Consumers in the United Arab Emirates rely on the advice of in-store opticians when choosing the right make and fit of a pair of spectacles. Many develop strong relationships over time, and this is not expected to change even with the development of e-commerce.
Luxottica continues to lead spectacle sales with its trendy brands such as Emporio Armani, Ray-Ban, Oakley and Vogue Eyewear. In 2020, because of the increase in online activity, players who sold mostly through optical stores lost share to players that were online as well as it became difficult for small eyewear retailers to compete with the vast variety of selections displayed online.
Optical shops continues to be the dominant channel for eyewear in the United Arab Emirates, with well-established leading chained retailers present, such as Al Jaber Optical, Yateem Optical and Magarabi Optical. However, e-commerce competes against this channel, as it offers a wide array of eyewear products with convenient delivery and competitive prices.
Eye health has become an important priority in 2021, as the pandemic has prompted many consumers to get serious about health and wellness in general. Many spent a great deal of time on devices in 2020, and are now seeing that they need stronger spectacles or blue light ones to protect their eyes.
A fashion-forward cosmopolitan market, the United Arab Emirates is very attuned to global fashion trends. In 2021, Zoom continues to be an important part of work and personal life and consumers are therefore keen to make a style statement on these platforms, favouring big, bold styles, allowing wearers to express their individuality.
The prices associated with corrective vision surgery are steadily decreasing, and this could, in future, eat into the frequency and quantity that people buy spectacles. In response, many retailers continue to advertise the value-added features of spectacles, such as protection against the harmful blue light emitted by smartphones and computer monitors.
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