Majid Al Futtaim will open its first Carrefour stores in Uzbekistan, marking the first entry of an international grocery retailer into the Central Asian country.
From virtual reality adventures to indoor skydiving and immersive dining experiences, shopping malls are changing beyond all recognition.
Imagine watching the latest movie with your family and friends, seated in comfortable recliners with a waiter serving you five-star food and drink from a menu curated by a Michelin-starred chef. It’s a far cry from the cramped seats and below-average food and beverage on offer elsewhere.
Such luxury experiences are being rolled out in forward-thinking malls around the world. This is just the start in 'experiential' leisure and entertainment.
If you didn’t have the ability to see, whose voice would you trust to guide you every day?
Who would accompany you on trips, read to you, help you shop? Who would adapt to your routine, pick out your smartest shirt, inform you about the best places to eat, and even remember to record your favourite TV show while you dine?
No human could be so constant, so patient, or so responsive. But AI can.
It’s not every day that a piece of research strikes a chord. But a Cushman & Wakefield report on exponential technological change and its implications felt personal. It read: ‘An executive moving from graduation to management over 20 years will face technology 500,000 times more powerful than the day they started work.’