Making the best deals

As RLI celebrates its tenth anniversary year, it is bringing the world of retail to Dubai.

To be held on 1-2 June at the Meydan Racecourse, RLI Connect is once again set to deliver an outstanding global retail and leisure property deal-making forum, providing face-time with key decision makers.

RLI Connect 2015, taking place on 1-2 June at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, will bring key global industry leaders to Dubai, which has established itself firmly as one of the most vibrant, innovative and attractive retail and leisure locations in the world, attracting business from all corners and generating interest like no other market. RLI Connect provides a sustained platform for doing business and building value through strategic partnerships on a global scale.

Growing on the phenomenal success of previous events, RLI Connect 2015 promises to be the must-attend event, creating a networking atmosphere unlike any other. From pre-arranged meetings to networking lounges, the whole event is organised for one simple reason, to help you do business.

RLI Connect is taking this one step further by connecting leading international players with new emerging brands to feed this and other rapidly-evolving markets – markets that offer great opportunities to achieve levels of recognition and respect that may even exceed those that many brands enjoy in their home markets.

Finding the right mix of retailers and leisure operators to fill new and existing shopping malls is becoming one of the biggest challenges, and developers are looking for new and innovative concepts to enhance the shopping experience.

There are no conference or panel sessions at RLI Connect, just a focused, high-energy forum for networking and deal-making, with a combination of moving existing deals along and being introduced to new ones, and the opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge with top performers in the retail and leisure real estate industry. In these fast-paced markets, key players have an entrepreneurial opportunity to search for a best-fit match for their project; if you are ready, willing and able to do deals then this is the event for you.

Sands Retail, part of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and a world leader in the development of integrated resort destinations, is Headline Sponsor of the event for the third year running. This year’s Gold Sponsor is Qatar-based Place Vendome, whilst the Silver Sponsor is Red Sea Mall of Saudi Arabia, again for the third year running.

RLI Connect’s Global Partner is MAPIC, the international retail property market; and other industry partners include the Department of Economic Development and Government of Dubai; World Franchise Associates, Franchise Development Services and the Azdef Group; Innesco is the Social Media Partner and Arab Afro Trade is the Media Partner.

Developers confirmed for RLI Connect 2015 to date include: Balmic Contracting Services, CapitaMalls Asia, Dubai Design District, ECE Projektmanagement, IKEA SCR, Iran Mall, Mall of Qatar, Multi Corporation, Muscat Grand Mall – Tilal Development Company, Nakheel, Place Vendôme - United Developers, Red Sea Mall, Sands Retail, SES Spar European Shopping Centres, Sonae Sierra, TriGranit Management Corporation and Unibail-Rodamco.

Retailers include: Adore Cosmetics, Aiisha, Al Ghurair Retail, MH Alshaya Co, Apparel Group, Beverly Hills Polo Club, Blue Inc, Boux Avenue, Brands International, Carmen Steffens, MAF Carrefour, Chalhoub Group, Chantelle, Charanga, Charming Charlie, Cupcakes For Breakfast, Debenhams, Dockers, Dreamworks, Extreme Group, Folly Fashion – Marwa, Giordano, Hallmark GCC, Hamleys, Hunkemöller, Hussein Bazaza, Karaca, Kazar Footwear, KidZania, Kristals, Landmark International, Le Verger Shop, Levi's, MAF Fashion, Marina Home, Mothercare, Mudo, Parfois, Paris Gallery, Retail Arabia International, Roger Dubuis, Sacoor Brothers, Salsa Jeans, Signature, Sonae SR, SPRET Retail, Teddy Group, The Light Cinemas, The Toy Store, Tudors Shirt Kingdom, Urban Adventure, Watsons Retail, WHSmith, Zohoor Al Reef.

One thing that has been constant and will never change is the need for brands to connect, not just rationally and emotionally with their consumers, but with local partners to create and expand opportunities. RLI Connect provides an opportunity to explore expansion plans whilst examining potential client markets across the globe. RLI Connect gives you the chance to do a year’s worth of work in just two days! In these difficult times, can you afford not to attend?

RLI Connect will once again be held alongside the prestigious Global RLI Awards on the evening of the 3 June, now in its tenth year and continuing to attract key global industry figures.