Here are other benefits you will enjoy:

  • Advertise with a minimal fee on The MECSC Directory and The Retail People Magazine
  • Connect and expand your business through our online member only database:
    • 2,000+ Retail Companies
    • 800+ Service Providers
    • 1000+ Shopping Centres
  • Utilize the MECSC team to connect you to our tenants/retailers or leasing managers
  • Avail of discounted rates on MECSC organized events JTR Global School for Retail Real Estate Professionals, Next Generation Networking Events, RECon Forum and RECon Conference

Questions regarding membership?
Call JC Gayoma - Membership Manager at +971 56 4776536 or email membership@mecsc.org

Industry Recognition


Membership with industry recognition association is a wonderful way to demonstrate your commitment to the industry you are in.

Members of the MECSC and ICSC are entitled to make use of the council’s logos on all their marketing campaigns, email signatures, business cards and stationeries.

Members can avail of the free listings of their organization on the MECSC website, Malls Directory page, Retail Listing page, and Membership Directory page.

Building New Connection and Networking


MECSC brings the industry together on a common platform to network and make new connections through its specialized events and initiatives such as Regional Members Networking events, Next Generation Initiatives and International Events organized by ICSC and its affiliated councils. 

MECSC membership coupled with the ICSC affiliate membership connects you to over 70,000 members in over 80 countries offering you an inner circle of regional connections as well as a broader global reach. 

Our Deal Making Sessions and Exhibitions during the Annual Retail Conferences will absolutely grow our business.

Education and Professional Development Initiatives

MECSC offers Education and Professional Development Initiatives focusing on the important aspects of Shopping Centres Management, Marketing, Leasing, Security, Virtual Merchandising and more.

We also customize Training Development Programs that fit your company needs – whenever & wherever you need it.

These Training Programs are designed to help our members get certified globally through ICSC.

Specialized Conference, Exhibitions and Awards and Deal Making

Win in the most recognized achievements for Professional Excellence in the Global Retail Industry. Be the Best of the Best! Annual awards are given on different categories such as:

  • Traditional Marketing
  • Net Operating Income(NOI) Enhancement
  • Design and Development
  • Retail Excellence
  • Best MENA Retail Brand
  • Retail Professional of the Year

Resources (Exclusive access for members only)


Have an exclusive access to Industry Related Reports and receive first hand information through our Monthly Newsletter, MECSC Directory and Retail People Magazine.

  • Online Member’s Directory: MECSC helps you connect with other industry professionals and build a network of professional relationships by providing you exclusive member access to MECSC Member Database, our online directory of member contacts
  • Online Malls Directory: Discover valuable information on retail developments in the MENA region
  • Online Products and Services Directory: Look in a comprehensive listing of products and service suppliers
  • Specialized Industry Publications: A wide range of specialized publications by industry experts which are only authorized to be distributed only by MECSC & ICSC
  • Online e-Newsletter: Members receive a monthly compilation of news and features from the industry via email

Registration Form

Fill-out the registration form below and send it to membership@mecsc.org

Featured List


Retail People Magazine


The Official Magazine of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres

Raise your personal profile in our quarterly issue magazine!

The Retail People Magazine is the foremost source of knowledge and information for the retail industry, where MECSC members can have an active voice in the activities of our organization. The magazine is a tool for bringing people together, educating, discussing and enhancing our industry, and showcasing the great things happening in our industry in the MENA region. Retail People aim is to help you to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profile in the retail industry locally, regionally and globally.

With readership in 45 countries, we are creating a voice in the Middle East and North Africa region. The magazine is distributed to its members through mailings, MECSC-hosted events, and other partnerships. Your ad will be seen and read by the 10,000+ industry professionals who receive Retail People each quarter. The e-magazine is available on the MECSC website and 4,000+ social media followers. Available as well in issuu.com which reach more audiences.

If you would like to include a story or feature on our magazine, please contact David Macadam, CEO at david@mecsc.org / Mariz Matocdo, Marketing Officer at customercare@mecsc.org or call at +971 4 359 7909.

  • Are you a Shopping Centre looking to lease space?
  • Are you a Retailer interested to enter the market or expand your operations?
  • Are you a Service Provider looking to market a product or your services?

TAKE ADVANTAGE TO PROMOTE YOUR COMPANY, ADVERTISE NOW!!! Annual Publication Sponsorship is also available.

Media Pack


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Magazine Issues


2018 Q2 ISSUE 15

Global Trends on Food, Entertainment, Media and Technology

Cover Story: Mr. Majed Al Hokair, Group Vice Chairman of the Al Hokair Group, shares his family’s commitment to entertainment in Saudi Arabia


2018 Q1 ISSUE 14

Creating Exceptional Experiences

Cover Story: Mohammed J. Al Marzouq, Chairman, Tamdeen Group, about Building Great Places, Creating Exceptional Experiences and Delivering Outstanding Sales


2017 Q4 ISSUE 13


Cover Story: Special RECon MENA 2017 Edition


2017 Q3 ISSUE 12

Education and Technology in Retail

Cover Story: Maimunah Shebani, Managing Director of the Retail Agency addressing the employment gap in Oman through retail training.


2017 Q2 ISSUE 11

Men & Women in Retail

Cover Story: Alessandro Gaffuri Founder & CEO of CELS Group talks about the why of customer engagement in retail marketing


2017 Q1 ISSUE 10

Fashion and Lifestyle

Cover Story: Kamel Shaban of Brands International talks about revolutionizing Men’s Fashion


2016 Q4 ISSUE 9

The Customer & Innovation

Cover Story: Special RECon Edition


2016 Q3 ISSUE 8

Specialty Retail

Cover Story: GATE AVENUE at DIFC – A First of its kind urban lifestyle destination


2016 Q2 ISSUE 7

Leisure and Entertainment

Cover Story: MG Worlds of Adventure – the world’s largest indoor theme park


2016 Q1 ISSUE 6

Fashion and Beauty

Cover Story: Samar Akkou, CSM, CLS – Youngest Woman to achieve ICSC Certification in the Middle East.


2015 Q4 ISSUE 5

Great to Legendary

Cover Story: Special RECon Edition


2015 Q3 ISSUE 4

Retail Consumer Trends

Cover Story: Nidal Jamjoom, Trailblazing CEO of Kinan International shares how the KSA retail landscape will transform in the coming years


2015 Q2 ISSUE 3

Food Retail - Leading retail strategies trends and opportunities for the F&B Sector

Cover Story: Ivana Gazivoda Vucinic, CMD, CLS talks about F&B Revolution


2015 Q1 ISSUE 2

Women in Retail - Five Influential women in the retail sector share their views

Cover Story: Interview with Salma Shasha’a from Jordan


2014 Q1 ISSUE 1

Retail People Launch

Cover Story: Mohammad Alawi, CEO of Red Sea Mall talks about his ambitious expansion plans


I have been a member of MECSC for the past 15 years and owe them a ‘thank you’ for keeping me up-to-date with the retail and shopping centre industry. Working in a dynamic and ‘fast-paced industry’ it can be a struggle to be in accord with the new developments, retailers, trends and key people shaping the industry. The Retail People Magazine keeps me informed, insightful and in touch with the industry.”


As one of the article contributors to Retail People Magazine, the main thing I can say is that at every retail event I have attended locally or regionally, people seem to know who I am because they have either read an article of mine or have seen a photo of me in the magazine. I cannot think of a more effective way to give me the exposure in my career that I need to build the right relationships and facilitate business.”


For the past few years retail industry in the Middle East has transformed and Middle East Council of Shopping Centres has helped us a lot to keep up to date with everything new. When I joined MECSC, I didn’t know many people and as well was not aware with latest updates of the retail market. The magazine helped me in understanding new trends, keep update with new projects in the market. I owe MECSC a lot of our success of where we are and helping us and I hope it can help others like me.”


MECSC ’s Retail People Magazine is providing global knowledge and exposure to both its readers and contributors. As a contributor, the magazine pushes me to always be on top of the topics covered & be on a constant quest for knowing and achieving more to share with the reader's substantial experience, expertise, and content. That in turn elevates my knowledge, skills, and profile, and also boosts my exposure within a bigger network of professionals; all funneling towards enhanced career opportunities and progress.”


This is a great initiative by the MECSC! It gives one an idea of the happenings and views in our industry in the region, draws attention to ideas that are trending and is another way to connect within our f r a t e r n i t y . I t ’s a l s o a w a y f o r m e m b e r s i n o u r f r a ternity to contribute to the industry. The magazine has evolved and has grown from strength to strength and I look forward to many more especially young people contributing to the magazine.


We treasure our market, we believe in the value of exposure to our business community and Retail People Magazine excels at providing this. It is a great way to hear and be heard by the relevant audience. It provides the opportunity to our brand to be associated with a strong and reputable association like MECSC. This leads us to great networking opportunities, assures a solid establishment and ultimately, the ‘brand recognition’ that is deserved. As we work directly with several newcomers, retailers and malls, it is a part of our established marketing strategy to introduce RPM as a vehicle to promote themselves.


Retailers and shopping centers are a nexus of transaction and transformation for the Middle East region, and RPM’s audience include stop management in these sectors. The magazine provides a unique channel for bringing new ideas to the professional community, which makes it most attractive to contribute to RPM and join MECSC. Besides the excellent reach and quality of the magazine, the RPM staff is highly professional and easy to work with, and this makes it a pleasure to participate!

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