Recon MENA is the longest running conference in the region ‚Äď starting from 29th¬†until 31st October at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC, Dubai, UAE
The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres¬†(MECSC)¬†in association with the International Council of Shopping Centres¬†(ICSC)¬†& Dubai Association Centre¬†(DAC)¬†present RECon MENA 2017 starting from 29th¬†until the 31st¬†of October at the Ritz Carlton Hotel – DIFC in Dubai, UAE.¬†¬†RECon MENA 2017 is aptly themed “Reinvention”¬†in line with the shopping center and retail industry which are continuously changing and evolving, driven by a new, dynamic, global transformation providing service, connectivity, and convenience for customers.
David Macadam, CEO, MECSC says,¬†“One of the reasons that RECon has been running successfully for Twenty three years is due to the line up of speakers that we hand-pick from all over the world, we methodically select influencers, change makers and thinkers that are reinventing the shopping mall & retail¬†business on a global level. This year is no different and we are proud to introduce speakers like Kate Sweetman, Ali Al Saloom,¬†Herculano Rodrigues, Darren Katz¬†to name a few that will be taking the stage this year.“
RECon MENA¬†2017 begins on 29th¬†of October with a morning workshop on¬†“The Art & Science of making great places and compelling customer experiences”¬†by¬†Gilbert¬†Rochecouste¬†(MD of Village Well).¬†The afternoon session will be led byChairman of the ICSC Global Design & Development Viva Awards Jury¬†–¬†Phil McArthur on “Global Shopping Centre Design and Development Trends”. The evening will conclude with a welcome reception at the Sunken Garden in Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC.
On 30th¬†of October, the first day of the conference¬†David Macadam¬†(CEO of MECSC), Marwan Eskandarani¬†(MECSC Board President)¬†& Tom McGee¬†(CEO of ICSC)¬†will be welcoming the delegates of RECon 2017 and kicking off the start of the Conference, the speech will be followed by¬†Kate Sweetman,¬†Co-Author of Reinvention and an experienced leadership consultant, educator, author, editor and speaker. Kate will be followed by an education panel discussion with¬†Maimunah Shebani, Gilbert Rochecouste, Mohammad Alawi, Prakash Menon & Ravi Raman.¬†The day will conclude with Keynote address by¬†Ali Al Saloom, an author, cultural consultant, professional speaker, TV show host (Ask Ali) and one of the fastest rising media starts of the Gulf, who will take us on a journey to always¬†Think Quality.
The final day of the Conference, 31st¬†of October will commence with a welcome address by¬†Kenneth Bernstein (Chairman of ICSC and President & CEO of Acadia Realty Trust NY).
Followed by a Keynote speech by¬†Herculano Rodrigues¬†(Associate Director of Javelin Group part of Accenture Strategy, London)¬†who will highlight The Future of Retail ‚Äď How to Create a Customer Centric ‘Living¬†Business’. Taking the stage next will be¬†Darren Katz,¬†(Managing Director of Excellerate Brand Management),¬†with his keynote address about understanding shoppers and what motivates them for retail success. The day will progress with a panel discussion on¬†“Current Trends in F&B and its role in new real estate developments”¬†with¬†Mario Bauer¬†(Executive Board Member of Vapiano SE), and¬†Georgy John¬†(Executive Vice President of Gastronomca Middle East).¬† This will be followed by¬†“The Benefits of integrating placemaking into shopping centres” by¬†Gilbert Rochecouste¬†(MD Village Well). RECon Conference will conclude with the ICSC Cocktail Reception, ICSC MENA Awards & Gala Dinner ‚Äď a celebration of Shopping Centre and Retail Industry achievements and great success.
RECon MENA 2017 Schedule:
Day 1: Oct 29th¬†(10 am to 4 pm) Pre- Conference Masterclasses on¬†RECon MENA Design Summit 2017, and The Art & Science of Making Great Places and Compelling Customer Experiences¬†‚Äď Sahaab Meeting Rooms, Ritz Carlton DIFC
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† (6:00pm till 8:00pm) Welcome Reception ‚Äď¬†Sunken Garden at the Ritz Carlton¬†DIFC
Day 2:¬†Oct 30th¬†(9:00am until 3:30pm) – Conference, Exhibition, Networking & Deal Making Sessions‚Äď¬†Ritz-Carlton DIFC ¬†Hotel Samaya Ballroom
Day 3: Oct 31st¬†(9:00am until 3:00 pm) – Conference, Exhibition, Networking & Deal Making Sessions‚Äď¬†Ritz-Carlton DIFC Hotel Samaya Ballroom
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† (6:00pm) ‚Äď Cocktail Reception
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† (7:00pm) ‚Äď ICSC Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner
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