United Arab Emirates news & analysis

21 May 2020
We look at ecommerce developments in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. UAE: Noon.com launches next-day delivery Online marketplace Noon.com has launched noon Daily, a next day grocery delivery service, in Dubai. The service was developed to provide shoppers with a safe and fast grocery delivery service for essential supplies during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Avail...
19 May 2020
We round up developments at the retailer, which operates the Carrefour brand across the Middle East and Africa, in Qatar and UAE. Majid Al Futtaim opens Dubai’s first hydroponic farm Majid Al Futtaim has said it has opened Dubai’s first in-store hydroponic farm at its Carrefour Market Al Wasl store. This marks the retailer’s third hydroponic farm, following two others in Abu Dhabi. At 24...
15 May 2020
We round up events from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Saudi Arabia sets out store regulations in a post-Covid environment As the curfew implemented for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is relaxed, stores and shopping malls in Saudi Arabia have been set strict new measures to enable their reopening. These include: Disinfection every 24 hours, with gloves and masks available for s...
18 March 2020
As Lulu sets out plans to open 30 stores in Saudi Arabia, ADNOC enhances its rewards programme, Abu Dhabi bans plastics and Carrefour Pakistan introduces a mobile app, we round up news from the region’s retailers. LuLu to open 30 stores by 2020 LuLu chairman Yusuffali has said the company plans to export agricultural products and open 30 hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia by 2022. This will be a ...
29 January 2020
Majid Al Futtaim has signed a partnership deal with Takeoff Technologies, which will see the latter’s micro-fulfilment centres added to Carrefour stores in the UAE and Saudi Arabia by 2021. ‘Several’ micro-fulfilment centres to be built Announcing the partnership, Majid Al Futtaim said it build ‘ several ’ micro-fulfilment centres, without giving a firm number. Takeoff Technologies’s automa...
05 December 2019
As the UAE implements new taxes, Majid Al Futtaim commits to further expansion and Al Meera looks to spotlight its locally sourced ranges, we round up news from the region. UAE expands tax coverage on certain products The UAE has implemented tax changes on certain products as it looks to improve the nation’s health. The country said it had implemented a 50% tax on non-fizzy drinks that have...
11 November 2019
As LuLu discusses its expansion plans for Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim, at a corporate level, aims to remove freely distributed plastics from across its operations and Deliveroo extends its coverage in the UAE, we round up news from the region. LuLu to expand in Saudi Arabia Speaking at an event in the country, LuLu’s chairman and managing director, Yusuff Ali, discussed the retailer’s pl...
28 October 2019
Carrefour’s franchisee Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) has announced it will first Carrefour store in Uzbekistan in 2020. MAF has said it will be the first international retailer to enter the market. Stores to be opened in Tashkent MAF said it would open seven stores by the end of 2021. The company said it was aiming to open three supermarkets and one hypermarket in 2020, with two supermarkets and o...
01 October 2019
We look the latest sustainable initiatives rolled out by UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim and Qatar-based Al Meera as they aim to reduce their environmental footprint. Majid Al Futtaim introduces zero-waste detergent refill station Majid Al Futtaim, which franchises the Carrefour brand in the Middle East and Africa, has introduced a zero-waste “Green Home” detergent refilling station at its hyper...
20 September 2019
As Majid Al Futtaim, which operates the Carrefour brand in the UAE, launches a new loyalty programme and uses robots in store, Noon.com prepares for its promotional event and LuLu opens another hypermarket, we round up news from the country. Majid Al Futtaim launches new loyalty programme Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) has launched a new loyalty programme, under the name SHARE. MAF said the program...