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Keep calm, everyone: The Versace stores in Dubai are doing just fine. WWD reports that the country's financial crisis hasn't done much damage to the brand's three fancy new boutiques, which opened in the Dubai Mall last month. Also, Armani is planning to expand, Burberry is thriving, and the malls are packed—which is odd, because the article ends with a brief little aside about how sales are down 30 to 50%. But don't worry: "Some layoffs took place as early as six months ago, and the local media is controlled to the extent that bad news is kept to a minimum." So no one has to know! [WWD, subscription req'd]