Celebrating Retailing Excellence in the Middle East The Annual RetailME Awards 2017

  • Al Tayer, Chalhoub, Apparel big winners at the RetailME Awards 2017

The 2017 Images RetailME Awards, which recognise Middle East’s best retailers, were presented at a gala ceremony on 28th November 2017 hosted at the prestigious One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai, UAE, with more than 400 industry leaders in attendance.

Images RetailME Awards is the annual industry honours that recognise the top performing retailers and retail practices every year and reward excellence across retail categories. The Images RetailME Awards ceremony is the most prestigious event of its kind in the Middle East retail calendar and benchmarks in this vibrant retail destination.

Among the winners in 29 diverse categories were; The Pet Shop for the most admired Rising Star Retailer of the Year, Al Tayer Insignia for the most admired Middle East Retailer of the Year, and the most admired Retail Personality of the year was won by Mohamed Alabbar – Chairman, Emaar Properties & Malls, Founder, Noon.

In the Consumer Electronics category E-city took the award, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in the Leisure & entertainment (FEC/Theme Parks) category, Almaya in the Supermarket/Hypermarket category, Life Pharmacy under Pharmacy & Healthcare category, Marina Home Interiors in the Home & Housewares category, Tim Hortons under food service (QSR),and Suhad Ghanem, Life Pharmacy won an award for the most admired store Manager of the Year. (Full list of winners provided below)

The RetailME Awards gala evening was presented by Dubai’s leading anchor Enjy Kiwan.  Rayisa Shcherbakova and Serik Iskakov set the mood to the awards night with their mystic music. A mesmerizing Ring acrobat performance by Olga Baigacheva and standup comedian Artemis Kyriacou entertained the audience with his witty humour.

Amitabh Taneja Chairman of the Images Group said, “We received an overwhelming response with scores of entries this year.  We sincerely thank every member of our esteemed jury for sparing the time and effort to evaluate these submissions and compile the results.”

“A big thanks to all our partners supporting this event – Cityland Mall, Hamat Property Co., Zebra, Zoom, Adapty, Al Araimi Boulevard, Dalma Mall, Genetec, LP Flex, Philips, Qwikcilver, SSI Schafer, Wanzl, The Woolmark company, and Xpandretail, Crowe Horwath International (audit partner); gia (awards partner).”

“We are grateful to all the participants and congratulate all the nominees and finally applaud all the winners.”

The submissions were evaluated and judged by a jury comprising of an Independent Jury Panel; Jerzy Osika Owner & CEO Promedia, Mohammad Alawi, Chairman of Shopping Malls Committee Jeddah Chamber KSA, Roy Higgs, Founder Emeritus DDG; For the industry-nominated jury awards, the group conducted a survey covering more than 50 of the top regional shopping malls to short-list the best performing retailers at their malls and elsewhere. The names emerging from the survey were subsequently vetted by a panel of veterans and experts from the shopping Mall industry that included; Brad Merchant Director of retail asset management Aldar Properties PJSC, Christian Wistrom, General Manager –leasing GLA Management, Mohammed Galal, President & CEO Tasweeq Shopping Malls Egypt.

The process helped nominate more than 250 of the top performing brands under 29 categories.

RetailME Awards 2017 winners list

  AWARDS CATEGORIES 2017  WINNERS
1 Most Admired Brand Campaign of the Year Fashion & Lifestyle Carter’s
2 Most Admired Brand Campaign of the Year Homes R Us
3 Most Admired Retail Launch of the Year Bloomingdale’s Kuwait
4 Most Admired Store Design of the Year Fashion & Lifestyle Ghawali
 5 Most Admired Store Design of the Year Food & Pharmacy – Nahdi Lifecare
    6 Most Admired Store Design of the Year Home & Entertainment Safforiland, Grand Mall -KSA
7 Most Admired digital Innovation of the Year Freedom Pizza
8 Most Admired Online Retailer of the Year Home Centre
9 Most Admired Store Manager of the Year Suhad Ghanem, Life Pharmacy
10 Most Admired Responsible Retailer of the Year THE One
11 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Fast Fashion Splash
12 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Affordable Fashion Matalan
13 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Lingerie & Nightwear Nayomi
14 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Footwear & Accessories Dune London
15 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Sportswear Skechers
16 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Children’s Wear Level Kids
17 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Beauty & Personal Care Products RITUALS
     
18 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Pharmacy & Healthcare Life Pharmacy
19 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Home & Housewares Marina Home Interiors
20 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Consumer Electronics E-city
21 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Supermarket / Hypermarket Almaya
22 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Convenience Store (Food & Grocery) ZOOM
23 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Leisure & Entertainment Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

 

24 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Food Service (QSR) Tim Hortons
25 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Food Service (Casual Dinning) Shakespeare & Co
26 Most Admired Retailer of the Year Luxury Harvey Nichols
27 Most Admired Rising Star Retailer of the Year The Pet Shop
28 Most Admired Middle East Retailer of the Year Al Tayer Insignia
 29 Most Admired Retail Personality of the Year

Mohamed Alabbar

 

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