Dubai is known for the biggest and largest of all kinds – and also for shopping products of all kinds, whether it is fashion, gold, tech, electronics, lifestyle products such as perfumes and cosmetics among others.
The Dubai Mall at the base of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is the largest in the UAE and the wider region but is fifth overall in the world behind other malls – all in Asia – according to this list.
However, the Dubai Mall’s supremacy in the country is at risk from the Dubai Outlet Mall once it opens the doors to its extension in the fourth quarter of this year.
According to the shopping destination, located on the recently expanded Dubai-Al Ain Road, Dubai Outlet Mall (DOM) is close to achieving its major expansion drive. Once known also as the Seconds Mall, the annexe of DOM will bring the total area of the mall to 3.8 million square feet.
Although the DOM claims it will be the largest ‘outlet mall’ not only in the region but in the world, the parameters for that definition is still not established and clear.
Dubai Mall, for instance, is spread over an area of 3.77m square feet. According to Wikipedia, it is the second-largest in the world for total land area behind Iran Mall. It had the second-largest mall opening in retail history behind West Edmonton Mall, when the former opened on November 4, 2008.
Yet, according to gross leasable area standards, the Dubai Mall, built over several storeys with a lot of retail spaces, ranks 26th in the world, tying with West Edmonton Mall and Fashion Island (Bangkok) —both of which are older than it. Dubai Mall has a total retail floor area of 5,400,000 sq ft.
At 3.8m square feet, the currently one-storeyed Dubai Outlet Mall is promising with the expansion to deliver outstanding experiences to customers and boost the country’s retail economy.
Strategically located at the intersection of MBZ & Dubai Bypass & Al Ain Road, DOM is easily accessible to all UAE residents across the seven Emirates and provides a well-structured comprehensive retail mix offering great value from high-end brands to streetwear.
While the extension is wrapping up its leasing phase and gearing up for its upcoming opening, a huge roster of international brands have joined the family of great brands at DOM.
“We are excited to see our list of partnering brands grow with us as we welcome New Balance and Aigner and all of the new brands that have joined us as we realise the vision of re-imagining the world of shopping and retail. I’ll be very excited to announce in due course all of the brands that have signed up for the expansion,” said Mohammed Naser Khammas, chief executive of Al Ahli Group.
– Staff report
Inaugural edition of Lanka T10 to kick off in December 2024
The inaugural edition of the Lanka T10 League will be held from December 12 to December 22, 2024.
The tournament, which was initially planned to be held in June 2023, was shifted to December, as SLC deemed the ‘December window’ as the most appropriate to conduct the league, as the timing will complement Sri Lanka’s Domestic and International Cricketing Calendar.
Lanka T10 League, Sri Lanka’s newest addition to its annual cricket calendar will feature some of the finest international stars along with Sri Lanka’s top international stars.
The action-packed competition will also provide opportunities for the brightest young talents in the country to mix, mingle, and play along with international stars.
” I have full confidence that this tournament will be a resounding success, contributing to Sri Lanka Cricket’s ability to stay current with the evolving trends in the game.,” said Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.
Adding more thoughts on the Lanka T10 December tournament, Mr Shammi Silva added, “We foresee that this event will not solely captivate cricket enthusiasts, but also serve as a catalyst for popularizing the tournament broadly.”
Mr Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO, IPG Group shared, “This is a great stepping stone for us as we get to organise another exciting chapter in Sri Lankan Cricket. Our league unites the top international stars and local talent on an exciting platform for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Together, we aim to make history and elevate the game with every thrilling match.”
The tournament will feature six men’s teams covering regional cricket picenters, with each team consisting of a squad of 16 players, along with six foreign players.
“We’re thrilled to bring T10 cricket to Sri Lanka, and we’re grateful to SLC for their support. This league holds added significance as it is formally endorsed by esteemed members like SLC, highlighting the credibility and excitement surrounding this new era in Sri Lankan cricket.” Shaji ul Mulk, Chairman of TTen Global Sports, representing the Event Rights Partner.
The matches will be played in some of Sri Lanka’s top international cricket venues and under lights.
UAE fuel prices announced for March 2024
The Fuel Prices Monitoring Committee has given the green light for an increase in gasoline and diesel prices for March 2024. The approved hike ranges between 15 and 16 fils per liter for gasoline and 17 fils for diesel, compared to February 2024 prices.
Fuel distribution companies have promptly announced the new prices, effective from Friday, March 1, 2024. The updated pricing includes a 5% value-added tax.
Specifically, the price per liter of super gasoline “98” is set to rise by 15 fils, reaching 3.03 dirhams in March, up from 2.88 dirhams in February. Special gasoline “95” will see an increase of 16 fils, from 2.76 dirhams to 2.92 dirhams, while E-Plus 91 gasoline will climb by 16 fils, reaching 2.85 dirhams from 2.69 dirhams. Additionally, the price of diesel will experience a 17 fils per liter hike, escalating from 2.99 dirhams in February to 3.16 dirhams in March.
This decision follows three consecutive monthly reductions in gasoline and diesel prices approved by the committee for January 2024. The reduction ranged between 13 and 14 fils for gasoline and 19 fils for diesel per liter compared to December 2023 prices.
Notably, the Ministry of Energy’s approved fuel price standards are subject to monthly adjustments based on the global average oil price, incorporating distribution companies’ operating costs.
New fuel prices are:
-Super 98 petrol will cost Dh3.03 a litre, compared to Dh2.88 in February.
-Special 95 petrol will cost Dh2.92 per litre, compared to Dh2.76 last month.
-E-Plus 91 petrol will cost Dh2.85 a litre, compared to Dh2.69 a litre in February.
-Diesel will be charged at Dh3.16 a litre compared to Dh2.99 last month.
Glory International University honours global talents with Honorary Doctorates
Glory International University (GUI), originally based in the United States of America, proudly recognized eminent personalities from diverse fields worldwide with esteemed Honorary Doctorates at a grand ceremony held at Dusit Thani, Dubai.
The event was graced by the esteemed presence of H.E.Vacaba Diaby, Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the UAE, as the Chief Guest.
The distinguished jury panel, comprising Prof.Pale Sansan Hermann, GUI President to Africa, Dr.Naser Sulaiman, the University’s National Director of UAE, and Dr.Anwar Al-Yasiri, Managing Director DST TV & Cinema,Dr.Abdulla Ali Salem Al Mubarak, Dr.Mohanad Al Awadiya bestowed the coveted Honorary Doctorates upon 23 deserving awardees hailing from nations including the UAE, India, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, among others. The honorees represent a spectrum of disciplines encompassing Business Law, Management,Literature, Arts, Musical Arts,Social Work,Business Administration,Agriculture,Digital Technology,and Telecommunications.
H.E.Vacaba Diaby, in his address, emphasized the significance of acknowledging and celebrating diverse talents and faculties across the globe.
Prof.Pale Sansan Hermann shared insights into GUI’s journey of evolution since 2015, highlighting the university’s burgeoning global stature.Additionally, he outlined the institution’s forthcoming plans to establish operations in the UAE as its third base after the USA and Burkina Faso.
Dr.Naser Sulaiman, the UAE director of the University commenced the ceremony with a warm welcome speech, setting the tone for an evening of recognition and celebration. He concluded the event with a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants for their contributions towards making the occasion a resounding success.The event was orchestrated by Srikanth Chittarvu and compered by Criza.