Jotun reveals 2018 color trends

Updated 09 November 2017
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Jotun reveals 2018 color trends

Jotun has revealed the 2018 color trends under the theme of “Rhythm of Life” — a collection of 36 new colors that will define homes around the globe for the year to come.
Jotun’s color specialist tap into design trends in global cities; pour through research reports that come in from their global network; look at the ways in which people’s lifestyles are changing with the modern world. They have collated the 36 colors into three themes each focused on a different mood and mode of modern living.
“Our research identified three trends that are common to inhabitants of every global city: Our longing for the restorative power of nature; our dream of a calmer, slower-paced way of life in the sun and our desire to make the most of our increasingly compact urban living spaces in minimalist but creative ways. We have designed our color card as a tool to help people express these impulses in their homes — mixing and matching the colors in the way that best reflects their own identity,’ said Rana Khadra, color and creative manager at Jotun Middle East, India and Africa (MEIA).


Arcapita invests in KSA-based women’s fitness chain

NuYu is a chain of women-only boutique gyms in Saudi Arabia
Updated 17 October 2018
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Arcapita invests in KSA-based women’s fitness chain

Arcapita — a Shariah-compliant alternative investments firm — has invested in NuYu, a chain of women-only boutique gyms in Saudi Arabia.

Arcapita’s capital will help NuYu deploy over SR250 million ($67 million) to grow its network of boutique gyms from seven to over 30 across the Kingdom. The new centers are expected to create hundreds of jobs, as well as provide women access to fitness outlets in currently underserved locations. 

The investment will enable the company — with five boutique gyms in Riyadh and one each in both Alkhobar and Dammam — to capitalize on the significant market opportunity arising from a landmark decision by the General Sports Authority to grant licenses for women’s boutique gyms. This follows recent legislation allowing Saudi women to drive, and to engage in public sporting events. From a base of over 50 facilities nationwide, the women’s fitness market in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow at an annual rate of 30 percent over the medium term. 

Atif A. Abdulmalik, Arcapita’s chief executive, said: “We look forward to working in partnership with NuYu, helping it realize its full potential during this exciting period of social change. The investment in NuYu is underpinned by robust fundamentals and demonstrates our confidence in the long-term growth prospects of Saudi Arabia’s sport and leisure industry. It is also aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals of empowering women and for citizens to lead healthy and active lifestyles.”

Princess Sara Al-Saud, NuYu’s co-founder and creative director, said: “We are delighted to partner with Arcapita to guide NuYu’s next chapter of growth. We have been at the forefront of the fitness industry since our establishment with a boutique offering that focuses on high-energy group classes in a welcoming environment. With support from Arcapita, we are excited to be able to accelerate our expansion plans and grow our 6,000-strong membership base. Launching new boutique gyms across the country will make it easier for Saudi women to access fitness and reap the benefits of regular exercise.”

Martin Tan, Arcapita’s chief investment officer, said: “The female fitness segment in Saudi Arabia is virtually untapped with a penetration rate of less than one percent, while having one of the highest revenues per member globally. Given Saudi Arabia’s young and growing population, combined with rising health awareness in the Kingdom, there is significant potential for outsized growth within this highly underserved segment.”