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The creation of shopping centres that generate strong returns for investors and profitable businesses for retailers is at the heart of the McARTHUR + COMPANY 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 shopping centre specialist with over 35 years in the industry across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America.

Furqan Athar, Partner and Director of Strategy and Planning at McARTHUR + COMPANY is an award winning Dubai based retailer and shopping centre investment expert having accumulated over 20 years’ experience in the Middle East’s retail real estate industry.

Today, McARTHUR + COMPANY boasts a talented team of over 30 industry professionals with decades of global shopping centre development and leasing experience.  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, marketing, as well as retail leasing and management.

We understand retail real estate and shopping centres and what it takes to achieve successful new centres or reinvigorate 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.

McARTHUR + COMPANY has provided valuable strategic advice as well as leasing and management services to projects in over a dozen countries and territories including the United States, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, India, Monaco and South Korea.


Construction progress does not halt at Mall of Qatar

Construction work and retail fit outs resumed as normal today at Mall of Qatar following the outbreak of a fire on April 2, 2016.Doha, Qatar, 3 April 2016: Mr. Mowafaq Kharbat, Project Director of Urbacon Trading and Contracting, confirmed that work has resumed after an accidental fire broke out at around 2.30pm on April 2.

McARTHUR + COMPANY keeps the Greens smelling fresh

Dubai continues to see growth in the food & beverage market with the news that McARTHUR + COMPANY have secured Greek Fresh to open a flagship unit in The Onyx Building situated adjacent to the Greens Community. Greek Fresh is operated by the Landmark Food Group of Dubai and the flagship restaurant of 3,600 sq² will serve up to 120 covers.

March’s drone footage of the mega project ‘Mall of Qatar’ under construction

Set to open its doors in August 2016, Mall of Qatar will become the biggest shopping and entertainment complex in Qatar and aims to become a premier shopping destination in the Middle East. As big as 50 football fields, it is expected to attract 20 million visitors in its first year.

Mall of Qatar seals a deal with Azadea Group

Mall of Qatar, the largest shopping and lifestyle destination that will soon be the pride of Qatar, has signed a lease agreement with Azadea Group Holding, a premiere fashion and lifestyle retail company that owns and operates more than 50 leading international franchise concepts across the Middle East and North Africa.

Mall of Qatar to open in August 2016

McARTHUR + COMPANY is proud to announce that our client, Mall of Qatar have confirmed they will open the country’s largest shopping centre in August 2016 according to an official spokesperson for Urbacon Trading and Contracting.

Shopping centres News Magazine-Retail Development in India

Moving from being just shopping destinations to community centres with a very good dose of entertainment, leisure and food; malls in India have literally come a long way. It is interesting to unearth prospects of specialty / niche malls in India.

India International Property Awards 2015

Our very own Amit Puri, General Manager of Leasing, has been chosen as a Jury Member for the India International Property Awards (IIPA) 2015. Amit and his fellow Jury Members will be playing a very important role in deciding the winners of the prestigious award.

Interview with Phil McArthur, Managing Director McArthur + Company

Today, every shopping centre strives not only for customers attention but also, and more importantly, for their loyalty. With the growing competition, the promise of pleasant and successful shopping is not enough anymore.

Mall of Qatar project: ‘No longer simply about shopping’

McArthur + Company’s Mall of Qatar project, which is scheduled to open its doors in Q1 of 2016, is expected to attract in excess of 20 million visitors throughout 2016, with an annual five per cent rise in numbers forecasted, and an impressive 10 per cent rise in 2022 with FIFA being hosted in the country.

Mall of Qatar to receive 20 million visitors in 2016

Doha’s Mall of Qatar is expecting to receive 20 million visitors next year, a leading expert has claimed.The mall, which is owned and developed by Mall of Qatar W.L.L in collaboration with turnkey contractors UrbaCon Trading & Contracting (UCC), is predicting, based on research conducted by T&L Associates, a steady 5% annual increase in visitors, and a 10% increase in 2022 with FIFA World Cup being hosted in Qatar.

McArthur + Company Expands into Saudi, Malaysia and Iran

McArthur + Company, an international shopping centre development and leasing firm, has expanded into Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Iran this year.

McARTHUR + COMPANY is proud to announce the signature of an agreement between Majan Development Company SAOC …..

McARTHUR + COMPANY is proud to announce the signature of an agreement between Majan Development Company SAOC and Al-Meera Markets SAOC at Al Muzn Centre in Muscat, Oman. Al Muzn Centre, poised to open in March 2016, is an international standard community shopping centre of 11,760 sqm.

McARTHUR + COMPANY at the Shopping Mall Summit in Hong Kong |15 – 16 April 2015 | New World Millennium Hotel.

Phil McArthur will be talking about how Dubai has emerged as one of the world's most attractive shopping destinations in the world. The progress from ancient markets and bazaars, to international award winning shopping and touristic attractions that has been accomplished in only one generation. It will be a fascinating look at the story of Dubai's drive for market creation and the strategy that made it happen.

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.

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.

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