REVEALED: Dubai's cheapest supermarkets

Retail giants Lulu and Geant among the best value in Emirate for food and household items

UAE retail giant Lulu has emerged as the cheapest among a sample of Dubai supermarkets, according to a price comparison of staple foods and household items.

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The rankings, which compare a basket of food and other household products at seven stores, showed Lulu offered the best value for money, followed by Geant.

The Al Barsha branch of the retailer, which operates 104 stores across the Gulf, including ten in Dubai, charged AED16 less than the most expensive store for the same ten items, which included Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Colgate toothpaste and Head & Shoulders shampoo. 

The total bill at Lulu came to AED86.65 (US$23.6), compared to AED103.70 at Choithram’s in Umm Suqeim, which was the priciest of the seven stores.

The third cheapest store was Carrefour’s Dubai Marina branch in Silverene Tower, which charged a total of AED95.10, followed by Al Maya in Marina Promenade (AED98.80) and the Marina Mall branch of Waitrose (AED101.45).

Spinneys in Marina Walk ranked the sixth most expensive supermarket in the emirate with a total bill of AED102.40.

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The cost of basic foodstuffs has become a sensitive subject in the Arab world in the last year, fuelling the political protests that toppled rulers in Tunisia and Egypt.

Global food prices increased eight percent between December and March, threatening the food security of millions of people, the World Bank said in April.

Even after the rise, food prices remain one percent below a year ago and six percent below the February 2011 historical peak, the World Bank said.

Food prices in Dubai increased 3.1 percent in May compared with the previous month, the highest rise in 11 months, according to June data from the Dubai Statistics Centre.

In a bid to keep costs down, the UAE cabinet in January announced plans to liberalise trade in 12 commodities including livestock and dairy products, fats and oils, honey, eggs, fruit juices, salt, yeast, animal feed, detergents and hygiene products.

UAE Economy Minister Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri said the move would strengthen the competitiveness of the UAE economy by curbing monopolistic practices and avoiding unjustified price rises.

Last year the UAE fixed the cost of around 400 foodstuffs and household products at 70 outlets.

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* Data taken from a survey by Arabian Business’s sister title, Time Out Dubai.

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Posted by: Penny Wise

A poorly done survey looking only at obvious locations. I stopped shopping in all the places you've listed when I found (easy, as I live nearby in Green Community) that Ramla in Dubai Investments Park is far cheaper than all of them and better quality veg too. It's located in the DIP industrial area, so admittedly a bit off the beaten track, but it's worth the bother. Easy parking too. (and no, I'm not in their employ, I'm just happy to have found better value shopping).

Posted by: jason

Agree with you Doug.
It is a very sensible suggestion.
That is the problem though, it is very sensible, so will not happen.

Posted by: Joh

Funny as it may sound, when they bill us, they always retrun the change that is lowest, meaning; they make money when they return the change. Why dont they round off all the prices so that we do not feel that they keep the change at the end. Small things matter, dont they?

Posted by: Doug

It would be great if online supermarket shopping took off here. In other countries, there are websites that let you type in your shopping list, and it automatically finds where is the cheapest place to buy from. I have a friend in the UK who's done this every month this year and who has saved around 600Dhs so far thanks to this.

Unfortunately though, I really can't see online supermarket shopping taking off here - you can't even order a pizza delivery without having to go through ridiculous rigmarole about landmarks and so on.

Posted by: Adnan

Unfortunately Lulu Hypermarket is not the cheapest one here in Kuwait. We have also Police, Army and National Guard Co-operative stores here in Kuwait which offer the best prices on most of the items. For expample we have to pay 0.410 KD for one litre of KDD milk in Lulu however we get the same milk in 0.385 KD in those stores.

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