Company Profile


Our role is to facilitate your business and to raise your personal profiles locally, regionally and globally. The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres is the largest regional organization representing the Retail Industry in the Middle East & North Africa.

Our mission is to provide the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge while being a catalyst in the development of the retail industry in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

Established in 1994, MECSC has grown over the years and has a strong and closely connected member base of over 1,000 industry professionals from all over the Middle East & North Africa representing shopping mall owners, developers, marketing managers, leasing managers and specialists, retailers, consultants, property managers, financiers, accountants, government officials and industry suppliers.

MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and support through its network.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Our Mission

Our Mission




  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen



Unit 507, Areco Tower, Media City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE


6 employees as of Jan 2019

Active Members

911 members as of Jan 2019

International Counterparts

By Laws


Privacy Policy 

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.


The Information We Collect

The type of personally identifiable  information that MECSC collects includes:  name,  address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information, and may also include information about your interests in and use of various products, programs, and services.

The Web Site also allows you to submit information about other people. For example, you might submit a person's mailing and e-mail address to enroll them in an MECSC seminar, or if you order publications online and want them sent directly to the recipient, you might submit the recipient's name and address. In addition, when MECSC members forward MECSC seminar invitations to third parties, we may collect certain personally identifiable information from those third parties, such as their email address.

We also may collect certain non-personally identifiable information when you visit the Web Site, such as the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider.


How We Use the Information

We may use the information you provide about yourself to fulfill your requests for our products, programs, and services, to respond to your inquiries about our offerings, and to offer you other products, programs or services that we believe may be of interest to you.

We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when we make changes to our subscriber agreements, to fulfill an online order for MECSC products, or to contact you about issues regarding your membership.

We use the information that you provide about others to enable us to send them the relevant information which you have requested for them. From time to time, we also may use this information to offer our products, programs, or services to them.

If you choose to submit User Content for publication, we may publish your name and other information you have provided to us.

We sometimes use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our products, programs and services and to enable us to provide a more tailored interface for individual Users.

We may disclose any User's personally identifiable information in response to a law enforcement agency's request or legal process, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena.


Staff, Executive Committee Members, Regional Representatives, Volunteers, Agents, and Contractors of MECSC who may have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for MECSC. MECSC members and non-members who have access to personally identifiable information of members and other individuals through the use of the MECSC website are also required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice, and are required to use such information strictly for business related purposes.

Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Notice or as otherwise permitted by law.

We may, on occasion, combine information we receive online with outside records to enhance our ability to market to you those products or services that may be of interest to you.

Finally, MECSC will not use or transfer personally identifiable information provided to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above.


Collection of Information by Third-Party Sites and Sponsors

The Web Site may contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different from ours. Users should consult the other sites' privacy notices as MECSC has no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

The MECSC sites covered by this Privacy Notice sometimes may offer content which is co-branded with third parties (the "Co-Branded Content"). By virtue of these relationships, the third parties may obtain personally identifiable information that visitors voluntarily submit to use the Co-Branded Content. MECSC has no control over third party use of this information.

MECSC may use a reputable third party to present or serve the advertisements that you may see at its Web pages. Our privacy policy does not cover any use of information that a third-party ad server may have collected from you.



To enhance your experience with our site, many of our web pages use "cookies." Cookies are text files we place in your computer's browser to store your preferences. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your e-mail address or other personally identifiable information unless you choose to provide this information to us by, for example, registering at one of our sites. However, once you choose to furnish the site with personally identifiable information, this information may be linked to the data stored in the cookie.

We use cookies to understand site usage and to improve the content and offerings on our sites. For example, we may use cookies to personalize your experience at our web pages (e.g., to recognize you by name when you return to our site), save your password in password-protected areas, and enable you to use shopping carts on our sites. We also may use cookies to offer you products, programs, or services.


Our Commitment to Security

We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.

Founding Members

Abdulla bin Eisa Alserkal

Ali Hassan

Fardan Hassan Al Fardan

Ishwar B. Chugani
Managing Director
Giordano Middle East FZE
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Majid Saif Al Ghurair
BurJuman Centre
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Simon Thomson
Retail International
United Kingdom

Walter Kleinschmit
R2E Consultants Inc
Winnipeg, Canada


Executive Committees

MECSC Chairman


MECSC Members of the Board 2018 - 2020

Chief Executive Officer
David Macadam
Middle East Council of Shopping Centres
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Alessandro Gaffuri
Founder & CEO
CELS Group
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Alfred Abi Antoun
Head of Retail KSA & Egypt
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Board President
Mazen Hamza Qandeel
Executive Director
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Maimunah Soliman Shebani
Managing Director
The Retail Agency
Muscat, Oman
Marcello Larizza, CSM, CRX
General Manager - Shopping Malls
Line Investments & Property LLC
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nada Abou Saab
Associate Director - Marketing
Majid Al Futtaim Properties (LLC)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Rony Aoun, CSM
SMAG sal Shopping Mall Advisory Group
Sin El Fil, Lebanon
Wail Balkhair
Deputy CEO
Al Mahmal Development Co.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Regional Representatives

MECSC Regional Representatives 2017

Regional Representative - Lebanon
Samar Akkou
Leasing Manager
Beirut, Lebanon
Regional Representative - Lebanon
Samar Akkou
Leasing Manager
Beirut, Lebanon
Regional Representative - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Biju Koshy
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates
Regional Representative - Lebanon
Samar Akkou
Leasing Manager
Beirut, Lebanon
Regional Representative - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Livio Fabi
Senior Asset Manager
Line Investments & Property LLC
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Regional Representative - Dubai, UAE
Mohammad Jamal Al Shawish
Director of Leasing & Sales
Alef Group LLC
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Regional Representative - Egypt
Mohamed Galal
President & CEO
TSM Mall Management
Giza, Egypt
Regional Representative - Jordan
Zain Abu Sitteh
Leasing & Marketing Manager
Swefieh Village
Amman, Jordan
Regional Representative - Kuwait
Lina Abbas
Senior Leasing Manager
GLA Management
Safat, Kuwait
Regional Representative - Lebanon
Samar Akkou
Leasing Manager
Beirut, Lebanon
Regional Representative - Oman
Abdul-Rahman Touqan
Touqan Investments
Muscat, Oman
Regional Representative - Qatar
Malik Qaiser Awan
Nextransact pvt Ltd
, Pakistan
Regional Representative - Saudi Arabia
Fouad Al Fakhri
General Manager - Alrashid Mall
Al Rashid Trading & Contracting Co.
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia


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