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UAE Government turns good Samaritan for consumers

It sure looks like the UAE government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure consumers in the country are protected and informed. But is there a catch somewhere?

June 25, 2012 4:39
 
EU bans Syrian president’s wife from travel, shopping

EU bans Syrian president’s wife from travel, shopping

The European Union banned the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from travelling to the EU or shopping with European companies in a move to stop her buying the Chanel dresses and Louboutin shoes she apparently craves.

March 24, 2012 3:33
 
Flying Shoppers: Dubai hopes airline passengers could ease its debt burden

Flying Shoppers: Dubai hopes airline passengers could ease its debt burden

With its bank credit scarce, Dubai is planning to raise at least $500 million by issuing bonds secured against future revenues of Dubai Duty Free. Will shopping save the day?

March 6, 2012 2:18
 
A Different Dubai: shopping fatigue could lead to innovation

A Different Dubai: shopping fatigue could lead to innovation

Now that the world is watching, what can Dubai do to stay in the spotlight? Precious de Leon mulls over the possibilities, looking at how Abu Dhabi is shaping up.

February 5, 2012 5:01
 
Surviving the small mall syndrome

Surviving the small mall syndrome

How can small malls compete with heavy weight retail spaces like Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates? The secret is not to. And Precious de Leon tells you why.

January 11, 2012 2:37
 
E-motional blackmail: who’s really afraid of a little online business?

E-motional blackmail: who’s really afraid of a little online business?

Fraud and identity theft are not enough to keep consumers from choosing to shop online. But heavy bank charges might do the trick if banks are allowed to carry on.

January 8, 2012 3:13
 
DSF 2012: And so it begins…

DSF 2012: And so it begins…

Dubai At Its Best-is the theme of DSF 2012. Interesting slogan, considering the bad rep Dubai has for its overambitious debt laden status post 2009, thinks Kipp.

January 4, 2012 3:45
 
A’mall-ing Research: Online Retail in UAE

A’mall-ing Research: Online Retail in UAE

A lack of trust and confidence in local merchants strikes Kipp as a far more realistic reason online shopping hasn’t quite taken off in this region, as opposed to the fact that consumers preferring the ‘hedonistic’ pleasures Dubai Malls provide--as some academics prefer to pander...

December 27, 2011 3:51
 
Save by using your credit card? Really?

Save by using your credit card? Really?

When you can only use a credit card to purchase savings bonds online, then you start to question the whole banking sector’s take on changing consumer spending habits.

December 18, 2011 5:36
 
And the mall wars continue: Mall owners vs retailers

And the mall wars continue: Mall owners vs retailers

Latest research shows retail rent in Dubai isn't as bad others in the world. So why are retailers still dropping out of their lease? Maybe there's just not enough shoppers.

November 27, 2011 4:35