UAE: Dubai Retail Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Retail from The Report: Dubai 2019

There are few destinations more closely identified with retail than Dubai. Indeed, its duty-free and low-tax shopping is one of the hallmarks of the emirate. Dubai is home to some of the world’s largest malls, most diverse retail outlets and most value-added shopping experiences, with everything from giant aquariums to ski-slopes adorning its air-conditioned retail spaces. Various substantial...

Near-term sentiment is on the rise among Dubai’s business leaders, with the IMF forecasting a healthy GDP growth rate of 4.2% in 2019 for the emirate. While not as exposed as some of its regional neighbours to the effects of fluctuating commodities prices in recent times, Dubai nevertheless stands to benefit from the knock-on effects of higher prices over the last year.

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During the first year of its implementation, what overall impact did value-added tax (VAT) have on consumer demand and operating costs in the retail sector?

 

AT Kearney predicts that the e-commerce market in the GCC will reach $24bn by 2020. The UAE is currently the biggest market in the region when it comes to online shopping, although the management consultancy predicts it will have slipped to second place by 2020, with Saudi Arabia, by far the most populous market in the region, taking the lead...

 

How have changing source markets affected the traditional shopper profile in Dubai, and what does this mean for retailers?

 

There are few world cities more closely identified with retail than Dubai. Indeed, its duty-free and lowtax shopping is one of the hallmarks of the emirate. Dubai is home to some of the world’s largest malls, most diverse retail outlets and most value-added shopping experiences, with everything from giant aquariums to ski slopes adorning its...

 

While Dubai’s retail space continues to expand and adapt to global trends, recent years have seen some particular external challenges for the local sector. A sustained period of low oil and gas prices, starting in 2014 and continuing into 2018, has impacted sentiment and disposable incomes in many Gulf states, while economic slowdowns in Asia...

Near-term sentiment is on the rise among Dubai’s business leaders, with the IMF forecasting a healthy GDP growth rate of 4.2% in 2019 for the emirate. While not as exposed as some of its regional neighbours to the effects of fluctuating commodities prices in recent times, Dubai nevertheless stands to benefit from the knock-on effects of higher prices over the last year.