Godiva has outlined a business strategy that entails doubling its presence in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia over the next 12 months. The company currently operates six stores in the UAE and 11 in Saudi. "By the end of 2015, we aim to have 30 branches in the UAE and Saudi Arabia,” said Regional General Manager for MENA and Turkey Manoj Loya.
UAE-based Sharaf Retail is in aggressive growth mode in the Middle East, and the operator of 16 brands including Sharaf DG, Forever 21, Cotton On, Adventure HQ and Hello Kitty Spa recently launched a career site to recruit the people needed to fill about 1,500 new jobs in the next 18 months. "Our customers want to talk to knowledgeable sales professionals -- whether it’s in electronics, sports, automotive accessories or fashion. Hence we put a big emphasis on recruitment," said Managing Director Yasser Sharaf.
The prices of 6,632 drugs would be reduced by as much as 40%, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health said Wednesday. Officials said poor patients would benefit the most, particularly those with high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Yacoub Haddad of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association Gulf emphasized the importance of making the latest treatments available to patients.
Al Ain Dairy has launched camel milk ice cream in the United Arab Emirates as a healthier alternative to regular ice cream. The camel's milk frozen treat will be sold in supermarkets and gas stations and will be available in strawberry, caramel and chocolate flavors.