Booming Retail Sector in UAE

Date: April 23, 2010
Pages: 80
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Report type: Strategic Report
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Retail has been one of the fastest growing industries in the UAE for the past few years. Favorable government policy frameworks and active participation of private sector have facilitated one of the world’s most desirable retail environments in terms of investments and revenue generation. Further, burgeoning economy, balancing crude oil prices, rising purchasing power and strong consumer confidence are strengthening the retail industry.

According to our new research report “Booming Retail Sector in UAE”, the economic slowdown signs were almost nonexistent in UAE retail industry and its growth rate remained intact in 2009. Surging public and private sector consumption along with the contribution of strong industry verticals (tourism, trade, banking, etc) are expected to help the retail industry experience an impressive CAGR of around 13% during 2010-2013.

In addition, the country’s population is highly dominated by expats. Of the total population, UAE nationalists only account for 20% share and rest is from South Asia and European countries. A large proportion of expatriates are mainly employed in commerce, aviation, tourism and constriction sectors, and enjoy comparatively high net worth. The consumer segment is fueling retail sales and encouraging new market players for more developments.

The rapid development of modern retail infrastructure is luring consumers for convenient shopping experience and transforming into high retail spending. Per capita gross leasable area (GLA) surpassed 1 Sq Meter mark in 2008, which is one of the highest in the world. We anticipate that this trend will prevail in coming years and gradually boost the retail sales growth.

The report is an outcome of extensive research and thorough analysis of retail industry in the UAE. It facilitates statistics and analysis of all prominent market segments to provide deep and informative understanding of the market. The report also examines consumer behavior scenario with respect to purchasing decisions, spending pattern, and inclination towards domestic and foreign brands. The future growth areas discussed in the report helps to analyze the emerging market segments for players.



3.1 Real Estate
3.2 Travel, Tourism and Transport
3.3 Shopping Events
3.4 Dubai Duty Free (DDF)
3.5 Population
3.6 Household Consumption
3.7 Consumer Confidence


4.1 Retail Sector Analysis
  4.1.1 Food and Beverages
  4.1.2 Food Retail Industry
  4.1.3 Apparel
  4.1.4 Cosmetics and Personal Care
  4.1.5 Computers
  4.1.6 Air Conditioning Equipments
  4.1.7 Consumer Electronics
4.2 Retail Formats
  4.2.1 MGR (Mass Grocery Retail)
  4.2.2 Malls


5.1 Direct Sales
5.2 Advertising Market
5.3 Online Retailing
5.4 Safety and Security Market
5.5 Low Credit Card Usage


6.1 Staffing
6.2 Counterfeit Products
6.3 Tourism-dependent Retail


7.1 Carrefour
7.2 EMKE Group
7.3 Consumer Co-op UAE
7.4 Spinneys Dubai LLC
7.5 Al Azizia Panda United Inc.


Figure 3-1: GDP by Sector (%), 2009
Figure 3-2: Forecast for Real GDP Growth (%), 2010-2013
Figure 3-3: Total Consumption (Billion AED), 2004-2009
Figure 3-4: Forecast for Total Consumption (Billion AED), 2010-2013
Figure 3-5: Spending on Existing Construction Projects (Billion US$), 2007-2009
Figure 3-6: Tourist Arrivals (Million), 2008, 2009 & 2016
Figure 3-7: Retail Sales during DDF in Dubai (Million US$), 2007-2009
Figure 3-8: Forecast for Population (Million), 2010-2013
Figure 3-9: Per Head Household Consumption (US$), 2008-2013
Figure 4-1: Retail Sales (Billion US$), 2007-2009
Figure 4-2: Retail Sales by Channel (%), 2009
Figure 4-3: Forecast for Retail Sales (Billion US$), 2010-2013
Figure 4-4: Share of Dubai in GCC Organized Retail Sales (2008)
Figure 4-5: Share of Gross Leasable Area in GCC (2008 & 2013)
Figure 4-6: Shopping Mall Cumulative Supply in Dubai (Gross Leasable Area - Million Sq Meter), 2007-2009
Figure 4-7: Forecast for Shopping Mall Cumulative Supply in Dubai (Gross Leasable Area - Million Sq Meter), 2010-2013
Figure 4-8: Break-up of Shopping Centres in Dubai by Type (%), Q4 2009
Figure 4-9: Break-up of GLA in Dubai by Type (%), Q4 2009
Figure 4-10: Shopping Mall Cumulative Supply in Abu Dhabi (Gross Leasable Area - ‘000 Sq Meter), 2007-2009
Figure 4-11: Forecast for Shopping Mall Cumulative Supply in Abu Dhabi (Gross Leasable Area - ‘000 Sq Meter), 2010-2013
Figure 4-12: Retail Market by Upcoming Retail Locations in Abu Dhabi (%)
Figure 4-13: Foodstuffs, Beverages, Spirits and Tobacco Imports (Billion US$), 2004-2009
Figure 4-14: Food Services Market (Billion US$), 2009-2013
Figure 4-15: Food Retail Sales (Billion US$), 2009-2013
Figure 4-16: Textile and Textile Article Imports (Billion US$), 2004-2009
Figure 4-17: Cosmetics and Toiletries Market (Million US$), 2007-2013
Figure 4-18: PC Installation Base (Million Units), 2004-2009
Figure 4-19: Forecast for PC Installation Base (Million Units), 2010-2013
Figure 4-20: Air Conditioning Market (Million AED), 2006-2009
Figure 4-21: Air Conditioning Equipments Demand by Product (%)
Figure 4-22: Forecast for Air Conditioning Market (Billion AED), 2010-2013
Figure 4-23: Retail Sales by Format (Billion US$), 2001-2012
Figure 4-24: Number of Malls in Dubai (2005 & 2008)
Figure 5-1: Advertising Expenditure (Billion US$), 2006-2009
Figure 5-2: Internet Penetration (%), 2004-2009
Figure 5-3: Forecast for Internet Penetration (%), 2010 & 2013
Figure 5-4: Safety and Security Market (Million US$), 2006-2013


Table 2-1: Per Capita Nominal GDP in GCC Countries (‘000 US$), 2004-2009
Table 2-2: Population of GCC Countries (Million), 2004-2009
Table 3-1: Nominal GDP (Billion AED), 2005-2009
Table 3-2: Per Capita GDP by Emirate (AED), 2002-2007
Table 3-3: Population by Emirate (‘000), 2004-2008
Table 4-1: Top 15 Countries by Proportion of International Retailers Trading (2007 & 2008)
Table 4-2: Top 15 Cities by Proportion of International Retailers Trading (2008)
Table 4-3: Import Potential by Product Category
Table 4-4: Major Product Categories and their Suppliers
Table 4-5: Electronics & Telecommunication Goods Turnover by Category in Dubai (Million AED), 2008 & 2009
Table 4-6: Number of Store Counts by Retail Format (2006 & 2009)
Table 4-7: Share of Top 5 Retailers
Table 4-8: Major Mall in Dubai
Table 4-9: Major Mall in Abu Dhabi
Table 7-1: Analysis of Companies Operating Superstores/Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
Table 7-2: Analysis of Companies Operating Grocery Stores/C-Stores/Gas Marts
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