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Global RLI Awards 2022 Winners Announced in Saudi Arabia

Held on the 2nd November 2022 at the British Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Retail and Leisure International’s seventeenth Global RLI Awards provided a memorable evening that recognised and celebrated the most visionary and innovative retail and leisure concepts from across the globe.

After hosting the awards virtually in 2020 and as a hybrid event in London at The Londoner Hotel in 2021, RLI felt this year was the perfect opportunity to bring the awards back to a purely physical event somewhere new as the world returns to something resembling pre-Covid. So where better than the burgeoning country of Saudi Arabia which is the epicentre of giga-projects as Vision 2030 begins to take shape.

The evening began with a reception 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 kick-off the evening.

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 globe. 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.”

An exquisite three-course meal followed during which guests were entertained with a selection of London West End’s greatest hits from our previous shows over the past 17 years. Then it was time for the main event, the Global RLI Awards 2022.

And the winners are…

RLI Future Project

Presented by Chalhoub Group

Winner: Diriyah Square, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

Highly Commended: Solitaire, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

RLI Most Anticipated Opening 2022

Winner: D5M, New Cairo, Egypt

Highly Commended: Hi Place Sanya, Sanya, Hainan Province, China

RLI Best Placemaking Scheme

Winner: Weihai Huafa Newland, Weihai, China

RLI Most Immersive Attraction & Experience

Winner: Yas Mall Experience

RLI Most Innovative Retail & Tourism Destination

Winner: Shoppes at Londonder, Macao, China

RLI International Shopping Centre – New Build

Sponsored by MK Illumination

Winner: Al Plaza, Shanghai, China

Highly Commended: CIFI Cmall, Chengdu, China

RLI International Shopping Centre – Renovation

Sponsored by MK Illumination

Winner: Link Central Walk, Shenzhen, China

RLI Innovation in Sustainability Award – Project

Winner: Chalhoub Group

Highly Commended: Rituals Cosmetics

RLI Innovation in Sustainability Award – Retailer

Winner: Abdullah AlOthaim Markets

Highly Commended: Chalhoub Group

RLI Global Retailer

Presented by Sands Retail

Winner: Alshaya Group

Highly Commended: Giordano

RLI Middle East Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by HMY Group

Winner: Chalhoub Group

Highly Commended: Alshaya Group

RLI Entertainment & Leisure Operator

Sponsored by Ventura Mall, DAMAC Hills

Winner: Alshaya Group

RLI Hospitality Operator of the Year

Presented by Al-Futtaim Malls

Winner: Time Out Market

Highly Commended: 7 Management

RLI Developer of the Year

Sponsored by Lily

Winner: DAMAC Properties

RLI Designer of the Year

Winner: Benoy

Highly Commended: Quadrant Design

RLI Contractor of the Year

Winner: umdasch The Store Makers

Highly Commended: HMY Group

RLI Interior Excellence

Winner: IMAR, Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar by HMY Group

Highly Commended: Bründl Kaprun, Kaprun, Austria by umdasch The Store Makers

RLI Innovation in Technology Award

Winner: Yas Mall Experience

RLI Special Recognition for Heritage in Retail

Winner: Bateel International

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