IADS Exclusive - Dubai Retail Tour: how are the franchised department stores doing?

IADS Exclusive April 2022 Selvane Mohandas du Ménil

The IADS visited Dubai in early March for a joint meeting with the International University of Monaco and the American University in Dubai, who will be collaborating with the Association on Private Labels-related research topics. The IADS took the occasion to visit the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates to review the department store scene in Dubai, we have included pictures for your review.

Most of the department stores available in Dubai are operated through franchised agreements. Is there anything new in their approach, has any decoupling taken place, or, on the contrary, did the Covid-19 episode tighten the links with the mother companies? And to what extent does their service offering reflect the evolution of the market? We have tried to draw some conclusions from our visit in addition to the pictures that are available separately.

IADS provides its members with a weekly in-depth analysis on retail-oriented topics. This is an example of the themes the Association regularly addresses, and the topic of an article from the IADS members-only newsletter date 06 April 2022.

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