Dh399. There is no joining fee.

Shop and Drive away in Style this DSS with an Infiniti Q50

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Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

In true Dubai style, six lucky shoppers will drive away in an Infiniti Q50 car. Al Ghurair Centre is a venue for the 24th annual Dubai Summer Surprises event. Visitors who spend Dh200 can enter a raffle to win one of six luxury cars. Numerous cars have been given away over the years, are you going to get lucky this time?

Whether it’s a shopping event, prize giveaways or Instagram-worthy entertainment, there’s always a lot going on at Al Ghurair Centre. “There are year-round leisure activities as well as entertainment zones such Reel Cinema, Billiards Game Zone, and Kids Amusement Arcade, which cater to the requirements of consumers,” says Nasr.

It’s 40 Days 40 Offers at Al Ghurair Centre

HIGHLIGHT

The UAE’s landmark mall celebrates its big 4-0 with mall-wide shopping offers and restaurant discounts, fun fitness challenges, a luxury car giveaway…and many more special offers! Get a headstart on the action here.

It’s 40 Days 40 Offers at Al Ghurair Centre
Friday 16 July 2021

HIGHLIGHT

The UAE’s landmark mall celebrates its big 4-0 with mall-wide shopping offers and restaurant discounts, fun fitness challenges, a luxury car giveaway…and many more special offers! Get a headstart on the action here.

Forty years is undisputedly a milestone anniversary worth celebrating, and at the Al Ghurair Centre, they are doing just that. Retailers in the landmark mall are celebrating 40 years of the Middle East’s first shopping mall, with 40 exclusive promotions for 40 days. From shopping discounts, restaurant deals and fitness promotions, to the chance to win a luxury car, the mall’s retail community is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its big 4-0, with its 40 Days, 40 Offers campaign.

“Over the past 40 years, Al Ghurair Centre has been interacting with the community by providing a place where people can shop, dine and be entertained,” says Haytham Nasr, Head of Marketing, Al Ghurair Properties. “Over the decades we have continuously evolved, adapted ourselves to meet consumer needs and market trends, and we would like to celebrate our 40th Anniversary with our valued customers! This 40-day campaign of exclusive offers is our way of celebrating with them, and thanking them for their support over the last four decades.”

How can you take part in Al Ghurair Centre’s exclusive 40th-anniversary deals? Read on to find out.

Mall-wide retail promotions

AGC_retail3
Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

From July 8 to August 16, shops and establishments across Al Ghurair Centre have devised a range of unbeatable, one-time-only festive offers. The special retailer offerings range across every store category at the destination venue, from fashion, health and beauty to dining, electronics and entertainment.

Keeping things exclusive, the deals will only be available to those customers who have downloaded the free Al Ghurair Centre (AGC) Rewards App, which is available on the App Store and Play Store respectively.

The AGC Rewards App focuses on enhancing the customer experience for shoppers at Al Ghurair Centre, so that they obtain the best possible prices and offers at any given moment from participating retailers within the mall.

Select retailer offers

AGC_retail2
Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

Retailers across the mall are running different kinds of promotions, a selection of which are listed here:

• Fashion and retail: Rivoli Group is applying a 40% discount to selected brands, including merchandise from Tissot, Rado, Certina, Hamilton, Gucci and Mido, while Rivoli Eye Zone has up to 70% off. Lifestyle Fine Jewelry is running a mega sale with a huge 60% discount, plus 5% extra for Al Ghurair Centre customers on all diamond jewelry and branded watches. In addition, Marks & Spencer has a promotion on beauty products where you buy 2 Get 1 Free from July 28-31, and also 25% off Ladieswear from August 4-7. Over the 40-day period, Forever 21 has priced several items below Dh40. Centrepoint is giving customers AED 50 off on their next purchase on the Spend of AED 200. Meanwhile, Matalan has a 50% discount on selected items from July 8 to August 7. There is also a 50% discount on selected items at Red Trees, 40 per cent on full-priced items at Koton, 25% off all merchandise at Giordano and a flat 20% off on selected items at Shoeexpress until August 16.

AGC_retail_new
Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

• Entertainment: At Reel Cinemas, moviegoers pay Dh40 instead of Dh75 for the premium Dolby Cinema experience on weekdays only, exclusive of public holidays. Meanwhile, at Fun Adventure Games Spot, gamers booking an hour get the next 30 minutes complimentary. Both promotions run from July 8 to August 16.

• Electronics: Retailer Emax has several different offers from July 8-31. There is 15% off networking products, and 10% off hard drives, SSD and flash drives, as well as exclusive offers on select television models.

• Health and beauty: What’s the point in celebrating if you can’t look your best? There’s plenty of opportunities to do just that with offers from across Al Ghurair Centre’s health and beauty retailers. Supercare Pharmacy has a 15% discount on selected products, and Bath and Body Works is rewarding all customers who spend Dh250 on non-sale items with three free body care products. Over the same period, at Flormar, it’s between 25 and 50% off, while the Swissôtel Spa has a 40% discount on all spa treatments.

• Food and drink: A number of food and beverage outlets at the mall are offering discounts of between 20% and 40% over the promotion period. Chocomonarch has a 40% on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between July 8 and August 16, while Manoushe Street will take 25% off your bill from July 18-27. Grab 20% off the bill at Farsi Restaurant, on large pizzas at Papa John’s and 40% off the total bill at SweetnLightcafe, all from July 8 to August 16. Meanwhile, Hotel Swissôtel Al Ghurair is offering a 40% discount on items ordered a la carte at its Yasmine and Liwan outlets, as well as a 40% discount on its popular SBG Grill Nights. Other outlets are offering straight-up value deals: at Jollibee, a curry-flavoured chicken rice bowl with small fries and a drink are only Dh15, while a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts (6 assorted and 6 original) cost only Dh34. Maru Udon will give 20% off on weekdays whereas Wingstop offers you a double treat where you get 16 Wings + 2Dips + 2 Sides + 2 Drinks + 2 Flavors for just Dh75.

Fitness memberships giveaway

AGC_fitness challenge
Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

If fitness is your bag, head over to Metrofitt! Al Ghurair Centre’s workout destination is hosting a one-off fitness challenge from 6pm -7pm daily at the Central Atrium, so you can head over straight from the office – or from your home office – to give it your best. Each winner will receive a 40-day gym pass daily during the anniversary season, which runs until August 16th.

Four different challenges are running over the 40 days:

• The Rowing Challenge: How far can you go within 30 seconds? Whoever covers the most distance within 30 seconds wins. Be warned: It isn’t going to be easy.

• The Burpee Challenge: How powerful are you? Whoever clocks up the most burpees within 30 seconds while keeping to the correct form wins. Participants will be closely watched by trainers, so you’ll need to stay on point.

• The Plank Challenge: How strong is your core? The person who holds the plank for the longest time – in the perfect position – wins this test.

• The Skipping Rope Challenge: How long can you jump? In this challenge, the winner is the person who can skip for the longest period without a break.

The fitness centre has ensured that government health protocols and social distancing guidelines are in place, so you can take part in the challenge with total ease.

Additionally, Metrofitt has discounted its normal monthly membership fee of Dh149 to Dh40 from July 8 until August 16. The offer is only available to those who also book a three-month membership from August to October at Dh399. There is no joining fee.

Shop and Drive away in Style this DSS with an Infiniti Q50

AGC giveaway
Image Credit: Al Ghurair Centre

In true Dubai style, six lucky shoppers will drive away in an Infiniti Q50 car. Al Ghurair Centre is a venue for the 24th annual Dubai Summer Surprises event. Visitors who spend Dh200 can enter a raffle to win one of six luxury cars. Numerous cars have been given away over the years, are you going to get lucky this time?

Whether it’s a shopping event, prize giveaways or Instagram-worthy entertainment, there’s always a lot going on at Al Ghurair Centre. “There are year-round leisure activities as well as entertainment zones such Reel Cinema, Billiards Game Zone, and Kids Amusement Arcade, which cater to the requirements of consumers,” says Nasr.

Dar Al Marefa celebrates record-breaking International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme results

  • Students achieved record-breaking 100% pass rate and an average IB Score of 37.2 points;
    Dar Al Marefa celebrates record-breaking International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme results
    Thursday 08 July 2021
    • Students achieved record-breaking 100% pass rate and an average IB Score of 37.2 points;
    • IB Score is recorded as the highest in school’s history;
    • One student achieved a top score of 44 points.

    8 July 2021, Dubai, UAE: Dar Al Marefa, Dubai’s only premier English-Arabic bilingual school has announced record-breaking International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) results for the 2020-21 academic year.

    Dar Al Marefa’s 26-strong cohort achieved a 100% pass rate and recorded an IB average score of 37.2 points. 94% of the school’s students met or exceeded this year’s 30-points world average score, with a staggering 44% of students achieving 40 points or more. One student scored an outstanding 44 points, out of a maximum possible of 45 points.

    Additionally, most Dar al Marefa graduates embark on the IB Diploma Programme in two languages, with 83% of students achieving a Bilingual Diploma, putting them at a significant advantage for future career opportunities in the Arab world, and beyond.

    This record-breaking success is a significant value added to the school’s students who outperformed their Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) potential by 1.5 points per subject, on average, to attain impressive final results. This solidifies Dar Al Marefa’s commitment to delivering an educational experience where students are challenged to excel, providing a solid foundation to empower them to become the next generation of leaders.

    The school’s graduates will now benefit from this world-renowned qualification by joining some of the top-ranking universities in the UK and the UAE. With a high scoring IBDP, the door is now open for students to study across a broad range of disciplines, due to the diversity of subjects taught and skillsets attained as part of the Programme’s curriculum.

    An inspiring educational initiative by Al Ghurair Investment, Dar Al Marefa is both a top-ranked regional learning institution and the only bilingual International Baccalaureate Curriculum school in Dubai. In partnership with parents, friends, and the local community, the school aims to make a significant contribution to the UAE’s next generation, instilling in them both the nation’s values and the skills and knowledge they need to build sustainable career paths.

    Commenting on the results, Naira Hamdy, School Principal, stated: “We are so proud of our students’ outstanding results and congratulate them on setting new standards of academic excellence. After one of the most challenging years in recent history, due to the ongoing pandemic, it was inspiring to witness our students’ deep commitment towards attaining their IB, with the guidance of our faculty.

    At Dar Al Marefa, our aim is to make a significant contribution to the UAE’s next generation of leaders, and to the next phase of the country’s economic development, by nurturing young minds. We are inspired by the continued tenacity and dedication of our students as they strive towards becoming future leaders. I wish each of our students all the best as they continue along their educational and developmental journeys. We look forward to following their successes over the coming years - which will undoubtedly motivate both current and future students to excel academically!”

    Dar Al Marefa IBDP Highlights Summary

    • 100% pass rate across the 26-strong student cohort
    • 37.2 average points total (above the world average)
    • 94% of students achieved 30 points or more (equivalent to 3 As at A-level)
    • 67% of students achieved 35 points or more
    • 44% of students achieved 40 points or more
    • 1 student achieved 44 points out of a maximum possible of 45 points
    • 83% of students achieved a Bilingual Diploma

Al Ghurair Investment announces acquisition of Dubai-based Edible Oil Company

29 June 2021, Dubai, UAE: Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business, today announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire a 100 percent stake in Edible Oil Company LLC, one of the leading multi-seed crushing plants in the Middle East, from Dubai Investments Industries (DII).

Al Ghurair Investment announces acquisition of Dubai-based Edible Oil Company
Tuesday 29 June 2021

29 June 2021, Dubai, UAE: Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business, today announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire a 100 percent stake in Edible Oil Company LLC, one of the leading multi-seed crushing plants in the Middle East, from Dubai Investments Industries (DII).

The signing of this agreement is a pivotal step in Al Ghurair Investment’s commitment to expanding its Al Ghurair Foods and Resources business, in order to support and advance the food security agenda within the UAE and wider region. Al Ghurair Investment (AGI) has been working in partnership with the Edible Oil Company LLC (EOCD) for over a decade.

Utilising state-of-the-art machinery and technology, the EOCD plant has a capacity to crush up to 2,200 metric tonnes of soya bean seeds, 1,300 metric tonnes of canola seeds, and 1,000 metric tonnes of sunflower seeds per day, this purchase will significantly extend Al Ghurair Foods’ overall portfolio size and production capacity.

Commenting on the acquisition, John Iossifidis, Group Chief Executive Officer at Al Ghurair Investment, stated: “The milestone strategic acquisition of the Edible Oil Company underpins AGI’s commitment to enhancing life in the communities in which we operate, facilitating regional food supply. Moreover, it further cements our position as a leading player in supporting food security across the MENA region. Following a decade of success in co-operation with EOCD, now is the opportune moment for us to acquire this thriving business to augment our existing resources portfolio, as we prepare for our next phase of growth.” 

Djamal Djouhri, Chief Executive Officer at Al Ghurair Foods, commented: “Ensuring the efficiency of the food supply chain is a critical area of strategic focus for local and regional governments as they seek to boost competitiveness, enhance product diversity and optimise operational efficiency. As a UAE family business, we are committed to supporting the country’s leadership in its vision to achieve sustainable, secure supply chains and to elevate standards across the regional food community. After a successful 10-year partnership with EOCD, I am proud that we have consistently demonstrated our capability and commitment to excellence, which has led to the forging of this agreement. We are now primed to accelerate the growth of our foods business, strengthen our leadership position and explore opportunities in new markets.”

Mohammed Saeed Al Raqbani, General Manager, Dubai Investments Industries (DII), added: “Dubai Investment Industries will continue to pursue investments across strategic projects aimed at not only diversifying the business portfolio but also increasing the contribution to the non-oil industrial sector. Over the years, our partnership with AGI has successfully elevated EOCD’s position within the food industry and given the synergy of their business, the time was now right for EOCD to benefit from AGI’s expertise and strengths within the sector. We are optimistic this divestment will channelize a new growth curve for EOCD.”

Sreekumar Brahmanandan, Director of operations, Dubai Investment Industries (DII) who leads the divestment process further added: “Over the past 10 years, Dubai Investment Industries has focused on re-engineering the cost of operations, investing in plant development to process multiple vegetable seeds to meet changing market conditions and demands. We are proud that this strategic asset has added significant value to UAE’s economy over the last decade. Our historic partnership with AGI added further strength via shared synergies, and has ultimately culminated in this divestment.”

Al Ghurair Investment strives to adopt and implement best practice in investing and governance, which will further benefit EOCD’s growth strategy. Through its seven focus sectors, food, resources, properties, construction, energy, mobility and ventures, the Group has established diversified operations that are focused on enhancing life for the communities in which it operates. 

About Al Ghurair Investment:

Al Ghurair Investment (AGI) aims to set the standard for family business groups in the Middle East. AGI is proud of its deep roots in the UAE, which trace back over six decades. Building on this enduring legacy, the Group has established diversified operations spanning more than 50 countries across the globe, employing approximately 28,000 people. Today, the Al Ghurair family name is synonymous with the development of the region and AGI builds on this long history of innovation and entrepreneurship through its operations in seven distinct sectors including food, resources, properties, construction, energy, mobility and ventures.

From its modest beginnings as a local trading business, the investment Group continues to be guided by its purpose: ‘Enhancing Life’. In order to fulfil this, AGI is dedicated to the adoption and implementation of best practices in all areas of its business, including investment and governance, in order to enable and drive future prosperity and benefits for the communities within which it operates.

Al Ghurair Foods (AGF) is a regional leader in flour milling with over 40 years of milling experience - annual capacity of over 1.5mln MT and operational silos of over 230,000 MT across its wheat milling assets alone. Additionally, AGF and its associated Group entities also own and operates a variety of food production facilities including an oats mill, rice mill, poultry farm and animal feed plant, across geographies.

AGF operates state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with a team of over 1,000 employees including milling, technical and functional experts ensuring sustained leadership position across the region.

About Dubai Investments Industries

Dubai Investments Industries (DII), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments, identifies and develops growth prospects within diverse industries in local and regional markets. Dubai Investments Industries was set up in 2005 to service the wide-ranging needs of the burgeoning industrial portfolio under Dubai Investments (DI). The Company follows a dynamic partnership strategy with industry leaders that possess the capacity and technical know-how to effectively manage greenfield investment opportunities. In forging such synergies, DII aims to deliver sustainable growth and generate significant returns. Please visit: www.di-industries.com to know more.