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ONE-OF-A-KIND RETAIL EXPERIENCE UNVEILED AT THE SPAIN PAVILLION – ‘LA TIENDA’, IN COLLABORATION WITH AL GHURAIR RETAIL

13 December 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 

Gear up for an immersive experience like no other! The Spain Pavilion presents a unique retail experience – La Tienda – for visitors to EXPO 2020 Dubai. Al Ghurair Retail, in collaboration with the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE), will manage La Tienda: Brands of Spain Shop, the commercial space of the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

ONE-OF-A-KIND RETAIL EXPERIENCE UNVEILED AT THE SPAIN PAVILLION – ‘LA TIENDA’, IN COLLABORATION WITH AL GHURAIR RETAIL
Wednesday 15 December 2021

13 December 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 

Gear up for an immersive experience like no other! The Spain Pavilion presents a unique retail experience – La Tienda – for visitors to EXPO 2020 Dubai. Al Ghurair Retail, in collaboration with the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE), will manage La Tienda: Brands of Spain Shop, the commercial space of the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The space is designed as an extension of the visitor’s experience at the Pavilion, allowing consumers to discover and purchase some of the most renowned Spanish brands. As with the rest of the Pavilion, the common theme of the shop is sustainability, where it will be divided into two spaces: one dedicated to gastronomy, and the other to fashion brands and accessories.

La Tienda presents over 20 brands from Spain across a variety of categories, including fashion, beauty, food and beverage, accessories and many more. Each brand exhibited at La Tienda presents their own unique commitment to the global sustainability agenda, rightfully earning their place within the sustainability pavilion at the prestigious exhibition.

As the retail operator of La Tienda, Al Ghurair Retail, part of Al Ghurair Investment, represents some of the world’s leading clothing, apparel, and personal care brands. As a group, Al Ghurair Investment is guided by its core purpose of ‘Enhancing Life’. This purpose is embraced into the strategic philosophy of Al Ghurair Retail, as they seek out high-performing retail concepts to expand consumer choice of brands that care. The FMRE worked in partnership with Al Ghurair Retail to select the brands presented, all of which reflect the principles of sustainability, quality, innovation and design.

The shopping experience in the pavilion shop will be guided by the same principles as the wider pavilion, providing continuity to the exhibition content. At La Tienda visitors can get to know products from some of Spain’s most prominent brands, including companies such as Acesur (with brands La Española and Hacienda Guzmán), Adam Foods (Artiach, Cuétara and Granja San Francisco), Adolfo Domínguez, Aristocrazy, El Ganso, Hijos de Rivera (Estrella Galicia 0,0 and Cabreiroá), Natura Bissé, Tendam (Pedro del Hierro, Springfield and Women’s secret), TOUS, UNOde50Aceitunas Torrent (with brands Torrent 1898, Oliva Clan, The Coolives), Alma en Pena, Ambientair, Gulius, Lola Casademunt, Palacio de Oriente, Pimentón La Chinata, Roberto Verino, Starlite, Virginias and Real Madrid.

Participating brands will take advantage of the unbeatable setting, boosting their reach and recognition across Gulf countries. It is estimated that more than 2.5 million visitors with high purchasing power will pass through this emblematic commercial space during the 6 months that Expo 2020 Dubai is in operation.  

In addition to the presence of the brands in the shop itself, the Brands Forum will also organise engaging activities in the Spanish Pavilion, managed by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the public corporation responsible for Spain’s presence at Universal and International Exhibitions, related to fashion, design and gastronomy, encouraging footfall within the Pavilion and sales at the shop. La Tienda is a must-see experience for all visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai: a place to learn about the best of Spanish products, learn about the brands’ unique commitments to the sustainability agenda, and become brand advocates.

As the retail operator of La Tienda, Al Ghurair Retail provides a seamless shopping experience, with vendors equipped with mobile payment terminals to enhance sales capacity and allow contactless payments to be made away from the tills, to prevent queues and crowding.

The shop also features an omnichannel experience, with all furniture featuring  independent QR codes for each brand with a link to their online store. This will allow visitors to access participating brands’ full catalogues and even have products shipped to their country of origin. For management of the shop, FMRE has the strategic support of a technological partner with extensive experience in the world of retail MODDO.

For more information visit: https://www.brandsofspainshop.com/en/

About the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE)  

Founded in 1999, the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE) is a public-private strategic alliance comprising over 100 Spanish companies with leading Spanish brands in their respective sectors, together with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX); the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM), the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Turespaña. Its goal is to promote at all levels the strategic importance of the brand, innovation and design and to promote the internationalisation of companies as a key lever for improving the competitiveness of the Spanish economy, thus contributing to boosting the image of Spain and its companies as a whole by joining forces between leading Spanish brands and the relevant public administrations. 

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.

About Al Ghurair Retail:

Founded in 1999, Al Ghurair Retail brings more than two decades of trade experience to the UAE’s retail sector, representing some of the world’s finest clothing, apparel and personal care brands. Today, the company enjoys a reputed market presence across the UAE, with more than 35 stores in landmark locations, with a vision to mark a footprint across the GCC.

Editor’s note:

For media enquiries, please contact:

Sara O’Hara

Group Communications & Group Press Office, Al Ghurair Investment

Email: sara.ohara@al-ghurair.com

Phone: +(971) 50 9299 540

AG Auto and Dubai Taxi Corporation sign agreement to supply best-in-class school buses

9 December 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: AG Auto, a leading automobile company, and Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), a subsidiary of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) today announced the signing of an agreement to supply a new fleet of school buses amid growing demand for school transportation.

AG Auto and Dubai Taxi Corporation sign agreement to supply best-in-class school buses
Monday 13 December 2021

9 December 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: AG Auto, a leading automobile company, and Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), a subsidiary of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) today announced the signing of an agreement to supply a new fleet of school buses amid growing demand for school transportation.

Under the agreement, state-of-the-art King Long School Buses will be added to the fleet of the DTC to respond to the rising demand for school transport activity. The new fleet will conform to the highest global safety standards, ensuring safe and secure school transport for students across the Emirate.

The signing ceremony took place on 17th November at the Head Office of Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC). The agreement was signed by Arturo Lujan, Chief Executive Officer of AG Ventures and Mansoor Rahma Juma Abdulla Al Falasi, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) in the presence of Malik Mohammad Tariq, Head of AG Auto Dealership, Ammar Rashid Al Braiki, Director of Assets Management, Essam Aqil Al Rafie, Director Shared Services Department, Nasser Mohammad Alhaj, Drivers Happiness Director, Nasser Nabil Yousuf Alboom, Purchasing & Contracting & other officials representing DTC.

Commenting on this recent agreement, Arturo Lujan, CEO, AG Ventures, said:

“Ensuring safe transportation for Dubai school children is a pivotal driver for this announcement and particularly amid rising demand for such services. Through this partnership, we are in a position to provide safe and smooth passage to millions of students across the country. With a commitment to both passenger safety and customer experience, we hope that more parents across the country will be encouraged to make the switch to school transport. This would have the added benefit of supporting reduction of both traffic volume and air pollution.
The new fleet of buses will have leading-edge facilities including camera surveillance, monitoring and tracking for both buses and students. At AG Auto, we take immense pride in our ability to offer best-in-class services that enhance our customers’ needs and we are honoured to be partnering with DTC to enhance the overall school transportation service in Dubai.”

Mansoor Rahma Juma Abdulla Al Falasi, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) expressed his delight and satisfaction over the signing of this agreement with AG Auto, considering it a landmark step towards establishing a long-term fruitful business partnership between the two parties for the interest of better serving the DTC’s clients from different social segments.

“We, at RTA in general and at DTC in particular, are strongly committed to engage the companies from the business communities in our broadening and enhancing our services and initiatives, sharing knowledge and expertise with them as part of our constant endeavors to make our clients happier and more satisfied over the services provided to them,” said Al Falasi.

About Dubai Taxi Company:

A subsidiary of the Roads and Transport Authority, the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) provides its customers with a range of services, comforts, and customer care, adhering to the highest levels of transportation quality standards. DTC’s development and growth does not merely lie in the current development, but has a long-term, future oriented focus as well. It aims to provide its customers with optimum satisfaction by consistently developing and introducing new services that not only enhance its current range of offerings, but also elevate its standing in the smart transportation industry.

About AG Auto:

AG Auto, which is part of AG Ventures and under the Al Ghurair Investment umbrella of companies, is one of the region’s leading automobile companies, renowned for its services in automobile trading, dealership development, spare parts and multi-brand services.

With deep routes through its extensive network of offices across the UAE and Saudi Arabia, AG Auto provides a wealth of expertise and vision, which makes it amongst the leading automobile companies in the region. It has the businesses of automobile trading, dealership development, spare parts trading and multi-brand car service along with RTA Authorized Testing Centres.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Maryam Rashid Al Mansoori

Sales & Marketing Manager – DTC

Email: Maryam.almansoori@dtc.gov.ae

Sara O’Hara

Group Communications & Press Office, Al Ghurair Investment

Email: sara.ohara@al-ghurair.com

Phone: +(971) 50 9299 540

The 15-minute city: Blueprint for post-COVID recovery

The 15-minute city: Blueprint for post-COVID recovery; Dubai a prime candidate

Sultan Al Ghurair, Chief Executive Officer at Al Ghurair Properties

The 15-minute city: Blueprint for post-COVID recovery
Monday 13 December 2021

The 15-minute city: Blueprint for post-COVID recovery; Dubai a prime candidate

Sultan Al Ghurair, Chief Executive Officer at Al Ghurair Properties

COVID-19 exposed many vulnerabilities within the structures of cities around the world.

Lockdowns, curfews, and movement restrictions upended people’s personal and professional lives to an extent that necessitated governments to re-think their approach to future urban planning with a focus on proximity of basic amenities. Most cities need to be restructured to ensure accessibility to basic services. This brings to the fore the concept of the ‘15-minute city’, which has gained significant traction over the last 18-months.

The concept aims to give people access to all their daily needs within a travel distance of 15 minutes by walking or cycling. This encompasses homes, offices, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, hospitals, schools, and entertainment and sports venues. The 15-minute city not only fulfils its inhabitants’ main social functions, but it also offers more sustainable practices on a larger scale for all metropolitan regions.

It has long been acknowledged that the practice of car-dependent urban planning is unsustainable, but the solution has often been overlooked. The 15-minute city addresses this sustainability deficit as it creates a more connected urban fabric with a focus on community and sustainable ecosystems. It creates a closely knitted social fabric with people interacting more with their neighbours and families, strengthening their social bonds. It also lessens the reliance on automobiles for daily trips, promoting a healthier lifestyle and reducing environmental pollution.

The pandemic pushed us to move and live in far different ways than we have been accustomed to for decades. The 15-minute city concept provides the blueprint for the future of urban planning in a world recovering from the shockwaves of COVID-19. People’s need for outdoor space and a sense of community became more pronounced during the pandemic.

If there is one thing, we can take away from living through a pandemic, it is the importance of community. Building locales where residents can fulfil their needs without having to travel has become essential for health, wellbeing, and an enhanced living experience. This necessitates easy access to schools, healthcare and entertainment facilities, and the opportunity to reside in a location with ample green space to walk and exercise.

This is starkly evident in the fact that average villa rentals grew at four times the rate of apartment rentals in Dubai during the first quarter of 2021, according to property consultancy Asteco. The consultancy also noted that demand for villa developments surged due to changing working and living habits. Villa developments tend to have more public spaces such as parks, pools, gyms, and entertainment amenities. Those services, often overlooked in the past, have become a vital necessity of everyday life under strict social distancing protocols. Now that people have changed their lifestyles to integrate the use of such facilities into their daily schedules, and reaped the physical and mental health benefits, it’s most likely those changes are here to stay for the long-term. As such, developers have a role in building rich communities not just homes. And Dubai has the foundations to become a global successful model for integrating the 15-minute city concept into its urban planning.

Dubai, a city of proximity

Dubai is globally known for its prime properties and its real estate sector is ripe with a multitude of residential and mixed used developments, whether apartments or villas, that offer its inhabitants access to a wide range of amenities. When it comes to developing urban masterplans that facilitate a social mix integrating residential, commercial, and retail within communities, the UAE has always taken a proactive approach, particularly around infrastructure to enhance the lives of residents and tourists alike. This is why the UAE continues to be at the forefront of modern city living by creating spaces that reduce dependence on cars and emphasises the need for community living.

Al Ghurair Investment, for example, built its Al Ghurair Properties portfolio around the concepts of convenience, connectivity, and community living with the key purpose of ‘enhancing life’. Similarly, the other major players in Dubai’s vibrant sector compete in offering not just luxurious properties but ones that would ensure the best lifestyle possible.

The city also has an impressive network of public transportation that the government continues to develop, constantly improving its interconnectivity. Dubai continuously expands its Dubai Metro and Tram tracks, grows its public bus fleet, and increases its cycling track network.

Furthermore, the global hub announced in March 2021 its ‘Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan’ that maps out the future of sustainable urban development to enhance people’s quality of life. The people-centric plan prioritises developing healthy and inclusive communities, doubling green and leisure areas, improve mobility, and enhance environmental sustainability. All goals are aligned with the outcomes of a 15-minute city concept integration.

Taking it a step further, the plan itself calls for the adoption of the ‘20-minute city’ concept, a modification of the 15-minute city, Dubai plans to provide more than 80 percent of its residents’ needs within 20 minutes of walking or cycling. It already has hundreds of real estate developments built as mini-15-minute cities, an integrated network of public transportation, and a government that has proven very reactive when it comes to improving the quality of life of its people.

After all, the UAE is a country that appointed a Minister of Happiness and Wellbeing. Over the next few years, Dubai will undoubtedly prove a prime example of the employment of sustainable urban development practices and the resulting benefits for its society.

This article appeared as an excusive in Arabian Business, please read the article in its original location here.

Al Ghurair wins big at this year’s Procurement Middle East Awards

12 November 2021, Dubai, UAE: Al Ghurair Investment (AGI), one of the largest diversified family business groups in the Middle East, today announced that it has won two major awards at the Procurement Middle East Awards, held on 9th November 2021 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. Al Ghurair Investment’s overall Group Procurement function was awarded the Process Innovation award, whilst AG Engineering, a specialised building services and infrastructure projects company, won the Best Procurement Project – Private Sector award.

Al Ghurair wins big at this year’s Procurement Middle East Awards
Sunday 12 December 2021

12 November 2021, Dubai, UAE: Al Ghurair Investment (AGI), one of the largest diversified family business groups in the Middle East, today announced that it has won two major awards at the Procurement Middle East Awards, held on 9th November 2021 in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. Al Ghurair Investment’s overall Group Procurement function was awarded the Process Innovation award, whilst AG Engineering, a specialised building services and infrastructure projects company, won the Best Procurement Project – Private Sector award.

Established in 2019, the Procurement Middle East Awards, now in its third edition celebrates achievement, innovation and highlights the impact and strategic relevance of the procurement function. Furthermore, the awards showcase the procurement function as a strategic role in ensuring resilience, business continuity, recovery and growth.

Having fostered a progressive approach towards innovation, Al Ghurair Investment has shown commitment to simplifying and streamlining the company’s procurement process by adopting the latest technologies. With innovation at the core of its business philosophy, the business continues to build on legacy to consistently raise the benchmark across the regional procurement industry.

Commenting on this landmark achievement, Stephen Rea, Group Head, Procurement at Al Ghurair Investment said, “In recent years the perception of procurement has vastly changed, now recognised as a value creating function, rather than a back-office service provider. At AGI, we pride ourselves on implementing best and innovative practices across the business – driving cost savings, enabling data-based decision making and maintaining smooth supply chains. Being recognised at this year’s Procurement Middle East Awards is a proud moment, and we are grateful to H.E. Shaikh Nayef bin Khalid Al Khalifa, the Bahrain Tender Board and Messe Frankfurt for this appreciation. This accolade is testament to the continued efforts of our team and I thank them for their commitment and dedication in pursuit of excellence.”

Abdul Riyas, Procurement Manager, AG Engineering, follows, “The merits of a sound and efficient procurement function cannot be under-estimated when it comes to the types of large-scale construction projects we see in AG Engineering. With our customer-centric approach, we partner with the business through every step of the process, whether it’s recruiting the right contract workers, sourcing high-quality products and materials, or providing optimum value engineering and service solutions. Receiving the Best Procurement Project – Private Sector award in recognition of a complex data centre project that was recently successfully completed is an honour, and a demonstration that our procurement strategy is fit for future!”