We found the Mena retail sector to be polarised as never before, as it spans the vibrant GCC region and the turbulent Levant and Egypt. Meanwhile, older shopper centres are attempting a bold resurgence by focusing less on luxury attractions and more on community activities, but is it working? When it comes to e-commerce, are tablets boosting online sales or physical footfall? While the UAE leads the region’s retail sector, we look at what’s happening across the Middle East region. Paris Gallery’s Asra Eftkhari discusses digital marketing and luxury retail. Sarah Abdullah tours Jeddah’s malls to see how they are bridging the gap between retail and entertainment. Plus latest PARC data and spend analysis, and online search result data taken from Saudi Arabia and the UAE by Sekari.