His Excellency Akel E. Biltaji, the Mayor of Amman, attends the Middle East Council of Shopping Centre’s Next Generation Networking Event held in Jordan


Next Generation Networking Event in Amman, celebrates success of Retail Business in Jordan

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and the International Council of Shopping Centres celebrated the huge success of their Next Generation Networking Event hosted by The Boulevard; the heart of Abdali development; the new Downtown of Amman.


The event was successfully held on May 5th 2015 with close to a 100 professional attendees from the retail real estate industry. Amongst the esteemed guests, the Honourable Mayor of Amman, His Excellency, Akel E. Biltaji, patronised the networking reception.


The attendance of the Mayor of Amman was the highlight of the event. His Excellency, Akel E. Biltaji, born in Gaza in 1941, was appointed as the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in 1997 by His Majesty the late King Hussein. He remained in the position until 2001, when King Abdullah appointed him as Chief Commissioner to the newly established Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. In 2004, Akel E. Biltaji served as His Majesty’s advisor on tourism promotion, foreign direct investment and country branding till November 2005. He was then appointed as a member of the Senate, where he served as Chairman of the Tourism and Heritage House Committee, a member of the Foreign Relations, Health & Environment and Education House Committees. Currently; His Excellency is one of Jordan’s most prominent public figures, responsible for managing a capital city, where over 40% of Jordan’s population resides and over 70% of its economic activity takes place.


The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres emphasizes on education and the sharing of experiences. The Next Generation Networking events attract leaders, specialists and industry professionals together under one roof to discuss, share and pool in ideas, experiences and promote business growth.


When asked to share a few words with the guests; His Excellency the Mayor of Amman, Akel E. Biltaji expressed, “Hosting events like the Next Generation Networking Event in Amman, which serve as a platform for industry professionals to share their experiences in a relaxed atmosphere, is vital for future development in the retail sector. Projects such as Abdali which is rapidly developing and capturing the avid travellers’ and investors’ interests, has placed Amman on a positive path and in par in terms of developments with other projects in the Middle East.”


David Macadam, CEO, MECSC highlights that “One of the greatest moments of the evening was when I handed the MECSC’s Coffee table book, titled; “Souks to Malls” to His Excellency the Mayor of Amman, Akel E. Biltaji, and upon receiving this book, his appreciation and recognition on the work that the Middle East Council of Shopping Centre’s is offering to the region was incredibly rewarding. This event marked the exceptional success of Jordan’s urban developments like Abdali; which places Jordan amongst the top ranking retail destination in the Middle East and globally. The aim of such events is always to gather and attract the top of minds of the retail sector to attend and share their experiences, whereby this event offered that and more; making it one of our most successful networking events held.”

The Next Generation Networking Event hosted by The Boulevard in Jordan was sponsored by Orange Telecom, City Mall, RSVP Valet Service and the Delights Shop.

About MECSC:

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres has over 68,000 members globally (www.icsc.org), the MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts. Facilitating members in business through retail industry education, business development, and networking opportunities. The MECSC covers memberships in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

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