Online shopping Abu Dhabi Dubai UAE
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There are many specialist online shopping websites, and many "bricks and mortar" UAE companies have websites with online ordering facilities such as UAE airlines for example. The list of online shopping websites is restricted (mostly) to companies that are dedicated ecommerce companies. If you have a good one to suggest that is not listed here, please add it to the UAE web directory. Thank you.
Many online ordering websites have their own credit card processing systems but some use third party providers such as Paypal and 2Checkout / 2CO (note that 2CO is not actually a payment processor but a reseller, however the result appears to be the same for shoppers), or ePay (a UAE based processor). Don't panic if a third party processing system is used but do try and confirm if it is a reputable service. Often it can be to your benefit anyway as they may have more robust and helpful procedures for dealing with problems if orders are not delivered for example.
Online shopping websites Abu Dhabi, Dubai and UAE
- www.bonkers.ae (not available when checked in May 2011) - a Bonkers website with all sorts of silly stuff you never knew you could buy. Look for Arse Face Soap to solve that perennial problem of which side of the soap to use (especially when someone else has been in the shower before you). Or if you've ever wondered where you can buy a Newton's Cradle, bonkers.ae have them. Party items, silly costumes, wigs, magic stuff, games, and more. Good place to find a last minute birthday present that's a bit wacky. Next day courier delivery in Dubai, 2 day delivery in rest of UAE. Delivery charges minimum 25 dhs for less than 5kg, 50 dhs for 5kg-10kg. Payment by credit card through 2checkout (a well-enough known reseller that most will think of as a payment processor), or Cash on Delivery (COD). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for international orders. Return defective goods to Bonkers!ae, Office 513, Building 8, Dubai Media City, UAE. Tel +971-4-3903659.
- www.brownbag.ae - Brown Bag is an online supermarket of sorts, with lots more including electronic goodies, DVD rentals (for 15 dhs), and a 1 hour delivery time in Dubai (website says delivery only in Dubai when checked January 2009). Delivery charge is 10 dhs. Operates 24/7 and payment can be made by credit card on delivery. Not www.brownbag.com.
- www.citrusstv.com - Citruss TV online eshop launched October 2006, household goods and beauty products, based in Dubai but delivers throughout the Middle East, tel +971-6-5034534 (Sharjah?). Online version of a TV shopping channel. No information obvious about shipping costs, or payment methods (November 2009).
- www.cobone.com - bargains and discounts of 50% to 90% for group shopping according to a press release 12 August 2010, in which the CEO and founder, Paul Kenny, said "The deals you will see on Cobone.com will offers discounts like you have never seen before." He's right. When we checked website on 12 August 2010, we didn't see any deals at all. There was a sign up request though (we didn't). Good luck. Owned by Jabbar Internet Group (previous owners of Maktoob before selling to Yahoo!, so you'd expect they have some idea of what they're doing). Looks like the same principle as gonabit.com.
- www.ellamart.com - online shopping site based in Dubai. Product categories include books, clothing and fashion for women, computers and IT, gifts, home spa electronics, magazines, mobile phones, newspapers, office supplies, perfumes, video games, etc. Most categories had no listings when checked, or returned an error, and when we tried to place an order, some sort of page error was returned (checked August 2010).
- www.emart.ae (forum topic) - online grocery shopping. Not www.emart.com.
- www.giftbag.ae - operated by Al Wakil Trading LLC, Dubai, UAE. Mobile phones, computers, perfumes, chocolates, flowers, and other gifts. Email email@example.com, tel +971-4-2260127 (0900-1900). Payment by credit card or cash on delivery (COD) (in UAE). Electronics items COD only? Delivery charge AED 25 per order?
- www.gonabit.com - get discounts of 50% to 90% by shopping as a group (or what is known as Social Shopping?). They find the deal, you sign up, and if enough people sign up then everyone gets a bargain. Or something like that. Offers available in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. And maybe eventually in Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Riyadh. Founder and CEO is Dan Stuart. Sounds like the same principle as cobone.com.
- www.grocery.ae - online grocery shop in Dubai, started 2007? Forwards to www.arabbusinessclub.org when checked August 2010. Previously (or still) related to www.ellamart.com, another online shopping website in Dubai?
- www.ic4uae.com - Carrefour UAE hypermarket online shopping website - sometimes deals available online which are different from in their supermarkets. Launched September 2010.
- www.lowcostdubai.com - Low Cost Dubai - started April 2010, bargain deals in Dubai for hotels, car rentals, holidays, bars and nightclubs, restaurants, shopping, desert safaris, tourist attractions, and more. Also cheap deals for other emirates.
- www.mizado.com (returns an error) - launched beginning of 2012, shut down mid-2012. Operated by Rocket Internet in Germany, which also operates Namshi.com.
- www.nahel.com - launched August 2008, free shipping in the UAE, pay with credit card via PayPal or cash on delivery, tel +971-4-3392662 or toll-free 800-NAHEL (800-62435), Founder and MD Saeed Hejaz / Hijaz.
- www.namshi.com - sister site to Mizado.com, both operated by Rocket Internet in Germany? Fashion clothing for men and women, shoes, sportswear. COD, free delivery in GCC countries.
- www.quickabudhabi.com - like Quick Dubai but for Abu Dhabi, launched November 2009.
- www.quickdubai.com - gift website for flowers, cakes, chocolates, and joke gifts, offers a "Talking Tag" spoken message instead of a gift card with purchases. Managing Director Kajsa Dokakis.
Online auction websites Abu Dhabi, Dubai and UAE
- www.crokodeals.com (Croko Deals) - entertainment, shopping, and auction website, they say on their website it is the first one in the Middle East (when checked February 2012) but we're not really sure what they mean given that it seems relatively new compared to some of the other entertainment, shopping, and auction websites we've seen for the Middle East. Operated by company based in Dubai Internet City, shipping by Aramex (cost varies depending on product). Customer care tel +971-4-3624670.
- www.souq.com - Souq.com (not Souk.com) is a popular online auction website based in the UAE, tel +971-4-4290513. Even if not wanting to buy or sell stuff through them, it's a good place to check out prices of second hand goods to get an idea of what to sell your junk for. Run by the Maktoob Group.
- www.uaemall.com - UAE Mall, PO Box 8223, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Online auction marketplace with buying and selling options at the advertised price. Sellers can offer single items, set up an online shop or start auctions. Buyers can participate in auctions, or simply buy items offered. Not in operation when checked May 2009? Google search results for uaemall.com say "This site may harm your computer".
Online food and meal websites UAE
- www.foodonclick.com (Food on Click Dubai) - filter by location, cuisine, or restaurant name to place an order online. Payment is cash on delivery with credit card facility to be added later. Delivery within 10-60 minutes says the website. Founder
Nevzat Aydin. Launched in June 2010 for Dubai residents first. Khaleej Times interview with founder published 20 June 2010 quoted him as saying "Within the next few months we'll be launching in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. And before the end of the year we'll be entering other GCC regions such as Qatar, Oman and Bahrain." Email firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 971-4-3258994.
Specialist online shopping websites
- www.arabcraft.com - was an online store for Arab and UAE products but looks like spammers have taken it over (last checked January 2009)
- www.arabianbazaar.com - Arabian Bazaar, dedicated to buying perfumes and other smelly stuff online. Sharjah based, established 2002. No telephone number found.
- www.bluebanana.ae - no, not a funny fruit & vegetable market but online booking for a wide range of excursions and activities ranging from the usual desert safaris to a ride in a jet fighter training plane (for AED 15,000, and you have to go to Moscow). Tel (in UAE) 800-BBANANA / 800-2226262 or +971-4-4368100. Owner / CEO fled the UAE in June 2009 to avoid debtors prison.
- www.bargainsonbooks.com - Dubai based online book store, operated by Pioneer House LLC, PO Box 20318, tel +971-4-2826005, fax +971-4-2826692, email email@example.com. Lack of secure input pages for personal information and credit card information (for Mashreq Bank customers) puts us off. No information found about shipping costs, locations, times (checked 15 December 2009). Much better looking version at www.bargains4kids.com.
- www.booksarabia.com - Books Arabia, online website for Motivate Publishing, a Dubai based publisher. Also sells art prints and antique books.
- www.diabetic-care.com - Diabeticare online medical shop dedicated to diabetic supplies, based in Dubai, part of Pharmatrade LLC. Tel +971-4-2667002. E-shop launched December 2006.
- www.dreamdays.ae - another activity booking website, similar to Blue Banana (except Dream Days are still in operation as of July 2009). Based in Dubai, tel +971-4-2669906 or toll-free 800-2080, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- www.epharmacy.ae - apparently an online pharmacy but no website found yet (last checked January 2009)
- www.flowersdubai.com - Flowers Dubai, buy flowers for UAE delivery. Dubai based, tel +971-4-2218475, email email@example.com. Add 50 dhs for delivery outside Dubai.
- www.magrudy.com - Magrudy's Bookshop e-shop, Magrudy's is a well-known Dubai based book shop. Online ordering of books under development when checked (January 2009)
- www.sentimentsflowers.com - Sentiments Flowers, Dubai based, tel +971-4-3432212, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website says they deliver in "Dubai and any where in the world" or "can be delivered in United Arab Emirates only" or "For deliveries outside UAE, please contact us". Good luck trying to figure that out. Website not available when checked May 2009.
- www.uaepets.com - online pet shop (website hacked when checked January 2009, unknown if still operational)
Last update Thursday 20-Sep-2012