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Dubai Chamber delegation starts participation in 9th World Retail Congress in Rome

UAE Ambassador to Italy hosts dinner reception in honour of the participating members of the delegation

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry-led trade mission delegates started their participation on Tuesday in the 9th World Retail Congress being held in the Italian capital of Rome from September 8 to 10.

Soon on their arrival on Monday evening, the delegation was hosted to a dinner by His Excellency Saqer Nasser Ahmed Abdullah Alraisi, UAE Ambassador to Italy, at the Waldorf Astoria Rome.

Welcoming the Dubai delegation, H.E. Saqer Nasser Alraisi, stated that the delegation’s participation in the annual World Retail Congress will enhance the reputation of the UAE as a leading global retail destination.

He lauded the efforts of Dubai Chamber in promoting the UAE as a global centre for business and finance adding that such major international events serve as ideal platforms to showcase the country’s business potential while attracting more foreign direct investments to its shores.

The Dubai Chamber delegation, led by H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber, consists of H.E. Juma Mohammad Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Economy and H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber.

Also attending are H.E. Majid Al Shamsi, Chairman, Union Coop, Adel Al Zarouni, Managing Director, Rivoli Group LLC, Ahmed Galal Ismail, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, Khalid Al Falasi, General Manager, Union Coop, Mohi-Din BinHendi, Chairman, BinHendi Enterprises, Rajiv Suri, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Fashion, and Vino El Khatib, Chief Marketing & Brand Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding.

As head of the delegation, H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber, thanked the Ambassador for his hospitality and for making the delegates feel at home on foreign shores.

He reiterated the Chamber’s commitment to representing Dubai’s investment potential and business attractiveness at major international forums as he called upon the delegates to be the best ambassadors for promoting Dubai as a leading global retail destination.

Since its inception in 2007, the World Retail Congress has grown quickly to become an important event for retailers across the region and all international retailers globally to discuss trends and issues faced by their industry.

Prominent speakers at the Congress include Olaf Koch, CEO, Metro Group, Dr Stephan Zoll, Vice President – Germany, eBay and Julie Hamilton, CCO, Coca Cola.

The 9th edition of the Congress being held in Rome under the theme, Retail Transformation today, tomorrow and beyond, will discuss during its first day, the Retail Challenges while the second day is devoted to finding solutions to the challenges and the third day is dedicated to the future of retail.

The three-day World Chamber’s Congress is interspersed with the World Retail Hall of Fame, the Future Retail Challenge where young retail talents exhibit new ideas and bring fresh thinking and the Congress Closing Party which promotes networking among the global retailers attending the Congress and felicitating them at the World Retail Congress Awards.

The 2014 edition of the Congress held in Paris, attracted over 1,350 senior retail leaders and industry experts from 73 countries including major UAE retailers such as Majid Al Futtaim, Landmark Group, Al Futtaim Group, Jumbo Electronics, Aswaaq.com, Apparel Group and many more.