Kuwaiti Students Get Ready to Taste the World of Retail

Registration Underway for Alshaya and MGRP’s 11th Annual Summer Internship

School’s out – but for Kuwaiti students, vacation time could give them an experience of a lifetime as they embark on Alshaya’s annual Summer Internship Programme, which gives young people hands-on experience of the world of retail.

The internships are all about giving young people a taste of work in the private sector as they plan their future careers. Registration is underway for high school and university students interested in working with Alshaya for four weeks, starting on 1 July.

Alshaya and MGRP’s 11th Annual Summer Internship

The popular internship initiative, which is run by Alshaya in partnership with Kuwait’s Manpower and Government Restructuring Programme (MGRP), will see students spending four hours daily in one of Alshaya’s stores, gaining an invaluable learning and development experience. Each student will work in one of the many leading international brands operated by Alshaya, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, Jack Wills, Victoria’s Secret, Next, Payless, Bath & Body Works, M.A.C, Pottery Barn, and KidZania. 

During the four-week programme, the interns will get intensive experience 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.

Hundreds of students participate every year in the Alshaya internship which is now in its eleventh year. The programme is testimony to the strong partnership between Alshaya and the MGRP and their shared commitment to support economic growth by developing national employment opportunities in the private sector. 

Alshaya and MGRP’s 11th Annual Summer Internship

“We are pleased to invite young Kuwaitis to register for the programme and get a new perspective on their future. Every summer, we look forward to hosting the summer internship programme in Kuwait and helping young Kuwaiti students reap the benefits of our developmental initiatives. The programme has been designed to develop their skills and provide more valuable insights into this dynamic retail industry,” said Mr Andrew Stotter-Brooks, Regional Learning and Development Manager at Alshaya. 

Those interested in registering in the summer programme can visit http://www.mgrp.org.kw/ar/serv/Pages/STP_Main.aspx . The deadline for submissions is 9th June, 2018. For more information about future summer programmes and other training and career opportunities at Alshaya, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.[...]

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شيك شاك يطلق برجر الفلفل الأخضر الحار بمناسبة شهر رمضان المبارك في جميع فروعه في منطقة الشرق الأوسط

حان وقت الاستمتاع بالطعم الحار! بمناسبة حلول شهر رمضان المبارك، يقدم مطعم شيك شاك، ولأول مرة بكافة فروعه في منطقة الشرق الأوسط، برجر الفلفل الأخضر الحار بلحم بقر الأنجوس الطبيعي 100%، مع جبن الشيدر، والكراث المقرمش، بالإضافة إلى الفلفل المخلل والمايونيز الحار، ابتداءً من 61 مايو ولفترةٍ محدودةٍ فقط.

يتميز برجر الفلفل الأخضر الحار الجديد بمذاقه الفريد، ويُقدم على برجر الجبن الكلاسيكي مع تشكيلة من الإضافات الخاصة بالمطعم من الفلفل الأخضر الحار والبصل المقرمش والمايونيز ذي النكهات الحادة والحارة.

Shake Shack pickled jalapeno burger

وقال مارك روساتي، مدير الطهاة في مطعم شيك شاك: "إن هذا البرجر الجديد مفعم بالنكهات الحارة واللذيذة، فقد أردنا تقديم شيء مميز لجميع محبي طعم الفلفل الحار في الشرق الأوسط". وأضاف: "يتميز البرجر بمزيجه الاستثنائي من النكهات الشهية كالكراث المتبل، والفلفل الأخضر الحار المخلل، والمايونيز الحار ولحم الأنجوس البقري الكلاسيكي. ونحن على ثقة بأن الجميع سيحب الطعم الجديد."

ويتم تحضير برجر الفلفل الأخضر الحار من لحم بقر الأنجوس الطبيعي 100%، والخالي من الهرمونات والمضادات الحيوية، بتتبيله وطهيه بأفضل الطرق، مع إضافة شريحة من جبن الشيدر الأبيض. وللاستمتاع بالمذاق الحار والمقرمش، تم إضافة خليط خاص من أنواع الفلفل كالكراث المتبل، والفلفل الأخضر الحار المخلل، والمايونيز الحار. ويُقدم البرجر مع خبز البطاطا الطري.[...]

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Turn Up The Heat! Introducing Ramadan’s Special, the Pickled Jalapeño Burger at all Middle East Shacks

It’s getting hot in here! As part of their specials for the month of Ramadan, Shake Shack is introducing the Pickled Jalapeño Burger, a 100% all-natural Angus beef cheeseburger topped with crispy marinated shallots, pickled jalapeños, and sriracha mayo, debuts at all Middle East Shacks for a limited time only.

The Pickled Jalapeño Burger provides a spicy twist on a classic cheeseburger, using crispy shallots and pickled jalapeños, and a housemade spicy sriracha mayo.

pickled jalapeno burger from Shake Shack

“This burger is packed with heat and flavor, and we are pumped to share it with our spice-loving fans in the Middle East,” said Mark Rosati, Shake Shack’s Culinary Director. “The Pickled Jalapeño Burger is an ideal blend of crunch and zest, featuring perfectly-crisped, marinated shallots and pickled jalapeños, sriracha mayo, and our classic Angus beef hamburger. You’re gonna love it!”

The Pickled Jalapeño Burger is crafted from 100% all-natural beef —antibiotic free and with no added hormones ever— seasoned and seared to perfection and topped with a slice of American cheese. To add some crunch and heat, the cheeseburger is topped with crispy marinated shallots and pickled jalapeños, Shack-made sriracha mayo and served on a pillowy potato bun.[...]

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COS to Launch in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

COS is pleased to announce the opening of its first store in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this spring, located at the Galleria Center, in the city of Jeddah. Further locations will follow later this year with a second Jeddah location as well as two new stores in the Saudi Arabian capital city, Riyadh.

The upcoming Jeddah store will span 492sqmt and house the womenswear, menswear and childrenswear collections. The COS aesthetic of functional, tactile and modern design will be reflected in the store furnishings, with curated lounge areas and spacious fitting rooms.

COS to Launch in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Marie Honda, Managing Director for COS, said “The launch into the market presents us with a great opportunity to share the COS aesthetic and concept with our new customers in Saudi Arabia. We hope that our customers enjoy the new store, the in-store experience and collections.”[...]

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Café Coco launches at The Avenues - Bahrain

International Café culture arrives in Bahrain

Café Coco, the innovative cafe, has opened its first outlet in The Avenues – Bahrain. Café Coco was developed exclusively, by international retail franchise operator, M.H. Alshaya - with its first store at the Grand Avenue in The Avenues, Kuwait followed by the second tore at the Doha Festival City in Qatar.

Café Coco offers a contemporary and trendy twist on café culture, with an innovative and creative menu that allows customers to experience international cuisine with hints of familiar local flavours.

Cafe Coco launches in The Avenues - Bahrain

At Café Coco, every little detail is crafted to ensure that each customer who walks in, leaves with an indulgent and memorable experience. Our team of highly-trained international chefs take great pride in ensuring that each dish is created with an element of innovation that is on par with global trends and freshly made with high-quality ingredients.

Café Coco’s menu is full of innovative dishes like the Poached Eggs with Labneh and Kale, which combines a traditional breakfast item with a Middle Eastern twist and a trending superfood. Other breakfast favourites on the menu include the Italian Style Eggs Benedict, the Labneh and Olive Croissant. A choice of crisp salad portions, the BBQ Beef Sliders, Coco Classic risottos and warm pasta dishes a perfect for a cozy lunch or dinner experience, any time of the week at the café.

Cafe Coco launches in The Avenues - Bahrain

Dessert at Café Coco adds a sweet and unforgettable note with gorgeously created patisseries, beautiful macaroons, and the all-time sweet favourite, the oven-baked Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Walk in and relish Café Coco’s freshly-baked desserts, bakery selection, a range of warm coffee choices and special seasonal offerings.

Located at The Avenues, Café Coco is open from 9am to 11pm on weekdays and from 9am to 12 midnight on weekends.[...]

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Starbucks® launches new at-home range of espresso capsules

Range will be available across the Middle East and North Africa Region

Starbucks today announced the launch espresso capsules compatible with Nespresso® machines* as it expands its presence in the at-home coffee sector in Middle East and North Africa Region.

The new Starbucks espresso capsules are made using some of the finest Starbucks coffees and will enable customers to enjoy the same delicious coffee at home as they do in store. Applying 45 years of expertise in the ethical sourcing, roasting and brewing of the highest quality Arabica coffee beans, Starbucks will now bring great coffee to even more customers.

Starbucks launches espresso capsules

Rana Shaheen, Regional Communications and CSR Manager said, “Our customers value convenience and expect excellent coffee wherever they are. The single serve coffee capsule market is growing fast, and by launching these new espresso capsules we have a great opportunity to bring the Starbucks quality coffee experience to even more consumers right where they want it, at home.”

The new Starbucks espresso capsules are compatible with Nespresso® machines* and will be sold across Starbucks stores in the Middle East and North Africa.[...]

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Where u going hun?

Summer is here and that means almost endless possibilities of adventures, parties and vacay chill. In celebration of the season to embrace (or beat) the heat, Monki launches a brand-new collection.

Monki launches Summer Shop

Monki invites you to follow sisters Linn and Bea Hansson through the streets of Barcelona, while exploring everything summer has to offer. From discovering a new city, finding a new favourite ice-cream place to chilling at the beach. All in the latest summer looks from Monki.

Key pieces include the flowy summer dress that looks as good at the beach as on the dancefloor, the go-with-everything tops and the denim shorts. Not to mention the chic summer sandals and the colourful retro vibe runner shorts. In other words, this collection is everything you need for your summer adventures.

Monki launches Summer Shop[...]

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A Colourful Expression of Style, H&M LTD Collection!

H&M will launch a delightful new range called H&M LTD Collection. Comprising of womenswear and kidswear, it will be available in stores in two drops. The collection focuses on modern and elegant spring/summer pieces such as long, floaty dresses and layered sets in cool, breezy fabrics for style-conscious women, along with adorable “mini-me” dresses and accessories for children.

“With the inception of the H&M LTD Collection, we were very much driven by a love of colour, embellishment and self-expression. There’s a confidence and positive feeling throughout the entire collection, from the flowing silhouettes to the head-to-toe prints, that women all over the world will really relate to,” said Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design.

H&M Ramadan 2018 Collection

Key items in the womenswear include effortlessly chic kaftan-style dresses, kimono dresses, long statement skirts, and ruffled blouses or tunic tops with coordinating trousers. There are also intricate embroideries on hemlines, various timeless tulip prints, shimmering and softly draped fabrics and stunning jacquards. In the first drop, the colour palette features a vivid range of bright accents and harmonious hues – fresh pomegranate red and charming lilac pink are set against summery whites and deep blues. For the second drop, leafy greens and spicy yellows reign alongside shimmery gold and silver, and a dash of pale lilac.

H&M Ramadan 2018 Collection


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Alshaya Hosts Kuwait British Friendship Society Gala Dinner

Prestigious London Event Celebrates Ties of Friendship

The strength of the relationship between Kuwait and the United Kingdom was celebrated last week at a prestigious Gala Dinner held at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane by the Kuwait British Friendship Society.

Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co., and a board member of the Society, was delighted to co-host the event with His Excellency Khaled Al Duwaisan, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom. The evening brought together over 180 distinguished guests representing many different sectors including government, the diplomatic corps, business, culture and NGOS.

Founded in 1996, the Kuwait British Friendship Society regularly meets, both in Kuwait and the United Kingdom. The Society has a clear focus on fostering a positive and constructive relationship between the two countries at political, commercial and cultural levels. Since its foundation, the Society has attracted a strong and dynamic network of members with shared values and goals.

Following an address from the Right Honorable Alistair Burt, MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Mr Alshaya spoke of the “deep and multi-faceted relationship that the two countries have established and strengthened over many years”. He referred to a constructive climate of friendship and to the strong commercial and cultural ties that exist between Great Britain and The State of Kuwait. He concluded the evening by asking guests to celebrate “continued friendship, co-operation and shared opportunity”.


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Introducing Sidra: A new dining destination in Riyadh

Ten of Alshaya’s favourite Food brands in one location - The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Asha’s, Pinkberry, Texas Roadhouse, Shake Shack, IHOP, Raising Cane’s, Blaze Pizza, and Starbucks

Alshaya International Trading Co., the leading international retail franchise operator, has launched a new dining destination in Riyadh, Sidra, which brings together a host of international food brands: The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Asha’s, Pinkberry, Texas Roadhouse, Shake Shack, IHOP, Raising Cane’s, Blaze Pizza, and Starbucks.

Five of the restaurants at Sidra will be making their first appearance in Riyadh: The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, and Asha’s will open immediately, with Texas Roadhouse and Blaze Pizza following a few weeks later.

Offering a wide variety of dining options catering to every taste and occasion, diners at Sidra Restaurants will be able to discover the best of American cuisine in juicy steaks, chicken tenderloin meals, premium burgers, artisanal pizzas and frozen yogurt, or indulge in the tastes and flavours of Asian cuisine that highlight the best of India and China. Visitors can also enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee or a bite of cheesecake or pancakes at the must-visit dining destination, which will be open seven days a week.

Ian Toal, President of Food at Alshaya, said: “Sidra represents Alshaya’s commitment to bring some of the world’s best loved food brands to a growing number of customers in Riyadh and the wider region. It offers a unique dining experience with a variety of cuisines and flavours that no other place does, and we hope it will be a favourite destination for our Saudi customers.”

Extending over an area of 18,000 sq m, Sidra is strategically located next to Granada Centre on two main highways in Riyadh on Exit 9, Imam Abdullah Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz Road.

About the brands at Sidra

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is famous for its generous portions which are ideal for sharing or taking home for a second meal. Their menu boasts more than 250 selections made fresh from scratch daily in each restaurant, including Small Plates & Snacks, Appetizers, Pastas, Fish and Seafood, Steaks, Salads, Sandwiches, and much more. One can also enjoy from a selection of more than 30 legendary cheesecakes and specialty desserts.

P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Chang's is an American restaurant chain that serves American Chinese cuisine and is committed to providing an exceptional dining experience. The brand offers authentic family recipes, ancient wok-cooking techniques and modern Asian-inspired cuisine that is fresh and handmade, served in a sophisticated, contemporary bistro setting.


Asha’s is an innovative restaurant offering authentic Indian food in a modern setting. This unique concept brings out legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle’s passion for great Indian food, combining the delights of Indian cuisine with contemporary décor to bring its diners a true sense of modern Indian luxury.


An innovative frozen yogurt retailer, Pinkberry offers consumers a one of a kind experience comprised of distinct product, outstanding service and inspirational design. Pinkberry's flavors and fresh-cut-daily fruit and premium toppings offer an irresistible light and refreshing taste. From store design to exceptional customer service to irresistible yogurt flavors and toppings, Pinkberry delivers an experience that delights and refreshes consumers.

Texas Roadhouse

The popular award-winning American steakhouse chain, Texas Roadhouse has gained popularity for its Legendary Food and Legendary Service. The menu features a wide selection of appetizers, fresh salads and soups, and signature ‘Fall-Off-The-Bone’ beef ribs. Steak lovers have several options, including the most flavorful ‘Bone-in Ribeye steak’, steak Kebab and Beef Brisket along with delicious attractions like fried pickles, mashed potatoes and combo appetizers.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack® is a modern day “roadside“ burger stand known for its delicious burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard and more. With its fresh and simple, high-quality food at a great value, Shake Shack is a fun and lively community-gathering place with widespread appeal.


IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service.

Raising Cane’s

Popular Louisiana-based chain known for its premium chicken tenderloins Raising Cane’s will bring home their famous chicken tenderloins meals; 24-hour marinated hand-battered chicken tenderloins, premium crinkle-cut fries, golden-brown buttery Texas toast, secret recipe handmade Cane’s sauce, and creamy coleslaw.

Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint", serving up artisanal pizzas that are both fast and affordable. Each restaurant features an interactive open kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s generously-sized personal signature pizzas or create their own, all for one price.


Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup.[...]

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