In October 2017, the United Arab Emirates began taxing soft drinks, energy drinks and tobacco in an effort to curb consumers’ overconsumption and improve their health. The so-called “sin tax” implemented a tax of 50% on carbonates and 100% on energy drinks and tobacco, which deflated sales in channels within traditional grocery retailers.
Unlike in most Middle Eastern countries, only a small proportion of retailers exist outside the reach of the formal modern structures in the United Arab Emirates. The retail landscape is dominated by modern channels, especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Compared with other regions in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates does not have a major black market problem. However, the recent excise taxes incentivised some people to traffic in black market cigarettes.
The smaller emirates, such as Sharjah, Ajman and Fujairah, have a larger proportion of independent shops, due to the subdued presence of modern grocery retailers. These small shops tend to be very specialised, and focus on immediate household needs, without the frills of their modern grocery counterparts.
From 2018, customers of Patchi, a popular halal chocolate brand in the United Arab Emirates, could buy their confectionery online. This chocolatier remains very popular in the country, with a strong presence in retail and duty-free locations.
Consumer behaviour is often linked to a shared set of experiences, but the United Arab Emirates is a very special case in that there are very disparate consumer segments. There are locals, Western expatriates and Southeast Asian expatriates in the service sector.
You have no recently viewed reports.
Why not browse through our Featured or Trending Reports to see what we have to offer?
Files are delivered directly into your account within a few minutes of purchase.
Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth in the Traditional Grocery Retailers industry in United Arab Emirates with research from Euromonitor's team of in-country analysts.
Find hidden opportunities in the most current research data available, understand competitive threats with our detailed market analysis, and plan your corporate strategy with our expert qualitative analysis and growth projections.
If you're in the Traditional Grocery Retailers industry in United Arab Emirates, our research will save you time and money while empowering you to make informed, profitable decisions.
The Traditional Grocery Retailers in United Arab Emirates market research report includes:
Our market research reports answer questions such as:
This industry report originates from Passport, our