Mall Rats . . . Day 3

I’ve stolen this title from Gregg’s personal blog. . . as it is all too fitting for today’s events

In Dubai, the holy day is Friday so the RISE team begins our work week on Sunday . . . today.

The first week of our assignment includes a great deal of observation within Dubai, studying the current franchise trends, gaps between the offerings in the United States, general demographic information, etc. Basically, we need to get acclimated and fast as we have to present our findings first thing next week.

We began with a morning team meeting, a touch base to determine where we are in our research for the original assignment, our roles while in-country, and defining the project plan that Matt has developed for the team.  We still have a lot of work to do . .


We spent the second part of the day exploring the Mall of the Emirates and the largest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall.  The team’s first experience together on the metro . .


Lingering around food courts, pointing out our findings for further discussions certainty attracted attention. . .

Mall rats. . .

These malls have it all when it comes to food.  Both include multiple food courts, all appeared to be heavily populated with American concepts including the usual suspects (McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, Starbucks, etc.) and more surprising players (Garrett’s, Shake Shack, P.F. Chang’s, Texas Roadhouse).



Aside from food. . . Dubai malls have everything . . . literally

ice skating . .


an aquarium . . .


even a ski slope . . .



By 7pm the boys decided to head back and checked out the Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world at 2,700 feet and features a water show that rivals the Bellagio in Vegas.


Gina and I put our Ops study to practice and hit up Zara . . .