The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres Newsletter for October2018

Welcome to our October 2018 Newsletter

A HUGE Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the 2018 RECON MENA Conference -  Future Proof Retail! From the delegates from around the world, to speakers sharing their latest learning, to the sponsors and exhibitors who brought the event to life – we thank you all!!! A record of 3500+ delegates attending the event over the 3 days!!

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To RECON MENA Sponsors and Partners - Your enthusiasm and great support have added value to RECON MENA. A heartfelt THANK YOU for your commitment and your partnerships with us is vital to the success of this event. You are truly appreciated.

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Pre-conference workshop was outstanding success – we planned for 100 delegates and surprisingly received 150+ delegates to attend this Intensive workshop on marketing.

Pre-Conference 2018

The Gala Awards Dinner enjoyed a completely sold out 560 seats in the Ball Room on the last evening of the conference. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!! Click here to view the list of the Gold and Silver Award Winners

Gala Dinner 2018

The feedback our exhibitors has received is overwhelming because of the efforts in promoting their products and services on the exhibition floor. Thank you to all the mall developers and service providers and the new F&B section for showcasing your products and services.

Exhibitors 2018

The Newly elected Board of Directors has recently voted Mazen Hamza Qandeel, Executive Director of of Granada Centre, Saudi Arabia as President of the MECSC Board, Mazen manages the well-known Granada Complex in Riyadh City; the Board Members include Alessandro Gaffuri – CEO & Founder of CELS Group UAE; Alfred Abi Antoun – Head of Retail JLL KSA & Egypt; Mainumnah Shebani – Managing Director of The Retail Agency Oman; Marcello Larizza – GM of Line Investments & Property LLC UAE; Nada Abou Saab – Director of Marketing from Majid Al Futtaim Properties UAE; Rony Aoun – CEO SMAG SAL LebanonWail Balkhair – Deputy CEO of Al Mahmal Centre Saudi Arabia.

BOD 2018

A big thank you to the MECSC team, who made this event the success that is was!! Tireless efforts, long hours, innovative thinking, IT expertise and extreme focus on massive volumes of detail by our team who successfully delivered a truly memorable RECON MENA Conference this year!!!

Please click the following links to view the photos and videos:
RECON MENA 2018 Conference Day 1 Photos (October 29, 2018)
RECON MENA 2018 Conference Day 2 Photos (October 30, 2018)
RECON MENA 2018 Awards Presentation Photos
RECON MENA 2018 Awards Teaser 
RECON MENA 2018 Cocktail Reception Video Teaser
RECON MENA 2018 Conference & Exhibition Video Teaser

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Share News or articles on MECSC monthly newsletter! If you wish to include news or articles about your organization on our Monthly Newsletter, please email Ian at We aim to circulate the Newsletter on the last week of each month. Please submit your news or articles on or before the 23rd of every month.

The MECSC is currently active in Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedInIf you haven’t followed us on the social media platforms, please jump in and check the latest happenings in the industry. We truly appreciate the time you as members invest in following our organization and the new members within the social media programs.

The role of the MECSC is to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profile in the retail industry. Our team is ready to assist your companies’ business growth and personal careers to flourish.  Successful business is all about successful relationships and we want to build these relationships with you, all you need to do is ask and participate.
~David Macadam
Chief Executive Officer

October 27-29, 2019 l Dubai, UAE

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The best and the brightest minds from the retail industry around the world are in Dubai for our RECON Conference. Your ability to put your name and brand forward to those individuals making the corporate business decisions is what you can expect from being a sponsor of RECON MENA.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact:


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Submit Your Entries Now!
Be listed in the most detailed & comprehensive publication on Malls, Retailers & Services Providers

Directory Newsletter Nov Issue

Be more exposed by advertising your Brands & Properties. The Directory is distributed at all MECSC related activities throughout the year, in all of its events and to its members & partners.

Download the forms here and email on the details below:

JUSTIN ESPIRITU, Publication & Database Manager
T: +971 04 359 7909 ext. 13
M: +971 54 3208 359



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The Retail People Magazine - Celebrate its 5th Year Anniversary
Getting Better, Going Stronger!

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Seems like yesterday when the Retail People Magazine was established, and now, we are proud to say that we are on the fifth (5th) year since its inception. We are pleased to have created a means for our members and readers to have the foremost source of knowledge, inspiration, and information for the retail industry, where our members can have an active voice in the activities of our organization. Our readership grows tremendously over the years, and our featured article content continues to inspire, instruct, and please our readers.


In this issue, the Retail People Magazine highlights a number of informative featured articles such as the Robot Restaurant Revolution, Life of Future Retail, E-commerce, Amazon and Walmart, plus more interesting topics which will give the readers fresh ideas about the future-proof retail. In addition, we also feature three major shopping centres with their latest updates.

Read the full content HERE 

For any advertising opportunities, promotion or press releases you need such as cover stories, editorial or advertorial, inserts and bound-in inserts, customized bookmark, featured mall, featured retail brand or service providers, please contact:


MARIZ MATOCDO, Marketing Officer

T: +971 04 359 7909 ext. 12
M: +971 55 551 760
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MECSC Corporate Membership

We are extremely happy seeing an elevated level of involvement from our member by utilizing our newsletters and social media accounts in promoting their products and services.

Join as Corporate Members now and enjoy these awesome benefits.

Become a Member now     View who recently joined MECSC

Questions regarding membership, please contact:

IAN BALDONANZA, Registration and Digital Content Executive

T: +971 04 359 7909 ext. 16
M: +971 56 477 6536

Spring Board Networking Events

The Spring Board Networking Event brings Retail Industry professionals together in an environment to facilitate business development, knowledge-sharing and networking. Middle East Council of Shopping Centres’ (MECSC) primary goal is to bring together regional leaders and professionals under one roof to network with key players in the retail sector and enable to meet and build relationships.

Spring Board Networking Event - Oman

December 12, 2018 l Al Adham Ballroom, Crowne Plaza - Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre

Click here to register

Spring Board Networking Event - Abu Dhabi, UAE

December 5, 2018 l Bursa Kebap Evi in Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi

Click here to register


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MECSC Custom Education
Our Team at MECSC are able to custom create education programs for you!

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A large component of what our team does at the MECSC is to create unique opportunities for business development and career enhancement for our members and the retail industry at large. 

Custom Education - Education continues to be a primary focus within the MECSC.  Our leadership role in the retail industry makes the MECSC the first choice in curriculum development and delivery. Our team appreciates your support in sourcing new educational opportunities.  When your organization or affiliated companies consider retail industry training programs, please contact us as we would be pleased to assist you with your training needs.

For any inquiry please contact:

KHAYE COMANDA, Associate Director
T: +971 04 359 7909  / D: +971 04 359 2107
M: +971 56 682 1634



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Industry Insights

How to strategically use shopping centre and mall traffic data


How malls & retailers could benefit from digital receipts?


Members' Press Releases

More than 500 Investors Ready to Open Businesses at Centro Mall, Palestine


After viewing the attractive points for Palestine’s Centro Mall, Investors are ready to invest with their businesses at the mall. Alaa Abu Ein, Centro Mall’s board member and a current MECSC member, mentions that more than 500 investors have already signed their names and are ready to invest in the largest mall in Palestine with the overall area of 70,000 square meters. Read More…

Rethinking Luxury Goods in Retail 

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Luxury Goods are undergoing deep changes in their marketing and communication, especially, in the physical retail side of it. The new technologies in digital/social media and the drastic change in customer expectations in the new mobile/ social era are a major source of this development. Yet the physical store remains a crucial communication vector for luxury brands. Read More…

Red Sea Mall contributed towards the growth of the society and settlement of 60% of jobs 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - October 2018: As an integral part of the society in all its sections, and as a leader in presenting various initiatives and campaigns centered around social issues, Red Sea Mall has been outstanding in the significant role it plays in contributing towards activities and programs that drive the society towards growth and progress. Read More…

Dar Al Arkan seeks accreditation from ETMAM for Three Developments in Riyadh City

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(Riyadh/Dubai– 20 October, 2018) – Dar Al Arkan, the largest listed real estate developer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, today announced that it has submitted a request to ETMAM, the Developers Services Centre at the Saudi Ministry of Housing, for the accreditation of three comprehensive development projects in Shams Ar Riyadh, totaling over 1.936 million square meters. The company also applied for the issuance of off-plan sales license for projects under construction in Shams Ar Riyadh. Read More…

Shopping Centre & Retail News

Emirates Cooperative Society launches Market Street


Dubai UAE: Emirates Cooperative Society UAE’s leading grocer that has a chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets in the UAE, today announced their expansion plans with the launch of their new look community supermarket branded ‘Market Street’ near to fish roundabout, Al Muteena, Deria, Dubai. The store is operational and currently offering great deals to boost early customers. Oct 31 l Zawya

Developer Gulf Related and Alshaya Group to bring popular global brands to Abu Dhabi's Al Maryah Central


Abu Dhabi: Gulf Related, together with leading international franchise operator Alshaya Group, have announced the leasing of nearly 40 units, reinforcing Al Maryah Central’s status as the new ‘go-to’ mall and a market leader that will transform Abu Dhabi’s lifestyle, dining and shopping experience. Oct 31 l Zawya

Forever Living Products invests in UAE as part of Middle East expansion plan


Dubai, UAE: Forever Living Products International, the largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of Aloe Vera products in the world, continues to infuse large capital investments into the Middle East as part of its expansion bid to secure a stronger and more solid market foothold in the regional nutraceuticals sector. In line with its aggressive expansion approach, the company injected AED 7.5 million in the UAE this year alone to build its new product centers after making the country the main headquarters of its key regional operations. Oct 30 l Zawya

Union Coop reveals details about upcoming Al Warqa project


Retail Pioneer ‘Union Coop’ organized a Press Conference to unveil its upcoming Mall project in ‘Al Warqa’, which will be known as ‘Al Warqa City Mall’. This new shopping mall is an extension to its series of community malls, aiming to serve the neighbourhoods, aconcept that started with its Al Barsha and Etihad Malls. Oct 29 l Zawya

Alef Group announces opening of Al Mamsha Sales Centre in Zero 6 Mall


Sharjah: It has been Alef Group’s endeavour since its establishment to provide an upscale environment of real estate products derived from the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and consistently adding value to the constantly-evolving transformational drive in the Emirate of Sharjah. Oct 29 l Zawya

Increasing disruption spells brighter future for GCC retail


The GCC region's retail sector has been going through sweeping changes that are not only disrupting the conventional retail but reshaping its future too. In recent times, the mode of retailing in the GCC has gone through substantial changes that was unimaginable a few years back. Oct 28 l Zawya

Exclusive: Agthia expects to expand into new markets amid competition in GCC


Agthia, the Abu Dhabi food and beverage company that produces Al Ain water, expects to expand into new markets amid forecast of a flat profit next year, as competition heats up in the Arabian Gulf and changes in population demographics impact purchasing power, its chief executive said. The company plans to deal with the status quo by cutting costs, introducing new products, increasing market share in countries it already operates in and expanding into new geographies, siad Tariq Al Wahedi on Sunday. Oct 28 l The National

Wadi signs $30million strategic partnership with retail giant Majid Al Futtaim


Dubai: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia today announced an investment in Wadi which operates Wadi Grocery, the fastest growing online grocery delivery platform in Saudi Arabia. The investment in Wadi is part of a US$ 30 million funding round that will help set up the delivery mechanism for all Carrefour stores within KSA. Oct 25 l Zawya

Work in full swing at $1.2bln Abu Dhabi mall


UAE-based Al Farwaniya Property Developments said work on its $1.2-billion Abu Dhabi retail, dining and leisure destination, Reem Mall, is progressing at a rapid pace with more than 163,500 cu m of reinforced concrete already cast in place. The construction for the project commenced in late 2017, with the foundation stone laid earlier this year. As of October, a total of 16 tower cranes have been erected at the project site, said the developer. Oct 25 l Zawya

French food products gaining traction in UAE


Food and beverage products from France are gaining momentum in the UAE. French exports to the UAE represent around 400 million euros in sales annually and the leading exports include beverages (30 per cent), dairy products (16 per cent) and fruits (9 per cent), according to Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. Oct 25 l Khaleej Times

Carter & White becomes first luxury interiors brand to present at inaugural ADIBS


Dubai, UAE: Carter & White – Dubai’s rapidly growing luxury bespoke bedlinen and bath linen label, specialising in premium items for the yachting world – has just successfully exhibited at the inaugural Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS). Oct 23 l Zawya

Dubai-based Nakheel breaks ground on $194mln Dragon Towers


DUBAI - Nakheel, the Dubai-based property developer, today broke ground on Dragon Towers, its AED713 million twin-building residential project at Dragon City mixed-use community. The ground-breaking ceremony, led by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah, comes a month after the developer awarded a contract for AED552 million to UAE-based Ali Mousa and Sons Contracting to build the project, the first residential component at Dragon City. Oct 22 l Zawya

Gulf set to lead MENA cinema growth with $3.5bn investments


The number of cinema screens is set to jump 38.4 percent to 1,800 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the next 3-5 years, according to a research by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC). More than $3.54 billion investment in cinema screens across the Gulf is expected to help the region’s cinema industry expand manifold following Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to open up the sector 35 years after cinemas were banned. Oct 22 l Arabian Business

Construction of Dubai's $330m Cityland mall nears completion


Cityland Mall, the 2.2 million sq ft retail and entertainment scheme being developed in Dubai, has appointed consultancy Vindico to deliver the retail element of the project. Cityland Real Estate Development has hired Vindico as the construction process of the mall is in the advanced stages of completion. Oct 22 l Arabian Business

Swedish retail giant Ikea plans to expand into Oman


Home improvement and lifestyle store Al-Futtaim ACE, has opened its first store in the Northern Emirates in Manar Mall, Ras Al Khaimah. The move marks the first Al-Futtaim ACE store in the Northern Emirates and is a notable addition to the US$100 million expanded and upgraded mall, Ras Al Khaimah’s largest and most popular shopping and entertainment centre. Oct 21 l Zawya

UAE retail giant says to invest $500m in Egyptian expansion


UAE-based retail giant Lulu Group on Monday said it is planning to invest $500 million in Egypt over the next two years. According to a statement issued in Cairo, the company said it intends to build four new hypermarkets in 6 October City, New Cairo, and Obour. Oct 15 l Arabian Business

Swedish retail giant Ikea plans to expand into Oman


Ikea plans to expand into Oman as part of plans to enter about a dozen new markets in the coming years, as the Swedish furniture giant aims to reach a total of 3 billion potential customers by 2025. The company will open stores in Chile, Columbia and Peru through a new Ikea franchisee called Falabella as part of its first foray into South America, Inter Ikea said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. Oct 10 l Arabian Business

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