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Now even Dubai does discount
Thanks to its success, the planned expansion of Dubai’s only discount shopping mall has been met with interest from retailers.
Why it matters
Despite a warning of an oversupply of retail space from the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, along with the tightening of consumer spending, the Dubai Outlet Mall has announced expansion plans. In a city where being the first individual to purchase the latest item at full price is actually a badge of honour worn proudly, what will this mean for the same retailers in other malls? Is this the start of a flood of budget stores invading Dubai?
In an online, 3D farmers market, customers will be able to browse stalls, interact with suppliers and buy real products. The virtual market offers central distribution and an integrated website for easy ordering. This means that you can get single items from independent producers, and benefit from an all-in-one delivery to your home or work.
Art-o-marts, old cigarette machines that dispense mini-art, are popping up in over 90 locations across 10 countries. The local art varies from shocking to mainstream, but the sentiment is the same: (1) Put in a pre-paid token, (2) Get a one-of-a-kind mini art piece, (3) The proceeds go to charity.