Middle East Council Of Shopping Centres announces Dr. Parag Khanna & Dr. Tommy Weir as Keynote Speakers of RECon MENA 2016

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RECon MENA 2016 will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel DIFC, on October 30th – 31st & 1st of November

Dr. Tommy Weir, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Tommy Weir, Keynote Speaker

Dubai: The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres gears up for RECon MENA 2016; starting from 30th till the 1st of November at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC. RECon MENA 2016 is themed “The Customer and Innovation”; keeping in line with the shopping centre and retail industry which are continuously changing and evolving, driven by a new, dynamic, global transformation providing service, connectivity and convenience to customers. Relationships among shopping centres, retailers, service providers and customers are expected to include the physical store and the digital sphere to create a seamless integration of experiences.

This year RECon MENA also offers two very notable keynote speakers at the conference. On 31st of October Dr. Tommy Weir will be kicking off the Recon conference, with 15+ years in the UAE, Dr. Tommy is a renowned speaker, advisor, author and Growth Specialist who specifically coaches CEO’s on how to grow against the odds and Editor-in-chief of the recently launched Emerging Markets Business Review. He will be highlighting great insight into the Retail Industry in the MENA region. The Customer and Innovation – Looking to the past to predict the future of retail by understanding the regional landscape.

On 1st of November Dr. Parag Khanna will take the stage– Parag is an international relations expert and best-selling author. Twice on TED Talks, CNN Global Contributor, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. Parag will speak on the growing significance and importance of the MENA region, importance of infrastructure, the future of country’s borders globally and the rise of trade in the 21st century.

David Macadam, CEO, MECSC says, “This year we are pleased to offer several new additions to RECon MENA 2016; from offering one of the main reasons why Recon has remained one of the longest running retail based conference in the region is due to our selection of the most renowned and influential speakers from around the world that come to Recon to impart their knowledge and share their secret of success with. Both Tommy & Parag are masters of their craft, and I am sure they will be a source of great inspiration for our guests.”

RECon 2016 is jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); begins on Sunday 30th of October at 10 am to 4 pm with a Property Management Workshop followed at 6:00 pm with the welcome reception; the conference on 31st of October starts at 9:30 am till 3:30 pm and on the 1st of November the Conference runs from 9:30 am till 2:30 pm at 6:00 pm our Cocktail reception party; followed by the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony begins at 7:00pm onwards.

RECon 2016 Schedule:

Day 1: Oct 30th (10 am to 4 pm) Property Management Workshop

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

Day 2: Oct 31st (9:00am till 3:30pm) Conference – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom and Exhibition Centre

Day 3: Nov 1st (9:00am till 2:30pm) Conference – Ritz-Carlton Hotel Ballroom and Exhibition Centre

                          (6:00pm) – Cocktail Reception

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

About RECon MENA 2016:

Jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), RECon Middle East & North Africa 2016 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 of networking, learning from the best and brightest in the retail industry, deal making, celebrating the 2016 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 MENA 2016:

Platinum Annual Sponsors: Hamat Properties, Majid Al Futtaim, Arabian Oud, Gate Avenue – DIFC

Gold Sponsors:  Red Sea Mall; Line Investments, Unified Group, Al Othaim Leisure and Tourism, Al Othaim Development

Silver Sponsors: CELS & Afkar Lighting; Kinan; Alef; Dalma Mall, Retail Emotions, GLA Management, Bass

Bronze Sponsors: Brands International, Azdef Production Group, Matalan, Reem Mall, Business Trading Company Fashion, Aldar, Bass

Official Airline Partner:  Emirates Airlines

Official Exhibition Partner: Kingsmen

Exclusive Gala Dinner Sponsor: Grand Optics

Official Technology Partner: Hypermedia

Support Sponsors: Nearbuy Solutions,

Media Sponsors: City 7 Dubai, Khaleej Times, SelfieTV, SCT Magazine

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 70,000 members globally, 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.