Dubai: The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers (MECS+R), the long-standing and largest retail trade body in the Middle East launch its 4th Quarter Edition of the Retail People Magazine – Road to Recovery.

David Macadam, CEO of the MECS+R states, “In the aftermath of disruption caused by the virus, many businesses have been challenged. We are now nearing the end of this phase for covid. Our team would like to celebrate, congratulate and welcome those who have prospered and transformed their organizations for the future. In this edition of the Retail People Magazine, we are proud to feature our members who have thrived and paved the way to a “Road to Recovery”.

We are honoured to have the management team at Times Square Center headed by Nancy Ozbek – General Manager and her team Sreejith Ayyappan, Leasing Manager, Abdassamad El Ghomri, Operations Manager, Abhilash Puthan, Facilities Manager, Anoop Ajay Kumar, Marketing Manager and Michelle Bron, Events Coordinator, as our featured Cover Story. We asked them how they were able to succeed and to keep working with their tenants and stakeholders in these challenging times. 

In this edition, we also bring you successful and timely stories about recovery from Rebecca Charlotte Arnold – Mall of Dilmunia, Hussain K. Jamal – Mall of Muscat, from Ayman Al Burti and Majid Al Gothmi – Azad Properties on the announcement of a new project ‘Souq7’ in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, Alfie Gibbs – Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) and many more. All agreed we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

More insightful and informative featured articles about successful strategic plans, retail global expansions, recovery and hottest news are available in this issue.

MECS+R and Retail People Magazine would like to thank all the advertisers and contributors who have supported and helped us with the publication and release of this end of the quarter edition. We could not have succeeded without your involvement. A huge thank you to the following sponsors –

The Retail People Magazine is a quarterly released magazine, available both online and in downloadable pdf copies. Intended for all retail professionals, this magazine is filled with fresh and great insights from experts from the region and beyond. For information about the Retail People Magazine, please contact Mariz Matocdo at

Phone: +971 4 516 3061/+971 55 551 7605

About The MECS+R:

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, with its newly branded name The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers (MECS+R), has grown over the years and has a strong and closely connected member base of over 1,100 industry professionals from all over the Middle East & North Africa representing Retailers, Shopping Mall Owners, Developers, Marketing Managers, Leasing Managers & Specialists, Consultants, Property Managers, Financiers, Accountants, Government Officials and Industry Suppliers. MECS+R provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and support through its network of international affiliates.

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