UAE retail market was valued at $ 55 billion in 2019 and is projected to grow to $ 75 billion by 2025 due to various factors such as rising per capita income, growing tourism industry, increasing expatriate population and rising number of upcoming development projects in the country such as Deira Mall (Dubai), Al Maiyah Central (Abu Dhabi), Cityland Village (Dubai), Tilal Mall (Sharjah), Reem Mall (Abu Dhabi), among others. Also, major events such as the Dubai World Expo 2020, in addition to other new attraction will further boost the tourism, transportation, and manufacturing industries in the country. Furthermore, the introduction of advanced technologies such as AI, IoT, Big Data Analytics, among others are reshaping the retail industry in the region.

UAE retail market is segmented based on By Type, By Type of Market, By Distribution Channel and By Region. Based on Type, the market is segmented into Food Retail and Non-Food Retail. Food Retail holds the largest share and is expected to maintain its lead in future too. In the Food Retail segment, the market for fresh food has a huge potential, while other niche segments, such as organic food, are also catching up. Over the last few years, the UAE has seen strong growth in value-added segments such as ready-to-cook food items. Based on  Type of Market, the market is categorized into Organized and Unorganized segments. With domestic as well as international players actively increasing floor space by opening new stores, the Organized retail segment continues to dominate the country’s retail market.

Based on Distribution Channel, the market is further split into Supermarket/Hypermarket, Exclusive Stores, Specialty Stores, Department Stores, General Merchandise Stores and Online. UAE has a high penetration of Supermarkets/Hypermarkets due to high rate of urbanization. Consequently, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets segment dominates the country’s retail market, followed by Exclusive Stores, Specialty Stores and Department Stores. The country’s well-integrated logistics network has created a strong environment for a growing modernized retail market. 

In terms of Region, the market is categorized into Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Rest of UAE. Dubai’s retail sector accounts for the largest share on account of high international visitor spending, strong demand fueled by high-frequency mega-sales & shopping festivals and increasing e-commerce activity in the region. Other key factors that are expected to fuel the growth of Dubai retail market include increasing popularity of conventional and app-based delivery services, expansion of the sector ahead of Expo 2020 or an increasing number of visitors from China, Russia and other top source markets due to recent decisions to ease visa restrictions.

The major players operating in the UAE retail market are Lulu Group, Majid Al Futtaim, Landmark Group, Al Azizia Panda United Inc., Azadea, EMKE Group, Fathima Group of Companies, Carrefour, Spinneys Dubai LLC, Al Maya, among others.

Years considered for this report:

Historical Years: 2015-2018

Base Year: 2019

Estimated Year: 2020

Forecast Period: 2021–2025

Objective of the Study:

  • To analyze and forecast the market size of UAE Retail Market.
  • To classify and forecast UAE Retail Market based on Type, Type of Market, Distribution Channel, Region and Company.
  • To identify drivers and challenges for UAE Retail market.
  • To examine competitive developments such as expansions, new product launches, mergers & acquisitions, etc., in UAE Retail.
  • To conduct pricing analysis for UAE Retail market.
  • To identify and analyze the profile of leading players operating in UAE Retail market.

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TechSci Research performed both primary as well as exhaustive secondary research for this study. TechSci Research conducted primary research surveys with the identified companies. While interviewing, the respondents were also enquired about their competitors. Through this technique, TechSci Research could include the manufacturers which could not be identified due to the limitations of secondary research. TechSci Research analyzed the manufacturers and presence of all major players in the UAE.

TechSci Research calculated the market size of UAE Retail market using a Bottom-Up and Top-Down approach, wherein data for various end-user segments was recorded and forecast for the future years. TechSci Research sourced these values from the industry experts and company representatives and externally validated through analyzing historical data of these product types and applications for getting an appropriate, overall market size. Various secondary sources such as company websites, news articles, press releases, company annual reports, investor presentations and financial reports were also studied by TechSci Research.

Key Target Audience:

  • Retail players and other stakeholders
  • Government bodies such as regulating authorities and policy makers
  • Organizations, forums, and alliances related to retail market
  • Market research and consulting firms

The study is useful in providing answers to several critical questions that are important for the industry stakeholders such as manufacturers, suppliers and partners, end users, etc., besides allowing them in strategizing investments and capitalizing on market opportunities.

Report Scope:

In this report, UAE Retail market has been segmented into following categories, in addition to the industry trends which have also been detailed below:

  • Market, By Type:
    • Non-Food
    • Food
  • Market, By Type of Market:
    • Organized
    • Unorganized
  • Market, By Distribution Channel:
    • Hypermarkets/Supermarkets
    • Exclusive Stores
    • Specialty Stores
    • Department Stores
    • General Merchandise Store
    • Online
  • Market, By Region:

    • Dubai
    • Abu Dhabi
    • Sharjah
    • Rest of UAE

Competitive Landscape

Company Profiles: Detailed analysis of the major companies present in UAE Retail Market.

Available Customizations:

With the given market data, TechSci Research offers customizations according to a company’s specific needs. The following customization options are available for the reports:

Company Information

  • Detailed analysis and profiling of additional market players (up to five).

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 1.  Product Overview

2.    Research Methodology

3.    Impact of COVID-19 on UAE Retail Market

4.    Executive Summary

5.    Voice of Customers/Customer Insights

6.    UAE Retail Market Outlook

6.1.  Market Size & Forecast

6.1.1.     By Value

6.2.  Market Share & Forecast

6.2.1.     By Type (Food Retail v/s Non-Food Retail)

6.2.2.     By Type of Market (Organized v/s Unorganized)

6.2.3.     By Distribution Channel (Exclusive Stores, Supermarket/Hypermarket, Specialty Retailers, Department Stores, General Merchandise Stores, Online, Others)

6.2.4.     By Region (Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Rest of UAE)

6.2.5.     By Company

6.3.  Product Market Map

7.    Dubai Retail Market Outlook

7.1.  Market Size & Forecast

7.1.1.     By Value

7.2.  Market Share & Forecast

7.2.1.     By Type

7.2.2.     By Type of Market

7.2.3.     By Distribution Channel

8.    Abu Dhabi Retail Market Outlook

8.1.  Market Size & Forecast

8.1.1.     By Value

8.2.  Market Share & Forecast

8.2.1.     By Type

8.2.2.     By Type of Market

8.2.3.     By Distribution Channel

9.    Sharjah Retail Market Outlook

9.1.  Market Size & Forecast

9.1.1.     By Value

9.2.  Market Share & Forecast

9.2.1.     By Type

9.2.2.     By Type of Market

9.2.3.     By Distribution Channel

10.  Market Dynamics

10.1.              Drivers/Opportunities

10.2.              Challenges/Restraints

11.  Market Trends & Developments

12.  Policy & Regulatory Landscape

13.  Import & Export Analysis

14.  Pricing Analysis

15.  UAE Economic Profile

16.  Competitive Landscape

16.1.              Company Profiles

16.1.1.  Majid Al Futtaim

16.1.2.  Landmark Group

16.1.3.  The Savola Group

16.1.4.  Azadea

16.1.5.  Amazon.ae (Souq)

16.1.6.  Fathima Group of Companies

16.1.7.  Lulu Group International

16.1.8.  Carrefour

16.1.9.  Spinneys Dubai LLC

16.1.10.  Al Maya Group LLC

17.  Strategic Recommendations

                                                                                              (Note: The companies list can be customized based on the client requirements)

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  • List of Figures

    Figure 1: UAE Retail, Market Size, By Value (USD Billion), 2015-2025F

    Figure 2: UAE Retail, Market Share, By Type, 2015-2025F

    Figure 3: UAE Retail, Market Share, By Type of Market, 2015-2025F

    Figure 4: UAE Retail, Market Share, By Distribution Channel, 2015-2025F

    Figure 5: UAE Retail, Market Share, By Region, 2015-2025F

    Figure 6: UAE Retail, Market Share, By Company, 2015-2025F

    Figure 7: Dubai Retail, Market Size, By Value (USD Billion), 2015-2025F

    Figure 8: Dubai Retail, Market Share, By Type, 2015-2025F

    Figure 9: Dubai Retail, Market Share, By Type of Market, 2015-2025F

    Figure 10: Dubai, Market Share, By Distribution Channel, 2015-2025F

    Figure 11: Abu Dhabi Retail, Market Size, By Value (USD Billion), 2015-2025F

    Figure 12: Abu Dhabi Retail, Market Share, By Type, 2015-2025F

    Figure 13: Abu Dhabi Retail, Market Share, By Type of Market, 2015-2025F

    Figure 14: Abu Dhabi Retail, Market Share, By Distribution Channel, 2015-2025F

    Figure 15: Sharjah Retail, Market Size, By Value (USD Billion), 2015-2025F

    Figure 16: Sharjah Retail, Market Share, By Type, 2015-2025F

    Figure 17: Sharjah Retail, Market Share, By Type of Market, 2015-2025F

    Figure 18: Sharjah, Market Share, By Distribution Channel, 2015-2025F

    Figure 19: Rest of UAE Retail, Market Size, By Value (USD Billion), 2015-2025F

    Figure 20: Rest of UAE Retail, Market Share, By Type, 2015-2025F

    Figure 21: Rest of UAE Retail, Market Share, By Type of Market, 2015-2025F

    Figure 22: Rest of UAE, Market Share, By Distribution Channel, 2015-2025F