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Chic Outlet Shopping rolls out the red carpet for Middle Eastern guests to the European Villages this summer

The Collection of nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages across Europe are inviting guests from the Middle East to visit this summer and discover a programme of exciting cultural events, enticing offers on world-famous luxury brands and exceptional hospitality, as the Villages become the destination for more than just fabulous shopping.

The Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in the UK, France, Germany and Belgium – Bicester Village; La Vallée Village; Ingolstadt Village and Wertheim Village; and Maasmechelen Village, respectively – have created an exceptional experience for guests visiting the cities closest to the Villages. Located within an hour of these iconic destination cities, the Villages offer international guests further rewards; through partnerships with numerous airline partnerships – including Lufthansa and Etihad Guest – members of their frequent flyer programmes can earn air miles as they shop in the boutiques of the finest luxury brands in the world.  

Because time is precious, Chic Outlet Shopping® have also partnered with Dnata and Emirates Holidays to offer their customers special VIP services when they visit the Villages, which will enhance their day of luxury shopping, including personal stylists, Valet Parking, international delivery service and a tax-refund scheme for non-EU visitors.  

At Bicester Village, an hour from London and close to the dreaming spires of Oxford, guests will receive a warm welcome and a day of bespoke luxury. Not only does the Village partner with first-class hotels like The Langham and The Randolph, but guests will enjoy a customised experience – including access to the VIP Lounge until 7 September and complimentary Hands-Free Shopping service.  

With more than 130 luxury brands, including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent, and a selection of special events scattered throughout the summer, including the British Designers’ Collective, Bicester Village is where shopping is effortless. And guests can enjoy extended opening hours from 9 am – 9 pm until 6 September.  

Just a stone’s throw from Paris, the centre of fashion, La Vallée Village is bursting with more than 120 world-famous luxury brands, including Diane von Furstenberg, Tod’s, Jimmy Choo, Roberto Cavalli and Poiray. The Village has partnered with some of Paris’ best-known five-star hotels to provide their guests with access to its own VIP lounge – a great and relaxing way to shop. The Lounge will be open every day in August from 12 midday to 8.30 pm and will offer refreshments, complimentary Hands free shopping and some brands’ trunk shows .  

Chic Outlet Shopping® has also created a fully immersive experience for Middle-Eastern guests with a digital city guide in Arabic; it provides guests with an insider’s guide to Paris featuring art exhibitions and a ‘luxury discovery trail’ that takes guests beyond shopping to truly indulge in another culture. La Vallée Village is open throughout August from 10 am to 8.30 pm.

Maasmechelen Village basks in the cultural radiance of Brussels, just an hour away, and not only does the Village offer more than 100 boutiques, including brands like Max Mara, Furla, Swarovski and UGG Australia, but guests will discover Further Reductions when they visit during the month of Ramadan. Here too, until 31 August, selected travel partners, including Etihad Guest members, and hotels will provide guests with an exclusive VIP Invitation for Maasmechelen Village, which entitles them to access to the VIP Lounge – a luxurious, drop-in space open for light refreshments from 12 pm – 6 pm every day, as well as the opportunity to enjoy complimentary Hands-free Shopping service.

As well as enjoying additional savings on world-famous brands including Versace, Karen Millen and Hugo Boss, guests will experience the strange and surreal world of Magritte with this summer’s pop-up boutique. Maasmechelen Village offers culture, art and shopping with a sprinkling of Belgian charm, every day from 10 am to 7 pm and selected late night openings – visit website for details.  

Ingolstadt Village, just 40 minutes from culture-rich Munich, the village offers a limousine service, the Chic Lounge for some in-between-shopping relaxation, and everything from multilingual staff to tourism packages, all ready to ease away stress and leave guests with a great day out, from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday.  

Wertheim Village, Germany’s other gem near Frankfurt, is also prepared to make 2014 the most exhilarating summer for guests. With Late Night Shopping and Sunday openings, so guests will never run out of time shopping for brands including Fred Perry, Coach, Diesel and Guess in surroundings that feel like a home from home.

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