We Understand Shopping Centres

About Us

The creation of shopping centres that generate strong returns for the investor and profitable sales for the retailers is at the heart of McARTHUR + COMPANY’s approach to shopping centre and mixed-use development, leasing and operations advisory.

Phil McArthur, the founder and Managing Director of McARTHUR + COMPANY is an internationally experienced career shopping centre specialist with over 33 years in the industry and more than 60 successful shopping centre projects in his portfolio.

2011 marked the launch of McARTHUR + COMPANY with the opening of office in Dubai, UAE.  Since that time the firm has provided valuable strategic advice and leasing and management services to projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman as well as USA and Canada.

Today McARTHUR + COMPANY boasts a talented team of over 20 industry professionals with decades of shopping centre development experience in North America, Europe, South Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Our strategy is to add real financial value to each retail development project.  Our team is well experienced in shopping centre investment, finance, development planning, retail leasing and management and marketing.

We understand retail and shopping centres and what it takes to create new centres or reinvigorate older centres that require new energy.  We work closely with global retail chains to assist with cross- border expansion needs.

McARTHUR + COMPANY believes in well-planned, highly popular shopping destinations with long-term financial growth in value. Our philosophy is to use international best practices combined with local knowledge of retail markets and shopping influences to meet each project’s goal.


Phil McArthur, Managing Director and Founder of McARTHUR + COMPANY

McARTHUR + COMPANY participates in RECon MENA

Dubai – 26th October 2014 - The Middle East and North Africa boasts some of the world’s most successful shopping centres that have proven their resilience and relevance in recent years with their ability to continuously impress their customers. Their success is a result of topnotch brands, an eclectic combination of F&B options, and a variety of entertainment possibilities. The best way to keep these multiple facets working well is to stay up to date on the latest trends and best practices and we at McARTHUR  + COMPANY are doing exactly that.

New team members in McARTHUR + COMPANY

As the growing company, we are in constant search for qualified and experienced industry professionals that will become our team members. We are proud to announce that our team has recently been strengthened with the following team members:

CMD in our team

Ivana Gazivoda Vucinic Marketing Manager at McARTHUR + COMPANY has recently become CMD (Certified Marketing Director). CMD certification is established by International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), reputed organization with the purpose to advance the shopping center industry and to promote its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services.

Mr. Furqan Athar appointed as a keynote speaker at Dubai World Franchise Forum

World Franchise Associates (WFA) is hosting another of its World Franchise Forums in the luxurious surroundings of the Grosvenor House Hotel by the Dubai Marina.

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Mr. Furqan Athar to speak on The Qatar Projects Conference, Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha, Qatar, 17 – 19 March 2014

Khalifa Furqan Athar, Director Strategy & Planning and Managing Partner of McARTHUR + COMPANY will be one of the speakers on the Qatar Projects Conference that will be held from 17th to 19thMarch in Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha.


Mall Design & Development Middle East Conference, Amwaj Rotana Dubai, UAE, January 26 – 29, 2014

The Mall Design & Development Middle East Conference is a unique event that brings together the key stakeholders in the design, delivery, construction and operation of malls to debate the future of mall development in the region.


Future Retail Event, JW Marriot Marquis Dubai, UAE, December 8 -9, 2013

Retail forum for the MENA region under the patronage of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai, UAE.


RECON Middle East & North Africa,

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Hotel, Dubai, UAE, November 24 – 26, 2013. McARTHUR + COMPANY in association with the International Council of Shopping Centres & Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, were proud to be part of the very successful RECON MENA 2013, the regions dedicated forum for retailers, shopping centre owners and service providers. Phil McArthur, Managing Director of McARTHUR + COMPANY, moderated the panel discussion session on the topic of “Expo 2020: Is Retail Prepared To Welcome The World?” during the RECON MENA 2013 Conference. The regions key industry leaders including: Ishwar Chugani, Managing Director of Giordano Middle East, Dimitri George Vazelakis, Executive Managing Director - Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim Properties and Abdulla Bin Sougat, Managing Director of Bin Sougat Group of Companies (Previous CEO, DIFC) all delivered their acumen on this subject.


MECSC Workshop, The Address Hotel Dubai Marina, September 30th 2013

McARTHUR + COMPANY Director of Investment & Analysis, Saad Athar, conducted a day’s workshop on behalf of Middle East Council of Shopping Centers (MECSC) on “Operations Finance & Management at Shopping Centres”.


3RD ANNUAL INRETAIL SUMMIT, Al Murooj Rotana Dubai, UAE, September 8-9, 2013

Phil McArthur was one of the distinguished faculty representing in this leading retail summit. Phil was part of a panel session, discussing ‘Redesigning the Shopping Experience – Success of the Best Retail Environments’. The panel shared expertise on reimaging mall design to attract leading retailers and differentiating your mall destination and environment.


Doha Bank Conference, ‘Business Collaboration & Partnership’, Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Qatar, June 23rd, 2013

Furqan Athar, Partner/Director Strategic Planning Finance, McARTHUR + COMPANY was a keynote speaker at this Doha Bank knowledge sharing conference. Furqan presented on the critical topic of ‘Organised Retail & Engaging Suppliers/Customers’ to industry professionals from the region


ICSC/MECSC John T Riordan Global School for Professional Development, Dubai, UAE, June 9-13, 2013

McARTHUR + COMPANY directors participated as the faculty of this highly successful shopping centre training program. McARTHUR + COMPANY directors; Furqan Athar, Ritu Chopra and Phil McArthur taught mature students from all over the world the fundamentals of shopping centre management, finance and leasing


ICSC/MECSC Next Generation Networking Event, The Palace Hotel, Dubai, UAE, June 10th, 2013

McARTHUR + COMPANY in association with the International Council of Shopping Centres & Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, were the proud co-sponsors of the ICSC Next Generation networking event, held in the Palace Hotel, Dubai. McARTHUR + COMPANY proudly sponsored an enjoyable evening with leading industry professionals from all over the Middle East & North Africa regions.


ICSC – RECON Las Vegas, May 19th – 22nd 2013.

McARTHUR + COMPANY was delighted to participate in RECON Las Vegas, the world’s largest gathering of retailers, developers and capital markets focusing on shopping centre investment. Phil McArthur had the pleasure of joining the Middle East Shopping Centre Discussion Panel, on the topic of 'New Growth Opportunities For Global Retailers'.


McArthur once again judges ICSC VIVA ‘Best of the Best’ Design and Development Awards, January 26th 2013

In continuing our commitment to shopping centre excellence, Phil McArthur is a member of the jury for the ICSC VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value, and Achievement) Best-of-the-Best Awards. The VIVA Awards annually honour the most outstanding shopping centres worldwide, and this year’s winners were announced during a special presentation at the opening ceremony of the ICSC RECON Las Vegas Convention on Sunday May 19th 2013. Congratulations to Santa Monica Place (California), Parc 66 (China), TD Bank - Net Zero Store (Florida) and Bloomingdales (California), for their world class achievements.


RECON Middle East and North Africa 2012, ICSC Event, November 11-13, 2012

McARTHUR+ COMPANY was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak at the RECON MENA conference in November. Ritu Chopra moderated the “Retail Runway”, where international retail concepts presented their brands. Phil McArthur along with Derek Barker of Haskoll Architects and Designers delivered a presentation highlighting the growth of competition to capture consumer spending, entitled “Tomorrow’s Shopping Centres, Today”, and Furqan Athar gave an enlightening speech, “Retail 101: How Retail Works,” about the essential components of retailing. –


ICSC Retail Real Estate World Summit:

The Globalization of Retail, Shanghai, China, Sept 11-14, 2012 McARTHUR + COMPANY is proud to support the initiatives of International Council of Shopping Centers with their strategic growth in Asia. Phil McArthur will be participating in an international panel discussion exploring Shopping Centre Trends and Best Practices: The Next 5-10 Years.


ICSC/MECSC John T Riordan Global School for Professional Development, Dubai UAE, Jun 10-14

John T Riordan Global School for Professional Development, Dubai UAE, Jun 10-14 McARTHUR + COMPANY were delighted to once again participate in the faculty of this highly successful shopping centre training program. McARTHUR + COMPANY Directors, Furqan Athar, Ritu Chopra and Phil McArthur taught students from over 15 nations the basics of shopping centre management and leasing.



Phil McArthur continues in his 15 years of support of Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and its outstanding educational and business development initiatives. Phil McArthur coordinated a panel with AT Kearney and leading global retailers on the opportunities in new emerging retail markets. November 27-29th 2011.



McARTHUR + COMPANY is proud to support the initiatives of International Council of Shopping Centers on their strategic growth in Asia. Phil McArthur was delighted to participate in the key Asian conference held in Shanghai November 2-4th 2011, focusing on shopping centre investment opportunities in the emerging markets