Celebrating Retail & Leisure Excellence
Across the MENA Region

Held on the 7th February 2024 at the Crowne Plaza RDC Hotel in Riyadh, Retail and Leisure International’s inaugural RLI MENA Awards in association with Headline Partner Apparel Group provided a memorable evening that recognised and celebrated the most visionary and innovative retail and leisure concepts from across the region.

After hosting the Global RLI Awards at the Pan Pacific London in the UK last year and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the British Embassy in 2022, RLI felt this year was the perfect opportunity to build on the success of that event by introducing a dedicated awards ceremony for the MENA region, to celebrate the very best of what the Middle East and North Africa has to offer across retail, leisure and entertainment.

The evening began with a Welcome Reception in partnership with New Murabba Development Company where people could catch‐up with friends and colleagues in the industry before taking their seats. As anticipation started to build, Presenter Shona Lindsay and RLI Publisher Jayne Rafter took to the stage to commence an evening of celebration and entertainment.

In her opening speech, RLI Publisher Jayne Rafter said: “Tonight we will honour the most visionary and innovative retail and leisure concepts from across the region. The retail and leisure industry is exciting, dynamic and innovative and the Awards pay tribute to those companies that continue to push the boundaries; who are not afraid of the challenges that they are presented with; and who refuse to settle for anything but the very best.”

We would also like to thank each of our Sponsors and Partners for their much‐valued loyalty and support, as well as our Judging Panel for their hard work and dedication in making the tough calls.

An exquisite three‐course meal followed during which guests were treated to entertainment from Shona Lindsay who performed a number of classic songs from the James Bond films along with tracks from her group ‘The Rat Pack Dolls’. It was then time for the main event, the RLI MENA Awards.


Jayne Rafter
RLI Publisher