RetailME ICONS Methodology

RetailME Icons aims to celebrate and acknowledge the most influential people in MENA retail and the pioneers that are leading digital transformation. 

The list will highlight leaders who have prioritised people and purpose, those who have innovated, collaborated, and operated with agility to meet unprecedented challenges. The industry trailblazers will be ranked based on their achievements, contributions, and the impact they’ve created in the industry. 

The metrics we will use to determine the rank within each category are as:

          Company financials – y-o-y growth

          Size and scale of the organization they represent

          Number of employees

          Traditional and social media component

          Philanthropy scores

          Innovation during crises

          Participation in government and non-governmental organisations

          Influence on their business and the industry

–          Future expansion plans

          Brand visibility – local and regional

          Editorial Scores

          Jury Scores


To qualify for the power list, the nominee would have to:

  • Be a retailer with 5+ years of experience or a funded start-up
  • Be a Founder/Chairperson/Deputy chairperson/President/Managing Director/CXO 

Submit Your Interest

Nominations from a retailer with an e-commerce or physical store are accepted. We are sorry to inform you that you do not qualify for the nomination.

Once you submit the above details you will receive the nomination form that will need to be filled and submitted to [email protected] by 29th April 2021.

Terms and Conditions

While all cooperating listees will be asked for specific numbers and figures, readers must keep in mind that because the great majority of retail companies are privately held, they are under no obligation to disclose financial data.

In the case of non-disclosure, we will refer to information publicly available and gather this information from the retailer’s official websites, personal channels, and published articles in the past year.

We will review responses for consistency and use whatever resources we have at our disposal to ensure accuracy.

Listees are given the option of being interviewed personally by our editorial staff.

RetailME Icons is put together by RetailME’s editorial team and a selected board of jury. If our team has reached out to a nominee or their staff regarding the shortlist, the listing will be done under our discretion.

For nomination queries – Contact Frankline @ +971 54321 0909