19 - 21 February, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One: Monday, 19 February 2018

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration, refreshments and networking

8:50 am - 8:55 am Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks

Vishal Pandey, Partner, Senior Advisor,Glasgow Consulting Group
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Vishal Pandey

Partner, Senior Advisor
Glasgow Consulting Group

RETAIL DESTINATION PROPOSITION: HOW RETAIL IS DRIVING ECONOMIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Kickstart the day with an interactive discussion with developers in the GCC, so you understand how to stay competitive within such a fast-paced construction drive


Panellists:

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Kevin Ryan

Chief Operating Officer
Gulf Related

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Mohammed Alawi

Chairman of the Board - Saudi Sand Souvenir
Board & Company Advisor in Red Sea Market Co

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Marcello Larizza

GM, Shopping Malls
Lulu Group

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Emad Jaber

Chairman
LACASA Holdings

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Vishal Pandey

Partner, Senior Advisor
Glasgow Consulting Group

9:45 am - 10:15 am Dubai Land Department : regulations that help you

Mohammed Al Dah, Senior Director of Technical Affairs Department,Dubai Land Department
Learn about the Emirate-wide regulations and conditions assessment to identify which malls can be positioned in certain locations based on population density
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Mohammed Al Dah

Senior Director of Technical Affairs Department
Dubai Land Department

10:15 am - 10:45 am Morning coffee and networking

DESIGN CHALLENGES IN DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MALLS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

10:45 am - 11:15 am Design planning: Challenges and success factors in designing cultural malls

Patrick Bean Bean, Design Director ,LACASA Architects
-      Designing the Mall of Palestine
-      Translating cultural motifs into contemporary design elements
-      Designing the Art Center Mall in Dubai
 
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Patrick Bean Bean

Design Director
LACASA Architects

11:15 am - 11:45 am Spotlight session: Al Maryah Central in Abu Dhabi

Kevin Ryan, Chief Operating Officer,Gulf Related
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Kevin Ryan

Chief Operating Officer
Gulf Related

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Spotlight session: Mall in Riyadh

Mohammed Abaalkheil, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer,Arabian Centres
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Mohammed Abaalkheil

Chief Digital & Marketing Officer
Arabian Centres

SUCCESS FACTORS IN DRIVING FOOTFALL: ALIGNING THE DESIGN OF MALLS TO MEET EVOLVING CUSTOMER NEEDS

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm Active Entertainment – the key factor to a successful shopping center

Ruzha Karaatanasova, CEO,Funtopia Franchising
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Ruzha Karaatanasova

CEO
Funtopia Franchising

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Benchmarking against competition by enhancing entertainment zones

Basel Kotob, Senior Associate | Practice Leader ,HOK Consultants
Interactive session showcasing the best practices across the region (such as the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai) that created a long-lasting interest from shoppers interested in other activities such as cinema, skiing, ice skating and aquariums
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Basel Kotob

Senior Associate | Practice Leader
HOK Consultants

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Designing malls for customer experience: how new trends impact the design

Ewa Juszczyk, Senior Associate Director,Benoy
With a large investment on click-and-collect counters, created at the convenience of shoppers, the design of a mall has changed dramatically since the early 2000s. This session will explore how the design of new malls champion community areas over actual retail space
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Ewa Juszczyk

Senior Associate Director
Benoy

1:20 pm - 1:25 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

1:25 pm - 2:25 pm Networking lunch and end of conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.