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Licence to sell: Azadea's Marwan Moukarzel

Licence to sell: Azadea's Marwan Moukarzel

Retail giant Azadea Group has successfully expanded international brands from Zara to French restaurant Paul across the Middle East, but deputy CEO Marwan Moukarzel reveals why he is reluctant to create his own concepts or join the e-commence bandwagon

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