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The MECSC Newsletter Jan 2019 Issue
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Welcome to our January 2019 Newsletter

Our team at MECSC has hit the ground running and active on many fronts in January. Our key goal this year at the MECSC is 1200 members in 2019. We have many new initiatives to virtually increase the number of members during this calendar year. Given our new membership offers and promotion, the benefits of becoming a member is invaluable as you join the largest retail professional network in the MENA region.
The role of the MECSC is to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profiles in the retail industry. As members of our organization we suggest that you ask for what you need from us, to enable your business to prosper and grow.  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.
 

SHOPPING CENTRE AND RETAIL TRENDS

Jeddah retailer Manuel Market plans to open 100 new stores

Jeddah retailer Manuel Market plans to open 100 new stores.
Arabian Business   l 30 January 2019

 

Majid Al Futtaim 2018 revenue up 8% to $9.4bln.

Majid Al Futtaim 2018 revenue up 8% to $9.4bln.
Zawya   l 30 January 2019

 

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Saudi Arabia announces plans for major entertainment complex in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia announces plans for major entertainment complex in Riyadh
Arabian Business   l 30 January 2019

 

Trampoline park operator plans major Gulf expansion

Trampoline park operator plans major Gulf expansion
Arabian Business   l 22 January 2019

Progress has been made on the world’s largest sports mall

Progress has been made on the world’s largest sports mall
ConstructionWeek   l 20 January 2019

 

They’ve started building the first supertall tower at Uptown Dubai.

They’ve started building the first supertall tower at Uptown Dubai.
Whats On  l January 14, 2019

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    THE MECSC DIRECTORY
Deadline Extended: MECSC Directory Listings
Final Due Date on February 10, 2019.
Submit your listings now!

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Please click one of the following and send to publishing@mecsc.org

1.  Mall Information Form
2.  Retailers Information Form
3.  Service Provider Information Form

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MECSC MEMBERS' CORNER

Unifree Duty Free Chose V-Count Solutions For The Biggest Duty Free In The World!

Unifree Duty Free Chose V-Count Solutions For The Biggest Duty Free In The World!
Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing 2019 reviews the global economic scenario and its impact on the retailing industry. Read More

 

Majid Al Futtaim 2018 revenue up 8% to $9.4bln.

The Treasure Chest goes live with Semnox and Playsafe Cashless System
Semnox in association with Playsafe Systems has successfully implemented its Cashless Business Solution in The Treasure Chest family entertainment park in Newport. Read More

Unifree Duty Free Chose V-Count Solutions For The Biggest Duty Free In The World!

Openbravo will be participating as a SILVER PARTNER at The Retail Summit
Come and meet us to learn about the Openbravo cloud-based omnichannel solution and discover why leading Middle East retailers like Sharaf DG and other international retailers like Decathlon or Toys "R" Us have already adopted it. Read More

 

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Sahara Mall Riyadh announces its renovation plan by also hosting 9 Screens VOX Cinema
Improvements include a complete remodulation of Center Court, a new and improved FEC and new furniture for the Food Court and common sitting areas.  Read More

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Burj Nahar Mall opening Q4 2019
Burj Nahar is a mixed use development located centrally in the heart of Deira, Dubai. The retail Development is poised to become a mass market, outlet driven, brand oriented destination community center set to attract customers from within Dubai and Beoyed.   V isit Website

 

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Pathfinder has partnered with more than 100 Shopping Centres to help them reap the benefit of real-time data capture and actionable analytics
Pathfinder recently partnered with The Mall at Colombo City Centre  which is set to become Sri Lanka’s largest shopping destination, and the only integrated lifestyle complex of its kind. Visit Website

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Centro Mall, which is located in the heart of Ramallah's city center will be set to become the largest mall in Palestine
Here are  some of the attraction points Centro mall will be providing for its customers: Wax Museum, Buzz Activity Area, Kids Play Area, Ice Rink, and Aquarium. Read More

 

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Special invitees enthralled by the magic of 'Holoverse' at Oman Avenues Mall
Al Tamman Group’s Grand Entertainment LLC has partnered with renowned Australian immersive entertainment technology specialist - Euclideon Entertainment, to bring to the Sultanate, the Middle East’s first hologram arcade – ‘Holoverse’. Read More

      THE RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Our First Quarter Issue is OUT NOW!

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In this edition, the CEO of Asala Holding, Mr. Fouad Al Rashed, graces the cover of our magazine.  As our theme focuses on Redefining Experiential Retail in 2019, Fouad introduces the two mega malls that will change the retail face in KSA. Read online version here.

Grab your own copy at the MECSC Office or email customercare@mecsc.org for more details.

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  MECSC MEMBERSHIP
Welcome to our newest MECSC Corporate Members!

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LALS Group, Al Majid Property Co. LLC and Granadia joined MECSC as our newest Bronze Corporate Members.

Expect to hear and see more of these corporate members in our Retail People Magazine,  Website, Social Media Accounts and Newsletters.

Become a Member now     View who recently joined MECSC

MECSC LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
For Retail Real Estate Professionals Level 1, 2 & 3

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Delegates will master core concepts, share ideas and identify successful strategies alongside colleagues from around the world to equip yourself to succeed in the Shopping Centre and Retail Industry.

Contact MECSC office at +971 4 359 7909 or email lea@mecsc.org to register.

Custom Education also Available - 
When your organization or affiliated companies consider customized retail industry training programs, please contact us as we would be pleased to assist you with your training needs.

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  RECON MENA 2019 - SAVE THE DATE

October 27-29, 2019 l Dubai, UAE

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  INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

Me, My Life, My Wallet

KPMG Report - A new way of navigating the evolving consumer

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Global Powers of Retailing 2019

Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing 2019 reviews the global economic scenario and its impact on the retailing industry

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Study: Gen Z is Truly the Digital Generation

Retailers targeting the Gen Z consumers need to offer the right kind of omnichannel customer experience

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What Customer Service Skills Improve Retail Business Growth 

Retailers seeking to drive profits need to focus on three key customer service skills, according to customer intelligence company Infinity Research

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NEW RETAIL OPENINGS

First look: Entertainment destination Wavehouse at Atlantis The Palm

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A major new dining and entertainment venue is set to shake up things at Atlantis The Palm when it opens on February 1, and we’ve had a first look inside. Called Wavehouse, the new complex is split between indoor and outdoor activities and comes complete with a restaurant, terrace and adult-only bar, as well as endless family-friendly fun to keep little ones (and grown ups) busy. Jan 29 l What's On

UK fashion brand Missguided to open at The Dubai Mall

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Found on the first floor, the store is opposite Dubai Aquarium, near Forever 21, taking the spot formerly occupied by New Look. Missguided is popular for catering centrally to young millennials, offering shoppers more than 500 new styles each week, that are inspired by street style, catwalk shows and social media. It’s released collections with stars including Nicole Scherzinger and Jourdan Dunn, as well as brands such as Barbie and Love island. Jan 29 l What's On

Las Vegas’ award-winning Bacchanal buffet now open in Dubai

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A brand new slice of Las Vegas has arrived in Dubai with the opening of Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai. As well as bringing 301 additional guestrooms, two pools and a host of restaurants and bars to Bluewaters island, Caesars Resort also sees the arrival of Las Vegas’ famous Bacchanal buffet. Jan 29 l What's On

Sneaker Store The Social Foot opens in The Dubai Mall

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Dubai is embracing sneaker culture. With a handful of smaller hype-sneaker stores popping up over the past few years, the big boys have finally noticed, and launched their own. The Social Foot, a part of the Sports & Lifestyle division at Al-Futtaim, will stock the latest sneaker releases and worldwide streetwear brands Jan 15 l Sneakers ME

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Dubai: PINZA, the modern ‘pinzeria’ that delivers the lightest, crunchiest, tastiest and healthiest hand-kneaded crust in Dubai, has marked the opening of its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall, Jumeirah. Offering indoor and outdoor dining experiences, the new trendy outlet serves unique Pinzas, seasonal Pinzas as well as a range of salads in addition to vegan options for the discerning customers. Jan 13 l Zawya

  NEW SHOPPING CENTRE OPENINGS

Dubai Industrial Park Launches First Community Retail Mall

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Dubai - Dubai Industrial Park (DI), one of the largest industrial hubs in Dubai and a member of TECOM Group, has announced the official opening of its first retail offering, Sapphire Mall, which will cater to residents in the destination’s growing community.  Jan 6 l MENA Herald

UAE’s Majid Al Futtaim opens $117m City Centre Suhar in Oman

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UAE-based mall operator Majid Al Futtaim has opened its OMR45m ($117m) City Centre Suhar, the company’s fourth shopping centre in Oman, it announced on Wednesday. The mall features 129 retail outlets such as such as Body Shop and Max Fashion, a 7,348 sqm Carrefour Hypermarket, a nine-screen VOX Cinemas, Magic Planet and over 1,000 available parking spaces.  Jan 23 l Gulf Business

*UPCOMING PROJECTS

21 new Dubai hotspots to open in 2019

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From fancy five-star hotels and celebrity chef-backed restaurants to giant shopping malls and performance venues, these are the new launches we’re most looking forward to in the emirate this year  Jan 8 l The National

MECSC Newsletter Feb 2019


The MECSC Newsletter Feb 2019 Issue
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Welcome to our February 2019 Newsletter

MECSC to pioneer Crowdsourcing, Webinars and Podcasts for the Retail Industry in the Region.

Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people who provide content, services, knowledge and contributions, usually through the internet.

For our members this means access to vast amounts of information which will be generated globally.  Please let us know what information you are seeking and we will endeavor to provide crowdsourcing solutions for your business.

Webinars are coming to the MECSC in the second quarter this year. We will keep you posted. Please let us know what you want to learn about online with our newly created Webinars.

Podcasts are also coming to the MECSC in the second quarter this year. We will keep you posted. Please let us know what you want to learn about online with our newly created Podcasts

Important Announcement: Newly Amended MECSC By-Laws.
The MECSC Board President Mazen Hamza Qandeel together with the MECSC Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of the several amendments to the MECSC bylaws to reflect the current operation of the organization. Click here to view the amended MECSC By-Laws updated on 12 February 2019. 

A big thank you to our MECSC Board of Directors who were busy brainstorming and planning for the success of the MECSC's events, publications and activities. The first MECSC’s Board of Directors’ meeting this year was held last 12 February at the MECSC's office. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss important operational and policy matters, and review the association’s progress in meeting its strategic goals.

The role of the MECSC is to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profiles in the retail industry. As members of our organization we suggest that you ask for what you need from us, to enable your business to prosper and grow.  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.
 

WHAT'S NEW IN RETAIL

Majid Al Futtaim's first mall in Abu Dhabi set for Q2 2019 launch

Majid Al Futtaim's first mall in Abu Dhabi set for Q2 2019 launch
My City Centre Masdar has created 1,500 construction jobs and is expected to achieve Estidama Pearl 3 rating
Construction Week l Feb 28, 2019

 

Union Coop plans move into Abu Dhabi

Union Coop plans move into Abu Dhabi
Union Coop, the largest cooperative retail group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is planning to expand outside its home emirate of Dubai
Zawya l Feb 28, 2019

 

$137mln Bahrain mega mall on track for October opening

$137mln Bahrain mega mall on track for October opening
The project will feature more than 200 retail outlets on a total built-up area of 125,000 sqm
Zawya l Feb 25, 2019

 

Trampoline park operator plans major Gulf expansion

Fashion giant R&B opens major store in capital city
R&B, Apparel Group’s most popular fashion retailer offering quality clothing at affordable prices, has opened a store in Al-Qasr Mall in Riyadh.
Saudi Gazette l Feb 24, 2019

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    THE MECSC DIRECTORY

We are now finalizing The MECSC Directory 2019 and will soon be off to the printers! Thank you for all members who have supported this once-in-a year publication of MECSC!

Make sure to reserve a copy now! We are now 60% less of stock due to early reservations!

Do you want to write an Experts Views article? Or to advertise your Mall or Brand? Last call to express interest! We will not be accepting paid contents anymore after March 14, 2019! Reach out to us now!

The MECSC Directory will feature Malls, Retailers and Service Providers in 27 countries with new countries like Iraq, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and many more!

Do you want to know more? Click here now or email publishing@mecsc.org

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MECSC LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
For Retail Real Estate Professionals Level 1, 2 & 3

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Don’t be left behind -- Equip yourself with retail knowledge now!

MECSC, together with our training instructors, are consistently raising the bar on the training offerings provided to retail professionals.  One of MECSC’s focus is designing its training course content specific to retail to ensure participants will learn how to develop, lease, market and operate shopping centre successfully.  

Participants will be taught the fundamentals of operating a shopping centre more effectively as well as learn how the essential components fit, the basic principles of the art and science of merchandising, the economics and the leasing strategies to effectively impact the income and retail productivity of their centre.

Contact MECSC office at +971 4 359 7909 or email lea@mecsc.org to register.

Custom Education also Available - 
When your organization or affiliated companies consider customized retail industry training programs, please contact us as we would be pleased to assist you with your training needs

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MECSC MEMBERS' CORNER

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Cirque du Soleil and Openbravo strengthen their partnership for the next 5 years
The use of Openbravo software will enable Cirque du Soleil to continue innovating at the point of sale with the introduction of new capabilities aimed at delivering an improved customer experience in all its merchandising stores and shows, as well as to progress with its omnichannel strategy. Read More

 

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L5 Award for Crisis and Risk Management Course l  24 th to 26 th March 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE. This course has been designed for experience security, risk and crisis managers who are being tasked with the planning and management of increasingly complex scenarios. Read More

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Meraas and Backite Media extend advertising partnership to four Dubai destinations
Al Seef, City Walk, La Mer and The Beach to now benefit from the technicolour advertising displays BackLite Media have been bringing to Meraas’ destinations for three year.  Read More

 

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i12WRK - A disruptive app to help you find your next hire, and save cost
Find the right candidates and make even smarter talent decisions with this disruptive app that uses smart technology to ensure jobs are geo-located and helps you tap into the local talent pool.  Read More

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H.R.H Prince Mishaal Bin Majed honors Red Sea Mall
H.R.H Prince Mishaal Bin Majed honoredRed Sea Mall at the celebration of the Jeddah Creative Awards event.  Read More

 

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Red Sea Mall embraces the launch of “Hayya Jeddah” 2019
Within the Jeddah’s Chamber celebration of its 75thanniversary, the “Hayya Jeddah” 2019 festival is back, which is organized by the events management department at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Read More

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Successful Implementation at Torq03 E-Zone, Adds to Semnox Repertoire
Torq03 has adopted the Semnox cashless system for the gaming operations at its facility in Bengaluru. Read More

 

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Majid Al Futtaim to launch Carrefour Business in 2019
‘One stop shop’ service will provide a wide range of high-quality food and non-food solutions to cover the needs of the HORECA industry and B2B customers, with incentivised pricing for volume-based orders. Read More

      THE RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Our First Quarter Issue is OUT NOW!

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In this edition, the CEO of Asala Holding, Mr. Fouad Al Rashed, graces the cover of our magazine.  We would like to thank all our Advertisers and Sponsors for this issue. We are inviting you to read the magazine online for more up-to-date topics in the retail industry.  Read online version here.

Grab your own copy at the MECSC Office or email customercare@mecsc.org for more details.

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MECSC MEMBERSHIP

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Juby Jose, Head of Marketing & Specialty Leasing of Dalma Mall shares his retail background and experience for being a member of MECSC since 2010.  Read More

Expect to hear and see more of our members members in our Retail People Magazine,  Website, Social Media Accounts and Newsletters.

BECOME A MEMBER NOW!     VIEW WHO RECENTLY JOINED MECSC
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  RECON MENA 2019 - SAVE THE DATE

October 27-29, 2019 l Dubai, UAE

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Join the MECSC Team

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Position: Membership / Database Accounting Executive

Minimum Requirements:
Accountant
Excellent Communication & Marketing Skills
Technical Skills (Website Manipulation and Management)
Advance Excel Skills with Reporting
With Experience in Telemarketing, Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing

Download Job Description

Send us your CV at  account@mecsc.org

  INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

2019 Retail Industry Outlook
Navigating Disruption in Retail
Deloitte: Download Full Report

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The Retail Trends Playbook 2020
A report by business intelligance platform PSFK in partnership with Microsoft:  Download Full Report

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RETAIL TRENDS

Aldar Investments acquires Etihad Airways properties in Dh1.2bn deal

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Aldar Investments Properties, a unit of Abu Dhabi’s biggest listed developer Aldar Properties, is acquiring full ownership of Etihad Plaza and Etihad Airways Centre from Etihad Airways for Dh1.2 billion in its first major deal since launching in 2018.
The National l Feb 27, 2019

As the cashless craze takes hold, retailers are shopping for cashier-less checkouts

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Social media platforms like Instagram, have played an important role in helping budding businesses and entrepreneurs develop and shape their marketing strategies as they leverage such platforms to reach their target audience. The cascading feed of retail events and pop-up stores on Instagram has been valuable to entrepreneurs in the UAE and wider Gulf.
The National l Feb 14, 2019

Huawei rolls out $2,600 foldable phone to compete with Samsung

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Only five days after Samsung disrupted the smartphone industry by launching both 5G-enabled and foldable phones, Huawei has entered the segment, too. The Chinese manufacturer has combined the features into one device, unveiling its first 5G and foldable phone, the Mate X, at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.
The National l Feb 25, 2019

World's highest lounge opens at top of Dubai's Burj Khalifa

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Emaar has opened doors for the public to the highest point in Burj Khalifa at levels 152, 153 and 154, towering at an imposing height of 575 meters, with the unveiling of The Lounge, Burj Khalifa. Billed as the world's highest restaurant, The Lounge, Burj Khalifa spans the three floors and also features an outdoor terrace.
Arabian Business l Feb 13, 2019

Emaar Malls fourth-quarter net profit grows 2% as it expands outlets and retail offerings

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Emaar Malls, a unit of Dubai’s biggest listed developer Emaar Properties, posted a 2 per cent increase in fourth-quarter net income as it continued to expand its malls and retail offerings.Net profit in the three months ending December 31 reached Dh591 million, the company said on Wednesday. Revenue during the period grew 8 per cent year-on-year to Dh1.21 billion.
The National l Feb 13, 2019

Why pop-up events might be favoured over retail outlets

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Social media platforms like Instagram, have played an important role in helping budding businesses and entrepreneurs develop and shape their marketing strategies as they leverage such platforms to reach their target audience. The cascading feed of retail events and pop-up stores on Instagram has been valuable to entrepreneurs in the UAE and wider Gulf.  
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India-based Zomato said to plan exit from UAE business

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

India-based foodtech major Zomato is reportedly in talks with German-based Delivery Hero to to sell its UAE-based business. UAE was the first market outside India that Zomato launched its food delivery business. The UAE accounts for about 20 percent of Zomato’s overall food delivery business.
Arabian Business l Feb 6, 2019

Lulu to invest Dh2b in Egypt's retail industry

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Egypt is the new 'destination for investments' and gateway to African continent, a top trade official said as the UAE-based Lulu Group is set to pump Dh2 billion in the retail sector.
Khaleej Times l Feb 6, 2019

Mall of the Emirates rolls out WeChat Pay targeting Chinese customers

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

The mall is the first in the UAE to offer this payment option. Retailers at Mall of the Emirates will accept purchases via WeChat Pay in a bid to attract more shoppers from China to spend at the Dubai shopping and leisure centre.
The National l Feb 6, 2019

Carrefour's new school will train 2,500 managers for the digital age of retail

PINZA opens its first dine-in venue at Onethird in dar wasl Mall

Retail Business School is designed to boost customer experiences and lower prices. Step into Majid Al Futtaim’s new Retail Business School and Fiona – a virtual assistant - welcomes you to the campus that aims to train nearly a quarter of Carrefour's staff in the UAE for the new digital age.
The National l Feb 5, 2019

MECSC INSTASTORIES

David Macadam as Keynote Speaker at Landmark Africa's Staff Conference l  Feb 7, 2019

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MECSC Board of Directors Meeting l  Feb 12, 2019

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MECSC Staff Completed Digital Marketing Training l 
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MECSC Newsletter Mar 2019


The MECSC Newsletter Mar 2019 Issue
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Welcome to our March 2019 Newsletter

 
  • Early Bird Discount Ending Soon for the MECSC Learning and Development School 2019 (JTR Program).  Register and save up to USD 600 off the fee when you enroll with your colleagues until April 7, 2019 only.
  • The MECSC Directory 2019: We are proud to present the new Front Cover for the 2019 edition – “Khalifa City Mall” in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The publication will be coming out soon this April 2019.
  • Save the Date:  Baku Azerbaijan Spring Board Networking Event. MECSC will be hosting its first networking event in Baku on May 16, 2019. Stay tuned for more updates.
  • Deerfields mall and  Souq Extra joined us this month as our newest  Bronze Corporate Members. As our membership grows, MECSC will be able to bring to the region appropriate specialized conference, networking and publications.  Become part of the MECSC now!
  • M ECSC MENA Shopping Centre and Retail Awards 2019 . This year’s Awards categories have been reviewed to ensure that we recognize and reward the areas that matter most to retailers and shopping centres in today’s market. Watch out for the  NEW and exciting Awards categories this 2019. The online platform to submit your award entries will be available in the 3 rd week of April 2019. Download and Review the awards guidelines here.
  • New membership offers:  20% discount at Hilton Hotels, 15% discount at Rove Hotels, Corporate Rates at Shangri-La Dubai and Kempinski Hotel MOE exclusively available for MECSC Members.Contact MECSC for more details.
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The role of the MECSC is to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profiles in the retail industry. As members of our organization we suggest that you ask for what you need from us, to enable your business to prosper and grow.  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.

WHAT'S NEW IN RETAIL

DWTC launches immersive 3D dining experience: LMNTS

DWTC launches immersive 3D dining experience: LMNTS
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Saudi capital to get world’s biggest park in $23bn project

Saudi capital to get world’s biggest park in $23bn project
Arab News l 25 Mar

Luxury perfumery Maison Francis Kurkdjian launches

Luxury perfumery Maison Francis Kurkdjian launches
Zawya  l 21 Mar

 

Ajdan Rise project launched in Khobar

Ajdan Rise project launched in Khobar
Saudi Gazette  l 11 Mar

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    THE MECSC DIRECTORY
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ANNOUNCING THE NEW FRONT COVER FOR THE MECSC DIRECTORY 2019: "Khalifa City Mall" in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The publication will be coming out soon this April 2019. To reserve a copy, please call MECSC at +971 4 359 7909  or email publishing@mecsc.org.

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MECSC MEMBERS' PRESS RELEASES

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Dalma Mall Demonstrated its Safety Standards with a Record-Breaking 7 Minute Fire Evacuation Drill
All 1,855 people present at the mall, including staff, tenants and shoppers, were evacuated in an exemplary record time of 07.43 minutes.  Read More

 

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Bahrain Aquarium Unveiled as the Newest Addition to Mall of Dilmunia
Mall of Dilmunia is pleased to announce their latest addition to their mall, unveiling the Bahrain Aquarium as one of their many star attractions that will be available for their visitors.  Read More

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Openbravo: Retail Subscriptions Growth Soars Beyond Expectations driven by Openbravo Cloud
Openbravo, the global cloud-based omnichannel platform vendor for agile and innovative retailing, today announced its results for the full year ending December 31, 2018. Read More

 

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SICO opens Quwaieyah Mall as part of its expansion drive
Saudi Investment Company (SICO), one of the leading developer, owner and operator of shopping malls in Saudi Arabia, announced the opening of Quwaieyah Mall in Al Quwaieyah City on 21st Feb, the largest mall in the Riyadh Region. Read More

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MECSC LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
For Retail Real Estate Professionals Level 1, 2 & 3
17-20 June 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel, MOE, Dubai, UAE
Early Bird Discount Ending Soon! Enroll now!

 

Don’t get left behind -- Equip yourself with retail knowledge

Early Bird offer until April 7, 2019 : AED 8,220
Regular Rate After April 7, 2019: AED 9,030


Call MECSC at +971 4 359 7909 or email connect@mecsc.org to register.

  Custom Education also Available -  When your organization or affiliated companies consider customized retail industry training programs, please contact us as we would be pleased to assist you with your training needs.

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Pikasso Iraq Wins Magma Square Advertising Concession in Sulaimaniya
Pikasso Iraq announces that it has won the advertising concession of Magma Square, the vibrant, social, and entertainment open-air destination in Sulaimaniya, part of Malia Group, which will open its doors in May 2019. Read More

 

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GJ Real Estate Selects Yardi for Asset and Property Management Platform
GJ Real Estate, a regional real estate development and construction company, has selected the Yardi® technology platform to streamline operations across its real estate portfolio in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. Read More

    SPRINGBOARD NETWORKING EVENT - BAKU, AZERBAIJAN
REGISTER TO ATTEND

May 16, 2019 l Baku, Azerbaijan

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      THE RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE

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Time flies so fast and we are now approaching the 2 nd quarter of this year. For those of you who haven’t read the 1 st issue of our magazine, here is the link to read the online version .

In this issue, City Centre Mirdif relaunched their popular, dynamic attraction “ Outdoors” a family concept that celebrates the splendor of the season. ShopperTrak encourages the retailers and mall owners to Dream Big in 2019 to meet the demands of a new generation of digitally-engaged shoppers. Theleisureway also share their expertise in creating a unique place where people can have fun and provide them with emotional value that facilitates social and commercial exchange equally.

Once again, we would like to thank Mr. Fouad Al Rashed, CEO of Asala Holding, as our Front Cover for this issue and all our advertisers. Watch out for the next issue which will be published in May!

Grab your own copy at the MECSC Office or email customercare@mecsc.org for more details.

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  RECON MENA 2019 - SAVE THE DATE

October 27-29, 2019 l Dubai, UAE

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JOB BOARD

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POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

- Leasing Manager
- Mall Manager
- Marketing & Communications Manager
- Senior Marketing Officer

Visit: MECSC JOB BOARD to apply.

  INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

The Agenda Podcast Dubaieye 103.8

Are you loyal to a certain brand or product? Georgia talks brand loyalty with David Macadam, CEO of MECSC:  Listen here

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Radio Presenter Richard Dean Launches Crowdpleaser - A Ground Breaking New Book on Public Speaking - at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

CROWDPLEASER brings together, for the first time, 100 classic tips, tricks and hacks on the art and science of public speaking.  Read more

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Retail Transformation in the Middle East

Rapid Technology Advancements, shift in consumer shopping behaviour and increased online and offline competition are dictating Middle East Retail Priorities  Read More

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The Report: Dubai 2019

A report on Dubai's 2019 economy by the Oxford Business Group:  Download Full Report

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The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019
A report on Abu Dhabi's 2019 economy by the Oxford Business Group:  Download Full Report

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Deloitte GCC Powers of Construction 2018 Report 
Has the industry turned the corner?  Download Full Report

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Ten Trends for the Fashion Industry to Watch in 2019 
What issues matter for brands and retailers most in the coming months?  View Full Article

Ten Trends for the Fashion Industry to Watch in 2019

RETAIL TRENDS

Global Village becomes world’s first entertainment destination with British Safety Council’s five-star grading

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Global Village, the world’s leading multicultural festival park and the region’s first family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, announced that it had successfully completed the prestigious best practice Five-Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit conducted by the British Safety Council. Mar 30 l Emirates News Agency

Dubai Mall to launch the UAE’s first in-mall childcare service

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The Dubai Mall has announced plans to introduce the first in-mall childcare service in the UAE. Launched in partnership with Malaak Mama & Baby Care, a maternity and childcare organisation, the exclusive service will add to The Dubai Mall’s growing portfolio of services being made available for the convenience of guests.  Mar 20 l Arabian Business

Alandalus Property gross profit increases 17% for 2018

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ALANDALUS Property, a Saudi Arabian real estate company involved in the investment, development and operation of income-generating commercial properties across the Kingdom, Wednesday announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2018. Mar 20 l Saudi Gazette

Majid Al Futtaim Opens its Second VOX Cinemas Multiplex in Riyadh in Al Qasr Mall

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Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia today celebrated the launch of its second VOX Cinemas location in Riyadh, with the opening of its multiplex in Al Qasr Mall. Mar 7 l Eye of Dubai

MECSC MEMBERSHIP

Welcome to are newest Bronze Corporate Members: Deerfields Mall and Souq Extra

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Expect to hear more of our Corporate Members in the MECSC Directory, Retail People Magazine, Website, Social Media accounts and Newsletter

BECOME A CORPORATE MEMBER NOW!

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October 29, 2019
Dubai, UAE

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For inquiries and entry submissions please call Lea at +971 50 708 9235 or email lea@mecsc.org

 
 
 
 
 

Disclaimer : The views expressed in this document are those of the contributor(s) and no liability can be accepted for any omissions, errors of fact or opinion.

Our mailing address is:

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres
Unit 507, Arenco Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Media City, PO Box 43972, Dubai, UAE
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MECS+R Newsletter April 2019


The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers - Newsletter April 2019 Issue
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Welcome to our MECS+R April 2019 Newsletter

 
  • Voice on Demand Podcast is now streaming. We are ready to bring our members to a higher level with the launching of our new Podcast Show "Voice on Demand". Our new show is available for all to participate and free to tune in online through your iphone/android devices.  [LISTEN]
  • The MECSC Directory 2019 is out! The regions most extensive source to shopping malls, retailers & service providers - contains over 840 malls, 1000+ Retailers and 700 Services Providers Information. [READ] 
  • The latest issue of the Retail People Magazine is now available!   Have a peek inside of The Future of Entertainment in this edition of the RPM showcasing the upcoming Shopping Mall in Bahrain "Mall of Dilmunia" down to the freshest and hottest topics in the industry and a lot more.  [READ]  
  • Learning and Development 2019: Enrollment still Ongoing. Don't get left behind - join your industry colleagues in this one of a kind learning experience and unmatched exchange of ideas from the industry experts and executives around the region.  [REGISTER]
  • Spring Board Networking Event & Retail Management Masterclass - Baku Azerbaijan. Be part of the history as we host our first event in Baku Azerbaijan at the Four Seasons Hotel on 16th May from 1pm to 4pm (Masterclass) and 6pm to 8pm (Networking Event).  [REGISTER] 
  • Newest Corporate Members. Golden Business Magazine (Iran), Ithra (Dubai), Retail Consulting Group (Lebanon) and Creations Global Retail (Dubai) joined us this month as our newest Corporate Members. As our membership grows, MECS+R will be able to bring to the region appropriate specialized conference, networking and publications.  [CONNECT]
  • MENA Shopping Centre and Retail Awards 2019 . Our online platform is now ready to receive your entry submissions. We have  NEW and exciting categories for your selection this year.  [SUBMIT AN ENTRY] 
Actionable Ideas Live & Thrive at the MECSC and MECS+R

Read our Publications, Newsletters, Join our Events, Become a Member and
find out how much you can advance your business
  VOICE ON DEMAND PODCAST BY MECS+R

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Pilot Episodes Available:

  • Crowdpleaser: The 100 Greatest Public Speaking Tips of all Time
  • Retail Insights of an Emerging Market
  • Data Optimization and Security in a Retail Environment
  • Behind the Shining Success of a Jewelry Business
  • The Grit behind the Glamour of a Shopping Mall Expert

LISTEN NOW: itunes, soundcloud, spotify, sticher, website

Interested to join our show? Download the Podcast Preparation Checklist HERE and send your outline to connect@mecsc.org.

MECS+R MEMBERS' PRESS RELEASES

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Al Wahda Mall expands portfolio, retains brands with advanced innovative leasing strategies
Al Wahda Mall, an iconic landmark and the favorite shopping destination located in the heart of Abu Dhabi announces the expansion of Sharaf DG, UAE’s largest electronics retailer in the premises. Read More

 

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The leading out-of-home company in the UAE, BackLite Media, is launching BackLite Cinema
BackLite Cinema will pioneer and innovate cinema advertising to improve traditional cinema advertising by enhancing advertising through location, audience, research, data and mobile technology. Read More

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Fabyland and Xtreme Zone Open Doors at Mall of Muscat
Al-Othaim Leisure and Tourism company recently launched Fabyland and Xtreme Zone, two most awaited and the largest entertainment destinations in Muscat; the must-visit family destinations that has something to offer to every member of the family. Read More

 

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Al Ghurair Centre Unveils the Initial Phase of the New Generation Reel Cinema Experience
Al Ghurair Centre, the region’s first shopping destination and one of Dubai’s longstanding flagship icons, announces the completion of Reel Cinemas megaplex much-awaited phase one. Read More

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    THE 2019 MECSC DIRECTORY
GRAB YOUR COPIES NOW!
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Grab your copies now of the 2019 MECSC Directory which includes over 840 Malls, 1000 Retailers and 700 Service Providers information.

The MECSC Directory is an exclusive publication targeted for the Senior and C-Suite Level executives in the regional Retail and Shopping Centre Industry. We provide this books to all the Members for free and we distribute this Directory at all MECS+R hosted and affiliated events over the next 12 months.

VIEW ONLINE VERSION HERE

To learn more about the 2019 MECSC Directory or paticipate for the 2020 issue, visit our website or contact Justin Espiritu at +971 54 320 8359 or email publishing@mecsc.org

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MECS+R MEMBERS' PRESS RELEASES

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Funscape World Awarded Entertainment Management of Mall of Dilmunia
Funscape World, the new Bahraini entertainment company, has been awarded the responsibility to manage the exciting entertainment centre at Mall of Dilmunia. Read More

 

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Groupe Rand accelerates its digital transformation in the fashion sector with Openbravo
Openbravo, the global omnichannel platform vendor for agile and innovative retailing, today announced that it has been awarded a new contract by Groupe Rand. Read More

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Matalan City Centre Mirdif Re-opens
Matalan’s branch in Dubai has reopen its door once again in one of the city’s busiest malls that is very close to residents and families, the City Centre Mirdif. Read More

 

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Al Ghurair Centre Continues its Revitalization Programme with Retail Expansion
In line with the vision to enhance and expand Al Ghurair Centre’s shopping experience, the new portfolio will see the launch of 9 international and regional brands. Read More

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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL FOR RETAIL PROFESSIONALS
(Previously John T. Riordan Global School - JTR)
17-20 June 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel, MOE, Dubai, UAE
ENROLL NOW!
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We Empower You!

Ready to take responsibility for your career success and advancement? You will leave this program more confident and ready to bring a fresh perspective to your organization. In an industry where the depth of your network is so important, MECS+R's Learning and Development School for Retail Professionals also allows you to network with like-minded individuals who are as driven as you are to increase your centre's value and career success.

VIEW OUR NEWEST COURSE CURRICULUM HERE

Register Now! Seats are Limited! Call us at +971 4 359 7909 or email lea@mecsc.org

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    THE RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Our Second Quarter Issue is OUT NOW!
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Welcome to the 2 nd quarter edition of The Retail People Magazine with the theme “ The Future of Entertainment .” Henry Miller says “ One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” We are privileged to have  Shaikh Mohammed bin Duaij Al Khalifa, CEO – Mall of Dilmunia as our featured cover story. Driven by trends and insights, Shaikh Mohammed says that the Mall of Dilmunia aspires to set the foundation for malls in Bahrain. They aim to become the main destination for families of all ages.

In this issue, we have launched and included a new segment called the  Country Focus highlighting the country of Bahrain. In addition,  we have the  Retail Milestones where we celebrate the success and recognition received by our members in the retail industry.

We would like to thank all our sponsors and contributors who have supported this magazine. Here’s the link to our e-version:  http://bit.ly/2XXDJoN. Printed copies are available at the MECS+R office.

To learn more about the RPM or to write an article, please visit our website or contact Mariz Matocdo at +971 55 551 7605 or email customercare@mecsc.org.

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  SPRINGBOARD NETWORKING EVENT and 
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT MASTERCLASS - BAKU, AZERBAIJAN

May 16, 2019 l Four Seasons Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan
REGISTER NOW!
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Registration Fees:

  • [REGISTER]  Property Management Class l 1pm to 4pm l Members: Complimentary; Non-Members: USD 200
  • [REGISTER]  Spring Board Networking Event l 6pm to 8pm l Members and Non-Members: Complimentary

  For sponsorship Opportunities: Email us at lea@mecsc.org or call +971 50 708 9235

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RECON RETAIL CONGRESS 2019

Middle East and North Africa Shopping Centre and Retail Awards
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
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MECSC's newest global awards program recognizes excellence within the region's shopping centre industry. Awards will be given for outstanding achievement in retail, marketing, design/development of retail properties retail store design and service provider companies.

Each year, MECSC MENA Awards celebrates hard working and innovative retailers, shopping centres and service providers who have achieve excellence in their field and provides an opportunity to showcase their business.

NEW AWARDS CATEGORIES THIS YEAR

Service Excellence

  • Property Management Software
  • Data Analytics
  • Technology Innovation
  • Decor & Design Installation
  • Merchandising Display
  • Retail Consultancy Service

  Retail Excellence

  • Theme Park
  • Cinema
  • Family Entertainment Centres
  • Waterparks

To learn more about the 2019 MECSC Awards or submit your entries, click HERE.

Do you need additional help or have more questions? Feel free to contact us  at lea@mecsc.org or call +971 50 708 9235

Join the MECSC Team

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Minimum Requirements:
Able to Speak Clearly and Knowledgeably
Preferably with Accounting Background
Excellent Communication & Marketing Skills
Technical Skills (Website Manipulation and Management)
Advance Excel Skills with Reporting
With Experience in Telemarketing, Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing

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Send us your CV at  account@mecsc.org

  INDUSTRY REPORTS

JLL - Riyadh Real Estate Market Overview - Q1 2019 – English l Arabic

Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Program, Quality of Life Program 2020 and increased market transparency are set to boost Riyadh’s real estate market in the long term. 

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JLL - Jeddah Real Estate Market Overview - Q1 2019 –  English  l  Arabic

With the Saudi Government's ongoing commitment to boosting home ownership amongst local residents, demand for Jeddah's residential sector is expected to gain momentum.

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JLL - Cairo real estate market overview - Q1 2019

Performance remained strong across all sectors of the Cairo real estate market in Q1 2019.  Download Full Report

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JLL - Abu Dhabi Real Estate Market Overview - Q1 2019

The performance of Abu Dhabi’s real estate market remained subdued in Q1 2019.  Download Full Report

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JLL - Dubai Real Estate Market Overview- Q1 2019

As Dubai gears up for Expo 2020, Q1 2019 saw multiple projects being re-commenced in the commercial sector and the highest number of deliveries in a single quarter for a number of years in the residential sector.  Download Full Report

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RETAIL TRENDS

  Saudi Arabia to get new entertainment destinations from PIF-backed unit

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Saudi Entertainment Ventures (Seven), a subsidiary of the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, rolled out plans for its largest project to date – a one million square-metre theme park – and a string of other leisure schemes, in the Eastern Province.  l The National

  Emaar and P&O Marinas start Dh25bn Dubai coastal project

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Dubai's largest listed developer Emaar Properties and DP World’s P&O Marinas are starting a Dh25 billion coastal project that will transform the emirate’s historic port area.  l The National

  World's biggest Lincoln car showroom opens in Dubai

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Buying a new car is a daunting process, not only because it will put you in debt for four to five years, but because the stereotype of overzealous salesmen bearing down on vulnerable customers continues to endure.  l The National

  The world’s first MasterChef-themed restaurant is soon to open

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Lead by head chef Margarita Vaamonde-Beggs, the menu will feature 36 dishes curated from a selection of more than 120 recipes created by champions and finalists from the MasterChef TV show.  l What's On

US footwear brand opens largest international store in Dubai

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US footwear brand Steve Madden has relocated its Dubai Mall store, making it the company's largest outside of its home market. l Arabian Business

Dubai's Majid Al Futtaim opens first shopping mall in Abu Dhabi

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My City Centre Masdar, a AED300 million ($81 million) community project and Majid Al Futtaim’s first shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, has opened.  l Arabian Business

Abu Dhabi's Galleria seeks super-mall status by adding 300 shops

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The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, which opened in Abu Dhabi, six years ago, will open an extension in September, adding more than 300 retail brands. l Arabian Business

Abu Dhabi developer Imkan plots expansion in Egypt

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Real estate developer Imkan, a subsidiary of private equity investor Abu Dhabi Capital Group, plans to expand its offering in Egypt, with discussions ongoing with the Egyptian government to acquire a parcel of land for future development, its chief executive said. l The National

Saudi Arabian retailer Fawaz Alhokair seeks 3.1bn riyals in IPO

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Saudi retailer Fawaz Alhokair Group is seeking to raise as much as 3.1 billion Saudi riyals (Dh3.07bn) from selling shares in its malls unit, the company said on Sunday. l The National

Dubai's Souq relaunches under Amazon brand

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Souq.com, the Middle East’s largest online shopping website, has relaunched to become part of the Amazon e-commerce portal in all countries in the region except Saudi Arabia and Egypt. l Arabian Business

GCC retail sector to grow 22% despite headwinds to $308bn by 2023

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Despite macro-economic headwinds and a slowing global economy, the GCC's retail sector is forecast to grow by about 22 per cent to $308 billion in 2023 from last year with the UAE and Saudi Arabia accounting for the bulk of sales over the next five years. l The National

MECSC MEMBERSHIP

Welcome to are newest Bronze Corporate Members: G olden Business MagazineIthra Dubai, Creations Global Retail, Retail Consulting Group

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Expect to hear more of our Corporate Members in the MECSC Directory, Retail People Magazine, Website, Social Media accounts and Newsletter

BECOME A CORPORATE MEMBER NOW!

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JOINED MECSC
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RECON RETAIL CONGRESS

October 27-29, 2019
Dubai, UAE

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For inquiries and registration please call Lea at +971 50 708 9235 or email lea@mecsc.org

 
 
 
 
 

Disclaimer : The views expressed in this document are those of the contributor(s) and no liability can be accepted for any omissions, errors of fact or opinion.

Our mailing address is:

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers
Unit 507, Arenco Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Media City, PO Box 43972, Dubai, UAE
+971 4 359 7909 E: connect@mecsc.org

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  About MECSC and MECS+R

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, with its newly branded name The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres + Retail (MECS+R), has grown over the years and has a strong and closely connected member base of over 1,100 industry professional from all over the Middle East & North Africa representing Retailers, Shopping Mall Owners, Developers, Marketing Managers, Leasing Managers & Specialists, Consultants, Property Managers, Financiers, Accountants, Government Officials and Industry Suppliers. MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and support through its network of international affiliates.

 
 

MECS+R Newsletter May 2019


The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers - Newsletter May 2019 Issue
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Welcome to our MECS+R May 2019 Newsletter

 
  • NEW Curriculum and Faculty are now in place showcasing industry experts for the 2019 MECS+R Learning & Development Program . The expert instructors are equipped to provide the best learning possible while establishing a solid foundation from real-life examples on how to handle communication, leasing, marketing, management and security. [DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE]. Email connect@mecsc.org to register
  • Springboard Networking Event Dubai 2019 . We are cordially inviting everyone to participate in the networking event happening on June 18, 2019, at the Noir Restaurant, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, UAE from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  [REGISTER] 
  • LISTEN to our newest Podcast Episodes. (1)  Either Reinvent Your Retail Brand or Perish  [APPLE]  [ANDROID] (2) What MECS+R & MAPIC Partnership means for the Retail and Shopping Centre Industry. [APPLE]  [ANDROID]  
    • Featured Member of the Month. Shahrokh Keshavarz, founder and owner of Golden Business Magazine - Iran’s number one magazine for the Shopping Centre and Retail Industry.  [READ ARTICLE]  
    • Retail Masterclass & Spring Board Networking Event – Baku Azerbaijan . A huge thank you to all the participants of the Retail Masterclass and Networking Event in Baku, Azerbaijan held last May 16, 2019.  [VIEW PHOTOS] 
    • The latest issue of the Retail People Magazine themed “The Future of Entertainment” is now available!  Featuring the enigmatic Shaikh Mohammed bin Duaij Al Khalifa, CEO – Mall of Dilmunia, Bahrain showcasing the upcoming Mall of Dilmunia which offers new entertainment concepts that will bring families together. With each issue of the magazine, you will stay connected and discover what’s new in the retail industry.  [READ MAGAZINE]  
    Actionable Ideas Live & Thrive at the MECSC and MECS+R

    Read our Publications, Newsletters, Join our Events, Become a Member and
    find out how much you can advance your business
    MECS+R Wishes You and Your Family a Joyous, Peaceful and Prosperous Eid Al-Fitr
    Eid Mubarak!

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    RETAILER OPENINGS

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    BoConcept opens its largest global store in Riyadh

    BoConcept, the Danish international retail furniture chain, has announced opening its biggest global store in the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 30, 2019. This step comes in support of BoConcept's strategy to expand and reach the largest customer base and contribute towards achieving a diversified economy in Saudi Arabia as outlined in the targets of Vision 2030.  l Zawya

     

    Meraas_News

    A new Tashas Cafe is now open in Dubai Marina Mall

    Natasha Sideris is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to restaurants in Dubai. The restauranteur currently has African glamour-inspired restaurant, Flamingo Room in Jumeirah Al Naseem, Greek concept Avli in DIFC and four of her brilliant cafes across the city. The most recent addition has popped up in the bustling hub of Dubai Marina Mall.  l What's On Dubai

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    Suitsupply Opens Third Dubai Store in Mall of the Emirates

    Dubai, UAE: Suitsupply, the globe-spanning European brand renowned for its focus on expertly crafted men’s tailoring, is heading back to Dubai with a new home in the Mall of the Emirates. Due to open its doors this May, the new shop will be a 311-m2 shop in the heart of one of Dubai’s premier retail and entertainment destinations.  l Zawya

     

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    New lifestyle and fitness brands arrive at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi

    Cole Haan, Vogue Fitness and Sporter are the latest brands that add to the fantastic retail offering at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, joining other big names due to launch its newest branches later this year like electronics store E-City.  l Zawya

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    LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL FOR RETAIL PROFESSIONALS
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    17-20 June 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel, MOE, Dubai, UAE
    ENROLL NOW!
    JTR 2019

    Industry Experts!

    The MECS+R Learning & Development School for Retail Real Estate Professionals which will run from June 17-20, 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, UAE will showcase industry experts including Michael Ruckman (Senteo), Shannon Quilty (Senteo), Tommy Weir (EMLC), Emre Pelin (Andarakis Group), Priya Chellani (JLL), Clair Stuart-Menteth (Sticky Red), Lizelle Fitoussi, Richard Dean (Dubai Eye), David Richardson (Nakheel), Scott Ellis / Owen Farrow (IBM), Neil Ford (Al Futtaim Group), Franka Lange (Raza), Charles Mallice (Consec Security), Abdul Kader Saadi (Glee Hospitality), Jihad Dirani (Meraas), David Macadam (MECS+R), Alessandro Gaffuri / Paul Hammond / Manuel Gallo (CELS Group), Ettiene Van Der Watt (Axis Communications), Soufianne Houti / Birna Marya (CELS Group), Ramzy Abdul Majeed (Big On Group & Whissle), Malik Qaiser, Vanessa Hinton (Dubai Festival City), Kevin Doherty (FItch), Furqan Athar (McArthur+Company), David Weir (McCall).

    These speakers will be able to share new strategies, talk about what it takes to be organized and how to approach a leasing program, relate their experiences on how they face challenges in the market, and bring current views on marketing and what marketing program makes the difference.

    VIEW OUR NEWEST COURSE CURRICULUM AND SCHEDULE HERE

    Register Now! Seats are Limited! Call us at +971 4 359 7909 or email connect@mecsc.org

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    UPCOMING / EXPANSION PROJECTS

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    Al-Futtaim announces 22,000sqm expansion to Cairo Festival City Mall

    Dubai: The Malls division of Al-Futtaim has announced the launch of a new 22,143 sqm expansion to Cairo Festival City Mall strengthening its position as the leading Malls and retail experience developer with its strong portfolio of Festival City Malls in the MENA region.  l Zawya

     

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    $102mln luxury real estate project in Arjan launched

    The project, located in Arjan next to Miracle Gardens, will include 38,000 square feet of high street boulevard retail to the serve the entire community in and around the area. It has more than 100,000 square feet of luxurious world-class amenities that will cater to all the wellness needs of each and every resident of the project ensuring their happiness and comfort.  l Zawya

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    Emaar and P&O Marinas start Dh25bn Dubai coastal project

    Dubai's largest listed developer Emaar Properties and DP World’s P&O Marinas are starting a Dh25 billion coastal project that will transform the emirate’s historic port area.  l The National

     

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    Saudi Arabia to get new entertainment destinations from PIF-backed unit

    Saudi Entertainment Ventures (Seven), a subsidiary of the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, rolled out plans for its largest project to date – a one million square-metre theme park – and a string of other leisure schemes, in the Eastern Province.  l The National

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    RETAIL MASTERCLASS & SPRING BOARD NETWORKING EVENT
    May 16, 2019 l Baku, Azerbaijan

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    Thank You Very Much!

    It is a great pleasure to join everyone in welcoming the delegates to our first Retail Masterclass & Networking Event in Baku, Azerbaijan. This important event allows us the chance to help promote and develop the Shopping Centre and Retail industry in this region. A huge thank you and congratulations to Andrew Williamson, Reyhan Guliyeva and to all attendees.

    DOWNLOAD EVENT PHOTOS HERE

    For any inquiries, please call us at +971 4 359 7909 or email connect@mecsc.org

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        THE RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE
    Our Second Quarter Issue is OUT NOW!
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    Our 2 nd quarter edition of The Retail People Magazine, “The Future of Entertainment”, was released last month. We received great positive comments from our readers and followers.

    Inviting you all to read and have a look at our Retail People Magazine. Interested in cycling trends? Let Rose Bikes guide you in this. Are you retailers who want to drive an AI Revolution? Find out what IBM is doing in helping the retailers offering a new way of shopping for their customers. Thinking where to go and experience a new luxury dining to relax and unwind? Let OFK usher you into their newest and great ambiance while enjoying the mouthwatering food and fabulous views over the dancing fountains of the lagoon at Dubai Mall.

    We would like to thank all our sponsors and contributors who made this magazine a better issue. Here’s the link to our e-version: HERE. Printed copies are available at our office.

    To learn more about the RPM or to write an article, please visit our website or contact Mariz Matocdo at +971 55 551 7605 or email customercare@mecsc.org

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    RECON RETAIL CONGRESS AWARDS 2019 - CALL FOR ENTRIES

    Middle East and North Africa Shopping Centre and Retail Awards
    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: AUGUST 27, 2019
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    MECSC's newest global awards program recognizes excellence within the region's shopping centre industry. Awards will be given for outstanding achievement in retail, marketing, design/development of retail properties retail store design and service provider companies.

    Each year, MECSC MENA Awards celebrates hard working and innovative retailers, shopping centres and service providers who have achieve excellence in their field and provides an opportunity to showcase their business.

    NEW AWARDS CATEGORIES THIS YEAR

    Service Excellence

    • Property Management Software
    • Data Analytics
    • Technology Innovation
    • Decor & Design Installation
    • Merchandising Display
    • Retail Consultancy Service

      Retail Excellence

    • Theme Park
    • Cinema
    • Family Entertainment Centres
    • Waterparks

    To learn more about the 2019 MECSC Awards or submit your entries, click HERE.

    Do you need additional help or have more questions? Feel free to contact us  at lea@mecsc.org or call +971 50 708 9235

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      INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

    When Shopping Centers Become Vertical Villages  [READ REPORT]

    Who wants to live at the Mall? A Valuegraphics Industry Profile

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    Saudi Arabia’s Primary Consumer Sentiment Index - April 2019  [READ REPORT]

    Saudi Arabia’s Consumer Sentiment: Views Towards State of The Kingdom At Most Positive Levels Since May 2015.

    Saudi Arabia’s Primary Consumer Sentiment Index

    Consumer and retail M&A trends 2019  [READ REPORT]

    The race for game-changing transformation and strategic growth.

    Consumer and retail M&A trends 2019

    GCC consumers becoming more price-conscious  [READ ARTICLE]

    McKinsey survey reveals five behavior shifts.

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    UAE is the biggest player in the Arab e-commerce market:  [READ REPORT]

    Admitad presents annual report 2018/2019

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    MEMBERS' PRESS RELEASES

    Ghesa's Iconic Multimedia Fountain

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    The new multimedia fountain in Bangkok’s Chao Phraya Riverside is turning heads and making the headlines in national and international media. This iconic feature is the longest multimedia fountain in South-East Asia and the mall housing it is the fourth largest in the world. This milestone is the result of the synergy between GHESA and a native Thai corporate leader - Iconsiam Company Private Limited
    l Read More

    Saudi based Al Hokair Group launches"Sparky's VR Zone" at Sparky's FEC in Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi

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    Dubai – Al Hokair Group in partnership with Immotion Group plc will be launching state-of-the-art technology based Virtual Reality Zone at Sparky’s family entertainment centre in Mushrif Mall Abu Dhabi on the first day of Eid Al Fitr.  l Read More

    First store opens at Dubai’s new nature-inspired shopping mall

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    We love a shopping spree and what better way to go all supermarket sweep than while being at one with nature? The first store at Dubai’s brand new nature-inspired shopping mall is now open, and it’s none other than our beloved Carrefour. The hypermarket is now open for business at Cityland Mall, and you’ll be able to pick up all your fruits and veggies, meat and fish and any number of household goods in the 109,000 sq ft store.  l Read More

    Cinepolis Opens in Oman

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    MUSCAT - Cinépolis opened a new movie theatre in Sohar last week. The cinema chain plans to open two more cinemas in Oman this year as part of its long-term plans to further expand across the region.  l Muscat Daily

    Gain the Power of Omnichannel Agility and Innovation with Openbravo!

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    Come and Visit Openbravo's new Website for Retailers and Restaurateurs. We help retailers and restaurateurs deliver more innovative and personalized customer experiences across channels through cost-effective retail operations.  l Visit Website

    DUBAI SHOPPING MALLS GROUP ANNOUNCES AED 250,000 EIDIYAT CASH PROMOTION

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    Dubai; 23 May 2019: Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), commences their first mega raffle promotion of the season ‘Fun Game of Numbers’. Shoppers stand a chance to enter the draw and win upon spending AED 200 at any of the 10 participating malls from May 23 until the second day of EID-Ul-FITR (based on moon sighting in the region).  l Read More

    AATAPI Wonderland Goes Cashless With Semnox Parafait

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    In keeping with its reputation of successful implementation of unique large scale park projects, Semnox has recently completed automation of Arved Ajwa Theme and Amusement Park India (AATAPI).  l Read More

    RETAIL TRENDS

    Jubail Island appoints contractor for Dh5bn Abu Dhabi project

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    Jubail Island Investment Company, the firm set up this year to build a Dh5 billion mixed-use mega-project on an undeveloped island in Abu Dhabi, has appointed Gulf Contractors Company to prepare the island for construction.  l The National

    Red Sea Mall of Jeddah expansion project completed

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    Jeddah: The Red Sea Mall of Jeddah, owned by Red Sea Markets Company Ltd., has announced the completion of the expansion project, which began in 2014, including the smart parking building as phase one, and the expansion of gates 1, 2 and 3 as phase two and the third and last expansion project is the Plaza containing the cinema halls, which was inaugurated recently during a celebration ceremony, attended by representatives from Red Sea Markets Co., the owning company, Intimaa Company, the operating arm, VOX and Majid Al Futtaim Company as well as local business men and media representatives.  l Zawya

    Saudi property firm Raza eyes IPO or stake sale as part of growth strategy

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    Raza, the real estate management and development arm of Saudi Arabia’s Public Pension Agency, may seek to go public or pursue a private stake sale as part of plans to become an independent entity in the medium term - subject to achieving minimum 5 per cent annual revenue growth in the years to 2024, its chief executive said.  l The National

    Enoc plans Dh2.2 billion network expansion in UAE and Saudi Arabia

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    Dubai's Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) plans to invest Dh2.2 billion to expand its retail network in the UAE and Saudi Arabia to meet rising demand and cater to Expo 2020 visitors.  l The National

    MECSC MEMBERSHIP

    Featured Member of the Month - Shahrokh Keshavarz - Golden Business Magazine
    [KNOW MORE]

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    Expect to hear more of our Members in the MECSC Directory, Retail People Magazine, Website, Social Media accounts and Newsletter

    BECOME A MEMBER NOW!

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    JOINED MECSC
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    RECON RETAIL CONGRESS

    October 27-29, 2019
    Dubai, UAE

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    For inquiries and registration please call Lea at +971 50 708 9235 or email lea@mecsc.org

     
     
     
     
     

    Disclaimer : The views expressed in this document are those of the contributor(s) and no liability can be accepted for any omissions, errors of fact or opinion.

    Our mailing address is:

    The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers
    Unit 507, Arenco Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Media City, PO Box 43972, Dubai, UAE
    +971 4 359 7909 E: connect@mecsc.org

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      About MECSC and MECS+R

    Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, with its newly branded name The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres + Retail (MECS+R), has grown over the years and has a strong and closely connected member base of over 1,100 industry professional from all over the Middle East & North Africa representing Retailers, Shopping Mall Owners, Developers, Marketing Managers, Leasing Managers & Specialists, Consultants, Property Managers, Financiers, Accountants, Government Officials and Industry Suppliers. MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and support through its network of international affiliates.


    MECS+R Newsletter June 2019


    The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers - Newsletter June 2019 Issue
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    Welcome to our MECS+R June 2019 Newsletter

     
    • A Big Thank You to All Who Participated In Making the 2019 MECS+R L&D School for Retail Real Estate Professionals A Success. Congratulations to our 110 students who took the time off from work and be part of the program and thank you to all who came to join in the Spring Board Networking Event hosted during the evening with over 250 attendees, the event was a remarkable success as well. [VIEW PHOTOS] [WATCH VIDEO]

    • LISTEN to Our Newest Podcast Episode: What can Neuroscience teach us about customer behavior and how it is going to change the way you understand your customer? A one on one interview with Prof. Diana Derval, PhD, Chair and Research Director of Derval Research sharing her latest discoveries on neuroscience on how to help improve customer experience. [APPLE] [ANDROID]
      • Featured Member of the Month. Georgy John, Executive Vice President of Gastronomica - leading restaurant operator dedicated to the development of upscale dining concepts. Know more about GJ. [READ ARTICLE] 
      • The latest issue of the Retail People Magazine themed “The Future of Entertainment” is now available! Featuring the enigmatic Shaikh Mohammed bin Duaij Al Khalifa, CEO – Mall of Dilmunia, Bahrain showcasing the upcoming Mall of Dilmunia which offers new entertainment concepts that will bring families together. With each issue of the magazine, you will stay connected and discover what’s new in the retail industry. [READ MAGAZINE] 
      Actionable Ideas Live & Thrive at the MECSC and MECS+R

      Read our Publications, Newsletters, Join our Events, Become a Member and
      find out how much you can advance your business
        LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT (L&D) 2019 GRADUATION
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      RETAIL LAUNCHING / OPENINGS

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      Faces new concept store just opened in Riyadh Park

      “Faces”, the leading retailer of cosmetics, perfumes and the exclusivedistributor of trendy skincare products, announced the opening of its first store in “Riyadh Park”, revealing the new and innovative concept of “Faces”, in which customers and visitors can live a new experience. l Zawya

       

      kava

      Specialty Coffeehouse Kava & Chai opens three new locations in Dubai

      The new outlets are situated in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the Mall of the Emirates, and at Tamani Arts Tower in Business Bay, and feature unique interiors designed by specialist consultant 4Space. The new sites add to Kava & Chai’s existing locations in Al Seef and the American University of Sharjah. l Zawya

      Morozoff

      LEADING JAPANESE CONFECTIONARY MAKER “MOROZOFF” OPENED ITS DOORS TO THE DUBAI MALL.

      Besides the well-established sweets on offer, the new outlet will offer a more recent hit, the Japanese cheesecake, which has shown its popularity with the Middle Eastern market through the Wafi Mall outlet. l Zawya

       

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      CCC, Europe’s Most Wanted Footwear Brand, Launches its First Store in the UAE at World Trade Center Mall, Abu Dhabi

      UAE: CCC, Europe’s Most Wanted Footwear brand, with over 1,500 stores across Europe, added another feather to its cap by launching its first store in the UAE at World Trade Center Mall, Abu Dhabi. l Zawya

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      27-29 October 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC, Dubai, UAE
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      Sponsorship Opportunities & Exhibition Booths

      A huge thank you to our 2019 Retail Congress MENA sponsors: PLATINUM: CELS EventsAfkar Lighting GOLD: Dalma Mall, Mall of Dilmunia, Salhia, Backlite, Tamdeen Group SILVER: UAPM, Yardi, Kinan, Retail Emotions BRONZE: JLL, Blachere Illumination 

      Exhibition booth spaces are running out, 5 spaces are available (locations: 2, 4, 26, 52, 53) and 13 spaces are already reserved. To become a sponsor or exhibitor please contact Lea at lea@mecsc.org or call +971 50 708 7235.

      Floorplan 2019


      Dealmaking Session

      Dealmaking tables (non-exclusive) located at the ground floor are now sold out and only 2 VIP (exclusive) rooms located at the mezzanine floor are available. For any inquiries and to book your meetings please contact Justin at dealmaking@mecsc.org or call +971 54 320 8359.

      Shopping Centre & Retail Awards 2019

      The submission deadline for the upcoming 2019 awards is on August 27, 2019. MECS+R newest global awards program recognizes excellence within the region's shopping centre industry. Awards will be given for outstanding achievement in retail, marketing, design/development of retail properties retail store design and service provider companies.

      NEW AWARDS CATEGORIES THIS YEAR

       Retail Excellence

      • Theme Park
      • Cinema
      • Family Entertainment Centres
      • Waterparks

      Service Excellence

      • Property Management Software
      • Data Analytics
      • Technology Innovation
      • Decor & Design Installation
      • Merchandising Display
      • Retail Consultancy Service

        To learn more about the 2019 MECS+R Awards or submit your entries, click HERE

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        SHOPPING CENTRE MILESTONES: NEW / UPCOMING / EXPANSION PROJECTS

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        MARAKEZ to open Mall of Tanta in Fall 2019

        Cairo, Egypt: MARAKEZ for Real Estate Investment, one of the largest mall developers and operators in the Middle East is expecting Mall of Tanta to welcome 10,000-12,000 daily visitors following its launch Fall 2019. l Zawya

         

        Bahrain

        Work in full swing on Bahrain's premium waterfront project

        Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah) said steady progress is being made on its  premium seafront development, Sa'ada West, located on the Muharraq coast adjacent to Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Causeway, with nearly 60 per cent of work already completed. l Trade Arabia

        Qiddiya

        Saudi QIC unveils masterplan for mega entertainment city

        Spread over a 334-sq-km area, Qiddiya, an integrated destination for entertainment, sports and the arts, is set to become the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030.  l Trade Arabia

         

        20 projects

        Saudi Arabia's top 20 construction projects to watch in 2019

        With more than 5,000 projects worth trillions of riyals in the pipeline, construction in Saudi Arabia is an important tool to build the future. l Construction Week

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        VOICE ON DEMAND PODCAST BY MECS+R
        Sponsorship is now available!

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        Want to be a sponsor on one of the Voice on Demand Podcast shows?

        VOD offers you the opportunity to get into an audience that's interested in your products or services. Here's an overview of the podcast sponsorship package:

        • Company logo and description on podcast's email blasts
        • Company logo and description on the MECSC's Podcast web-page
        • Promotional contents to be mentioned during the episodes
        • Company logo on all marketing collaterals for the Voice on Demand Podcast.

        To become a sponsor or if you want to be featured on our show please contact Justin (publishing@mecsc.org) or Ian (connect@mecsc.org). Alternatively, call the MECS+R office at +971 4 359 7909.

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          THE RETAIL PEOPLE MAGAZINE

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        Thank you to all the great positive feedback we have received from our readers and followers since we published our 2nd Quarter issue of the RPM. Now on our 3rd month, we are encouraging you all to read and have a look in the article about 'The Evolution of the Mall - IMAGINE DUBAI' by Vanessa Hinton of Dubai Festival City Mall and let Imagine from DFC Mall entertain you through their water and fire show. If you want to know the secret behind an award winning shopping centre for retail innovation and expansion, you may check the article about 'The importance of connection and the role of context within Retail Centers by Mike Ellis of 5+design.

        To learn more about the RPM advertising opportunities or to write an article, please visit our website or contact Mariz Matocdo at +971 55 551 7605 or email customercare@mecsc.org

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        MEMBERS' PRESS RELEASES

        Al Othaim Group opens Xtreme Zone in Abu Dhabi Mall

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        Abu Dhabi : Abdullah Al Othaim Investment Company has inaugurated Xtreme Zone, in Abu Dhabi mall. Xtreme Zone is considered the latest project of Al Othaim Leisure and Tourism company in the UAE. l Read More

        Techedge and Openbravo sign a strategic collaboration agreement for the retail sector

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        Madrid and Barcelona, 28 June.- Techedge (BIT: EDGE), a global leader and provider in Consulting, Solution Development and Digital Transformation, and Openbravo, a global cloud-based omnichannel software solution vendor for agile and innovative retailing, have announced today the signing of a global and strategic collaboration agreement whereby they will offer retailers a joint offering of omnichannel, mobile and cloud services and solutions. l Read More

        THE GALLERIA AL MARYAH ISLAND WELCOMES AZADEA GROUP TO ITS EXPANSION IN SEPTEMBER

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        The mall will be the city’s first super-regional destination with a complete lifestyle offering for all ages. Incorporating luxury and high-street retailers, fine and casual dining, world-class entertainment, and indoor and outdoor recreational spaces, it will become the community’s downtime destination of choice. l Read More

        Dalma Mall brings the first exclusive outlets of HOB and Third Avenue Café

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        Offering the first of its kind gourmet experience, Third Avenue Café presents a delectable menu that is inspired by the timeless sands of Arabia, the pure diversity of Europe and the scenic beauty of Asia. Third Avenue is all about infusing style, fashion and modernity in its cuisine.  With over 60 delicious selections, Residents and visitors to Dalma Mall can enjoy a lavish breakfast, lunch, or dinner or stop just a quick coffee while browsing the latest in fashion or beauty. l Read More

        AATAPI Wonderland Goes Cashless With Semnox Parafait

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        AATAPI has chosen the end-to-end ticketing and cashless automation solutions offered by Semnox. Visitors get access to the park through automated access gates. Tickets with barcodes are used for this purpose as also for accessing individual rides, depending on the package chosen by the guests. Tripod turnstiles have been set up at every ride to enable quick and easy access without having to wait in queues for a long. l Read More

        RETAIL TRENDS

        360 MALL launches region's first-of-a-kind AI Chatbot 

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        Kuwait: Kuwait’s 360 MALL has become the region’s first shopping and leisure destination to launch an AI-driven, bilingual chatbot - ‘Nouf’ – available on customers’ most used and favourite platforms, which makes it easier than ever for customers to engage with the iconic retail and entertainment centre. l Zawya

        Aldar finalises major 23 store lease agreement with Apparel Group

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        Abu Dhabi, UAE: Aldar Properties PJSC (“Aldar”) retail portfolio, has finalised a major agreement with the global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate, Apparel Group, for 23 stores across three of its popular retail malls, Yas Mall and The Mall at World Trade Centre (The Mall at WTCAD), in Abu Dhabi, and Al Jimi Mall in Al Ain. l Zawya

        China Mall records over one million shoppers in the first quarter of 2019

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        Affordable prices, choice of products and a convenient shopping experience all contributed to make the China Mall, which was established in 2010, a popular choice for discerning shoppers from near and far, despite the restrained national and global economic landscape. l Zawya

        Saudi Arabia's Golden Scent launches new AR feature for beauty lovers

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        Golden Scent, the leading Saudi Arabian e-commerce beauty platform, is the first in the Middle East to launch a one of a kind “Augmented Reality” feature on its Android and iPhone app. Branded as Virtual Try-On, the feature enables shoppers to try on makeup without the physical need to visit a retail store. l Zawya

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        Featured Member of the Month - Georgy John - Gastronomica
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        Expect to hear more of our Members in the MECS+R Directory, Retail People Magazine, Website, Social Media accounts and Newsletter

        New Corporate Members
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        Disclaimer : The views expressed in this document are those of the contributor(s) and no liability can be accepted for any omissions, errors of fact or opinion.

        Our mailing address is:

        The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers
        Unit 507, Arenco Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Media City, PO Box 43972, Dubai, UAE
        +971 4 359 7909 E: connect@mecsc.org

        Copyright 2019 MECSC and MECS+R, All rights reserved.


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        Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, with its newly branded name The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres + Retail (MECS+R), has grown over the years and has a strong and closely connected member base of over 1,100 industry professional from all over the Middle East & North Africa representing Retailers, Shopping Mall Owners, Developers, Marketing Managers, Leasing Managers & Specialists, Consultants, Property Managers, Financiers, Accountants, Government Officials and Industry Suppliers. MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and support through its network of international affiliates.



        MECS+R Newsletter July 2019


        We provide our members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and help facilitate your business and advance your career profile in the Retail and Shopping Centre Industry. Join MECS+R Now. Become A Member

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        DAVID MACADAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

        Welcome to our MECS+R July 2019 Newsletter

        Eid Al Adha Mubarak to everyone! The Eid Holidays will be upon us in a few days time and we wish you a period of safe travels in the coming weeks, as many will be taking vacation time in August.

        The team at the MECS+R has done an amazing job of organizing events, booking entertainment, confirming and briefing speakers, updating and finalizing the Retail Congress conference agenda, sending invoices and collecting from our members for sponsorship and membership and so many more activities which are busy being planned for this year. It will be important for all our members to send along your requests for the conference. We value your input because we want to ensure you get the most value from your time spent at the Retail Congress MENA.

        As part of the initiative to serve our members better, please help us welcome on board MECS+R Membership Executive, Angelo Lunas, who will be handling membership on a day to day basis. You will be receiving phone calls and messages from Angelo updating your membership status and building our relationships with each and every one of you. Connect with Angelo at membership@mecsc.org

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        Actionable Ideas Live & Thrive at the MECSC and MECS+R

        Read our Publications, Newsletters, Join our Events, Become a Member and find out how much you can advance your business

        Now in its 26th year, The Retail Congress MENA ('RCM') Conference (previously RECon) will officially commence on October 27 until 29 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC Dubai, UAE. The event will be attended by shopping centre owners, management teams, retailers, service providers and retail industry professionals. It will provide you with the platform to facilitate your business and raise your personal profile in the retail industry locally, regionally and globally.

        Introducing Our Keynote Speakers

        Retail Congress MENA (RCM) Keynote Speakers are now confirmed - (1) David Rowan, Founding Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine UK, the author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World's Smartest Minds (Transworld, 2019) and (2) Cate Trotter, head of Insider Trends in London, a vastly experience and much sought-after retail speaker and one of LinkedIn's 12 Top Voices 2017 in the UK, will join us in the largest gathering of retail and shopping centres professional in the region at the Retail Congress MENA 2019 this coming October 27-29, 2019 at the Samaya Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai, UAE.

        Meet Our Expert Speakers

        Who will you hear at #RCM19? The greatest minds in retail industry including sessions discussing the latest trends, important strategies and

        solutions for growing your business.

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        Tamdeen Mall Management

        Thank You To Our Sponsors

        A huge thank you to all our new and renewed Retail Congress MENA 2019 Sponsors: PLATINUM: CELS Events, Afkar Lighting, and Sahat (Jabal Omar Markets) ; GOLD: Dalma Mall, Mall of Dilmunia, Salhia Real Estate, Backlite Media, Tamdeen Group and Red Sea Mall; SILVER: Unified Real Estate Development Company, Yardi, Kinan International, Retail Emotions, and Granadia; BRONZE: JLL, Blachere Illumination and Xpandretail.

        BECOME A SPONSOR

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        CELS EVENTS
        AFKAR LIGHTING
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        DALMA MALL
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        SALHIA REAL ESTATE
        BACKLITE MEDIA
        TAMDEEN GROUP
        RED SEA MALL

        SILVER SPONSORS

        Unified Real Estate Development Company
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        GRANADIA
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        MENA Shopping Centre & Retailer Awards

        MENA Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards Submission. We are pleased to inform you that the MENA Awards for Shopping Centre and Retailer entry submission is now ongoing via the online platform - http://bit.ly/MENAAwards. Kindly be reminded that the deadline to submit entries will be on or before 27th August 2019 as there will no longer be any extension thereafter. You may view the awards guidelines via this link - http://bit.ly/menaguide.

        Exhibition and Deal Making Session

        Showcase your products/services in the Retail Congress MENA 2019 exhibition area featuring leading Shopping Centres, Brands and Service Providers.

        VIEW EXHIBITION LAYOUT

        Deal Making is a platform that provides networking and right connection for decision makers in the Shopping Center Industry to make and nail those important deals. It is a gathering under one roof of developers, owners, leasing agents, retailers, franchise operators and product and service providers to do a year’s worth of work in just 2 days of deal making activities.a featuring leading service providers, brands and shopping centres.

        As a Developer/Shopping Mall Owner, it is important that you already have a list of potential Retailers and Franchise Operators that you would like to meet at the event. Concurrently, as a Retailer/Franchise operator, a planned meeting with a Developer/Mall Owner should already be in placed prior to the event.

        We, at the MECSC, will be the bridge to connect you or help you get the right connection to get those deals done!!

        BOOK A DEALMAKING TABLE

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        Membership at a Glance!

        We are always excited to share with our community the back story of our members who are successful with their careers in the retail industry. Our featured member for this month is Shaikh Mohammed bin Duaij Al-Khalifa, CEO, Mall of Dilmunia. Know more about Shaikh Mohammed.

        Our members are also becoming more engaged and involved as we have been receiving more inquiries on our services such as Marketing Advertisements, Educational Programs, and Certifications. We also have been publishing more members’ press releases this year on our monthly newsletters, more than what we have ever received in the past. Be a member now and enjoy these amazing benefits:

        • Enjoy unlimited advertisements through our Social Media Accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
        • Promote your marketing campaigns or press releases through our Monthly Newsletters sent to over 10,000+ subscribers
        • Access our online database/directory of:  Members– 1,000+ individuals, Retailers – 900+ companies, Service Providers – 500+ companies and Malls – 700+ shopping centres
        • Write article on the next issue of the Retail People Magazine (offers to members but dependent to slot availability as well). No charge
        • Individual members have special discounted rate on events ( Trainings and Conferences)
        • Be listed on the 2020 Shopping Mall and Retailer Directory (Company name and members name)
        • Connect your company to your target clients/companies that are part of our membership via email

        Questions regarding membership? Call Angelo Lunas (Membership Executive) at +971 56 4776536 or email membership@mecsc.org

        Become a Member Now!
        View Who Recently Joined MECS+R

        Listen to the newly uploaded episode the Voice on Demand Podcast by MECS+R. Hear and learn EXCLUSIVE-INSIDER and valuable insights on Food and Restaurant industry from Abdul Kader Saadi who is the Managing Director of Glee Hospitality. Highlights of this episode will be on the strategies of F&B businesses in coping up with the delivery demand and its impact to the brick and mortar concepts.

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        Ep 11: Either Re-invent Your Retail Brand or Perish

        Ep 10: Emerging Retail Developers Are Doing It Wrong (Part 2)

        Ep 10: Emerging Retail Developers Are Doing It Wrong (Part 1)

        Ep 9: How F&B Industry Is Revolutionizing Its Ways To Better Serve The Customers

        Ep 8: Neuroscience Is Going To Change How You Understand Your Customer

        Ep 7: What the MECS+R and MAPIC partnership means for the Retail and Shopping Centre industry?

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        Ep 6: Either Re-invent Your Retail Brand or Perish

        Ep 5: Crowdpleaser: The 100 Greatest Public Speaking Tips Of All Time

        Ep 4: Retail Insights Of An Emerging Market

        Ep 3: Data Optimization And Security In A Retail Environment

        Ep 2: Behind The Shining Success Of A Jewelery Business

        Ep 1: The Grit Behind The Glamour Of A Shopping Mall Expert

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        Digital and Print Copies of the Q3 Retail People Magazine (RPM) are now out! Get it now! We are delighted to feature Franka Lange, Director of Marketing and Communications at Raza, Inc. on the cover of the magazine with the theme ‘Space, Place and the Future of Retail’. Franka has also written two articles focusing on the on the importance of placemaking as well as the transformation happening in the Saudi real estate market.

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        Spring Board Networking Events

        We are cordially inviting you to participate in the SpringBoard Networking Event in Oman and Saudi Arabia this September 2019 The SpringBoard networking event’s 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.

        These networking events allow us the chance to ensure that our business ties within the Shopping Centre and Retail industry are forged on a strong, stable and mutually beneficial foundations. Join us in this exciting event.

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        SPRING BOARD KSA

        September 15, 2019

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        SPRING BOARD OMAN

        September 30, 2019

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        MECS+R Newsletter August 2019


        We provide our members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and help facilitate your business and advance your career profile in the Retail and Shopping Centre Industry. Join MECS+R Now. Become A Member

        David Macadam

        DAVID MACADAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

        Welcome to our MECS+R August 2019 Newsletter

        The summer has flown past and we are excitedly looking into September. Our team at the MECS+R has been very busy organizing events, entertainment, speakers, getting the new Retail Conference Agenda, getting in touch with our members and more activities planned for the September to December period of the Calendar. 

        We are pleased to invite everyone to our upcoming Spring Board Networking Event - Riyadh this September 15, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel and Residences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A huge thank you to our Main Sponsors: Granadia and Raza; Platinum Sponsor: CELS Events, Afkar LightingLine Investments & Property; Silver Sponsor: Saudi Bonyan; Bronze Sponsor: UAPM. This event is free to attend to all the members of the retail and shopping centre industy. We look forward to seeing you there!

        MECS+R membership is growing, thank you to our new and renewing members for supporting us!! A couple of new Corporate Members are now on board together with our new members who joined for the first time. Join now and become a member of the largest retail and shopping centre professionals network in the region and get connected to the industry.

        NEW COPORATE MEMBERS

        Actionable Ideas Live & Thrive at the MECSC and MECS+R

        Read our Publications, Newsletters, Join our Events, Become a Member and find out how much you can advance your business

        SAVE THE DATE: Spring Board Networking Event (Riyadh)

        Schedule of Events:

        Time Event
        5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Welcome Reception and Registration
        6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

        Panel Discussion on the theme of 'Mixed-use Communities, Placemaking, and New Visions for the future of Saudi Retail featuring:

        - Mr. Waleed Aleisa, Chief Executive Officer at Raza Inc.

        - Mr. Mazen Qandeel, Executive Director at Granada Investment Centre

        - Mr. Omar Al-Shabaan, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at The Space

        6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Audience Q&A
        7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Networking Event. Canapes and selection of beverages will be served throughout this time

        MAIN SPONSORS

        PLATINUM SPONSORS

        SILVER SPONSOR

        BRONZE SPONSOR

        BECOME A SPONSOR
        REGISTER TO RIYADH SPRING BOARD!

        SAVE THE DATE: Spring Board Networking Event and

        Masterclass Interactive Workshop (Oman)

        Leasing Strategies l How to Develop an Effective Marketing Plan

        REGISTER TO SPRING BOARD OMAN

        Retail Congress MENA 2019

        More Sponsors and Exhibitors are joining the Retail Congress MENA daily!! Our Members and Sponsors have come forward earlier this year to support the MECS+R and show on our exhibition floor great new retail concepts, shopping centres and new high-tech solutions for tracking footfall and software innovations. A big thank you to all!

        REGISTER AS DELEGATE
        DOWNLOAD LATEST BROCHURE

        MENA Shopping Centre & Retailer Awards 2019 Jury

        MENA Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards Submission Deadline Extended. The final cut-off for application for the awards submission for our MENA shopping Centre and Retailer Awards is September 11, 2019. We are also pleased to introduce our judges for the Awards Jury for the MENA Awards 2019.

        Bhupinder Singh

        General Manager & CFO

        Dalma Mall

        Leanne Hamilton

        Managing Director

        LH7

        Maimunah Shebani

        Managing Director

        The Retail Agency

        Nada Abou Saab

        Director, Marketing -Shopping Malls

        Majid Al Futtaim Properties

        Pam Bryson

        Senior Vice President - Marketing, Retail

        Aldar Properties

        Stephen Clough

        Technical Director

        Black & White Engineering

        David Richardson

        Head of Leasing

        Nakheel Malls

        Vanessa Hinton

        GM Marketing & Entertainment

        Dubai Festival City

        Debbie Kristiansen

        CEO

        Novo Cinemas

        Shannon Quilty

        Partner

        Senteo Inc

        Franka Lange

        Director of Marketing & Communications

        Raza

        Emre Pelin

        Partner

        Andarakis Group

        Colin Beaton

        Managing Director

        Limelight Creative Services

        SUBMIT AN ENTRY
        VIEW AWARDS GUIDELINES

        Exhibition and Deal Making Session

        96% of the exhibition floor are now leased up!! Thank you to all those who have come forward to showcase their business in 2019 at our Retail Congress MENA.

        VIEW EXHIBITION LAYOUT

        Deal Making is a platform that provides networking and right connection for decision makers in the Shopping Center Industry to make and nail those important deals. It is a gathering under one roof of developers, owners, leasing agents, retailers, franchise operators and product and service providers to do a year’s worth of work in just 2 days of deal making activities featuring leading service providers, brands and shopping centres.

         

        As a Developer/Shopping Mall Owner, it is important that you already have a list of potential Retailers and Franchise Operators that you would like to meet at the event. Concurrently, as a Retailer/Franchise operator, a planned meeting with a Developer/Mall Owner should already be in placed prior to the event.

         

        We, at the MECS+R, will be the bridge to connect you or help you get the right connection to get those deals done!!

        BOOK A DEALMAKING TABLE

        Travel on Emirates to Dubai, for the Retail Congress MENA 2019

        We’re pleased to inform you that Emirates Airline has proudly been selected as the partner airline for the Retail Congress MENA 2019. Emirates has excellent connections to all of the six continents via Dubai with more than 161 current destinations worldwide – and we are expanding our route network all the time. Use your Promotion Code to get special fares on Emirates.

         

        Promotion code: EVE6MNE

        Travel Validity: 22 October – 03 November 2019

         

        Book your travel today at http://www.emirates.com/RetailCongressMENA2019

         

        Terms and conditions

        • Outbound and inbound travel must be within the validity period

        • Destinations: Offer valid ONLY from and to gateway cities in which Emirates operates direct flights. (Including interline flights to gateway cities).

        • Discount applicable: 10% off on the prevailing lowest online fare on Business Class and on Economy Class return fares (excluding Special Fares). First Class no discount is applicable.

        • Offer valid ONLY for return travel to Emirates gateway cities to Taiwan and not from Taiwan.

        • Offer extends to companions travelling with attendees.

        • The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion, discount or special offer.

        • Regular charges applies for any modification and changes as per the fare rule and conditions. • The promotion code should be displayed on a secured website which is accessed by the delegates

        How Active Are You as an MECS+R Member?

        Look what our member has to say...

        Mohammed Al Asiri

        Corporate Marketing Director - General Entertainment Authority

        Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

        I have been an active member of MECS+R for 10 years. The MECS+R have always supported its members above and beyond, and established a network to get all professionals in the Retail and Shopping Centre industry connected with each other. A truly innovative and strong organization which assists people (businessmen, stakeholders and professionals) like myself to have all the information about the Middle East and North Africa. Through their Newsletters, Events, Deal Making Sessions, Training, and Publications, the MECS+R keeps us updated and prepared. The organization have brought the Industry & Sector together and we know how the MECS+R took care at the time, no one else.

         

        Being with the MECSC+R is a partnership not just a membership.

        Don't miss the opportunity to experience what MECS+R members enjoy. Join us now. Refer anyone you think is interested to be of the council, it is always great to share what you always enjoy. Renewing? Registering? Visit our website or contact Angelo via mobile +971 56 477 6536, email membership@mecsc.org.

         

        We have GROWN and STILL GROWING. MECS+R now has more than 800 members with over 100 processed membership in August. Our target at the end of 2019 is 1,300 active members.

        Become a Member Now!
        View Who Recently Joined MECS+R

        Listen to the new exciting episodes of the Voice on Demand Podcast by MECS+R published on the month of August. Hear and learn EXCLUSIVE-INSIDER and valuable insights from our members in the Shopping Centre and Retail industry. If you want to be featured on our show, please drop an email to connect@mecsc.org. Happy listening!!

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        Ep 14:Optimization Of Online Visual Merchandising

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        Ep 13:Importance of Investing in Good People

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        Ep 12: What is Specialty Leasing And How Does It Work?

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        Ep 11:How Restaurant Deliveries & Dark Kitchen Are Changing The Brick & Mortar Landscape

        Ep 10:Emerging Retail Developers Are Doing It Wrong (Part 2)

        Ep 10: Emerging Retail Developers Are Doing It Wrong (Part 1)

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        Digital and Print Copies of the Q3 Retail People Magazine (RPM) are now out! Get it now!

         

        This quarter’s featured articles are well written by our members who shared their experiences as they step into the ladder of success. As Jim Rohn says “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” Today, let us flip through the inspiring story of our Retail Congress Platinum Sponsor and great supporter Alessandro Gaffuri, CEO & Founder of CELS Group, who shared his incredible journey on page 32.

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