UAE's Retail Industry

  • The Middle East region remains an attractive retail apparel market with the UAE ranking 2nd.
    A.T. Kearney 2013 Retail Apparel Index
  • The Middle East luxury market saw growth of 10 to 15 percent from 2011 to 2012, establishing the region as the tenth largest luxury goods market globally. Dubai sits at the heart of this achievement.
    Emirates News Agency, WAM
  • The influx of tourists from other countries is driving up retail spending in the UAE, with sales rising by 5 to 10 per cent in the last quarter of 2012.
    Gulf News
  • The UAE's retail sales are forecasted to grow from an estimated Dh113bn ($31bn) in 2011 to Dh151.36bn ($41bn) by 2015
    "Q311 UAE Retail Report", Business Monitor International (BMI)
  • The UAE had the highest fashion clothing sales per capita per annum in the developing world, at $785.
    A.T. Kearney's 2011 Retail Apparel Index
  • The total retail space in Dubai stood at 2.8 million sqm at the end of Q1, 2013, and Abu Dhabi with 1.78 million sqm.
    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Consumer confidence in the UAE has remained the highest in the region and fifth highest in the world by end of 2012.
    Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index

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