Retail Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Retail from The Report: Dubai 2018

Dubai is one of the world’s leading shopping capitals, and the retail and wholesale sector is the biggest single contributor to the economy. Local iconic malls are constantly reinventing themselves, searching for new brands and experiences to attract global consumers to spend on fly-and-buy excursions. The relationship between retail, real estate, air transport and tourism is key to the emirate’s value proposition for consumers and investors. The market’s ecosystem is driven for the most part by the franchise model, which integrates global brands and privately owned family firms to represent their interests in the country and region. The emirate also serves as the base of operations for regional retail and wholesale giants that may have started with a single small shop in Damascus, Basra or Manama, while local brands are using the location to spread across the region. This chapter contains an interview with Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO, Dubai Duty Free.
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Analysts expect consumers in Dubai to take a more cautious approach to spending after the implementation of the new value-added tax (VAT) on January 1.

 

Cranes and skyscrapers are a familiar site on the horizon, but Dubai is soon to become home to a 210-metretall Ferris wheel, the Ain Dubai. Set to be the largest in the world upon completion, the wheel will act as the centrepiece of the Bluewaters Island project, a mixed-use development being built on reclaimed land by the government-backed...

 

How will the introduction of value-added tax (VAT) impact the luxury retail sector?

 

Dubai is one of the world’s leading shopping capitals, and the retail and wholesale sector is the biggest single contributor to the economy. Local iconic malls are constantly reinventing themselves, searching for new brands and experiences to attract global consumers to spend on fly-and-buy excursions.

 

Although multiple factors are reshaping Dubai’s retail sector, new changes to visa regulations have helped the emirate achieve a significant increase in the number of international tourists, helping it remain a top global destination.

Chapter | Retail from The Report: Dubai 2018

Dubai is one of the world’s leading shopping capitals, and the retail and wholesale sector is the biggest single contributor to the economy. Local iconic malls are constantly reinventing themselves, searching for new brands and experiences to attract global consumers to spend on fly-and-buy excursions. The relationship between retail, real estate, air transport and tourism is key to the...