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Supermarkets and grocery shopping in Dubai and UAE

Most expats should be able to find a supermarket that stocks much the same as what they would find back home, although the range of items might be more limited, especially for more obscure items. Some chains are more popular with certain nationalities, usually because of the range of products stocked, which itself might depend on the prevailing nationality or nationalities living in the suburb of Dubai in which the supermarket is located. Several supermarkets are open 24 hours 7 days per week - some Union Coop stores, one or two Spinneys, some of the Choithrams shops for example.

List of supermarket chains in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UAE
Store name Owner or partner Number
branches
Tel Locations Pork
section¹
Popular with
Abela Supermarket  
       
Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society  
~15
+971-2-6440808 Abu Dhabi   Arab/all
Al Ain Cooperative Society  
  Al Ain   Arab/all
Al Areesh Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3971549 Dubai    
Al Karama Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3376339 Dubai    
Al Madani Supermarket  
+971-4-3535920 Dubai    
Al Madina Supermarket  
       
Al Manara Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2671183 Dubai    
Al Maya (Lal's) / AlMaya  
~20
    some Asian/all
Al Maya JBR Sadaf     +971-4-4389676 Dubai yes  
Al Mushrif Cooperative Society  
       
Al Safia Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2694722 Dubai    
Al Shaab Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2665345 Dubai    
Al Shaikh Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2211050 Dubai    
Aswaaq supermarkets Dubai Government
4
  Dubai no Emirati
Auchan Nakheel HyperCorp LLC
1
+971-4-4396066 Dragonmart, Dubai no All
Bani Yas Cooperative Society  
       
Baqer Mohebi Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3512700 Dubai    
Buy n Save Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2629158 Dubai    
Carrefour UAE Majid Al Futtaim Group
12
  AJM, AUH, DXB, RAK, SHJ no French/all
Carrefour Express UAE MAF Group
50
  planned for all Emirates   All
Choithrams (not Choitrams)  
    some Asian/all
Citi Mart Supermarkets  
  Dubai    
City Tower Store  
1
+971-4-3322766 Dubai    
Emirates Co-op  
6
  Dubai   Emirati/Arab
Emirates Market  
       
Ever Fine Supermarket  
  Dubai    
Family Supermarket  
+971-4-3593100      
Géant UAE (IbnBattuta Mall) Casino France
1
  Dubai, Abu Dhabi (2013) no French/all
Geant Easy       International City France    
Gourmet Foods  
  Dubai   All
Habib Bakery & Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2691795 Dubai    
Hadeer Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2681025 Dubai    
Hallawa Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2851320 Dubai    
Hormozi Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3533636 Dubai    
Hyperpanda (Dubai Festival City)  
1
+971-4-2325566 Dubai no Arab/all
Innaba Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2644488 Dubai    
J-Mart Supermarkets Jaleel Group   +971-4-3339191 Dubai   Asian
Jesco Supermarkets  
2
  Dubai Hamriya, Nasr Sq    
Jones the Grocer Al Mamoura  
1
+971-2-4438762 Abu Dhabi no Australasian
Kadooli Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2851606 Dubai    
Lal's (Al Maya)  
      Asian
Le Marché (Arabian Ranches)  
1
  Dubai   European
Le Petit Marche       Jumeirah Islands    
Libra Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3968744 Dubai    
LIFCO Supermarket  
       
Loloat Al Madina Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3510052 Dubai    
Lulus or LuLu Hypermarket Emke Group
~70
+971-4-3367070     Asian
Lulu Express Emke Group
       
Marks & Spencer           UK
Metro Mini-Mart  
1
+971-4-3434963 Dubai    
Milk & Honey       Dubai, Emirates Hills   rich people
Mohammed Rashid Saif Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3445725 Dubai    
Orange Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3977020 Dubai    
Organic Foods & Cafe  
  Dubai Mall, The Greens   All
Panda Hypermarkets?  
  Stores planned in UAE    
Park n Shop  
1
+971-4-3945671 Dubai Al Safa Center yes European
Ramla Hypermarket Ramla Group     Dubai Investments Park    
Red Mountain Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2269206      
Rokn Al Madina Supermarket  
+971-4-2283558      
Safeer Supermarkets Hypermarkets  
35
  Oman, Qatar, UAE   Arab/Asian
Safestway  
  Dubai   Asian
Seven Days Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3351968 Dubai    
Shaheen Supermarket  
       
Shop n Save  
1
+971-4-2613507 Dubai    
Spinneys (Al Fair in Oman)  
~30
  AJM, AUH, DXB, RAK, SHJ most Western/all
SouqExtra! / SoukExtra! Lootah Group
  Al Ain, Dubai    
Square Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2956560 Dubai    
Sunrise Supermarket  
1
+971-4-3375134 Dubai    
Talal Supermarket  
1
+971-4-2724472 Dubai    
Tesco (rumoured only)            
Union Coop  
7
+971-4-3331816 Dubai   Arab/all
Waitrose UAE  
2
  Dubai yes UK/all
West Zone Dubai / WestZone  
~10
+971-4-4227672 Dubai no² Arab/Asian
Worldmart  
1
  Dubai no All
  1. Most supermarkets in the UAE do not stock pork meat or products containing pork (marshmallows for example, unless made with beef gelatin). Assume this column is no unless otherwise indicated. Column contains no for those supermarkets where residents might be more likely to wonder if they do serve pork (foreign supermarkets with an operation in the UAE for example).
  2. West Zone in Karama has a pork section, not much of one compared to Spinneys or Choithrams though.
Grocery surveys
Loyalty schemes, payment cards, and special offers
  • Airmiles - Spinneys
  • Al Afdhal Card - Union Coop
  • Wafa Card - Aswaaq
Lulu Hypermarkets
  • Al Barsha, 2007?
  • Karama, new one January 2008
  • Khalidiya Mall, Abu Dhabi, open February 2008, tel +971-2-6354300, fax +971-2-6354488, PO Box 4048, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Barka, 5th one in Oman), Jan 2008
  • Buraimi, 6th one in Oman, scheduled to open early 2008
  • 67 outlets in Lulu Hypermarkets & Al Falah Plazas in UAE, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait (13 Jan 2008)
  • part of Emke Group (UAE), groceries/clothes/electronic goods, 50 stores in MENA region (UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt), 51st opening in Aden, Yemen in September (2007? 2008?).
  • Executive director of LuLu Hypermarkets is Ashraf Ali MA (December 2007 information)
List of supermarket and hypermarket chains in the UAE
  • Abela Supermarket
  • Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society
  • Al Ain Cooperative Society
  • Al Madina
  • Al Maya Lal's Supermarket / AlMaya, open 24 hours? Director of Al Maya Supermarkets is Kamal Vachani
  • Al Mushrif Cooperative Society
  • Aswaaq
  • Auchan - a French hypermarket chain (the best one we reckon), joint venture with Nakheel announced in July 2008 with 5 hypermarkets planned for opening in Nakheel Dubai developments before the end of 2008 (as of mid-2009, there are none).
  • Bani Yas Cooperative Society
  • Carrefour - Al Mamzar Century Mall, Al Shindagha (Bur Dubai), Deira City Center, Emirates Road (planned), Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Center? Abu Dhabi - Marina Mall & Airport Rd, Ajman City Center, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah. UAE sponsor is Majid Al Futtaim group.
  • Choithrams (not Choitrams) - relatively large chain of supermarket stores with one or two in most areas. Popular with most nationalities, seen as less appealing than Spinneys or Waitrose by western expats (in reality is probably nearly as good, and usually cheaper). Reasonable bakery, delicatessen, some stores have pork sections. Locations include (incomplete list) The Greens, Al Wasl Rd (2), Bur Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road
  • Emirates Coop Dubai
  • Emirates Market
  • Géant - Ibn Battuta Mall, open 0930 to midnight 7 days. Tel +971-4-3685858.
  • Hyperpanda - Dubai Festival City in Garhoud
  • Lal's or Al Maya Lal's Supermarket
  • Le Marché - Arabian Ranches Village Center
  • LIFCO Supermarket
  • Lulus or LuLu Hypermarket (see above)
  • Lulu Express - one open at Al Raha Mall in Abu Dhabi, also at the new Mazyad Mall in Mussafah
  • Milk & Honey Gourmet Supermarket - Emirates Hills (also on Palm Jumeirah?). Open May 2012. Gourmet and organic products at gourmet prices - bread for AED 50 per loaf, water for AED 100 per bottle, can of coke for AED 10, and so on (Xpress report 24 May 2012).
  • Panda convenience stores?
  • Ramla Hypermarket in Dubai Investment Park (DIP), official opening date 15 May 2010, area 100,000 sq feet.
  • Safeer Malls - all emirates? Also Doha in Qatar, and Oman
  • Safestway - near Defense Roundabout, Shaikh Zayed Road
  • Shaheen Supermarket
  • Spinneys (Al Fair in Oman) - popular with western expats, and also other nationalities happy to pay a premium for their groceries. Has a good range of products, good delicatessen, most stores have a pork section.
  • Union Co-Op or Union Co-operative - cheaper than other chains, more like a hypermarket, less selection, no pork section, some stores open 24 hours.
  • Waitrose Dubai - relatively new (a UK chain), similar to Spinneys. First Waitrose in the UAE opened in The Dubai Mall November 2008.
  • West Zone
  • Worldmart in the Arabian Mall Mirdiff
Last update Sunday 03-Jun-2012
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