Trending in UAE’s Retail and Horeca Industry

Change is inevitable. The continuous push to find something new and unique is a crucial ingredient to the growth of the retail and hotel industry in the UAE.


Innovating, moving forward to the next level and predicting market trends are key elements in fulfilling the evolving habits of consumers. Outdoor family entertainment venues, the recent growth in pop-up markets and souks have all contributed to a boost in the retail and food industry.

With society’s eclectic preferences, the concepts have been well received due in part to the laid back shopping atmosphere.

Growth in Dubai’s F&B facilities

Another clear trend is the solid increase in F&B facilities in Dubai. Not only as your regular cookie cutter restaurant around the corner but venues with a wider range of products, a plethora of ‘healthier options’, the most convenient access and even celebrity endorsements hoping to get a bigger share of the pie.

The hype in social media and imagery blog posts has also played a huge part in these outlets’ marketing strategy.

The Middle East region has for some time now been a hub for sourcing, trading, distribution and logistics by international and home grown suppliers, who continually try to satisfy consumer needs.

The attraction of the Gulfood show

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Major events like Gulfood create a superb platform for developing the region’s Retail and Horeca industries. In February 2016 the event featured well over 5,000 companies and 117 pavilions. It attracted more than 85,000 industry visitors from more than 170 countries including heads of state, government ministers and national trade associations.

Baqer Mohebi Enterprises’ principals participated with their varied product displays in each exhibition stand: Teisseire’s range of gourmet drop flavors; Banvit with their halal chicken and turkey meat range; Monbana’s wide variety of chocolate products and Vicenzi’s Italian fine puff pastry and cookies.