Huda Kattan to join Branson as Dubai retail summit headliner

Beauty powerhouse Huda Kattan will join Sir Richard Branson in headlining The Retail Summit in February 2019

United Arab Emirates, November 8, 2018

Beauty powerhouse Huda Kattan will join Sir Richard Branson in headlining The Retail Summit, a new business event for C-level retailers in Dubai next year.

The event at Atlantis, The Palm, will see the founder and CEO of Huda Beauty be accompanied by her sister Mona, co-founder and global president of the cosmetics line.

She will take to the stage to discuss how their early adoption of social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram helped support their success.

With billionaire entrepreneur and Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson already confirmed to headline the inaugural event in Dubai, delegates will hear from more than 80 speakers in total.

Held in partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Meydan One, the event will take place from February 13-14 2019.

With a background as a professionally trained make-up artist to high profile celebrity and VIP clients, Huda Kattan launched her Huda Beauty blog in 2010, followed by her YouTube channel, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Today she is one of the world’s most followed on Instagram with 28.3 million fans.

In 2013, the Huda Beauty cosmetics line was launched with an initial collection of false eyelashes sold exclusively at Sephora Dubai Mall, and has since expanded into a full range of make-up products which have become instant best-sellers across the globe.

Sir Richard Branson and the Kattan sisters will all speak on the first day of The Retail Summit while other industry heavyweights who have confirmed their participation in the event include Hamad Buamim, president and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fahad Kazim, vice president of Meydan Malls, Meydan Group and Patrick Chalhoub, co-CEO, Chalhoub Group.

Also appearing are Julie Hamilton, SVP, chief customer & commercial leadership officer, Coca-Cola, Massimo Piombini, CEO, Balmain, Lyndon Cormack, co-founder, Herschel Supply Company, Jo Malone, founder, Jo Loves, Ken Meyer, EVP, Whole Foods and Chris Davis, VP global marketing, New Balance.