The Shopping Mall & Retail Industry’s finest honored at the Retail Congress MENA Awards 2019


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Award Ceremony was held on 29th of October at the Ritz Carlton Hotel – DIFC, Dubai, UAE

The final day of the Conference on 29th of October began with a Keynote address by Cate Trotter – Head of trends from Insider Trends, discussing about the latest retail trends in action and learning to solve your retail business problems with the latest thinking and technology, Cate has worked with brands such as IKEA, Nike, Chanel and Galeries Lafayette; the day progressed with a panel discussion on “The Future of Outlet Malls in the Region” by Avijit Yadav – CEO of Tamdeen Group & Avi Alkas – Country Chairman leading to an interactive panel discussion on “Alternative Project Financing Opportunities – MENA Region – American Franchise Export Service” by David Blair – Global CEO of Fitch, David Junk – Afes and Robert Junk – Afes; next on stage was by Wail Balkhair – CEO of Sahat Group discussing “New Retail in Makkah – a new niche in retail real estate has been created in Makkah” and wrapping up the conference were Cate Trotter – Head of Insider Trends & Baiju Kurieash – CEO & MD of Buz Management and Marketing Consultant discussed the “Rethinking Marketing Strategies in the Retail and Shopping Centre Industry”.

David Macadam – CEO, MECS+R says, “The Retail Congress MENA Awards 2019 is the one of the most anticipated events of the Conference, over the years its played a prominent role in acknowledging the successes and achievements of Retailers and Shopping Malls in the region.”

The Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton – DIFC glittered with the Awards and the Winners taking home the esteemed trophies; the Awards ceremony & Gala dinner was held on the last night of the 3-day Conference. The spectacular Awards & Dinner Gala honored the most outstanding achievers in Marketing, Retail & Design from the MENA region.

2019 MECS+R MENA Gold Award Winners for Marketing Excellence, in Advertising is “THE MALL AT THE WORLD” – Trade Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for Cause Related Marketing is “DEERFIELDS TOWNSQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE LLC” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for New/Emerging Technology is “DALMA MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE and “360 MALL” in Kuwait City, Kuwait; for Public Relations are “DALMA MALL” & “THE GALLERIA AL MARYAH ISLAND” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for Sales Promotions & Events are “CITY CENTRE MIRDIF”, “MALL OF THE EMIRATES” & “DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY MALL” in Dubai, UAE; for Customer Service Experience in Digital/Social Media are “DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY MALL” in Dubai, UAE and “360 Mall” in Kuwait City, Kuwait. For Retail Excellence in Home & Office Furnishing is “DANUBE HOME” in Dubai, UAE; for Entertainment, Music & Leisure is “OMAN AQUARIUM TAMANI ENTERTAINMENT” in Muscat, Oman; Retail Professionals of the year are “WAIL BALKHAIR” from Riyadh, KSA & “ISHWAR CHUGANI” from Dubai, UAE; Best MENA Retail Brand goes to “SPARKY’S PANORAMA MALL – AL HOKAIR GROUP” in Riyadh, KSA; for NOI Enhancement Excellence Leasing is “DALMA MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for Design & Development, under New Developments are “MALL OF UAQ – LINE INVESTMENTS & PROPERTY LLC” in Umm Al Quwain, UAE, “SNOW CITY – AL OTHAIM LEISURE & TOURISM CO.” in Cairo, Egypt, “XTREME ZONE – MALL OF MUSCAT “AL OTHAIM LEISURE & TOURISM CO.” in Muscat, Oman & “MALL OF MUSCAT TAMANI GLOBAL DEVT & INVT LLC” in Muscat, Oman; for Renovations/Expansions the award goes to “MALL OF ARABIA – MARAKEZ” in Cairo, Egypt & “UNIFIED REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT CO.” in Riyadh, KSA.

The Silver Award Winners for Marketing Excellence for Advertising is “BURJUMAN CENTRE LLC” in Dubai, UAE; for Cause Related Marketing the winners are “RED SEA MALL” in Jeddah, KSA, “CEFIC” in Bursa, Turkey, “AL WAHDA MALL” & “YAS MALL & THE MALL AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for New/Emerging Technology is “CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN” in Manama, Bahrain; for Grand Opening, Expansion/Renovations is “AL JIMI MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for Public Relations is “THE GALLERIA AL MARYAH ISLAND” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; the winners for Sales, Promotions & Events are “AL KOUT MALL” in Kuwait City, Kuwait, “DALMA MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE, “CAIRO FESTIVAL CITY MALL” in Cairo, Egypt, “LUCKYONE MALL” in Karachi, Pakistan, “MUSHRIF MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE, “ABDULLAH AL OTHAIM INVESTMENTS CO.” in Riyadh, KSA and “MALL OF THE EMIRATES” in Dubai, UAE; for Customer Experience and/or Engagement the winners are “DALMA MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE, “GRANADA INVESTMENT CENTER” in Riyadh, KSA, “PACKAGES MALL” in Lahore, Pakistan and “DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY MALL” in Dubai, UAE; for Digital/Social Media the winners are “DALMA MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE, “DOHA FESTIVAL CITY” in Doha, Qatar and “KHALIDIYAH MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for NOI Enhancement Excellence Marketing/Sponsorship the winners are “CAIRO FESTIVAL CITY MALL” in Cairo, Egypt & “AL WAHDA MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for Excellence Operations/Overall Team are “HAYAT MALL” in Riyadh, KSA & “DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY MALL” in Dubai, UAE; for Leasing is “THE GALLERIA AL MARYAH ISLAND” in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for Best MENA Retail Brand the winners are “SNOW CITY – AL OTHAIM LEISURE & TOURISM CO.” in Riyadh, KSA, “SAFFORI LAND” in Riyadh, KSA and “FABYLAND” in Dubai, UAE; for Design & Development under New Developments the winners are “FABYLAND MALL OF MUSCAT” in Muscat, Oman and “AL RASHID MALL ABHA” in Riyadh, KSA; for Retail Store Design the winners are “HOB & THIRD AVENUE – DALMA MALL” in Abu Dhabi, UAE, “DUSOUL – DHAMANI JEWELS LLC” in Dubai, UAE, “MIKYAJY – KAMAL OSMAN JAMJOOM” in Ajman, UAE, “SHARJAH COOP SOCIETY – WANZL MIDDLE EAST FZE” in Sharjah, UAE and “THE BODY SHOP” in Jeddah, KSA; for Family Entertainment Centre the winners are “SAFFORI LAND RABWA” in Riyadh, KSA, “SPARKY’S PANORAMA MALL” & “SKY ZONE / AL HOKAIR TIME MALQA” in Riyadh, KSA; for Property Management Software is “YARDI SYSTEMS” in Dubai, UAE; for Technology & Innovation the winners are “YARDI SYSTEMS” in Dubai, UAE, “CONIQ” in London, UK and “AISLELABS INC.” in Dubai, UAE; for Décor & Design Installation the winners are “GHESA” and “CELS EVENTS” in Dubai, UAE.


Retail Congress MENA:

Date – 27th – 29th October 2019

Venue – Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC, Dubai, UAE


RETAIL CONGRESS MENA Proud Sponsors & Partners:

Platinum Sponsors – CELS Events & Afkar Lighting

Gold Sponsors – Dalma Mall, Mall of Dilmunia, Salhia Real Estate, BackLite Media, Tamdeen Group, Red Sea Mall, Abdullah Al Othaim Investment Co. & Al Othaim Leisure & Tourism Co., Sahat Property Management Co., Line Investments & Property LLC and Aswaq Management & Services

Silver Sponsors – Unified Real Estate Development Company, Yardi, KINAN International Real Estate Development, Retail Emotions, Granada Investment Center Establishment, Al Hokair Group, ShopperTrak and BUZ Management and Marketing Consulting

Bronze Sponsors – JLL, Blachere Illuminations, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Xpandretail powered by Savant, Dubai Retail, Retail Consulting Group, V- Count and Burj Nahar Mall

Support Partners – Cityland, The Azdef Group & Azab Production, Crystal House Sharjah, Dhamani, Procurement+, Oleander, Careem, Pathfinder and Samha

Official Airline Partner– Emirates

Official Exhibition Contractor – Kingsmen Middle East

Technology Sponsor – Hypermedia

Media Partners – Selfie TV, Trending Business Insights

Delegate Bag & Lanyard Sponsor – CELS Group

Delegate Badge Sponsor – Kinan

Gala Gift Sponsor – Real Oud Factory

Registration Partner – Nofa Solution



To learn more about the Retail Congress MENA: Lea Venezuela, Director of MECS+R at +97143597909 or




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