Nine shoppers share AED 800,000 through UAE’s newest loyalty programme

Alshaya’s PRIVILEGES CLUB holds first quarterly Super Draw

Nine lucky customers have won prizes worth totaling more than AED 800,000 through the UAE’s newest loyalty programme, PRIVILEGES CLUB, which offers a range of benefits to customers of the 80-plus retail brands operated by leading international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.

Alshaya's retail and dining brands include Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, Victoria's Secret, M.A.C., Bath & Body Works, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, Boots, and Pottery Barn.

PRIVILEGES CLUB gives Alshaya's customers automatic entry into monthly and quarterly prize draws, and access to a range of personalised shopping, dining and lifestyle experiences - including priority notification of promotions and sales for their favourite brands.

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The UAE's first quarterly Super Draw saw one winner receive the top prize of AED 200,000, three winners of AED 100,000 each, and five winners of AED 60,000 each, all payable in Alshaya Gift Cards redeemable at any Alshaya outlet. The draw was made in the presence of a representative from Dubai Economic Development. Customers who spend more than AED 12,000 per quarter qualify for the Super Draw. The next Super Draw winners will be announced in August, based on their spending in May, June, and July.

Opportunities to win don't just come once a quarter. Members of the PRIVILEGES CLUB can also win monthly prizes worth a total of AED 140,000, earning one prize draw entry for every AED 60 they spend at any of the 750 stores, cafes and restaurants operated by Alshaya in the UAE.

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"We want to create connections with our customers, offering them a shopping experience they enjoy so much that they want to come back," said Johnny Morris, Director of CRM and Digital at M.H. Alshaya Co. "These PRIVILEGES CLUB prize draws are one of the ways we can say 'thank you' to our customers for their loyalty."

PRIVILEGES CLUB is open to everyone in UAE. It is quick and easy to join, and members can use a mobile app to follow their favourite brands, track their benefits and access their rewards more easily. Joining is as simple as downloading the PRIVILEGES CLUB app from the App Store or Google Play, or signing up in-store.

Details of all Alshaya's brands, plus monthly and quarterly winners are published on the PRIVILEGES CLUB app and on Customers can also connect with the programme on and


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Summer Arts Programme Park Nights Returns to the Serpentine Pavilion Supported by Cos for 5th Year

This summer, COS continues its commitment to art, design and creativity in the brand's fifth consecutive year supporting the Serpentine Galleries' public performance series, Park Nights.

Park Nights hosts a special selection of live performances by compelling multidisciplinary artists invited from across art, architecture, music, film, philosophy and technology to craft new, live works to be staged within the Serpentine Pavilion. For 2017, the Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by award-winning Burkinabé architect Francis Kéré and his Berlin based studio Kéré Architecture. The Pavilion will be designed to prioritise the movement of people and the gathering of communities to engender a sense of togetherness and connection to nature.

There will be eight Park Nights for the 2017 season, taking place on selected Friday nights throughout the summer. The programme opens on 30 June with the US cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa, who will also be making his UK debut with the exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery from 8 June to 10 September. Other confirmed Park Nights artists include Tamara Henderson, Eleanor Antin, Joseph Grigley, and Bouchra Ouizguen & company (as part of Shubbak Festival), with further names to be announced in June.

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COS Creative Director, Karin Gustafsson says of the partnership, "We are honoured to be able to partner with the Serpentine Galleries for a 5th year - a charitable institution at the forefront of creativity that remains of significant inspiration to us at COS. The Park Nights provide an influential platform for multidisciplinary artists to share their work and we are proud to support such a communal initiative."

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries says of the partnership, "The Serpentine's Park Nights highlight the Pavilion's defining role as a place of extraordinary encounters. This summer's series of live events explores the potential for performance to gather people together through architecture, poetry, storytelling, theatre, art and dance – inspired by Francis Kéré whose pavilion is designed around the motif of the tree as a central meeting point. We are so grateful that COS has, for the fifth year, supported this key strand of our programming and look forward to welcoming artists and audiences to the park."

Yana Peel, CEO of Serpentine Galleries adds, "We are thrilled that our Park Nights will be partnered by COS for a fifth year running. Each performance is a unique commission, a dynamic and engaging experience for a wide-ranging audience of art enthusiasts and performance fans alike. Thank you COS for supporting this hugely rewarding project, in alignment with a summer of radical inclusion and unbridled innovation at the Serpentine Galleries."[...]

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Pottery Barn Reveals Summer 2017 Collection

Resembling signature classic style with a fresh, heritage flair, leading US home furnishing brand, Pottery Barn, launches its Summer 2017 collection. The inspiring collection focuses on size-conscious and multifunctional furniture that perfectly ushers the hot summer season this year.

Add a touch of elegance to your outdoor dining table with Talavera Melamine and Round Filigree Metal Lanterns that light, dance, and flicker. With its intricate patterns, bright colors and fun shapes, the Del Sol Melamine collection resembles authentic hand-painted earthenware. Festive and versatile, it will dress up your table or buffet for both casual gatherings and more formal get-togethers. Another must have this season is the playful multicolor pattern of the Block Print Bowls that are created by artisans using a pad technique and hand painting each piece. Layered with other dinnerware or simply set out with appetizers or treats, they add a festive touch to any occasion.

Pottery Barn Summer Collection

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Pottery Barn Summer Collection

Pottery Barn through its world-class service and product offering strives to deliver exceptional comfort, quality and value to all its customers with its time-honored designs from around the world.

The Pottery Barn design Studio offers complimentary in-store and in-home design services where specially trained associates offer expert advice on furniture, decorating and entertaining needs and collaborate with customers to bring their vision to life.[...]

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This season, Wallis has designed two main print stories within florals - the first is anchored by pretty English garden florals in soft pastel hues of blush, pink and grey. The second print story focuses more on ground florals in darker more vibrant colour palettes. As always plains are key with embellishment detailing creating stunning stand out pieces.

Wallis Ramadan 2017 Collection

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Starbucks Opportunity Café opens doors for ambitious youth

Hundreds of young people attend Entrepreneurship and Employment workshops

More than 400 young people across the MENA region have boosted their chances of getting a job or starting their own business after attending Starbucks' "Opportunity Café" initiative last month. In all, 36 professional trainers from, Education for Employment (EFE), AMIDEAST, Silatech, and 122 dedicated Starbucks partners (employees), presented successful workshops on CV writing, employability and entrepreneurship.

"Last year, I attended the CV writing workshop when I was searching for a job, and I found a job shortly afterwards. Now I am working on starting my own business and Starbucks organized a Startup workshop. The timing is perfect!" said Ahmed from Kuwait.

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The workshops were held in 28 Starbucks stores across 10 countries, and built on last year's successful Opportunity Café initiative by bringing together the largest group of experts on the subjects of employability and entrepreneurship to date.

"It is inspiring to see the level of energy and enthusiasm when these young people talk about their dreams and what they aspire to achieve. This tells me that the Opportunity Café is actually touching the lives of hundreds of young people and getting them one step closer to achieving their ambitions," said Rana Shaheen, Regional Communications and CSR Manager for Starbucks MENA.

Opportunity Café is part of Starbucks Global month of Service, which was founded to provide the right tools and platforms for youth who are facing obstacles and feel disconnected from experts, institutions and experiences needed to help them succeed and fulfil their ambitions.

Rania Nseir, Business Development & CSR Director, said: "At, our mission is to empower people with the tools and technologies to lead their lifestyle of choice, and the success of this year's Opportunity Cafe is testimony to our success at empowering youth."

Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President, Education For Employment – Global, said: "We are proud to partner with Starbucks to implement the Opportunity Café for a second year in a row, going beyond the classroom to bring practical CV and interview tips to help more young women and men transform their futures through employment."

Starbucks Opportunity Cafe GCC

Barbra Shahin Batlouni , AMIDEAST Country Director, Lebanon said: "Participating in this year's "Opportunity Café" was a very exciting initiative for AMIDEAST, providing youth with diverse options for their careers, including starting their own businesses. We were pleased by the enthusiastic response of youth to these workshops."

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In 2011, Starbucks declared April as its Global Month of Service, creating the opportunity for Starbucks partners (employees) and customers to connect and volunteer to serve their community. Since 2013, Starbucks MENA has contributed over 20,000 service hours to its local communities and brought together over 3,000 volunteers in 34 city-wide projects across 10 markets in the MENA region.[...]

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Evans Ramadan collection 2017

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Dorothy Perkins Ramadan Collection 2017

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After finding it increasingly difficult to shop for fashionable clothing that bridged her religious views with her busy lifestyle, London-born Muslim Nazmin Alim founded fashion label Aab. The brand has hit the spot for many style-savvy ladies seeking conservative yet practical wardrobe essentials, propelling Aab almost immediately to the forefront in the modest clothing sector across the globe.

Debenhams Aab

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"We started Aab almost a decade ago as a label that not only redefined modest fashion, but also one that catered for everyday modern wardrobe staples that were thoughtfully designed with the highest quality," says Alim, who is also the brand's Creative Director. "We couldn't be happier to continue our journey through our partnership with Debenhams, which has led us into the Middle East, where a large proportion of our customers originate from."

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Jeanette Whithear, Debenhams' Trading Director International, adds, "We are delighted to introduce the Aab range to our international stores. Adding the high quality fashion range to our product mix enables us to offer collections that are highly relevant to both our international and domestic customers. We are now a step closer to creating a product offering that caters for our broader customer needs."[...]

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Whatever the occasion, whatever the statement, Icing defines a woman’s persona through trendsetting collections at reasonable prices.

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Icing knows fashion, and creates and curates an inspiring and accessible array of items that help the stylish woman convey her sense of style. We select smart trends, sought-after fashions that are current and desired, and bring them to life with an assortment that is spot-on, and just right.

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