Welcome to our April 2018 Newsletter

This month our focus is on the following.

  • The 2018 MECSC Directory is out - Grab your copies now! We are now celebrating 13,000 views and 860 readings in only 2 weeks after uploading. The 2018 MECSC directory will run for 12 months and it is very promising to see positive feedback from our members. You may view the online version of the 2018 Directory in this link .
  • A huge thank you to all the participants of the 2018 JTR Global School and Dubai NextGen Networking Event. Congratulations to our 97 students who took the time off from work and be part of the MECSC’s 2018 JTR Global School for Retail Real Estate Professionals and thank you to all who came to join in the Networking Event host during the evening with over 200+ attendees, the event was a remarkable success as well. Please check the following link for the photos and videos of the sessions during the week. JTR Photos l NextGen Video

  • We are cordially inviting you to participate in the Riyadh NextGen Networking Event this May. The Riyadh Next Generation Networking Event will be held in the New Crowne Plaza RDC Hotel & Convention Riyadh, KSA on Monday, May 7 th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. We are enjoying more sponsors joining the lineup of support for this event ( Main Sponsor Al Raidah l Platinum Sponsors - V-Count, Granada Centre, Line Investments & Property LLC l Gold SponsorAl Rajhi Investment l Bronze SponsorsUAPM, Saudi Bonyan Co. l Lanyard Sponsor - Capacita). Register Now!
  • MECSC now offers Corporate Membership. We are ready to bring our service offerings to the next level through our Corporate Membership, which is designed to provide more Marketing and Branding opportunities to our members. Visit this link for more details.
The role of the MECSC is to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profile in the retail industry. Our team is ready to assist your companies’ business growth and personal careers to flourish.  Successful business is all about successful relationships and we want to build these relationships with you, all you need to do is ask and participate.
~David Macadam
Chief Executive Officer




13,000 views and 860 readings online in only 2 weeks after uploading!!

"The 2018 MECSC Directory will run for 12 months, and it is very promising to see positive feedbacks exceeding our expectations, proof of a rising retail engagement in the Region" - MECSC Publishing


  1. 700 Malls (200 upcoming malls and 50 expanding malls) in 25 the Middle East & North Africa countries
  2. The most active Retailers and Service Providers listing – categorized as F&B, Furnishing, Department Stores, Fashion, Family Entertainment, Consulting, Shopping Centre Management, Digital Marketing etc.
  3. 24 exclusive "Expert Views" articles about strategies, platforms and personal views of the most prominent players in the region
  4. GDP and Economic Overviews of the MENA Countries
  5. 55 Advertisers & Featured Malls

What are you waiting for? Grab your copies now!

For any inquiries regarding the directory publication please contact:

JUSTIN ESPIRITU, Publishing and Database Manager
E: publishing@mecsc.org
W:  www.mecsc.org /site/publications
T: +971 04 359 7909  / D: +971 04 359 2046
M: +971 54 3208 359

MECSC Now Offers Corporate Membership!

Our Membership has grown more than 50% since 2015 with an active pool of more than 1,100 individual members. On top of that, our supported business industries have expanded and continue to grow welcoming more companies that offer technology solutions. We are ready to bring our service offerings to the next level through our Corporate Membership, which is designed to provide more Marketing and Branding opportunities to our members. The options available are flexible enough to fit the company size and accommodate their specific needs from Bronze to Platinum Corporate Memberships.

Corporate membership is available for companies as small as 5 to as large as 1,000 employees. MECSC encourages all companies to avail this opportunity, as this membership is designed to offer maximum exposure and benefits through its platforms.

Be a corporate 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– 1,100+ individuals
    • Retailers – 900+ companies
    • Service Providers – 500+ companies
    • Malls – 700+ shopping centres
  • Write an article on the Retail People Magazine (offers to members but dependent on slot availability as well)
  • Avail of the special discounted rate on MECSC events (Training and Conferences)
  • Be listed on the 2018 Online Mall and Retailers Directory (Company name and members name)
  • Connect your company to your target clients/companies that are part of our membership via email
Become a Member now!     View who recently joined MECSC

Learn more about our Corporate Membership. Connect to:

JC Gayoma, Membership Manager
E:  membership@mecsc.org
W:  www.mecsc.org /site/m embership
T: +971 04 359 7909  / D: +971 04 359 0686
M: +971 56 477 6536

Membership at a Glance!

Featured Member

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 JAMAL AL SHAWISH , Director of Leasing and Sales of Alef Group.

Jamal has a passion to make a difference. When he is involved with a project at work, he always gives his best to achieve success. As he does his work with great positivity, he also pushes himself in helping people find solutions to meet their specific needs.

Jamal thinks that negativity hinders people from being more successful and his advice is to believe in yourself and never give up pursuing your goals.

Know more about Jamal

NextGen Networking Event - Riyadh

May 7, 2018, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM l Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention (Digital City), Riyadh, KSA

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

Click here to register

Thank you to all the NextGen Riyadh Sponsors!

For registration and sponsorship inquiries please contact:

IAN BALDONANZA, Registration and Digital Content Executive
E: connect@mecsc.org
W:  www.mecsc.org /site/event s
T: +971 04 359 7909  / D: +971 04 359 7036
M: +971 56 231 6965

MECSC Talent Hub

Employment Opportunities

MECSC Job Board can help facilitate your employment requirements whether you’re a student looking for an internship, a job seeker looking to post a resume or search for jobs, or an employer wanting to post a job or search for resumes. Should your company require job or internship placements, please reach out to us and we will be more than happy to assist you with your requirements.


Senior Leasing Manager Msquared Shopping Centres United Arab Emirates Apply here
Regional Retail Lead Pfizer United Arab Emirates Apply here
Brand Sales Manager Al Futtaim Saudi Arabia Apply here
Sales Associate Mothercare Egypt Apply here
Retail Brand Manager Luxury Brand Company Oman Apply here
Sales Advisor Al Tayer Group Kuwait Apply here
Retail Construction & Technical Specialist DeFacto Morocco Apply here
Brand Retail Manager Lorache Group Nigeria Apply here
Store Manager - Bobbi Brown Al Tayer Group Bahrain Apply here
Sales Associate - American Eagle M.H. Alshaya Jordan Apply here
Post Jobs     View Resumes

The Retail People Magazine


Global Trends on Food, Entertainment, Media and Technology

Want to be informed of what is happening in the retail industry on food, entertainment, media and technology? Then, what are you waiting for, click this link to read the full content of The Retail People Magazine - April Issue. It will give you an informative, insightful article from our seasoned members which you will surely enjoy. Copies can be collected at MECSC Office.

The Rise and Rise of Food & Hospitality in Malls

The science of the art of food and hospitality master planning and its ability to set your malls apart is now very clear. A deeper understanding of these key trends in food and hospitality is crucial to the success of future centres of consumer engagement. Find out more on detailed insight from Francis Loughran, Founder and Managing Director of Future Food. Click this link.

Thank You RPM Advertisers

Thank you once more for your generous support of RPM. Your partnership is not something we take lightly and is very much appreciated by everyone in the MECSC Team.

Raise Your Profile & Promote Your Company in our Magazine

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

MARIZ MATOCDO, Marketing Officer
E: customercare@mecsc.org
W: www.mecsc.org /site/publications
T: +971 04 359 7909  / D: +971 04 359 1852
M: +971 55 551 7605

RECon MENA 2018

October 28-30, 2018 l Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC, Dubai, UAE

This year's conference theme is   "Future Proof Retail"  with Keynote Speaker David Meerman Scott who is a global online marketing strategist, creator of "newsjacking" and an author of 10 books including 3 international bestsellers.

RECon Middle East & North Africa will provide all retail industry participants with a great opportunity to understand what they need to know now, and the future, to operate successful businesses. Whether shopping centre owners, management teams, retailers, service providers, or retail industry professionals, this event will provide you with the platform to facilitate your business and raise your profile in the retail industry locally, regionally, and globally.

Click here to register

For sponsorship and awards inquiries please contact:

E: lea@mecsc.org
www.mecsc.org /site/event s
T: +971 04 359 7909  / D: +971 04 359 2186
M: +971 56 708 9235

MECSC Custom Education

Our team at MECSC are able to custom create education programs for you!

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

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

For any inquiry please contact:

KHAYE COMANDA, Associate Director
E: khaye@mecsc.org
www.mecsc.org /site/professionaldevelopment
T: +971 04 359 7909  / D: +971 04 359 2107
M: +971 56 682 1634

Featured News

Giordano Celebrates 25 years in UAE


The global apparel brand - known for its everyday wardrobe essentials - first arrived in the region back in 1993. From a single store in the UAE’s Burjuman Centre, Giordano has since grown to become a much-loved regional retail staple and today has 250 stores across the region.  Read more...

Shopping Centre & Retail News

Nakheel awards Dh595m contract for Nad Al Sheba Mall


Dubai: Nakheel has awarded a contract of Dh595 million for the Nad Al Sheba Mall, a 1.4 million square foot facility that has a total development value of Dh825 million.  Read more...

Aldar sells Alghadeer plots to retail outlets, school


Aldar Properties has announced that it has sold 2 plots of land in Alghadeer for community services. The contracts will see British curriculum Alghadeer International School and retail outlets, including LuLu supermarket, and a community clinic open in Alghadeer in 2021 in line with handovers to customers.  Read more...

LuLu Hypermarket Launches 'The Beautiful Britain' to promote British Food


The Beautiful Britain – Truly British Truly Delicious- is a groupwide week long event dedicated to promoting the impressive range of high-quality food items from Britain.  Read more...

Emaar Malls first-quarter profit nearly flat at Dh548m


Dubai: Emaar Malls said it recorded Dh548 million in net profit in the first quarter of 2018, as earnings remained nearly flat year-on-year when compared to the Dh539 million in the same quarter of 2017.  Read more...

Al Futtaim unveils Festival Plaza, set to open in late 2019


New mall will welcome Dubai's second IKEA, which will be the brand's newest concept store globally. Al-Futtaim has revealed that its new lifestyle shopping destination in Jebel Ali will be called Festival Plaza.

Work starts on Abu Dhabi's new $1.2bn retail destination


Al Farwaniya Property Developments, the developer behind Reem Mall, Abu Dhabi’s $1.2 billion retail destination, has announced that construction has commenced.

Spinneys opens doors to first supermarket at Dubai Airport


Dubai: Imagine this: you arrive at the airport after a long holiday, pass through immigration and, just before you exit, you grab some groceries. 

World's first 4D cinema firm signs deal for Saudi debut 


The world's first 4D cinema company said on Thursday that it has signed a new agreement with Cinemacity to enter the Saudi market following the lifting of a decades-old ban. 

Princess Noura, the new face of Saudi Fashion


Great-granddaughter of Saudi Arabia's founder this month oversaw her country's first Arab Fashion Week.

Saudi Arabia host first public movie screening in over 35 years


Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom's debut theatre in Riyadh.

SugarMoo enters Saudi market with Al Hokair Group JV


Launched in 2014 as Dubai’s first online dessert bakery, SugarMoo Desserts has since expanded into four dessert labs located across the city whilst simultaneously catering to over 100 F&B outlets.

Members' Press Releases


1st Anniversary Celebrations #LuckyOneTurns1. You really wouldn't want to miss this party! Join us at LuckyOne Mall for the exciting 1stAnniversary Celebrations from 4th May to 9th May as LuckyOneTurns1  Read more...


Digital transformation is now the game changer  throughout the range of industries today. It is the next phase of industrial revolution.By 2020, we will see 30% of top organizations in every business sector will cease to exist. Market research from IDC foresees that industry leaders will have been superseded by up and coming new contenders, and will be enforced to merge to survive, or will simply have slipped into irrelevancy.  Read more...


“Through lighting and stories, we can engage with people and tap into their emotions” -  Thomas Mark, President of MK Illumination Global, talks in an ACROSS Magazine interview about why decoration and especially lighting play a vital part in sparking emotions.  Read more...

MECSC Upcoming Events


NextGen Kuwait
September 11, 2018 



MECSC RECon Conference


RECon MENA 2018
Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai, UAE
October 28-30, 2018 





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.

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