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Dubai-Based Noon Has Eliminated 10% Of Its Workforce

Employees in the marketing and advertising departments were laid off.

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After an initial surge during the height of the pandemic, many tech companies are now announcing cutbacks as the global economy continues to slump. Despite a generally buoyant digital economy, many Middle Eastern companies are also beginning to feel the strain as profits decline. One of those companies, Noon, recently issued a statement announcing layoffs of around 10%.

According to founder Mohamed Alabbar, Noon recently reduced its workforce to minimize costs, noting that the marketing and advertising departments of the Middle Eastern rival to Amazon were targeted for cuts.

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“We’ve been cutting costs and reducing staff for the past year and a half,” said Alabbar.

In 2021, Noon hoped to raise $2 billion from investors to aid further expansion across the Gulf e-commerce market. In February, the company acquired fashion e-retailer Namshi in a bid to expand its digital products and services with new fashion and lifestyle brands.

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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.

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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

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Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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