United Arab Emirates news & analysis

13 December 2017
UAE-based Lulu’s promotional activity engages with shoppers in various ways throughout the year. This has included highlighting health and wellness, focusing on international products and price reductions. We look at five promotions that demonstrate how Lulu encourages shoppers into stores. 1. United for Healthier Kids In selected hypermarkets across the Middle East children have been offer...
11 December 2017
As new Spinneys Dubai CEO, Matthew Frost, prepares to start his role in January 2018 the retailer has announced its development plans. This includes expansion and potential online development. We look at these plans in more detail. Increased expansion Spinneys has said it plans to open 18 new stores in the UAE by 2020. It is forecasting a growth rate of more than 40% through this expansion....
25 October 2017
Dubai based Union Coop has launched its e-commerce website. We look at this in more detail and developments in the online channel in the Middle East. An evolving website Unioncoop.ae is currently dedicated to electronics and household appliances. In the future the retailer intends to add food to its online range. The website is currently in English and will soon be available in Arabic. T...
18 October 2017
Latest developments include extending the Cook Well recipe box service, a new role for fresh buying director Paul Walker and increasing its footprint in Dubai. Waitrose extends its 'Cook Well' recipe box service Following the success of Waitrose's 'Cook Well' recipe boxes launched earlier this year, the retailer has unveiled plans to extend the range. This will include 60 new dishes, the ch...
13 October 2017
United Arab Emirates-based hypermarket chain, LuLu, is exploring opportunities to expand its global footprint in Southeast Asia, targeting Philippines as its next potential destination. Searching for warehouses and locations... LuLu's senior management visited the Philippines recently, in search of suppliers and well-connected warehouses ideal for storing products for local and internationa...
21 September 2017
Spinneys Dubai has announced it is appointing a new CEO, Matthew Frost. He joins the business from Waitrose UK. We look at how this will impact the retailer in the future. Transition in the new year Frost will start the new position in January 2018. The current CEO, Jannie Holtzhausen will continue to chair the executive team at Spinneys Dubai, and take on a corporate role with the Albwardy...
20 September 2017
On the back of announcing its H1 results, Majid Al Futtaim has now laid out its strategies for the future. We look at the company’s overall performance and how it plans to continue evolving to suit changing shopper needs. Strong performance under tough conditions Majid Al Futtaim’s year on year revenue was +4%. It felt this was a strong performance considering the economic difficulties the ...
08 September 2017
Abu Dhabi-based hypermarket chain, LuLu, has opened its second store in Indonesia, south-west of Jakarta in Serpong, Tangerang, Banten. Further expansion expected... LuLu opened their first hypermarket and department store in Cakung, East Jakarta, last year. This was part of their $500 million investment commitment in Indonesia, spread over the next three years, with plans to open 10 new st...
06 July 2017
This week Amazon completed its purchase of Middle Eastern online retailer, Souq.com, for a reported AED2.13 bn (US$580m). We take a closer look at what this means for e-commerce development in the region, and how it will affect grocery retailing. The largest online retailer in the Middle East Souq.com has localised operations in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Egypt. It also ships internatio...
21 June 2017
ZOOM, ENOC’s forecourt store has expanded outside fuel stations, evolving its brand to become more premium. We take a closer look at its success, and how it is continually adapting to meet different shopper missions. Continual expansion ZOOM stores are on all ENOC’s more than 200 forecourts, and over 40 Dubai Metro stations. ZOOM Market is its convenience format, operating in over 100 locat...