Malabar Gold & Diamonds opens outlets in 6 countries on the same day

Officials of Malabar Gold & Diamonds address a press conference in Dubai.
Updated 12 January 2018
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Malabar Gold & Diamonds opens outlets in 6 countries on the same day

Malabar Gold & Diamonds has announced the opening of 11 new showrooms simultaneously across six countries on Jan. 12 including eight in the Gulf region, taking the total number of outlets to 208 spread across nine countries.
This is the first time that an Indian jewelry retailer has opened showrooms in six countries the same day.
The new showrooms would be located in Al-Khail Mall, Al-Hazana Lulu, Al-Buhaira Lulu, Sahara Centre, Ajman City Centre in the UAE, Mall of Qatar, Lagoona Mall in Qatar, Muscat City Centre in Oman, AMK Hub in Singapore, Ampang Mall in Malaysia, and Warrangal in Telangana, India.
“The opening of 11 showrooms on the same day across six countries reflects our strong conviction and confidence in the overall growth of the gold and diamond sector, despite challenging circumstances in certain markets. We are getting wide acceptance in the global market. This is also one of the reasons we are expanding our global presence. Our core business values such as adherence to transparency, honesty, quality along with our value-added services, product designs suited to every class of customers’ taste cutting across age group are the key factors that give us global acceptance,” MP Ahammed, chairman of Malabar Group, said at a press conference in Dubai.
Currently, Malabar Gold & Diamonds has 197 showrooms of which 90 are in India and the remaining 107 showrooms are located in other countries. The rapid expansion of showrooms across geographies is part of the group’s strategy to fast expand its global footprint. In 2017, Malabar Group opened 27 showrooms in different countries.
“Despite the bull-run of crypto-currency, introduction of general sales tax (GST) in India and value-added tax (VAT) in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, we believe that the gold and diamond trade will sustain growth in the long run and will remain as the best commodity for investment and as a saving instrument in addition to being used as jewelry. As consumers adjust to the new tax regimes in different countries, we believe the market will record stronger growth as people adjust their budgets for ornaments,” said Abdul Salam KP, group executive director of Malabar Group.
“In 2018, we will be opening more showrooms as well as manufacturing units. This will fuel our vision to become the top jewelry retailer in the world.”
Shamlal Ahammed, managing director of Malabar Gold & Diamonds’ international operations, said: “In 2018, we will be expanding into new horizons, marking our presence in countries such as the US, Sri Lanka, Brunei, and Bangladesh. As part of its global expansion plans, Malabar Gold & Diamonds will be opening another 50 showrooms in different formats in various countries this year.”
It has decided to organize a grand ceremony at Lulu Al- Hazana in Sharjah to celebrate the milestone of reaching 200 showrooms globally.
The upcoming showrooms of the group are at Abbasiya (Kuwait), Mannarkad, Mall of Travancore (Kerala), Forum Mall — Bangalore (Karnataka), Himayat Nagar — Hyderabad, Kondapur — Hyderabad, Karim Nagar (Telangana), Noida (UP), South Extension (Delhi), Vashi — Mumbai, Thane — Mumbai, Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Rajkot, Surat (Gujarat) and Ludhiana (Punjab).
In India, the company currently operates manufacturing units in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, West Bengal and in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.
Asher O, managing director of India Operations of Malabar Gold & Diamonds, said: “The group is planning to set up more showrooms as well as manufacturing units in the country, eventually generating more employment opportunities and enhancing initiatives like ‘Make in India’ being implemented by the Indian government.”


KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

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KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) awarded 243 master’s degree and Ph.D. candidates with their diplomas during its ninth commencement ceremony on the KAUST campus on Friday. 

The ceremony was presided over by members of the KAUST Board of Trustees, including Board Chairman Khalid A. Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources and chairman of Saudi Aramco, and attended by senior KAUST leadership and faculty members. 

Commencement 2018 highlights included the official inauguration of KAUST’s third president, Dr. Tony Chan, and conferral of the university’s first honorary doctoral degree to Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, former chairman of the KAUST board of trustees, former minister of petroleum and mineral resources and commencement 2018 speaker. The event also included remarks by 2018 student speaker and KAUST Ph.D. graduate Nada Aljassim, the first KAUST Gifted Student Program participant to receive her Ph.D. from the university. 

In his chairman’s address, Al-Falih said the event was “an occasion … to mark a number of milestones and celebrations … In the past year alone, KAUST has … achieved important advances in research, education, innovation and talent, all while making an impact … in Saudi Arabia and globally.” 

“KAUST has taken its place on the world’s scientific and academic landscape,” Al-Naimi said. “Ideas and innovations (from KAUST) … make a difference when they soar above our nation and around the world.” 

“As a university, we are looking forward to our next decade,” said President Chan, a member of the university’s Board of Trustees for seven years. “In my new position, I am really looking forward to the opportunity and challenge and becoming engaged with Saudi society in general.” 

President Chan noted one aim of his presidency is “to align KAUST’s mission with the Kingdom’s priorities — and in particular Vision 2030. The Kingdom is moving to diversifying the economy and toward innovation and technology, which align with KAUST.” 

Chan said: “We have formed a NEOM Center of Excellence at KAUST with the express purpose of working together with NEOM. One of our senior faculty members, Professor Carlos Duarte, is on the advisory board for the Red Sea Project. We have a KAUST Red Sea Research Center and we are located next to the Red Sea, which is a treasure for the Kingdom. We consider it one of our missions to support the projects going on in the Kingdom.” 

“KAUST is still very young, but we see ourselves as contributing to the innovation and economic development of the country and the development of human talent,” he added.