United Arab Emirates news & analysis

12 October 2020
Ahead of Waitrose's strategy update on Friday, we round up the grocer's latest news. New value-focused promotional campaign The new "Priced to the Pound" campaign focuses on round pound pricing demonstrating simple value for shoppers. Over 120 branded products in ambient grocery and non-food categories are showcased in the promotion. Food & grocery director leaves the business Accordi...
10 September 2020
A.S. Watson announced this week it plans to open its first flagship in the Middle East in Dubai Mall on 1 st October under its Watsons brand, and plans to roll out 100 stores in the region by 2025. ‘Bringing Watsons to the beauty-savvy customers in the Middle East’ The global drugstore operator signed its first-ever franchise agreement with Al-Futtaim, marking its first venture in the Midd...
12 August 2020
As UAE-based LuLu grows its store base in Egypt and Abu Dhabi and rolls out a contactless payment solution in the UAE, we round up news from the retailer. LuLu expands presence in Egypt… LuLu has opened its second hypermarket in Egypt in Cairo’s District Mall in Sheraton Heliopolis. The new store was its 190th globally. Commenting on the retailer’s expansion plans for Egypt, LuLu’s chairman...
10 August 2020
As Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) enjoys fast-paced growth online and expands its range in Pakistan, we round up news and further developments from the retailer. Carrefour sees triple digit sales growth online… In an interview with CNBC Majid Al Futtaim’s chief executive, Alain Bejjani, discussed the ‘ fantastic surge ’ in online sales the company had seen during the pandemic. Bejjani said Carrefou...
30 July 2020
We round up new developments as retailers in the UAE offer new delivery app services, Choithrams opens a new store in Dubai and Lulu continues to expand in Saudi Arabia. New delivery apps to drive profitability for food and beverage suppliers During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many consumers in the UAE have turned to ordering food through Deliveroo, Talabat, Uber Eats and Zomato. T...
28 July 2020
Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), which operates the Carrefour brand in the Middle East and Africa, has opened a new fulfilment centre in Dubai, outlined expansion plans and announced a new collaboration in Georgia. Largest online fulfilment centre opened in Dubai MAF has opened the largest Carrefour fulfilment centre in the Al Garhoud area of Dubai. The centre aims to help it meet the increased dema...
22 June 2020
We round up news from retailers in Bahrain and the UAE. Bahrain: BenefitPay launches in Carrefour BENEFIT’s electronic payment service, BenefitPay, has launched at all Carrefour stores, which are operated by Majid Al Futtaim, in Bahrain. The collaboration is in line with the retailer’s efforts to use electronic payments instead of cash. BenefitPay is Bahrain’s leading electronic financial t...
16 June 2020
We round up new online shopping developments from retailers in the UAE and Qatar. UAE: restaurants and cafés to launch their own delivery services Restaurants and cafés in Dubai have taken steps to reduce their reliance on third-party delivery apps by launching a direct-to-consumer delivery service . Companies are encouraging consumers to order directly through the restaurant by dropping...
11 June 2020
New initiatives from Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), which operates the Carrefour brand in the Middle East and Africa, in the UAE and Bahrain, including click and collect, new partnerships and digital initiatives. UAE: Carrefour to launch click and collect solution Carrefour UAE will introduce a click and collect service for its online shoppers, which it says will add flexibility and convenience. T...
04 June 2020
Netherlands-based SPAR International reported global sales growth of 4.35% to €37.1 bn (US $41.6 bn). The retailer stated its entry into two new markets, an additional 208 stores and the consistent expansion over the past four years has been a key growth driver, although the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought challenges. 2019 ‘has again delivered exceptional results’ Commenting o...