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Sharjah Summer Promotions 2022 starts, discounts of up to 80% on offer

As part of the promotions, the shopping festival will include a grand sale three days ahead of Eid al-Adha on July 6, 7 and 8

Lenskart tie-up with noon

Eyewear retailer Lenskart announces e-commerce partnership with Noon

Lenskart entered the region last year with the opening of its first store at Dubai Festival City Mall

single-use plastic bags in Dubai

You now need to pay for single-use plastic bags in Dubai

Major retailers such as Géant, Grandiose,Carrefour are geared up to implement this by providing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives

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Yiwu market: An ideal hub for affordable Chinese products opens in Dubai

DP World and the China Commodity City Group, which manages the world’s largest wholesale market in China, partnered to build Yiwu market in Dubai

Amazon Abu Dhabi Delivery Station

Amazon opens its largest delivery station in Abu Dhabi

The 4,700sqm delivery station is the second largest in the country and provides same-day and next-day deliveries to customers

Dubai Summer Surprises 2022

Dubai Summer Surprises 2022: Discounts of up to 90% on offer

The 25th edition of this annual event will be held from July 1 to September 4, with a wide range of activities, sales, prizes and entertainment

Simon Smith, senior vice president of GMG Sports Retail

GMG Sports Retail’s Simon Smith on the company’s expansion and new in-store offerings

GMG Sports’ senior vice president – Retail, tells Gulf Business about the brand’s entry into Southeast Asia and Egypt

UAE consumers

Price, quality or sustainability? Know what your customers want

Consumers in the UAE have the highest proportion of ‘quality appreciators’ and the lowest proportion of ‘cost-conscious’ consumers

Jones the Grocer

Jones the Grocer’s Yunib Siddiqui on the retail chain’s expansion

Jones the Grocer has 24 stores and cafes across the Middle East. Yunib Siddiqui, the CEO spoke to Gulf Business about growing his food retail business

UAE customers

Over 90% of UAE customers say experience is as important as products – survey

The Salesforce’s ‘State of the Connected Customer Report’ reveals how trust, personalisation and digital-first experiences are central to customer needs

Toufic Kreidieh, Co-founder and CEO of Brands For Less Group

Brands For Less’ Toufic Kreidieh on the company’s recent expansion

The co-founder and CEO spoke to Gulf Business about the company’s recent expansion to Qatar and other key retail trends in the region

World Environment Day: Scaling a circular economy

We look at some companies in the UAE that have championed a circular economy, while promoting sustainability and conscious consumerism

Digital wallet

Did you know that over half of the UAE population use digital wallets?

The survey was commissioned by and conducted by YouGov, polling over a 1000 UAE residents during May 19 and May 24, 2022

safqat to debut in the UAE

Safqat, an online F&B B2B marketplace, to debut soon in the UAE

Offering commission-free transactions, Safqat will help suppliers connect with restaurants, caterers and grocery stores at the click of a button

Walmart ranks first on the top 25 global retailers survey

According to GlobalData’s ranking, half of the top 25 global retailers reported more than 8 per cent year-on-year growth in revenue despite the pandemic

Waitrose says no to single-use plastics

Waitrose aligns with UAE ban on single-use plastic bags

Waitrose will discount 25 fils from the total bill when customers bring one or more bags to shop with at store regardless of the bag material or brand

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Single-use plastic ban in Abu Dhabi begins: Everything you need to know

Major retailers in the UAE such as Carrefour, Spinneys and Lulu are geared up to implement this by providing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives


Magrabi announces investment of Dhs84m across 57 stores in the region

The initiative, one of the biggest investments in the company’s history, includes 16 new openings for the group’s mainstream brand, Doctor M

Majid Al Futtaim survey reveals what visitors expect from malls

The regional-based campaign has received feedback from 10,000 customers at City Centre Mirdif and Deira, as well as online channels

Revealed: 74% of UAE’s online shoppers to spend more in 2022

In the report, online shoppers were surveyed, to understand their shopping behaviour, including how they are using Amazon and Noon

Dubai super sale: Get up to 90% discount at shopping malls

The three-day sale will begin on Friday, May 27 and last until Sunday, May 29

ADNOC Distribution

Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC Distribution reports Dhs671m in net profit for Q1 2022

ADNOC Distribution posted a 7.8 per cent year-on-year increase in EBITDA, totalling Dhs881m

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Network, Nayax to expand UAE’s unattended self-service retail segment

Network and Nayax’s solution allows customers to select a product or service and pay using a debit or credit card at unattended self-service payment kiosks

IKEA flagship store to launch in Oman, announces Al-Futtaim

The two-level flagship IKEA store will be located in Lulu Group’s Oman Avenues Mall and feature a 394-seat restaurant with self-service kiosks

UAE Superbrands Council’s Niranjan Gidwani on the latest trends shaping the retail sector

The consultant director and member of UAE Superbrands Council talks about the revival of brick and mortar stores, metaverse mania and other developments

Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad partner for Etihad Guest’s ‘Miles on the Go’

Etihad Guest members can now earn and spend their miles when shopping at participating merchants located at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Plastic bags

Abu Dhabi to ban single-use plastic bags from June 1

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi will also phase out single-use styrofoam cups, plates and food containers by 2024

UAE’s GMG acquires Géant from Urban Foods by Dubai Holding

GMG has acquired 18 hypermarket and supermarket locations in the UAE plus exclusive rights to expand Géant operations across the Middle East

Dubai Future Foundation partners with Richemont to explore solutions for luxury retail sector

The innovative solutions will be developed as part of the Future of Luxury Retail challenge by participating startups at Area 2071

New e-grocery startup Raha launches in Kuwait

Raha raised $7m in its seed round of funding, led by Saudi’s Aujan Investments, Kuwait’s NOX Management and London-based Cedar Mundi Ventures