Apparel Group, one of GCC’s largest retail conglomerates has announced the opening of Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria in Jumeirah Lake Towers. It is the first Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria to open in the Middle East and only the sixth of its kind in the world, serving up authentic Italian Neapolitan hand-stretched pizzas. The restaurant has been designed as a rustic Italian casual-dining concept that has a simple and classic menu with bold flavours with the pizza dough made fresh on-site. The British celebrity chef said: “I’m so excited to have just opened my pizzeria concept in Dubai - it’s in a really buzzing area of the city and I just know it’ll tick loads of boxes for the people living and working in the neighbourhood. It’s really great to be able to get stuck in and bring some super high-quality, well made pizzas to the city, and embrace local flavours along the way.”


Al-Futtaim has revealed that its new lifestyle shopping destination in jebel ali will be called festival plaza. The name has been chosen in recognition of Al-Futtaim ’s successful festival city malls brand located across the mena region. Following its ground-breaking in march 2017, the mall is planned to open in the fourth quarter of 2019. Festival plaza will have a retail mix to appeal to visitors looking for the best in lifestyle, home, food, hypermarket and entertainment brands. The two biggest announcements so far have been new concept stores for both ikea and Al-Futtaim ace.


The Al Raid Group has announced a $1bn investment in Oman’s retail, leisure and tourism sectors over the next five years, with its shopping and leisure development ‘Al-Araimi Boulevard’ scheduled for completion this September. The grand opening will be followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for the Al-Araimi Walk project, which is slated for completion in 2020. Al-Araimi Walk, which will be the largest shopping mall in Oman, is the first outlet mall to be developed by Al Raid Group. The project will feature 264 stores, a ski park, an ice-skating rink, an indoor water park, a trampoline park, Oman’s first virtual reality complex in addition to a family education centre. The scheme is being designed in response to the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. With a vision of boosting public-private partnerships, the shopping outlet promises to offer thousands of job opportunities to Omani youth and attract investment.


Dubai-based holding company Meraas is committed to enriching Dubai’s tourism industry by rejuvenating Dubai Creek into a new tourism destination - Al Seef. The contemporary area spans around the 670m of the Dubai Creek waterfront with retail, F&B, hospitality, marina amenities and parking covering a total of more than 85,000sq m. Led by Gordon Afflect (Design Partner) and Paul Rodgers (Design Director), 10 DESIGN’s scheme has broken down the retail and F&B amenities into a series of standalone pavilions fronting along the shores of Dubai Creek. The pavilion fully open out onto the promenade, blurring the distinction between internal and external spaces, providing the canvas for exciting, active, and bustling retail and hospitality concepts. To complete a holistic lifestyle offer, Al Seef accommodates two hotels by Jumeirah: a recently opened 150-key Zabeel House Mini and a soon to open 200-key Zabeel House.



Majid Al Futtaim has signed an agreement for a 70,000sq m lagoon. The lagoon will be situated within the Tilal Al Ghaf site and include more than 400m of beach and 1.5km of waterfront promenade. Additionally, it will offer a scenic outlook for the Hive, Club Hive and Hive Park, the community’s dining and leisure hub. The agreement was signed with Chile-based company Crystal Lagoons to develop the fully swimmable site at Tilal Al Ghaf, the company’s new flagship mixed-use community in Dubai. Crystal Lagoons estimates that its technology utilises just 50 per cent of the water needed to maintain a park of the same size, as well as 30 per cent less water than a standard golf course. Crystal Lagoon today has more than 600 projects in 60 countries.


Leading shopping mall and leisure pioneer Majid Al Futtaim has announced the opening of Saudi Arabia’s biggest gaming destination, Magic Planet in Riydah Park Mall, the capital’s newest shopping hub. The new venue is Magic Planet’s largest opening to date and the very first to open in Saudi Arabia. Spanning 10,000sq m, gaming guests will have access to a selection of new attractions which are only available at the new location. The Twist and Swing, for older adventurers, and the Magic Tree, for the little ones, are not only exclusive to Magic Planet Riyadh Park, but the very first in the region. Guests will also be able to enjoy some of the brand’s favourite offerings including the G-force ride, bumper cars and go-karting. In addition, thrill-seekers can brave the Crystal Mine Train and jump for joy at Gravity, Magic Planet’s indoor trampoline park, while the younger guests can explore Kids Square and Soft Play Area. Magic Planet Riyadh Park also hosts the first VOX Cinemas, a four-screen multiplex in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Adham Badawy, Director of Marketing and Development - Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment said: We are delighted to be bringing Magic Planet to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, making it the ninth country which we operate in. We’re aware that the brand already has many Saudi fans, so we’re expecting the new attraction to be extremely popular. Not only does the opening of our largest venue give us the opportunity to bring the Magic Planet experience to new audiences, but it also reaffirms our position as a leading amusement and entertainment destination in the Middle East. Little Explorers, Majid Al Futtaim’s much-loved edutainment centre for young children will also open its doors at Riyadh Park.