Industry leaders to descend on Dubai for the 4th Retail Leaders Circle MENA summit

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Dubai: Retail Leaders Circle (RLC) will organise its annual MENA summit on March 27th-28th, 2018, at Jumeirah Beach in Dubai.

The high-level annual summit is being organised in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the theme “Re-imagining Retail in Middle East: Innovation and Disruption.” The exclusive event will bring together over 300 business leaders from the retail, real estate, and technology sectors, as well as investors and other key stakeholders.

“It is with great pleasure that we host RLC MENA in Dubai, which is currently one of world’s hottest retail destinations,” said Panos Linardos, Retail Leaders Circle’s Chairman.

He continued, “Dubai has become the preferred market for regional and international retailers and is the ideal location to provide industry inspiration for the entire region.”

Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber said: “Dubai Chamber is delighted to support RLC MENA as the event comes at a very exciting time for the region’s retail sector. In recent years, retail has become a much more important contributor to regional trade and economic growth. Dubai is an ideal place to host this premier event as it boasts a vibrant retail market with a strong presence of leading local, regional and international brands.”

Dubai Chamber’s President and CEO explained that Dubai’s strategic location as a hub for the movement of people and goods across the GCC region, Southeast Asia and the African continent and offers an ideal base for retailers to boost their profile and reach a market of 2 billion consumers across the Gulf, Africa, and Asia.

RLC is widely credited for establishing an ideal platform for industry leaders to move the conversation forward, network, and discover future opportunities in a unique and transparent format that serves as a catalyst for growth and development.

Sponsored by international luxury retail conglomerate Chalhoub Group, Retail Leaders Circle MENA boasts an exciting line-up of over 40 high-profile speakers from three continents. The two-day summit will address themes such as, the evolving role of shopping malls, key trends and technologies impacting the global retail sector, and the state of the e-commerce, while it will also explore how retailers are competing in a fast-changing market.

“The overwhelmingly positive response to RLC MENA has created in the region, arms us with the responsibility to bring the entire retail ecosystem together and reset the conversation to focus on how all industry stakeholders can profitably grow while meeting and exceeding the changing consumer habits” said Panos Linardos.