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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Electric buses to be introduced in Lahore soon: CM Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif has announced that the electric buses will soon be introduced in Lahore.

She announced this while inaugurating the remodelling project of Shahdara Metrobus Station in Lahore.

On this occasion the Chief Minister reviewed the facilities available at Shahdara Metro Bus Station and appreciated the quality of construction works.

In the briefing the Secretary Transport Informed the Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif that more than 176,000 people travel by metro bus service every day.

The secretary said that a dedicated ticket counter for women has been set up for the first time in Shahdara metro bus station.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Lahore and Karachi to Have 24/7 Passport Offices

The federal government has announced plans to inaugurate at least one passport office operating round-the-clock in Lahore and Karachi. Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi revealed this groundbreaking initiative on Sunday, underscoring its significance in streamlining passport services for the populace.

‘This will make it easier for everyone to access passport services anytime,’ Interior Minister Naqvi asserted in a social media announcement on Twitter.

The decision comes as a welcome relief for residents of Lahore and Karachi, who often grapple with the constraints of traditional office hours when seeking essential documentation. By extending service hours to a 24/7 format, the government aims to cater to the diverse needs of individuals, accommodating varying schedules and minimizing inconvenience caused by time limitations.

The implementation of this measure is poised to yield multiple benefits. Firstly, it is expected to significantly alleviate the burden on existing passport offices, thereby reducing waiti
ng times for applicants. Moreover, expanding operational hours will cater to a larger demographic, including those who encounter difficulty attending during standard working hours due to personal or professional commitments.

While the specific locations and operational modalities of the 24/7 passport offices are yet to be disclosed, the government’s proactive stance underscores its commitment to enhancing citizen-centric services and ensuring administrative efficiency.

Furthermore, this initiative is poised to address the longstanding challenges faced by applicants who struggle to navigate the bureaucracy during conventional working hours. By affording individuals the flexibility to engage with passport services at their convenience, the government aims to streamline processes, expedite applications, and mitigate logistical hurdles associated with documentation procedures.

As anticipation mounts regarding the imminent establishment of round-the-clock passport offices in Lahore and Karachi, citizens eagerly
await further details regarding this transformative endeavor, poised to redefine accessibility and efficiency in governmental services.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Finance Minister pledges to ensure stable regulatory framework for foreign investors

Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb has pledged to streamline processes, provide necessary incentives, and ensure a stable regulatory framework for foreign investors.

He was talking to a delegation of International Investors that called on him in Islamabad today to delve into the economic dynamics and investment prospects of Pakistan.

The Finance Minister welcomed the delegation and assured that the present government has taken all pragmatic measures to facilitate the business environment in Pakistan.

During the session, he highlighted the macroeconomic stability in terms of reduced inflation and surge in stock market signaling burgeoning investor confidence.

Moreover, Senator Muhammad Aurangzeb shed light on the government’s tax initiatives, emphasizing the agenda to broaden the tax base and expedite the digitalization process of the Federal Board of Revenue.

Privatization endeavors, commencing with Pakistan International Airlines, were also delineated, with a commitment to extend privatization efforts
to additional sectors in the near future.

The Minister for Finance and Revenue shared that Pakistan is gradually moving toward economic stability and it is high time to invest in Pakistan.

He stressed upon the potential of IT and Agriculture sector in Pakistan and the need for local as well as international investment in these sectors to boost the country’s economy.

The delegation discussed the economic situation and outlook of the country with the Finance Minister.

Investors held a comprehensive discussion with the Finance Minister regarding IMF program, upcoming budget targets, market perception and outlook, as well as the situation of foreign reserves.

Investors were encouraged to explore opportunities with confidence, as the government remains dedicated to facilitating their ventures and contributing to the nation’s prosperity.

Source: Radio Pakistan

CM Maryam Nawaz’s Deepfake Video Goes Viral

Chief Minister of Punjab, Maryam Nawaz, has become the latest victim of deepfake as a disrespectful video of her went viral on social media. The TikTok video portrays Maryam Nawaz, dressed in a police uniform, partaking in a dance sequence with two accompanying backup dancers. However, subsequent investigations have unearthed the video’s fraudulent nature, tracing its origins to sophisticated deepfake technology.

Despite its initial proliferation and apparent authenticity, closer examination has revealed the footage to be a product of digital manipulation, with Maryam Nawaz’s likeness seamlessly superimposed onto the original dancer.

Originally surfaced on TikTok a mere two days prior, the video’s dissemination prompted numerous viewers to mistakenly perceive it as a genuine depiction of Maryam Nawaz’s participation in a dance performance. Notably, Maryam Nawaz had been previously photographed attending a police graduation ceremony, clad in uniform, a set of images that circulated extensively online.

ver, forensic analysis of the video swiftly debunked its legitimacy, highlighting telltale signs of digital tampering indicative of deepfake technology. The intricacy of the manipulation allowed for a seamless integration of Maryam Nawaz’s image into the pre-existing footage, perpetuating the illusion of authenticity.

The video’s genesis can be traced to a TikTok user identified as Nabeel Khattak, who initially shared the fabricated content via his account ‘@Nabeelptitiger2’. Subsequently, the video proliferated across various social media platforms, accompanied by diverse musical overlays.

This incident marks the latest encounter between Maryam Nawaz and deepfake technology, following a similar episode in 2023 where a digitally altered video purportedly depicted her delivering a controversial speech laden with contentious statements.

Source: Pro Pakistani