The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres & Retailers (MECS+R), the longest-standing and largest retail trade body in the Middle East launches its Final Quarter Edition for the year 2022 of the Retail People Magazine (‘RPM’) with the theme “Redefining Open Market Shopping Experience.”
In this 2022 Q4 Edition, we are excited and honoured to feature Majid Algothmi, the Executive Director at AZAD Properties on our cover story, who is also a long-standing supporter of the organization. Majid Algothmi is one of Saudi Arabia’s most successful professional and without a doubt an expert in the industry. Majid highlights the future of Jeddah’s retail scenario as it realizes a start of a new beginning through Souq7.
Majid states, “Souq7 rises as Azad’s contribution to the regeneration process the city is undergoing and will be the new beginning for the value shopping experience in Jeddah. Souq7 with its new slogan, “A Souq for Everyone”, will redefine the open market shopping experience for Jeddah residents as well as inbound and outbound visitors by offering modern diversified retail, dining & entertainment mix in an enjoyable ambience and atmosphere. Azad Properties and Souq7 is following modern retail development ideas rather than the regular concepts, allowing them to create an outdoor walk across lighted pathways and a mix between the modern and heritage shopping experience that stimulates the senses.”
While nearby, to the east of Jeddah, The Clock Towers Shopping Center welcomes everyone as the largest retail complex in Makkah. Amjad Jaber, Director of Commercial Assets shares with us the staggering number of variations of retail options closest to Islam’s most sacred site Masjid Al Haram. Across borders, Sharjah Cooperative Society’s Executive Director Abdullah Al Huraimel graced us with an interview to talk about their newest success – Rahmania Mall.
There are many more stories to be shared, challenges and how they were overcome, through the words of highly acclaimed professionals in the MENA retail world, all covered on this final issue of the RPM.
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 last quarter issue of the year. We could not have succeeded without your involvement. A huge thank you to the following sponsors: