Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announces agreement with Alshaya

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, the United States' leading fast-casual artisanal pizza chain, has announced an exclusive development agreement with Kuwait-based retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to build and operate multiple Blaze Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

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The agreement provides for the development of 100 restaurants in 11 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco, with the first five restaurants scheduled to open in Kuwait and the UAE in 2018. The partnership with Alshaya marks the first expansion of Blaze Pizza outside of North America and represents the largest development deal in the brand's history.

"There is really only one 'best way' to take your brand overseas and that is to partner with Alshaya," said Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. "For some time, we've been receiving requests to bring our brand to the Middle East. Now that we've partnered with Alshaya, we're happy to say that we will be there soon."

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The build-your-own pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, recently opened its milestone 200th restaurant and has agreements in place to open more than 400 additional locations across the US, Canada, the Middle East and Northern Africa. The agreement with Alshaya includes the development of both traditional and delivery-only formats.

"Blaze Pizza is a very exciting and disruptive brand that fits nicely into our restaurant portfolio alongside Starbucks and Shake Shack," said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. "With its simple approach to fast, authentic, customizable pizza, we see a tremendous opportunity to build Blaze into the dominant pizza brand in the Middle East and throughout the region."[...]

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COS Celebrates Serpentine Galleries Park Nights

To celebrate the ongoing partnership between COS and the Serpentine Galleries, and the 2017 edition of 'Park Nights', the brand hosted an event at the Serpentine Pavilion designed by award-winning architect Francis Kéré and his Berlin based studio Kéré Architecture. This was then followed by an intimate dinner in Sackler Gallery's iconic Magazine restaurant, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. 

Guests from the creative worlds of art, design and fashion joined COS Creative Director Karin Gustafsson and COS Managing Director Marie Honda as well as Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel to celebrate this fifth year of partnership. The evening's entertainment was provided in the form of a live performance in the Pavilion by the estimable British contemporary jazz duo Blue Lab Beats. 

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Attendees included: Marc Quinn; Patrick Gibson; Jasmine Hemsley; Benji B; Arthur Jafa; Matilda Lowther; Yana Peel; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Quentin Jones; Zawe Ashton; Tiphaine de Lussy; Agathe Chapman; Matthew Stone; and Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami. 

Karin Gustafsson, COS Creative Director, commented, "It is always a pleasure to celebrate at the Serpentine Galleries, and for this, our fifth year of partnership, it feels especially significant. We continue to be inspired by the way the institution promotes innovation and creativity and we are honoured to collaborate on its summer programming again this year."[...]

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H&M reveals new designer collaboration with ERDEM; Baz Luhrmann to tell the story

Today H&M announced its big secret: the next exclusive designer collaboration will be with ERDEM, the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike. H&M is also pleased to reveal that the visionary film maker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling. ERDEM x H&M will be available in selected stores as well as on, from November 2.

For H&M, Erdem has designed a brand-new collection for women and, for the first time ever, a collection for men. Erdem believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes. For ERDEM x H&M he'll reflect and reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections, playing with the prints, textiles and delicate craftsmanship that have made his name.

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"I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It's also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time," says Erdem.

"For me fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression - a standalone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with ERDEM and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection," says Baz Luhrmann.

"From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For ERDEM x H&M he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever," says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M's Creative Advisor.[...]

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Kuwaiti Students Rock the World of Retail

160 students embark on Alshaya and MGRP’s 10th annual Summer Internship

School’s out, but for more than 160 Kuwaiti students, the learning journey has just begun as they start Alshaya’s Summer Internship Programme, which gives young people hands-on experience of the world of retail.

Starting this week, the programme will see high school and university students spending four hours daily in one of Alshaya’s stores, gaining invaluable hands-on learning and development experience. They will be working in some of the more than 80 international brands operated by Alshaya, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Jack Wills, and KidZania.

During the four-week programme, the interns will get intensive training in all aspects of store operations, including sales, promotions, customer service, merchandising and stock management – ideal preparation for those interested in a career in retail.

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Now in its tenth year, the programme is testimony to the strong partnership between Alshaya and Kuwait’s Manpower and Government Restructuring Programme (MGRP).

“Our partnership with Alshaya has been going on successfully for a decade now,” said Mr. Tareq Alkandari, MGRP’s supervisor of student training. “Alshaya has always been very supportive of all our training initiatives, and its store staff has shown great energy and enthusiasm to work with our young interns every summer. We are very pleased to see our interns gain valuable retail knowledge and experience during their training at Alshaya stores.”

Andrew Stotter-Brooks, Regional Learning and Development Manager at Alshaya, said the internship programme was a great opportunity for young people to get a better understanding of the career options available in the retail industry, and the behaviours and skills necessary to forge a career in retail.

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“The summer internship programme in Kuwait is one of the highlights of our year. We look forward to helping young Kuwaiti students develop their skills and get more insights into this dynamic industry,” said Mr. Stotter-Brooks.

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DEAN & DELUCA launches it’s new ‘Light Bites’ specials

DEAN & DELUCA, Kuwait’s destination gourmet café and grocery store welcomes the summer season with a flavorful menu available for a limited time only. The Light Bites menu presents an exciting fusion of spices and cuisines with signature Tacos & Sliders dishes, created satisfy your cravings.

This summer, Taco fans will get to experience the authentic taste of the Prawn Hamsa Tacos specially introduced this season. Tantalize your taste buds in your choice of Chicken or Doner Shawerma Tacos. Each choice is carefully crafted with the perfect seasoning of pico de gallo or oriental chili salsa for an unforgettable taste. A TacosTrio special is available for order to indulge in all three selections; this is not for the faint-hearted!

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For an exciting sizzling selection this summer, DEAN & DELUCA presents for the first time the new sliders creation featuring Chili Lime Shrimp Sliders and Crispy Chicken Sliders along with the all-time favorite, Burger Sliders. The SlidersTrio will ensure you get a heavenly bite of each of the extravagant flavors. The sliders specials for this season are also available for order separately for a mouth-watering experience.

The Light Bites menu will be available from 5th July 2017 and until the end of August 2017, ready to accompany your summer plans, gatherings and munching spree at DEAN & DELUCA, The Avenues Mall. [...]

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VAYCAY ALL DAY – AEO take the girls to Havana Nights and the guys to Cali Cool Beach this Summer with a denim surPRICE!

If the weather hasn’t got you screaming, “Aloha Summer!”, then American Eagle Outfitters Summer collection and NEW denim prices are sure to lead you out the store and to the beach. It’s ‘bout that time to give away last season’s wardrobe to make space for your dreamy Jamaican vacation inspired closet.

Staying true to AEOs essentials, your staple has now become even more affordable. The new denim prices will keep your jaw dropped for the entire Summer, and be prepared, it’s a long season!

For the gals, it’s time to ditch the sarongs and try outerwear for swim cover-ups. A cabana oversized shirt, an embroidered military jacket for a grungy mien, or a mesh kimono for a more romantic play on the beach. AEO Denim shorties available in a variety of washes and styles are the go to travel companion, keeping the fresh look rollin’ against your bronze sun-kissed glow. Choose a favourite from Overalls, Hi-Rise, Midi, Vintage, Patch worked / Embroidered, Two-Tone shorties and pair with a cold shoulder cami for that up-to-the-minute look.

AEO 2017 summer collection

For the guys, on the other hand, it’s prep and rewind on the road less travelled. AEO is your exclusive destination before leaving your comfort zone for adventure – with a swag range of shorts; from destroyed denim to cargo, to classic, longer and shorter lengths in printed or solid colours. Why not break the rules this Summer and pair must-have shorts with an Active AE Tee, Flex Polo, or Short-sleeve Sportshirt with a subtle jacket tied around the waist, a cool nonchalance styling trick? If that’s not your vibe, then pair your desired shorts with an AE Active Tank and a Sportshirt with the top button done.

There’s no excuse this Summer![...]

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The Summer Shop!

The beginning of summer is always a fun and fashionable affair - a season to enjoy stylish bikinis, unique styles and fun feminine dresses. It’s an ideal time to flaunt your figure and to show off the stylish new you!

This season, the H&M womenswear has a safari vibe, but with a decidedly feminine and sophisticated touch. The women’s collection is attractive, sophisticated, powerful and feminine and includes pieces such as strap tops, dresses, paper bag waists, volume tops and more in fabulous summer velvet, sheer-washed-shiny cotton materials.

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Our splendid 2017 summer fashion for all will have you stepping into summer in bold fashion!

Make H&M your ultimate summer destination for the most stylish fashion by discovering the latest trends that will inspire you to stay natural and effortlessly beautiful!  [...]

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Multiple winners in Alshaya’s PRIVILEGES CLUB Super Draw

Nine Alshaya customers take home over KD 60,000 in quarterly prize draw

Nine more of Alshaya’s most loyal customers have joined the growing list of winners in the PRIVILEGES CLUB Super Draw, sharing prizes worth more than KD 60,000 in the most recent draw.

One lucky winner walked away with KD15,000 in the Super Draw, with three people winning KD 7,500 each and five winners of KD 5,000 each, all payable in Alshaya Gift Cards. The draw was made in the presence of a representative of the Ministry of Commerce.

The Super Draw is one of two prize draws that form part of the benefits enjoyed by members of PRIVILEGES CLUB. In the Monthly Draw, members earn one prize draw entry for every 5KD they spend at any of Alshaya’s stores, cafes and restaurants. Each month, 20 members win prizes worth KD 11,000. The Super Draw is held each quarter, and is open to members who spend more than KD1,000 in that quarter.

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Alshaya’s 80 retail and dining brands include Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, Victoria’s Secret, Harvey Nichols, M.A.C., Bath & Body Works, P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Boots, Pottery Barn and KidZania. Starbucks customers who are members of My Starbucks Rewards can earn entries into the prize draws if their MSR registered phone number is the same as their PRIVILEGES CLUB number.

The next Super Draw winners will be announced in August, based on their spending in April, May, and June.

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PRIVILEGES CLUB is open to everyone in Kuwait. 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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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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