The Dubai Mall to Open First Bloomingdale's Store in the Middle East



    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The Dubai Mall, one of the
world's largest shopping and entertainment destinations, will open the Middle
East's first Bloomingdale's store.
    The American department store will be managed and operated by Al Tayer
Insignia, a company of Al Tayer Group. The 146,000 sq ft Bloomingdale's store
will showcase 'Bloomie's' entire range in addition to a 54,000 sq ft home
store.
    Galeries Lafayette, the French retailer, is also opening its first Middle
East outlet as The Dubai Mall's anchor store.
    Mr Jim Badour, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Malls Group, said:
"Bloomingdale's at The Dubai Mall marks the beginning of a new retail culture,
and positions Dubai as the ultimate shopping destination offering the best of
global brands."
    Mr Yousif Al Ali, General Manager, The Dubai Mall, said: "Bloomingdale's
tagline, 'Like No Other Store in the World,' is a perfect summation of the
retail experience at The Dubai Mall, envisaged as a global lifestyle and
shopping destination."
    Mr Khalid Al Tayer, Chief Operating Officer, Al Tayer Group, said: "As a
pioneer of luxury retail, Al Tayer Group adds another dimension to the retail
landscape of the region by representing an iconic brand at a landmark
destination. With the introduction of Bloomingdale's, Al Tayer Group adds to
the Middle East consumer's appetite for the finest in international brand
offerings."
    "This will be our company's first overseas location, and we expect to
learn a great deal about how our brands translate internationally," said Terry
J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Macy's, Inc.,
parent company of Bloomingdale's. "Dubai offers a unique opportunity for
Bloomingdale's. It is a fast-growing, affluent marketplace that has emerged as
an international destination for tourism, sporting events and business."
    The Dubai Mall is part of the US$20 billion Downtown Burj Dubai, which is
anchored by Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building. The mall will have over
1,200 stores and 160 F&B outlets, and feature attractions including Dubai
Aquarium & Discovery Centre; the world's largest indoor Gold Souk; Fashion
Avenue; the Dubai Ice Rink; KidZania(R); SEGA Republic(R), and a 22-screen
cineplex.





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