Apparel Group kicked off 2024 with a robust expansion, unveiling the inauguration of 47 new stores across the Middle East and India in the first quarter

Apparel Group kicked off 2024 with a robust expansion, unveiling the inauguration of 47 new stores across the Middle East and India in the first quarter
Sima Ganwani Ved, Apparel Group Founder and Chairwoman emphasized on ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ and her unwavering dedication to fostering inclusive workplaces and promoting gender equality within the retail sector across the region.
  • Sima Ganwani Ved, Apparel Group Founder and Chairwoman emphasized on ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ and her unwavering dedication to fostering inclusive workplaces and promoting gender equality within the retail sector across the region.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Apparel Group, a global leader in fashion and lifestyle retail, proudly announces a series of remarkable achievements in Q1 2024, solidifying its position as a leader in the industry.


Apparel Group commenced the year with the prestigious 5-Star Award from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), recognizing its commitment to business excellence, strategic foresight, and fostering a culture of innovation and quality in the dynamic retail sector.

Additionally, the World Woman Foundation proudly announced Sima Ganwani Ved, Founder and Chairwoman of the Apparel Group, as a distinguished speaker for the World Woman Davos Agenda, held during the World Economic Forum week on January 18 in Davos. Sima Ganwani Ved’s participation highlights Apparel Group’s dedication to championing women empowerment and diversity on a global stage.

The month also witnessed the launch of Bliss Bites, a revolutionary gut-healthy food brand and café introduced by Apparel Group, catering to the growing demand for wellness-focused products among consumers.


In February, Apparel Group was announced as Headline Partner for RLI MENA Awards and Lifestyle Partner for RLI MENA Connect in Riyadh, KSA. Additionally, Apparel Group was honored as the MENA Retail Partner of the Year at the prestigious RLI MENA Awards 2024, highlighting its continued success and influence in the region’s retail landscape.

Moreover, Apparel Group made significant strides in its retail partnerships and industry recognition. The company was unveiled as the Headline Partner for the 10th Retail Leaders Circle MENA Summit 2024 in Riyadh, KSA, reaffirming its commitment to driving innovation and excellence in the retail sector.


March marked another pivotal moment for Apparel Group as it celebrated the grand opening of the inaugural Nysaa store in the GCC region, a joint venture setup with Nykaa, India’s largest omni-channel beauty retailer. This collaboration blends Apparel Group’s retail prowess with Nykaa’s expertise, offering consumers a world-class shopping experience in Dubai.

Additionally, Apparel Group expanded its luxury portfolio with the grand launch of Forest Essentials at Dubai Hills Mall. The event showcased an exquisite décor, immersing guests in the world of Luxurious Ayurveda. Vibrant-colored blooms and striking product displays highlighted the natural ingredients central to Forest Essentials’ ethos.

In a strategic expansion, Apparel Group extended its partnership with Crocs, bringing this iconic brand under its wing in Kuwait. This move broadens the company’s presence in the GCC, where it already operates 88 Crocs stores.

Complementing its expansion efforts, Apparel Group collaborated with Dubai Holding for the ‘Gift It Forward’ initiative, aiming to support over 8,500 Dubai residents during Ramadan. This initiative underscores the company’s dedication to social responsibility and community engagement.

The month also saw the return of the highly anticipated Great Online Sale by Apparel Group, offering exclusive Eid shopping deals with discounts of up to 80%. This sale further reinforced the company’s reputation as a leader in retail innovation.


As the momentum continued into April, Apparel Group intensified its expansion efforts with the unveiling of 47 new stores across the Middle East and India in Q1 2024. These new openings exemplify the company’s commitment to providing exceptional shopping experiences and meeting the evolving needs of its diverse customer base. This expansion included the launch of Qatar’s first Forever New store, the fourth in the GCC, as part of a joint venture expansion plan to open 40 locations.

Moreover, Apparel Group proudly reaffirmed its commitment to excellence by becoming the Platinum Partner for The Retail Summit 2024, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The partnership underscores Apparel Group’s dedication to driving transformative discussions and initiatives in the global retail arena.

The company also concluded its role as the Platinum Partner at The Retail Summit 2024, hosted at the renowned Atlantis, The Palm. The summit, held on April 23rd and 24th, brought together prominent figures in global retail, exchanging invaluable insights and strategies pivotal for the evolution of the retail sector. Neeraj Teckchandani, CEO of Apparel Group, participated in a panel discussing the strategic importance of market expansion in the GCC and the need for innovative approaches to redefine omnichannel experiences. Sima Ganwani Ved, Founder and Chairwoman, also honored the summit with her presence in a panel discussion on the vital topic of ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Inspiring the Next Generation of Retail Talent.’

Commenting on these achievements, Neeraj Teckchandani, CEO of Apparel Group, stated, “We are thrilled to announce our continued growth and success in Q1 2024. These milestones reflect our unwavering dedication to excellence, innovation, and making a positive impact in the communities we serve. As we look ahead, we remain committed to pushing boundaries, fostering partnerships, and delivering unparalleled value to our customers.”

For more information about Apparel Group and its latest initiatives, please visit the official website at

About Apparel Group LLC

Apparel Group is a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate residing at the crossroads of the modern economy – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Today, Apparel Group caters to thousands of eager shoppers through its 2200+ retail stores and 85+ brands on all platforms while employing over 22,000+ multicultural staff.

Apparel Group has carved its strong presence in the GCC and expanded thriving gateways to market in India, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Egypt. Additionally, clear strategies are in place to enter emerging markets such as Hungary and Philippines.

Apparel Group has created an omni-channel experience, operating brands originating from the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The brands include leading names in fashion, footwear, and lifestyles such as Tommy Hilfiger, Charles & Keith, Skechers, Aldo, Nine West, Aeropostale, Jamie’s Italian, Tim Hortons, Cold Stone Creamery, Inglot, and Rituals.

Apparel Group owes its amazing growth to the vision and guidance of its dynamic Founder and Chairwoman, Mrs. Sima Ganwani Ved, who has taken the company from strength to strength since its inception in the last two decades.

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Bahria University Hosts Workshop to Enhance Earning Skills and Support Palestinian Aid

Karachi, Bahria University has announced the launch of the 2024 Learn to Earn (LTE) workshop, a six-week program designed to empower participants with essential skills for maximizing earning potential. The workshop offers sessions on negotiation, digital income generation, and more, tailored for both male and female attendees.

According to Bahria University, the LTE workshop aims to build on the success of last year’s program by expanding its scope and adding new learning modules. The workshop is organized by Dot World Media, Bahria Innovation Center, Haider Linguistics, AI Club, and several other partners, showcasing a strong collaborative effort. Participants will also benefit from a 40% discount for the first 100 registrants, and 20% of the registration fees will be donated to the Alkhidmat Foundation to support Palestinians.

This educational initiative not only focuses on skill development but also incorporates social responsibility, linking professional growth to philanthropic support. The workshop is set to provide valuable skills that can be directly applied to various professional settings, enhancing participants’ abilities to generate income in today’s digital economy.

IoBM Hosts Eureka Fair Showcasing Student Innovations in Karachi

Karachi, The Institute of Business Management (IoBM) held its Eureka Fair – Spring 2024 on Saturday, which saw MBA students from the MAN608- Technology, Operations, and Innovation course presenting a variety of innovative projects. The fair displayed 25 different projects, involving nearly 100 students, ranging from mobile applications addressing social issues to sophisticated embedded systems designed for domestic and commercial use.

According to Institute of Business Management, the event aimed to provide a platform for students to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios, thereby boosting their confidence and inspiring peers. The projects demonstrated a wide array of interests and the innovative capabilities of the students. Guest adjudicators from both academic and industrial backgrounds provided feedback and encouraged students to explore new possibilities within their projects.

Dr. Junaid Ansari from the Management and HRM Department welcomed guests at the event, which was not only about displaying student projects but also about sparking future innovation and strengthening ties between academia and industry. The participation of notable figures from the technology and corporate sectors underscored the event’s role in bridging academic creativity with practical application.

Islamic Orientation Program Aims to Enhance Teacher Expertise in Karachi

Karachi, An Islamic Orientation Program designed to advance the educational capabilities of teachers and religious scholars was recently conducted at the Regional Da’wah Center (Sindh). The event, organized by Dawah Academy of the International Islamic University Islamabad, attracted various religious scholars and educators, focusing on merging traditional teachings with modern approaches to address today’s educational challenges.

According to International Islamic University Islamabad, the program titled “Islamic Training Program for Teachers and Religious Madrasahs” was aimed at equipping participants with skills to tackle modern-day issues using a balanced approach of classical religious teachings and contemporary knowledge. Esteemed speakers, including Dr. Zubain Ashraf Usmani and Mufti Muhammad Zahid, addressed the need for teachers to broaden their educational scope and apply their own experiences and scholarly advice to overcome teaching challenges.

Dr. Ikram ul Haq Yasin emphasized the responsibility of educators in interpreting and solving societal issues through teachings that align with both modern-day relevancies and Islamic Shariah. The sessions also highlighted various aspects such as the importance of language in teaching, the role of technology in education, and the integration of traditional madrasah teachings with modern educational demands.

The closing ceremony featured Dr. Zubair Ashraf Usmani, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Darul Uloom, Karachi, who encouraged the use of modern technology and media for promoting Islamic teachings globally. He stressed the importance of respectful engagement with diverse texts and traditions within Islamic jurisprudence.

The event concluded with Dr. Syed Aziz ur Rehman, in-charge of the Regional Da’wah Center, expressing gratitude towards the participants and affirming the ongoing educational efforts of the Dawah Academy throughout the year. Certificates were distributed among the participants by the chief guest at the ceremony, marking the program’s successful completion.

LUMS MBA Class of 2012 Establishes Scholarship Fund to Support Students

Lahore, The MBA Class of 2012 from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has taken a significant step to aid future students by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LUMS to establish a scholarship fund. This initiative aims to provide financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans to deserving undergraduate and MBA scholars at LUMS, facilitating access to high-quality education.

According to Lahore University of Management Sciences, the MoU was signed in a ceremony held in Dubai on April 26, 2024. The signatories included Dr. Ali Cheema, Vice Chancellor of LUMS, and Mr. Abeer Hamid, a representative of the MBA Class of 2012. This collaboration reflects the deep commitment of LUMS alumni to give back to their alma mater and support the next generation of students.

Mr. Hamid shared his enthusiasm about the initiative, stating, “LUMS has been a catalyst for personal and professional growth for many of us, and this scholarship fund is a testament to the profound impact the university has had on our lives. We are excited to give back and help pave the way for talented individuals to pursue their educational and career aspirations, regardless of their financial circumstances.”

Dr. Cheema expressed his gratitude towards the MBA Class of 2012 for their generosity and foresight in establishing the scholarship fund. He emphasized the crucial role such financial supports play in enabling students to focus on their studies without the burden of financial stress, thereby unlocking their potential to contribute positively to society.

This new scholarship fund exemplifies the enduring bond between LUMS and its alumni community, who continue to support the university’s mission of fostering excellence in education and creating opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds.

National Textile University Kicks Off Inter-Departmental Table Tennis Championship

Faisalabad, National Textile University in Faisalabad inaugurated its Inter-Departmental Table Tennis Championship 2024 with a lively opening ceremony in the university’s multipurpose hall. The event commenced with an exciting match between the BS Textile Engineering (KNT) and School of Arts and Design teams.

According to National Textile University, the opening ceremony featured the participation of Mr. Imran Ali, Sports Officer, who officially inaugurated the championship. The initial match saw the School of Arts and Design (SAD) securing a victory over the BS Textile Engineering team with a score of 2-0, setting a competitive tone for the tournament.

M. Pervez Akhtar, another Sports Officer, alongside Mr. Sajid Anwar, Physical Training Instructor, attended the event, emphasizing the university’s commitment to promoting sports and physical fitness among its students.

The championship is expected to be a spirited contest showcasing the table tennis skills of students from various departments, contributing to the enhancement of sporting spirit and camaraderie within the university.