The Annual Images RetailME Awards, celebrated some of the region’s most outstanding achievements in retail at a gala ceremony at Le MéridienHotel & Conference Centre, Dubai UAE.
Images RetailME Awardshonour excellence across a range of retail categories, turning the spotlight on the best performing retailers in the region and benchmarking best practices in this vibrant industry.
Among the winners in 21 diverse categorieswere;LIWA TRADING ENTERPRISESfor the most admired Middle East Retailer of the Year;the most admired Retail Personality of the year was won byFAHAD AL OTHAIMandJUMBLE forthe most admired Rising Star Retailer of the Year.
SPLASHwon in theFashion category; ALDOin Footwear & Accessories; THE CHILDREN’S PLACEfor Children’s wear; NAYOMIin Lingerie & Nightwear category; andCALVIN KLEINinLuxury. 6THSTREETwas named as the most admired Online Retailer of the year.
E-CITYwon in the Consumer Electronics category;FUN CITYin the Leisure & entertainment category;ZOOMin the Food & Grocery category andZAATAR W ZEIT in Food Service category.LIFE PHARMACYwas named as the most admired Pharmacy & Healthcare retailer;AURAwonin the Home & Housewares category;and FAHAD AL SHIBINI – DANUBE, RIYADHwon an award for the most admired store Manager of the Year.
M’OISHI (w), MR DRAPER (1 r/up), ITS HER WAY (2 r/up)were named asMost Admired Startup of the Year. SPLASH (w), DUBAI DUTY FREE (r/up)won theResponsible Retailer of the Year. FABYLAND SHARJAH COOP (r/up), for Store Design of the Year: Food & Leisure; CENTREPOINT (w), STEVE MADDEN (r/up) for Store Design of the Year: Fashion & Lifestyle and NESPRESSO (w), ZOOM (r/up)won for theMost Admired Brand Campaign of the Year. (Full list of winners provided below)
On the red carpet of the RetailME Awards, Monique Balchin and Lisa Dijkman set the mood for the celebration with their mystical performances. Tom Urquhart, well-known in Dubai’s media circuit and a talented broadcaster, anchored the awards.
Amitabh TanejaChairman and Managing Director of the Images Group said, “We at Images RetailME believe that awards give you tremendous encouragement from the industry to continue to do good work; no matter how young or old you are. We thank every member of our jury for sparing the time and effort to evaluate the submissions and compile the results. We thank all participants and congratulate the finalists and the ultimate awardees.”
“A big thanks to all our partners for supporting this event –Interstore│Schweitzer, ZOOM, Adapty, Dalma Mall, Xpandretail, SAP, RedSeer Consulting, LPFLEXZebra Technologies, Idea Spice Design, Gia (awards partner) andCrowe (results partner).”
The submissions were evaluated and judged by an eminent jury panel. The independent Jury Panel included; Amna Abbas,Senior Analyst, Euromonitor International; Hatahal Saad Alutaibi,CEO, Alandalus Property Company; Jerzy Osika,Owner & CEO, Promedia, Poland, Kristine Lasam,Head of Branding and Integrated Marketing, Accenture Interactive; and Phil McArthur,Founder & Managing Director, McArthur +Company.
The jury for the presentation based categories comprised Bernhard Heiden,Chief Strategy Officer, Schweitzer Group; Jerzy Osika,Owner & CEO , Promedia, Poland; Kristine Lasam,Head of Branding and Integrated Marketing , Accenture Interactive; and Mohammad Alawi,Chairman, SAHAT property Management Co.
The event was presented by Images RetailME magazine, the most widely read trade retail publication in the Middle East.