Features & Networking


Whilst world-class speakers and immersive content are the cornerstones of The Retail Summit, impactful networking and purposeful engagements are equally critical. TRS 2024 is committed to creating curated, meaningful networking opportunities enabling you meet people who can help spark your imagination and drive your business forward. And there are some breathe-taking venues and a little bit of magic thrown in too!


The Marketplace recreates a modern pop-up high street, showcasing a wide range of boutique offerings from young, upwardly mobile retailers and brands across Beauty, Cosmetics, Fashion, Footwear, Accessories and Homeware.

Showcasing enables ambitious entrepreneurs to demonstrate their brand and proposition to UAE interested parties in the most authentic manner, facilitating the necessary contacts and infrastructure to expand effectively beyond their domestic markets. 

  • 50 UAE master franchise groups on the lookout for unique concepts
  • Facilitating connections with Tier 1 global CEOs
  • Meet local bricks & mortar and ecommerce partners



A 39% female audience is a good start – but we’re not done yet!

Championing a diverse and balanced retail world is mission-critical to TRS. We are fanatical about championing womens’ achievements and providing a platform to celebrate bravery and success.

The exclusive Women in Retail reception was hosted at Gastronomy at the stunning Atlantis, The Royal set amongst the stars in a sumptuous setting, which bought together 3 inspirational leaders: Sima Ganwani Ved, Founder & Chairwoman of Apparel Group; Karen Millen OBE, Founder of Karen Millen
and Melissa Odabash MBE, Founder & Creative Director at Melissa Odabash who have smashed through every barrier and created their own journeys.


As the premier gathering of +850 global retail leaders, The Retail Summit 2024 is poised to be an unparalleled event that will redefine the retail landscape.

DOWNLOAD our exclusive Session Spotlight Brochure & Networking Brochure and dive into eight carefully curated content pillars shaping the future of retail, as well as detailed insights on events like the Networking Sky Party at Cloud 22 and the empowering Women in Retail gathering at Atlantis The Royal and many more.


With live music, cocktails and entertainment at Dubai’s newest iconic rooftop venue after the 1st day of learning and discovery. With Insta-ready backdrops, Cloud 22 was the perfect place to take in the views of the iconic Palm Island, the Arabian Sea and Dubai’s captivating skyline whilst sipping signature cocktails.


The industry elite are hand-picked to join a special networking dinner on the eve of the Summit to honour the 2024 TRS Icon.

The 2024 winner - recognised for his creativity, vision and leadership - Ozwald Boateng OBE.


Invited guests will come together for the VIP dinner to further connect and strengthen relationships.

The 2024 dinner was held at the newly opened, award-winning Milos restaurant - the perfect, elegant atmosphere for the global retail community.


Round-Tables create purposeful interaction with a small group of like-minded people to digest and debate the hottest issues at the heart of retail boardrooms.

Breaking down silos between functions, hierarchies, sectors and business models, roundtables provide a setting for the cross-pollination of ideas, insight and innovation from individuals and industries you wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to meet.

  • The hottest ticket in town
  • Discussion led by knowledgeable experts
  • Confirmation subject to meeting specific criteria
  • Places strictly limited