Executive Summary

Jan 2019
PROSPECTS
Excise taxes and VAT impact growth in 2018

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.

Traditional grocery retailers remain small and specialised

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.

Concerns about the rising black market

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.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Family-owned baqalas across the Emirates contribute to high fragmentation

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.

Patchi launches an e-commerce site

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.

Demographic distinctions affect sales of traditional grocery retailers

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.

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HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Excise taxes and VAT impact growth in 2018
Traditional grocery retailers remain small and specialised
Concerns about the rising black market

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Family-owned baqalas across the Emirates contribute to high fragmentation
Patchi launches an e-commerce site
Demographic distinctions affect sales of traditional grocery retailers

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Traditional Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 2 Traditional Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 4 Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 5 Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 6 Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 7 Traditional Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 8 Traditional Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 9 Traditional Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 10 Traditional Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 11 Traditional Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 12 Traditional Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 13 Forecast Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 14 Forecast Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 15 Forecast Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 16 Forecast Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in the United Arab Emirates - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The “new normal”
VAT reveals its impact on the market
Mega sales mania
Flagship shopping centres are unlikely to fail, but e-commerce takes off
From conspicuous to conscious consumerism

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Summer Surprise
Back to School
Super Sales
White Friday
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 17 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 18 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 20 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 22 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 26 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 28 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 30 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 32 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 33 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 34 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 35 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 36 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 37 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 38 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 39 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 40 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 41 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 42 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 43 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 44 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 45 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 46 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 47 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 48 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 49 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 50 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 51 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 52 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 53 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 54 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 55 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 56 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 57 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 58 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 59 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 60 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 61 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 62 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 63 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 67 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 69 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 71 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 73 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 75 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 77 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 78 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 79 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 80 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 81 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 82 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 83 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 84 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 85 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 86 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 87 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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