Courir has opened its first store in the United Arab Emirates, based on its new Wood concept, through its master franchisee for the Middle East, Al Mana. The new store is located close to a Go Sport store in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates. Courir, a French athletic footwear chain which is being divested by Go Sport Group to come under the ownership of Equistone, has also opened a store in the Diagonal Mar shopping center of Barcelona. The two units bring the total number of Courir stores outside France up to 27. The French Design Institute has given Courir an award for its new Wood format.