Lulu Group, Apparel, Centrepoint, ENOC, Splash, Jashanmal, Majid Al Futtaim, Mohammed Alshaya and Aldo win Middle East Retail Awards

As many as 28 retailers won the prestigious RetailME Awards 2021 held alongside the 10th Middle East Retail Forum in Dubai on Wednesday

Date: Dubai, UAE; November 25, 2021

What does Lulu International Group, Apparel Group, Centrepoint, ENOC, Splash, Jashanmal, Majid Al Futtaim, Danube Online, Mohammed Alshaya Group and Aldo have in common? They all won the Images RetailME Awards 2021, held at the Conrad Dubai Hotel on November 24, 2021.

Images RetailME received over 110 nominations under 25+ categories from retailers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt and more. All nominations were reviewed by a distinguished panel of jury members consisting of Laila Mohammed Suhail, Chief Executive Officer – Strategic Alliances and Partnerships Sector at DTCM; deVere Forster, Chief Commercial Officer of Dubai CommerceCity; Mark Thomson, Retail Industry Director EMEA at Zebra Technologies; Mohammad Iqbal Alawi, Managing Partner and CEO at Real Estate Development Solutions; Phil McArthur, Founder and Chairman at McARTHUR Retail Development Specialists; Kalika Tripathi, Senior Director Marketing Planning and Strategy CEMEA at Visa International; and Amitabh Taneja, Chairman of Images Group. [C1] 

Nearly 30 awards were given out on Wednesday night to retail leaders from different companies across the region during the gala ceremony. The awards recognised the achievements of retailers from the region who have had the courage to think out-of-the-box and bring innovative retail concepts and experiences equipped with emerging technologies and data that the world has access to today.

Welcoming the delegates, Justina Eitzinger, Chief Operating Officer of Images Group Middle East, organiser of the Middle East Retail Forum and RetailME Awards, said, “Held alongside Middle East Retail Forum (MRF), the RetailME Awards recognizes the achievements of retailers from the region who have had the courage to think out-of-the-box to bring innovative retail concepts and experiences equipped with emerging technologies and data that the world has access to today.

“So many of the retailers have elevated the overall retail experiences for customers, adopted digitization and advanced processes to deliver unimaginable outcomes, and reimagined your values, goals and orientations for the better.

“And as they say, great work never goes unnoticed. So here we are all set to honour best practices and efforts of the retail fraternity, and give you a little token of our appreciation evangelized as the RetailME Award. It was truly a privilege for me to go through all your nominations along with the jury and watch how your efforts unfolded into tangible results of excellence this year.”

Images RetailME Awards aims to serve as a benchmark in the Middle Eastern retail industry by honouring best practices and efforts of the retail fraternity, which serves as a massive contributor to the overall economy. The categories have been carefully designed to ensure equal opportunities to all verticals across the board.

ParticipantsAward Category 1 – Most Admired Brand Campaign of the Year 
ALDOAwardeeFootwear sub-category 
Homes R UsAwardeeHome sub-category 
SplashAwardeeFashion sub-category 
Red TagExcellence Awardee  
ParticipantsAward Category 2 – Most Admired Collaboration of the Year 
Baraka GroupAwardee  
ParticipantsAward Category 3 – Most Admired E-commerce Retailer of the Year 
ParticipantsAward Category 4 – Most Admired In-Store Innovation of the Year 
Lulu HypermarketAwardee  
ParticipantsAward Category 5 -Most Admired Omnichannel Retailer of the Year 
ParticipantsAward Category 6 – Most Admired Online Retail Innovation of the Year 
Danube OnlineAwardee  
ParticipantsAward Category 7 – Most Admired Responsible Retailer of the Year 
ParticipantsAward Category 8 – Most Admired Retail Concept of the Year 
ParticipantsAward Category 9 – Most Admired Retail Transformation of the Year 
ParticipantsAward Category 10 – Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Beauty & Wellness 
ParticipantsAward Category 11 – Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Children’s Wear 
ParticipantsAward Category 12 – Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Fashion 
ParticipantsAward Category 13 – Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Food & Grocery 
Lulu HypermarketAwardee  
ParticipantsAward Category 14 – Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Food Service 
Gates HospitalityAwardee  
ParticipantsAward Category 15 – Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Footwear & Accessories 
ParticipantsAward Category 16 – Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Home & Housewares 
Danube HomeAwardeeTie 
ParticipantsAward Category 17 – Most Admired Retailer of the Year: Leisure & Entertainment 
ParticipantsAward Category 18 – Most Admired Store Design of the Year 
Sharjah CO-OP Rahmania Mall HypermarketAwardeeFood and Grocery sub-category 
Monoprix iCONIC 2022AwardeeLeisure and Entertainment sub-category 
ENOCAwardeeForecourt sub-category 
NayomiAwardeeFashion sub-category 
ParticipantsAward Category 19 – Most Admired Store Manager of the Year 
Ahmed Selima, Faby LandAwardeeTie 
Roma Alipio, NandosAwardeeTie 
ParticipantsAward Category 20 – Most Admired Retail Personality of the Year 
Sima Ganwani VedAwardee  


Editors’ Notes

About IMAGES RetailME

IMAGES RetailME is a 16-year-old retail intelligence media brand in the Middle East. With a 45,000+ strong print readership and over 100,000 digital reach across the MENA region, it offers unparalleled insights into local and international trade.

RetailME is the No. 1 Retail Intelligence Platform, bringing together physical and digital retailers of all sizes and contributing on trends, thought leaderships, experiences and transformation.

IMAGES RetailME provides unique, in-depth editorial coverage on all aspects of retail – including retail formats, merchandising, design, shop fit, category management, logistics, technology, shopping centres, consumer trends, franchising, and human resource. Plus, the readers are kept up to date with important directions and trends in this ever-growing industry.

About Middle East Retail Forum

The Middle East Retail Forum is an annual symposium that started in 2012, which facilitates charting out the future of retail’s blueprint in the Middle East and beyond. Over the years, it has evolved to become a phenomenon where the movers and shakers of the industry come together to formulate the future of retail and set precedents for retailers across the board to follow. As we rally through tumultuous times, incredible innovations, inventions, and transformations have sprouted by leaders that are bravely paving a whole new way of doing business for generations to come. This year, we bring the region’s trailblazers together to unravel the future of retail experiences and construct a cohesive plan of action by means of panel discussions, research revelations, and global expert keynotes.

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