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Our History

Alshaya Retail is part of the wider group of businesses owned by the Alshaya Group, a family-owned business which was founded in Kuwait in 1890 and which has become a byword for trading and commerce, both in the Middle East and internationally.

Between the 1960s and 1970s the group expanded substantially and today owns a portfolio of businesses in real estate, construction, hotels, automotive and general trading, as well as expanding into new markets.

Alshaya Retail, trading as M.H. Alshaya Co., started its first international franchise relationship in 1983 with the opening of our first Mothercare store, and we have grown at a significant pace throughout our history. Today we employ over 47,000 people, we have more than 75 brand partnerships, and we operate over 3,400 stores across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe.

Our wide geographical spread is supported by experienced management teams, high operational standards, sophisticated infrastructure, and ongoing investment in management information systems and logistics.

While Alshaya Retail operates at a global scale, we never forget our history, family heritage and values. In our early days we understood that great service and living up to our promises was critical to our business, and we hold those values dear today.

Foresight, energy and a passion to be the best drive us to explore new opportunities and to build strong and effective business partnerships built on trust, integrity and mutual benefit.

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