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SPINNEYS UNVEIL REGIONAL EXPANSION PLAN T


he grocery retailer Spinneys, has unveiled its regional expansion strategy, which includes actively expanding the company›s existing


presence in Lebanon, Egypt and Qatar, opening its first store in Jordan, and identifying strategic opportunities to establish a presence in new markets across the MENA region. Te management of Spinneys, which was founded in 1924 in Egypt, highlighted the company›s ambitious growth plans at a launch ceremony that took place in Beirut, Lebanon, to mark the opening of the seventh and largest Spinneys branch in that country. Te event, was attended by representatives of the business community, partners, suppliers and the senior management of Abraaj Capital, the main investor in the Spinneys Group. «With active support from Abraaj Capital, Spinneys will continue to deliver


on its regional expansion strategy, as demonstrated by planned store openings in Achrafieh, Jbeil and Mtaileb over the next 14 months,» said Waqar Siddique, Chairman of the Board of Spinneys and Chief Operating Officer, Abraaj Capital Limited. Siddique said. «We anticipate opening stores in two additional locations in


Lebanon 2013 and are very excited by the growth prospects this offers to the retail and commercial sector in Lebanon.» Spinneys is also focused on ongoing expansion outside Lebanon, including entry into the Jordanian market, which will be marked by the


opening of a hypermarket in the new Taj Mall, located in the upmarket Abdoun area of Amman. Store rollouts are also planned in Qatar and Egypt in the coming weeks.


media to create the hotel room of the future. Participants to the conference as well as keen Tweeps from Dubai, the


‘HOTEL OF THE FUTURE’ DESIGNED ON TWITTER A


t October’s annual TEDx Dubai event, Jumeirah Group, the Dubai- based hospitality company, engaged with the audience using social


UAE and the world shared their creative and original ideas which were then converted from the digital realm to a futuristic masterpiece with the help of local artist Zanjeer Salam. Te result was a 4metre canvas displaying a variety of unique ideas of what the ‘Hotel of the Future’ may look like, where it may be situated, and what features and facilities would be available.


Te top 10 ideas to be transposed to the canvas were: 1) Hotel Future floats in clouds & has invisible walls & floors to offer a breathtaking view. Food can be teleported.


2) Te flying hotel that glides you around the world in style! 3) “Holographic Virtual Personal Assistant” with a menu of caricatures


you can choose from. 4) An underwater hotel with a view of the marine life from the windows! 5) It’d be nice to see some pet-friendly hotels. 6) Hotel of the future should have iPads in every room. 7) Te walls of the room would basically be an LED touchscreen that could be dimmed to convert to glass with the view! 8) You are virtually transported to a destination of your choice by selecting one from Jumeirah hotels travel channel! 9) Hotel in the Heavens - zero gravity orbital hotel located on the moon.


Wake up gazing out at terra firma in repose. 10) Each bedroom in the Hotel Future will have its own robot for cleaning and other services.


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