Actualidad nacional e internacionalSep. 16, 2021
Emiratos Árabes Unidos: cerca del 60% del ingreso per cápita se gasta en alimentos
The UAE has always been at the center of global trade because of its geographic position as a nexus between East and West, the Middle East and North Africa. In the last thirty years it has built a diverse economy with state-of-the-art air and seaports, a trade friendly regulatory environment, low duties, and extensive free trade zones. These advantages result in the UAE being one of the world’s leading annual re-export hubs.
The UAE is a reliable importer of agricultural products due to limited local production. In the past ten years the food retail segment has expanded rapidly, with the openings of large-scale hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores, online retailers, and home delivery services all catering to an expanding population. The general retail landscape is well established in urban areas with extensive malls and world-leading shopping centers. UAE residents frequent hypermarkets and supermarkets in malls due to easy access, car parking availability, the variety of products, and of course attractive instore promotions.
The UAE retail industry targets customers from four major groups: the local Emirati population, Arab expats, Westerners, and Asians. Retailers must meet the needs of a diverse population with varying income levels by closely monitoring consumer attitudes and trends.
USDA/September 9, 2021