Our History

Alshaya Group is a dynamic, multinational business and family owned enterprise which was founded in Kuwait in 1890. From one retail franchise store in 1983 we have grown year on year and now operate over 4,000 shopping, dining and leisure destinations.

  1. Alshaya begins international retail franchising

    The Group’s retail franchise business begins operations with its first Mothercare store.

  2. First store in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    With more than 1,000 stores, Saudi Arabia is Alshaya’s single biggest market – and is rapidly becoming the region’s most dynamic retail market.

  3. First store in the UAE

    Dubai has long been synonymous with great shopping experiences, and is one of Alshaya’s most important markets.

  4. First store in Oman

    One of Alshaya’s smaller markets, Oman is a vibrant retail destination, with friendly people who love international brands.

  5. First Health & Beauty store - The Body Shop

    Our journey with one of the world’s best-known cosmetics brands, The Body Shop, began. Today we have more than 150 The Body Shop stores.

  6. First store in Lebanon

    Lebanon is an emerging retail destination, with customers who love dining and shopping at international brands.

  7. Stores open in Bahrain and Qatar

    Bahrain and Qatar have growing populations of brand-savvy, modern customers who love the choice and range we offer through our portfolio.

  8. Alshaya enters food sector with Starbucks

    Alshaya starts operations in the food sector with the introduction of Starbucks to the Middle East.

  9. First store in Turkey

    Turkey is a key market for Alshaya – and growing rapidly.

  10. First stores in Russia and Jordan

    Our expansion continues in the GCC and beyond. Today, Alshaya has growing portfolios of stores in Russia and in Jordan.


    Alshaya enters the pharmacy sector

    Alshaya moves into pharmacy operations with the opening of Boots.

  11. First store in Egypt

    Egypt is a rapidly-emerging retail market, where Alshaya is growing strongly.

  12. First stores in Poland and Czech Republic

    We have a small, but growing, presence in Eastern Europe.

  13. First Home Furnishings store - Pottery Barn

    Since debuting in 2010, Pottery Barn, and Alshaya’s portfolio of home furnishing brands, are fast becoming firm favourites in their markets.

  14. First stores in Iraq and Morocco

    We continue to expand across the MENA region wherever we find opportunities to do great retail.

  15. First Leisure and Entertainment outlet opens - KidZania Kuwait

    KidZania has rapidly established itself as one of the premier entertainment destinations for kids in Kuwait.

  16. First stores in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan

    Our expansion continues. Alshaya currently operates Starbucks stores across these two countries.

  17. Privileges Club launches

    Alshaya launches its loyalty programme, the PRIVILEGES CLUB, which rewards and connects its customers with the brands they love in Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Oman.