MECSCMiddle East Council of Shopping Centres
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David Macadam, CEO of MECSC, said: "We are absolutely thrilled about the sessions that we will be staging at this year's RECon.
Given the tough market conditions and the impact of the global economic slowdown that the industry is facing, it is the need of the hour for the industry to come together and formulate new strategies to help overcome the challenges and make way for future growth" says MECSC regional director Kim Redman.
The MECSC is organising a workshop titled 'The changing dynamics of retail leasing management' on April 8 and 9 in Dubai.
There is going to be a clear slowdown in upcoming projects, however this could be of benefit for the retail market to look back, being able to focus more on existing shopping malls and taking the opportunity to develop these even more," MECSC president Maher Al Shaer said.
The ICSC and MECSC hold a number of educational programmes throughout the year, which provides powerful tools, and information that can be applied immediately when participants return to their work.
Education remains our primary focus with the ICSC and the MECSC.
Shopping centres, anywhere in the world, have to constantly strive to keep the customer satisfied," said Majid Saif Al Ghurair, chairman of the MECSC and president of Burjuman.
Workshop facilitator Walter Kleinschmit, one of the founding members of MECSC and industry expert with more than 25 years of experience, said: 'This is not a buyer's market; it is a tough market for both the landlord and the tenant.
The industry is expecting a similar, if not larger, increase this year," said regional director, MECSC, Kim Redman.
The 2008 MECSC Annual Convention is sponsored by Aldar, Colliers, Dubai Properties, Emaar Malls Group, Burjuman, Grand Optics and Ovaz Marketing & Investment.