Monthly Archives: October 2015

“Mystified by Halloween” By Sree’s Corner

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I remember, a few years back, when I was still in school. I found myself, being the only girl with a sense of Halloween spirit. Maybe it’s because I went to a school that had a majority of Indian population. When i talked about “Jack O lanterns” or “Trick or Treats” they just looked at me confused and mystified. It seemed like I was the only person in the entire world who knew about this strange festival that celebrated the existence of our fellow spirits or supernatural entities.

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Currently it is the 2nd most celebrated festival following Christmas. October being one of the most celebrated months of the year, is highly commercialized by the retailers and Halloween is the time where their profits boom. It has become a vibrant trend setter for fashion, themed parties and clubbing. The whole human race is becoming hooked on Halloween despite having no idea what it really means. Evolving from the Celtic festival Samhain(the day to mark the end of the harvest and the start of winter, and also believed that this day opens a bridge connecting world of the dead) the contemporary Halloween has turn out to be less about spirits and more about costumes and candy.

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Traditional Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. Halloween is also the festival of art and creativity, the time where you dig through your wardrobe to find old sequence, broken jewellery pieces, nets, feathers, colours etc, to create super cool costumes and masks. It can offer quality time with your family members.

Author: Sree Lakshmi

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RECon 2015 highlights the “Powerful Women Of Retail” in MENA

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Nisreen Shocair - President of Virgin Megastores in MENA

Nisreen Shocair – President of Virgin Megastores in MENA

RECon; the longest running and most successful conference for the Shopping Centres & the Retail Industry in the MENA region; to mark its 21 years of success in the region; RECon highlights the influence of Women in the Retail and Shopping Mall industry by presenting a platform to the leading ladies of Retail; topics that will be covered during this session include; “How to keep your top spot in the retail sector”, “Success stories and challenges overcome from leaders and entrepreneurs in the region”, “Engaging women to take leadership roles” and “Supporting local talent and career development”.

David Macadam CEO of MECSC says, “RECon is an event that celebrates achievements of individuals from successful retailers and successful shopping malls. It is important for us to highlight the evolving role of women in the retail industry; not only are women represented as sophisticated consumers but now a growing number of women retailers are shaping the future of the retail industry. We are here to showcase some exemplary ladies of retail this year, as a symbol of success, growth and empowerment in hopes to encourage more young women to consider leadership roles.”

The voice of the Conference is Katie Fielder – Renowned News Anchor and the official Presenter at RECon 2015; the esteemed speakers include Her Excellency, Laila Mohammed Suhail – CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishments (DFRE); Rania Mushtaha – Director Retail of Meraas Holding; Nisreen Sochair – President of Virgin Megastore Middle East & Dalia Finj – MECSC will be the moderator of the Panel discussion which focuses on Empowering women leaders in the Retail industry. The ladies will take stage at 11:00am on Tuesday the 3rd of November at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC.

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RECon 2015 begins November 1 at 6:00 pm with a welcome reception; the conference on 2nd of November starts at 9:30 am till 3:30 pm and on the 3rd of November the Conference runs from 9:30 am till 2:30 pm. The Exhibition area and Deal Making sessions run concurrently through out the event. At 6:00 pm our Cocktail reception party on November 3 takes place followed by at 7:00 pm the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony. Evening Attire for the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Our members have asked for more networking time. At this RECon Conference we have ample time set aside for our exhibition area and enhanced networking opportunities.

To register for RECon 2015: www.mecsc.org

RECon 2015 Schedule:

Day 1: Nov 1st (6:00pm till 8:00pm) Welcome Reception – Café Belge Ritz Carlton DIFC

Day 2: Nov 2nd (9:30pm till 3:30pm) Conference – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom and Exhibition Centre

Day 3: Nov 3rd (9:30am till 2:30pm) Conference – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom and Exhibition Centre

(6:00pm) – Cocktail Reception

(7:00pm) – Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

About RECon:

 

Jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), RECon Middle East & North Africa 2015 will bring together shopping centre industry professionals, retailers, management and consulting companies, architects and design companies, entertainment and leisure companies, product and service providers to the industry. All under one roof for three days at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel DIFC. Networking, learning from the best and brightest in the retail industry, deal making, celebrating the 2015 Award winners and exploring new business opportunities, the RECon Conference enables its delegates to complete a years worth of business in just three (3) days.

Sponsors of RECon:

Platinum Annual Sponsor – Magrabi Retail & Arabian Oud; Platinum Sponsor is Arabian Centres, Annual Sponsors include Kinan International Real Estate Development, Line Investments and Property LLC – A Division of Lulu Group International; Gold Sponsors are Red Sea Mall, Intimaa Real Estate Services, Mudon Ahlia Real Estate Company, Aswaq Management & Services,; Silver Sponsor includes, CELS & AFKAR Lighting, Dalma Mall, Al Othaim Real Estate Investment; Bronze Sponsors are Alyasra Fashion, Brands International FZE, Muscat Grand Mall (Tilal Devt Co), Yardi Systems Ltd, Matalan Middle East, Matalan Middle East; Strategic Sponsor is Right Selection; Official Technology Sponsor is Hypermedia; Support Sponsor is Azdef Production Group LLC, Offical Airline Partner is Emirates Airlines; Media Partners include Khaleej Times, RLI and Shopping Centres Today.

MECSC:

 

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres has over 70,000 members globally (www.icsc.org), the MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts. Facilitating members to grow their business through retail industry education, business development, conferencing and networking opportunities. The MECSC covers memberships throughout the MENA region and globally through the ICSC.

Web:http://www.mecsc.org / FB: http://www.facebook.com/MECSC.org

Twitter: @MECSC.org/LinkedIn: MECSC/ Instagram: MECSC/ Pinterest: MECSC

For information about the MECSC, please contact:

Email: info@mecsc.org phone +971 4 359 7909

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 55255

RECon 2015 to showcase the regions Largest, Smallest & Best Retailers and Shopping Centres

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RECon 2015 starts on the 1st through to the 3rd of November at Ritz-Carlton DIFC

RECon; the longest running and most successful conference for the Shopping Centres & the Retail Industry in the MENA region releases its list of Exhibitors, this year will see a combination of Retailers, Shopping Centres and Service Providers in the Retail Industry showcasing at the Event.

One of the highlights of RECon is meeting with the Exhibitors. Using the conference as a platform to create brand awareness, make new announcements, showcase upcoming projects, our Exhibitors are a focus of the RECon Conference. For the visitors, the exhibition is an opportunity to network with the industries brightest minds from the retail industry.

Visitors of RECon 2015 can expect to meet the following exhibitors; Magrabi Retail, Dalma Mall, Arabian Centres, ASI (Amusement Services International LLC), Ezdan Mall, First Christmas, LP FLEX International, Iran Mall Commercial Co. (IMCC), Retail Pop-Up, EIC Exhibits, Kingsmen Middle East, McARTHUR+COMPANY, Park Eyes, Premier Marketing Management, Right Selection, Savant Data System, Sparky’s – Al Hokair Group, Amer Group, Arabian Oud – AD Group, Line Investments and Property Management, Aswaq Management Services, Mudon Ahlia Real Estate, Brands International, CELS & AFKAR Lighting, Muscat Grand Mall and AZDEF Production Group.

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David Macadam CEO of MECSC says, “It’s highly encouraging and exciting to see some brand new faces represented at RECon 2015, we are also very pleased to welcome Magrabi Retail and Arabian Oud on board with us as our feature sponsors. These retailers have extended great support to RECon and will be exhibiting in the largest spaces at the venue this year. The popularity of this conference has grown extensively over the last 21 years; so much so that the exhibition spaces were sold out early this year.”

RECon 2015 begins November 1 at 6:00 pm with a welcome reception; the conference on 2nd of November starts at 9:30 am till 3:30 pm and on the 3rd of November the Conference runs from 9:30 am till 2:30 pm. The Exhibition area runs concurrently through out the event. At 6:00 pm our Cocktail reception party on November 3 takes place followed by at 7:00 pm the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony. Evening Attire for the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Our members have asked for more networking time. At this RECon Conference we have ample time set aside for our exhibition area and enhanced networking opportunities.

To register for RECon 2015: www.mecsc.org

 

RECon 2015 Schedule:

Day 1: Nov 1st (6:00pm till 8:00pm) Welcome Reception – Café Belge Ritz Carlton DIFC

Day 2: Nov 2nd (9:30pm till 3:30pm) Conference – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom and Exhibition Centre

Day 3: Nov 3rd (9:30am till 2:30pm) Conference – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom and Exhibition Centre

(6:00pm) – Cocktail Reception

(7:00pm) – Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

About RECon:

 

Jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), RECon Middle East & North Africa 2015 will bring together shopping centre industry professionals, retailers, management and consulting companies, architects and design companies, entertainment and leisure companies, product and service providers to the industry. All under one roof for three days at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel DIFC. Networking, learning from the best and brightest in the retail industry, deal making, celebrating the 2015 Award winners and exploring new business opportunities, the RECon Conference enables its delegates to complete a years worth of business in just three (3) days.

Sponsors of RECon:

Platinum Annual Sponsor – Magrabi Retail & Arabian Oud; Platinum Sponsor is Arabian Centres, Annual Sponsors include Kinan International Real Estate Development, Line Investments and Property LLC – A Division of Lulu Group International; Gold Sponsors are Red Sea Mall, Intimaa Real Estate Services, Mudon Ahlia Real Estate Company, Aswaq Management & Services,; Silver Sponsor includes, CELS & AFKAR Lighting, Dalma Mall, Al Othaim Real Estate Investment; Bronze Sponsors are Alyasra Fashion, Brands International FZE, Muscat Grand Mall (Tilal Devt Co), Yardi Systems Ltd, Matalan Middle East, Matalan Middle East; Strategic Sponsor is Right Selection; Official Technology Sponsor is Hypermedia; Support Sponsor is Azdef Production Group LLC, Offical Airline Partner is Emirates Airlines; Media Partners include Khaleej Times, RLI and Shopping Centres Today.

MECSC:

 

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres has over 70,000 members globally (www.icsc.org), the MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts. Facilitating members to grow their business through retail industry education, business development, conferencing and networking opportunities. The MECSC covers memberships throughout the MENA region and globally through the ICSC.

Web:http://www.mecsc.org / FB: http://www.facebook.com/MECSC.org

Twitter: @MECSC.org/LinkedIn: MECSC/ Instagram: MECSC/ Pinterest: MECSC

“Great to Legendary” vision of RECon 2015

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RECon; the longest running and most successful conference for the Shopping Centres & the Retail Industry in the MENA region is one month away, RECon will be held from the 1st through the 3rd of November at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, DIFC.RECon is jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); RECon Middle East & North Africa 2015 will bring together shopping centre professionals and industry experts from around the world.

RECon celebrates 21 successful years this year in Dubai. The central theme is “Great to Legendary” – in keeping with our theme, RECon’s keynote speaker is Ron Kaufman – an exemplary world renowned author of his latest book, the New York Times Best Seller “Uplifting Service”. His guidance has been used by multinational companies globally. Ron’s expertise is utilized by the UAE Government offices. Ron was appointed by the Ruler of Dubai, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates to train his Executive Cabinet in the Service Industry.

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David Macadam CEO of MECSC explains the Great to Legendary theme this year; “We are now in the 21st year of RECon, which in itself is a huge achievement. Taking things to another level; this year will be a celebration of the many brilliant iconic leaders in the retailer and shopping centre industry. The conference is our platform to highlight their efforts; which has made them not just great but also legendary. Our three day Conference has an impressive line up of speakers, delegates and our sold out exhibition area”

RECon 2015 begins November 1 at 6:00 pm with a welcome reception for invited guests; the conference on 2nd of November starts at 9:30 am till 3:30 pm and on the 3rd of November the Conference runs from 9:30 am till 2:30 pm. The exhibition area runs concurrently through out the event. At 6:00 pm our Cocktail reception party takes place followed by at 7:00 pm the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony. Our members have asked for more networking time. At this RECon Conference we have ample time set aside for our exhibition area and enhanced networking opportunities.

To register for RECon 2015: www.mecsc.org

RECon 2015 Schedule:

Day 1: Nov 1st (6:00pm till 8:00pm) Welcome Reception – Café Belge Ritz Carlton DIFC

Day 2: Nov 2nd (9:30pm till 3:30pm) Conference – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom and Exhibition Centre

Day 3: Nov 3rd (9:30am till 2:30pm) Conference – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom and Exhibition Centre

(6:00pm) – Cocktail Reception

(7:00pm) – Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner

For information about the MECSC, please contact:

Email: info@mecsc.org phone +971 4 359 7909