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John Lewis to open first Dubai store

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Along with afternoon tea, double decker buses, Coronation Street and… rain… John Lewis is a British institution. UAE expats from the UK will be delighted to hear that the much-loved shop will be opening its first outlet in Dubai.

John Lewis will arrive at Dubai Festival City Mall next year, in a space that will become the brand’s largest outlet to open overseas. The 1,500 square foot store will be housed in the Robinson department store, creating a “shop-in-shop”. We can expect it to be very similar to its UK counterparts, selling the likes of own-label furniture, textiles, glassware and gifts – basically a wedding list dream.

Al Futtaim Group said in a statement: “John Lewis will be doubling its product assortment compared to its existing international collaborations, offering Dubai Festival City Mall’s shoppers its label furniture, cookware, textiles, glassware and nursery products in addition to the retailer’s household bed, bath, living and gifting assortments.”

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The upmarket department store was first opened in 1864 on London’s Oxford Street. There are now dozens of outlets across the UK, as well as overseas.

The brand is possibly most famous for its Christmas adverts, which go viral every year. The penguin, the woodland creatures, the impatient children and, more recently, the man on the moon, have all gone down in advertising history. Their last Christmas advert cost a staggering 1 million pounds (AED5.2 million). Here’s one of our favourites…

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