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From bricks to clicks: Rashid and Salama Alabbar

From bricks to clicks: Rashid and Salama Alabbar

Rashid and Salama Alabbar, the next generation of one of Dubai’s most famous families, are taking their father’s retail legacy and going online, building up a portfolio of fast-growing e-commerce sites. And with a $113m deal with one of the industry’s biggest players signed off last week, they are now looking to go global

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