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Leading Dubai social enterprise ENABLE opens its first stand-alone retail space at Carrefour Dubai Festival City


Press release
13 December 2017

* Majid Al Futtaim has provided Carrefour floor space to the non-profit business that empowers young Emirati entrepreneurs
* ENABLE will run its own retail space as an independent shop inside Carrefour’s store
* The new shop will enable these young people of determination to reach a broader customer group to whom to sell their home and garden products

Dubai, 13 December 2017 – Carrefour, one of the largest hypermarket and supermarket chains in the world and operated by Majid al Futtaim in 38 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has joined forces with ENABLE, a leading Dubai-based social enterprise, to provide floor space in its store in Dubai Festival City to benefit young Emirati entrepreneurs of determination.

The ENABLE ‘shop-in-shop’ at Carrefour, which opens today, is the first stand-alone retail space managed and represented solely by the talented young UAE National entrepreneurs of determination who make up the ENABLE team.  

Currently selling their garden and home décor products from display spaces at Dubai Garden Centre and Wahat Al Sahraa nursery, ENABLE will now have a permanent spot in the Carrefour hypermarket market where its entrepreneurs will be involved in interacting with customers and selling the products they have made. The ENABLE team will also organize regular workshops and engage with customers, teaching them the making of various succulent and other plant arrangements.

ENABLE is a non-profit venture, established by the Desert Group in 2015. 100% of the revenues from ENABLE products sold are used to fuel its retail operations, with 15% of revenue from each product sold going directly back to the employee who created it to help encourage and to empower their personal abilities.

Sharing her thoughts on the occasion, Reem Al Ghaith, General Manager, ENABLE said; “Our mission is to empower young people of determination and create opportunities to help get them exposed to the business environment. Through ENABLE we deliver a hands-on retail educational program to these young people, aimed at developing their retail and entrepreneurial skills, and making them further capable of starting their own small business in due course. Carrefour’s generous support will add greatly to our training capability and help expose our talented team to understanding and interacting with customers, giving them an added layer of valuable skills needed in the business world. We are all very excited about the potential for our new retail space and look forward to introducing a new set of customers to the ENABLE brand and products too.”

Miguel Povedano, Chief Operating Officer of Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, commented: “Majid Al Futtaim and Carrefour are proud to join hands with the team at ENABLE. Social enterprise businesses play a valuable role in stimulating financial, educational and social opportunities for people of determination, and we are delighted to be able to play our part in supporting these young Emiratis. We believe our customers will also welcome the opportunity to support these young talents through purchases of their beautiful products and attending the creative workshops they will be running in the store. At Majid Al Futtaim our guiding principle is to create great moments for everyone, every day. We see our partnership with ENABLE at Carrefour Dubai Festival City as facilitating memorable moments for both these young Emirati entrepreneurs and for Carrefour customers too.”

The brand new retail space is done up in the signature ENABLE style using wood and greens as the theme. It sports an eco-friendly layout and a customer-friendly feel, accentuated by clear displays, ambient lighting, real plant and wooden boxes, creating an enjoyable feel for customers.


The UAE community comes together and sets a new world record!


Press release
9 August 2017

* Dubai awarded new Guinness World Record.
* Carrefour and Procter & Gamble organize for thousands of UAE citizens, residents and visitors to celebrate their happiest memories.
* More than 10,850 pictures make up the world’s longest ever line of photographs, now on display at Dubai Festival City.

Dubai, 9 August 2017 – Thousands of UAE citizens, residents and visitors today helped set a new Guinness World Record for the longest line of photographs ever gathered.

The record-breaking line of photographs measures 1655.192 meters (i.e. more than 1.5km) long, and is on display in the atrium of Dubai Festival City. Thousands of UAE citizens, residents and visitors took part in the attempt, which was part of a partnership campaign between Procter & Gamble and Carrefour, which is operated by Majid Al Futtaim.

Carrefour customers shopping at the brand’s stores at either Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Festival City between 30th July and 9th August were given the opportunity to be part of the new Guinness World Record by submitting a photograph of one of their happiest memories. More than 10,850 photographs were donated by members of the public and visiting judges from the Guinness World Records today verified on-site that Dubai is the holder of the new world record.  The photographs will be on display at Dubai Festival City until 16th of August, as part of a thank you to customers of Carrefour’s latest hypermarket, which opened in the mall earlier this year.

The world record attempt enabled people in the UAE to relive treasured moments again as well as play a part in setting a new world record for the nation. The campaign also created new happy memories: customers that visited any Carrefour hypermarket or supermarket across the UAE and purchased AED 100 worth of participating P&G products from selected brands during the campaign also had the chance to win family experiences to attractions such as Ski Dubai, iFly, VOX Cinemas and other Majid Al Futtaim attractions. More than 140 prizes were given away to happy customers during the campaign.

“It was an easy decision to take part in this community event which celebrates treasured moments”, said Miguel Povedano, Chief Operating Officer of Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail. “At Majid Al Futtaim we strive to create great moments for everyone, every day. As such, there was a natural fit between what Carrefour and Proctor & Gamble wanted to achieve, and we’re delighted that we have been able to help enable a new world record which celebrates special moments of people in the UAE, as well as help create new memories for our Carrefour customers.”

Commenting on the new world record set in Dubai today, Talal Omar, Guinness World Records Country Manager – MENA said: “Families and children have always been at the heart of Guinness World Records and we take great pride to be a part of this unique and memorable experience that showcases moments of happiness shared by families and loved ones. We are always keen in bringing an ‘officially amazing’ experience to our core audience, and what better than to deliver the experience in a manner that expresses joy for moments of togetherness through the ‘Great Moments’ campaign.”

“We wanted to conceive a simple way for our shoppers to be able to give back to those that they love, and this new world record was the result,” said Khaled Adawi, Director, Procter & Gamble in the Arabian Peninsula. “I want to thank ever person who has taken the time to stop and take a picture of thanks for their family members and friends who bring us happiness. Everyone who has taken part has walked away with a smile, and that little act of giving thanks has been repeated by thousands of consumers across the country to create another Guinness World Record for the UAE.”


Think Healthy, Think Carrefour


Press release
3 June 2017

Dubai, UAE - June 3, 2017: Organic and health-conscious products are amongst the most significant food trends in the UAE. According to studies, the last four years have seen 60% increase in retail stocking space for organic and natural products across the UAE ; a clear indication on the growing demand for organic and natural products.

As one of the region’s largest retailers, Carrefour constantly monitors health and fitness trends, and is seeing that organic products are becoming increasingly popular. In order to meet consumers’ healthy food needs, Carrefour stocks a wide range of health conscious foods including organic, bio, free-from and vegan, as well as diet and fitness products. The retailer has also introduced its own organic and healthy private label products including bread and pastries.

Moreover, Carrefour has expanded its network of local suppliers and has partnered with number of organic farms to fulfill its consumers’ needs of fruits and vegetables in a timely manner and ensure freshness.

The Company has taken steps to support local farmers through partnering with DubaiSME and Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) to display, promote and sell the products of local farmers at Carrefour hypermarkets and supermarkets. Carrefour is committed to providing its customers with quality products. An example is the local chicken which is cage-free, hormone-free and vegetarian fed that Carrefour offers across its stores.

In line with Carrefour’s commitment to enrich and nourish its customers’ lives, the company launched Carrefour’s Healthy Kitchen section in its hypermarket in the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Festival City, offering a wide array of more than 2500 of the best health products from organic to free-from, to diet and fitness food at very competitive prices. Carrefour will also rollout the Healthy Kitchen concept in other stores soon.


Carrefour lays foundation stone




Press release
29 May 2017

Carrefour lays foundation stone for the largest regional distribution centre in National Industries Park

Dubai, UAE - May 29, 2017: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, today held a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of its new regional distribution centre at the National Industries Park (NIP) in Dubai in the presence of senior officials including Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO of Jafza and Senior Vice President & Managing Director of DP World- UAE Region, Shehab Sultan Mesmar SVP - Administrative Services, Ayoub Al Mulla VP Sales , Eric Legros Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, Marco Antonios, Senoir Vice President - OmniChannels Solutions and Supply Chain, Miguel Povedano Executive Regional Director for Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, and Younis Al Mulla Senior Vice President - Development and Government Affairs at Majid Al Futtaim Retail.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, the parent company of National Industries Park “NIP”, said: “National Industries Park has become an ideal destination for both international and national companies thanks to the benefits and incentives it offers to its customers and its strategic location adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port. This allows companies to serve the local market and reach regional and international destinations in record time."

Mr. Bin Sulayem assured Majid Al Futtaim Retail of the highest level of service for the Carrefour Logistics Center. He added: “We always make efforts to enhance customer experience in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to provide the right environment for investments in the UAE in line with the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021, in preparing the country for the post-oil era.”

Younis Al Mulla, Senior Vice President – Development and Government Affairs at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: "The facility is four times the size of Carrefour’s current largest distribution centre building in the region. The Centre will also feature advanced warehousing, storage and logistics technologies. The distribution centre is expected to save over 50 per cent energy per cubic meter in line with Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability goals for energy efficiency as well as it’s continuous efforts to Create Great Moments for Everyone, Every day.”

The multi-temperature storage at the new distribution centre is designed to meet the storage needs of the different food types and dry foods as well as warehousing for non-food goods. With a total storage capacity of over 400 million units to support Carrefour’s brick and mortar stores in addition to the Omni-channel business of Carrefour.

Younis Al Mulla added: “Quality and choice are key areas on which we focus. Carrefour’s distribution centre in National Industries Park will be equipped with the finest technology, allowing us to meet the growing demand of our customers and process the orders quickly and efficiently.”


Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Signs Memorandum of Understanding


Press release
23 May 2017

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Majid Al Futtaim Retail to Support Local Agricultural Production

Dubai, UAE - May 23, 2017: The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Majid Al Futtaim Retail to cooperate in the marketing of local agricultural products through Carrefour stores in the UAE.

The MoU was signed by His Excellency Sultan Alwan, Assistant Undersecretary of the Regions Sector at MOCCAE, and Miguel Provedano, Executive Regional Director for Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail.

Under the terms of the agreement, Majid Al Futtaim will provide sales training to local suppliers of agricultural products. Furthermore, the company will support MOCCAE’s Mawroothna social initiative that assists companies and entrepreneurs active in the field of agriculture and fisheries.

The MoU is the result of the keenness of the two parties to strengthen their strategic partnership and join forces in promoting the UAE's agricultural sector and marketing local agricultural products. Its ultimate objective is to enhance food diversity and security in the country, and ensure the sustainability of its environment for present and future generations.

The initiative comes in response to the growing demand for local organic production and the Ministry’s drive to promote the UAE’s organic market through raising public awareness about the benefits of organic products.

His Excellency Sultan Alwan said: “In line with the UAE’s green development efforts and its commitment to adopting a green economy in the pursuit of sustainable development goals, food diversity is one of the top-priority strategic issues for the country’s government. In this context, MOCCAE aims to enhance the economic competitiveness of the UAE’s agricultural sector, create jobs, attract investments, support innovation and knowledge, and enhance the efficient use of natural resources.”

He added: “MOCCAE works relentlessly to support local agriculture industry and the marketing of its products in order to implement the country's food diversity strategy. The Ministry provides farmers with agricultural production essentials, such as fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation pipes, soil testing devices, seeds and organic agriculture supplies, at a 50 percent discount. Among other achievements, these measures have led to a 33.5 percent growth of aquaculture over the past three years.”

For his part, Miguel Provedano said: "Majid Al Futtaim Retail is proud to be an active community organization that supports local farmers through selling their products in Carrefour stores, contributing to economic diversification and promoting the national economy.”

He added: “The partnership with MOCCAE allows us to participate in the development of a competitive local agricultural value chain and to improve the efficiency of farm production through training and educating local farmers on the sale and promotion of their products. The agreement also supports the objectives of Majid Al Futtaim Retail to bridge the gap between the supply and demand of fresh produce, and enhance the diversity of local products available in Carrefour.”

The demand for organic produce in the UAE has been rising steadily, and the supply is not far behind. In 2016, the sales of local organic products increased by AED20 million through the addition of two partner outlets. By end-2016, the country had 80 organic vegetable farms, seven organic animal farms and five organic manufacturing facilities spanning a total area of 45,890 acres.


Najm launches instant issue credit cards inside Carrefour Hypermarkets

Press release
16 May 2017

The first-of-its-kind service in the UAE utilizes Smart Government technology to issue credit cards in 15 minutes

Dubai, UAE - May 16, 2017: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, today announced the launch of its new service, instant issue Najm Credit Cards inside Carrefour Hypermarkets across the UAE. Majid Al Futtaim Finance, under the consumer facing brand of Najm, started the activation of this service for the first time in the region earlier this month in Deira City Centre.

The new service, a first-of-its kind in a retail store within the UAE, allows prospective card members the ability to walk into a Carrefour Hypermarket and within 15 minutes be issued a Najm Credit Card that can be instantly used to earn cashback and benefit from offers.

The process requires minimal paperwork and utilizes the UAE’s Smart Government initiatives, taking applicant’s information from their Emirates ID card and securely transmitting it to the Al Etihad Credit Bureau for scoring.

Addressing media on what was identified as an opportunity to increase the customer experience, Chief Executive Officer at Najm, Rasool Hujair commented on the new service, “We are laser focused on our customer experience at all phases in the journey, and on-boarding new customers is an area we identified that we could significantly improve with this new offering.”

He went on to say, “Why should our customers have to wait for a card to be sent to them? By offering instantly issued cards right in the store, right where it is relevant to them, they can take advantage of in store promotions, receive an additional 10 percent cashback, use our dedicated Najm checkout counters and avail our Easy Payment Plans (EPP) without waiting days to receive their card. We believe this new service enhances our customer experience and delivers on our promise that Najm is the ‘Smartest Way to Save in Carrefour’.”

Instant Issuance is facilitated through Najm sales agents and at the Najm customer service desk in 13 Carrefour Hypermarkets, with plans to expand this service to more locations throughout the year.


Carrefour Ramadan offers announced during official visit by the UAE Ministry of Economy

Press release
11 May 2017

Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Customer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy, visits Carrefour Hypermarket at City Centre Mirdif

Dubai, UAE - May 11, 2017: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, announced today that its Ramadan offers that are available across stores in the UAE, started May 04 2017. The announcement was made during the visit of Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Customer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy to Carrefour Hypermarket at City Centre Mirdif.

Carrefour is launching a variety of offers and discounts on a wide range of products across all segments in the UAE. More than 175 products are set to have their prices “locked” until the end of the year. Moreover, Carrefour brings more Ramadan deals for customers to enjoy up to 50% off on selected items across its stores in the UAE. The total value of these offers is estimated at AED 30 million.

Carrefour’s promotions will also include daily offers on selected categories across food and non-food products in the lead up to Ramadan, during the month of May, to help customers prepare for the Holy Month. Additionally, Carrefour will deliver daily savings on commodities, especially family items and basket offers worth 100AED, 200AED and 300AED.

Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director for Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “In the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan Carrefour aims to enrich its customers’ shopping experience, fulfil their needs and provide them with the competitive value during this special occasion. This month sees growing demand for variety and quantity and our aim is to cater to these needs and support our customers during this time. With our aim to create great moments for everyone every day, Carrefour, across the UAE, is looking forward to welcoming its customers and offering them a wide range of offers and promotions.”


Healthy Kitchen


Press release
5 February 2017

Carrefour Serves Wellness on Everyone’s Plate

Dubai, UAE – 5 February, 2017: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa has launched Carrefour’s Healthy Kitchen section in its flagship hypermarket located at the Mall of the Emirates. This step comes as part of Carrefour’s continued efforts to enhance the shopping experience for their active and energetic consumers who are looking to improve their lifestyle with healthier food choices

The Healthy Kitchen welcomes Carrefour’s customers with its warm and natural look and offers a wide array of more than 2500 of the best health products from organic to free-from, to diet and fitness food at very competitive prices. With the inclusion of educational displays there will be an added focus on the healthiest trends observed.

The Healthy Kitchen is a result of Carrefour’s commitment to enrich and nourish its customers’ lives with all their health needs under one roof.


Dubai SME signs Memorandum of Understanding with Carrefour to boost local SME competitiveness


Press release
22 January 2017

MoU covers food, textile and electronic products

Dubai, 22 January, 2017: Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Majid Al Futtaim Retail to support members of Dubai SME through the display of their products at Carrefour hypermarkets and supermarkets, which Majid Al Futtaim Retail owns in 38 markets,

The aim of the agreement between the two parties is to enhance competitiveness amongst members of Dubai SME, support the development of small and medium enterprises in the retail business and contribute to the GDP of Dubai and the UAE.

The MoU was signed at Dubai SME’s headquarters in the Business Village by His Excellency Abdul Baset Al Janahi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai SME, and Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director, Carrefour UAE, with the presence of a number of executives and officials from both sides.

Commenting on this partnership, H.E. Abdul Baset Al Janahi said: Dubai SME is seeking to help develop small and medium enterprises by partnering with the private sector, thereby increasing their operational productivity and customer reach. This agreement offers rewarding opportunities for members and provides a strong platform to display and promote their products. With its many convenient locations in the UAE, Carrefour enjoys high popularity and footfall cutting across all segments of the UAE community.

H. E Al Janahi added: “We constantly explore opportunities and benefits for our members to get the best results for their businesses. This agreement will enable our members to promote their products, in particular, fresh food, groceries, household and electrical appliances and textiles.”

H. E Al Janahi also highlighted Dubai SME’s continued efforts in seeking out avenues compatible to the nature of its members’ projects as well as the national development policy. H.E. Al Janahi confirmed that the signing of such agreements allowed entrepreneurs to become part of the global trade ecosystem and created a platform for the members to compete with big local companies in the market.

Commenting on the MoU, Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “We are proud of this partnership with Dubai SME, which allows us to become a platform for local companies seeking to achieve growth and development. It also supports our role in contributing to the UAE economy and help achieve economic diversity. We at Carrefour strive to provide quality products at competitive prices, and this partnership will support our efforts to diversify our suppliers and enhance our product offering to customers, creating great moments for everyone, everyday.” 


Carrefour to open largest regional distribution centre in National Industries Park


Press release
2 January 2017

800,000 square feet facility to feature advanced warehousing and logistics technologies

Dubai, UAE – 02 January, 2017: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa, today announced that it will open a new distribution centre at the National Industries Park (NIP) in Dubai. The centre, once operational, will be the largest and most advanced distribution hub of its kind for Carrefour in the region.

The facility is constructed on a land area of 1.5 million square feet and covers a built-up area of over 800,000 square feet, almost four times the size of Carrefour’s current largest distribution centre building in the region. The Centre will also feature advanced warehousing, storage and logistics technologies.

The multi-temperature storage at the new distribution centre is designed to meet the storage needs of the different food types including fruits, vegetables, meat and dry foods as well as warehousing for non-food goods. With a total storage capacity of over 400 million units, the new distribution hub is expected to save over 50 per cent energy per cubic metre and manage more than 150000 orders per day to support Carrefour’s brick and mortar stores in addition to the omni-channel business of Carrefour.

Commenting on the new distribution hub, Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director, Carrefour UAE, said: “With our new distribution centre in NIP, we have significantly expanded our operational capabilities in the region in terms of storage facilities as well as technological infrastructure. We continue to look at the Middle East and North Africa as one of the key growth regions for Carrefour and one that we will continue to invest in over the coming years. We are confident that this new facility will help us deliver even better quality of products and services to our customers.”

Younis Al Mulla, Senior Vice President – Development and Government Affairs, Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “It gives us great pleasure at Majid Al Futtaim Retail in establishing this strategic partnership with National Industries Park (NIP) and in the development of our central warehousing and distribution facility within their premises. As part of our company’s vision to Create Great Moments for Everyone, Everyday, we are committed to constantly improving our operational facilities and capabilities for delivering high value to our customers in the UAE and other operating markets.”

“In addition to being our largest distribution centre in the region, the facility at NIP is also highly energy efficient and will help us become more environmentally friendly, while reducing the overall carbon footprint of our stores,” Al Mulla added.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, UAE Region of DP World, said: “I welcome Majid Al Futtaim, one of the leading national companies, to the National Industries Park (NIP) to establish their advanced integrated logistics centre. The company is renowned regionally and globally for their pioneering contribution to the retail and leisure industry and we are confident of providing Majid Al Futtaim with distinctive logistic solutions that meet their requirements for various markets. NIP has an advanced multi-modal connectivity that reduces transportation duration, especially in reaching the Middle East and North African countries, through DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port and the Al Maktoum International Airport.”


Carrefour looks to grow organic, deli and diary lines at the specialty food festival

Press release
7 November 2016

Hypermarket and supermarket chain working to boost local organic processes

Dubai, UAE: Hypermarket and supermarket chain Carrefour, operated and managed by Majid Al Futtaim, is looking to expand its organic fruit, delicatessen and dairy product lines and work with local suppliers to boost organic capacity as UAE shoppers become more health conscious.

Carrefour will join more than 700 international suppliers of finished foods at The Speciality Food Festival, SEAFEX and Yummex Middle East, being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) this week. Additional retail heavyweight sourcing missions attending the shows include senior delegations from Jumeirah Group, Spinneys, Waitrose, Dubai Duty Free, Rotana Group, Emirates Flight Catering, Manuel Supermarket and Dubai Mall among others.

Carrefour will use the show as a platform to source additional food lines for health-conscious customers, Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director at Carrefour UAE, said. “Organic and health-conscious products as well as convenient ‘food to go’ are the most significant food trends impacting the UAE and Carrefour UAE is working with UAE producers to further boost local organic processes.

“As one of the region’s largest retailers, we understand it is important to keep a close eye on emerging trends and healthy, gluten free and organic products are becoming increasingly popular. Our consumers have responded positively to our current selection of health conscious foods, which includes Australian meat, organic fish, organic and gluten free breads. Going forward, we would like to expand the availability of our organic fruit, dairy and delicatessen products,” he said.

“Carrefour constantly monitors health and fitness trends across America and Europe and is in touch with influential doctors and nutritionists to understand more about popular products. We want to ensure that consumers are able to get all of their health food needs met under one roof, which is why we stock a wide range of health conscious foods including organic, bio, free-from and vegan, as well as diet and fitness products,” he added.

With global market intelligence Euromonitor International forecasting that the UAE’s Food and Beverage (F&B) sector will grow its annual revenues from AED 52.4 billion currently to AED 81.9 billion by 2020, changing consumer preferences are influencing growth within regional gourmet and specialised food sectors, according to Andrew Pert, Exhibitions Director, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC.

“Whether it’s from the emergence of organic markets, the expansion of gourmet and delicatessen departments in the retail segment or the introduction of organic and specialised F&B outlets, the regional market is evolving. The extensive range of exhibitors we feature in our event holds new opportunities for local, regional and international suppliers. We are seeing a number of major food retailers sending top-level sourcing and procurement delegations to the events as they recognise the fresh business opportunities in partnering with local and regional producers,” Pert said.

Carrefour will also look to build new relationships with regional and international suppliers, said Povedano. “In terms of sourcing, we always try to work directly with the source of production to deliver high-quality products to all our customers. Our supplier management teams also have close relationships with suppliers and our quality and food safety checks ensure the quality of the products in our stores. We remain committed to working directly with the source of production to deliver high-quality products that appeal to our diversified customer base.”

Companies from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA will also be taking part in the newly-launched Global Dates Market, which being sponsored by the Saudi Export Development Authority (SEDA) – a governmental organisation focused on developing exports from the Kingdom that are diverse and globally competitive.

The Speciality Food Festival has attracted more than 200 exhibitors from over 50 countries. The show features a raft of new national pavilions and a broad-range of international and local companies, including a significant stable of Europe's finest food companies from France, the UK, Spain, Portugal and Italy, which is the exhibition’s first country partner.

DWTC has signed a landmark partnership with the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) – the official government organisation, which promotes Italian companies internationally - that will see the best Italian food and drink producers participate at DWTC’s trio of specialist food events this year.

The Speciality Food Festival is part of a trio of conveniently segmented food events which also features SEAFEX, devoted to seafood and Yummex, the region’s leading international trade fair for the confectionery and snacks market. The trio is co-located alongside Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s biggest food manufacturing, processing, packaging, logistics and materials handling exhibition which together attract more than 30,000 attendees looking to allocate their annual Food & Beverage budgets.

Open 10am-6pm from 7- 9 November 2016, the three niche food shows are for trade and business professionals only. General public and persons under the age of 21 will not be permitted entry. Registration is available at the show upon proof of trade status.


Carrefour set to open ten new stores in the UAE

Press release
30 October 2016

Majid Al Futtaim celebrates 21 years since introducing hypermarket concept to the region with daily promotions

Dubai, UAE – 30 October 2016: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa, today announced that Carrefour will open ten new stores in the UAE in 2017, setting it on target to reach 140 hypermarkets and 210 supermarkets in the countries in which Majid Al Futtaim operates by 2018.

Carrefour, franchised by Majid Al Futtaim in 38 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, will open two hypermarkets and eight supermarkets across the emirates next year as it looks to meet the growing demand for convenience shopping.

“This week marks 21 years since Majid Al Futtaim introduced the Carrefour hypermarket concept to the UAE and the wider region as part of its vision to create great moments for everyone, every day. Since then, the brand has become synonymous with providing customers with unbeatable value and choice. We are proud to continue that tradition through the current in-store promotions to celebrate our anniversary. During our ten day anniversary promotion in 2015, we served more than three million customers, a figure we are targeting to increase 15% this year,” said Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director for Carrefour UAE.

“In the last two decades we have witnessed a number of retail trends emerge, including increasing demand for smaller supermarket-style stores in recent years. We will continue to grow the hypermarket brand in the UAE with the addition of two more hypermarkets and address the growing trend for smaller convenient stores through the introduction of eight new supermarkets. We also look forward to extending our home delivery service, which we are currently testing in selected areas in Dubai,” he added.

Carrefour’s ten-day anniversary celebrations are currently running across all hypermarkets and supermarkets in the UAE. Promotions include Majid Al Futtaim’s leisure and entertainment attractions such as Ski Dubai, Magic Planet and VOX Cinemas, and City Centre Clinic vouchers for all food purchases over AED2. MyCLUB members will also receive great discounts daily on two different product categories in loyalty points as well as three amazing daily deals.