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10-11 November 2020 | Atlantis, Dubai


Women in Retail

The Retail Summit is dedicated to promoting and reflecting a more balanced and diverse retail world. Let’s build it together!

Continuing the celebrations on the week of International Women’s Day, join us at this exclusive Women in Retail Reception to recognise and honour female achievements.

A recent Women in Retail report stated that whilst women make or influence 85% of purchases, only 10% of executive board members are female. As diversity makes for more creative, innovative organisations, achieving gender balance is an essential aim for retail to thrive and grow.

Hosted in the lavish surroundings of the Emerald Palace Kempinski, this intimate, women-only event provides the perfect setting to take action for equality.

Showcasing three inspirational women sharing candid insights and moving personal accounts, this reception will recognise female achievements and celebrate diversity.

Do not miss your opportunity to take away new strategies for accelerating gender balance in your organisation whilst connecting with inspiring women across the retail community.




Beach Party 

Following the first day of the conference, take this opportunity to continue captivating conversations and connect with the global retail community in a more relaxed atmosphere.

A complimentary chauffeur service will whisk you away from the Summit to enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of the Emerald Palace Kempinski and network with your peers.

Make the most of your time in Dubai with the elite of the retail industry and form lasting connections. The Welcome Reception is open to all Summit attendees and provides an informal setting to create and strengthen your connections with old friends and new.






The Marketplace    

Against the backdrop of today’s fast-paced economic environment, the retail sector is as vibrant as ever. Across the globe, hundreds if not thousands of entrepreneurs bring new concepts and brands to market every day.

But how do young,ambitious retailers and brands build the necessary contacts and infrastructure to expand effectively beyond their domestic markets? Whilst showcasing their proposition to interested parties in the most authentic manner?

The Marketplace has been specifically designed to provide a solution to these two challenges.

The Retail Summit will completely transform The Atlantis for two days, recreating a modern high street, complete with a series of bespoke shop interiors that will be fitted out with unique products and concepts.

Over the course of the two days emerging entrepreneurs will meet C-level executives from major global retailers and master franchise groups on the lookout for new unique concepts which they can roll out in new territories. This is your opportunity to meet the retail rising stars and be amongst the first to spot the concepts and products that will be dominating the future of retail.



Meeting pods

The Summit Meeting Pods, are bespoke, private spaces specifically created to facilitate small meetings where real innovation and business connections occur.

Centred at the heart of The Summit exhibition floor, the private meeting spaces are the perfect environment for delegates to take time out to digest what they’ve learnt, make new business contacts or re-group with peers.

So huddle up, explore opportunities and create lasting business connections.




The Retail Study Tour

Embark on a retail journey across the many faces of Dubai.

From the olden walkways of the Gold & Spice Souq to the latest retail giant – The Meydan One Mall. Experience how Dubai has transformed itself from humble beginnings to become a cosmopolitan destination offering shoppers, visitors and guests the very best in the world of Retail.

This fully curated Study Tour will take you to see the best Dubai has to offer. The dedicated Tour Guide will point out the hidden cultural gems and introduce you to hand-picked Store Managers who will show you ‘behind the scenes’ and answer any specific questions you may have.

All the details have been taken care of, from transport to refreshments - allowing you to immerse yourself in the local cultural and explore the iconic retail destinations alongside the new, vibrant formats.