UAE: Dubai Retail

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In many respects 2014 marked the transition from strong recovery to promising growth for Dubai. With many exciting projects in the pipeline, not least the hosting of Expo 2020, the emirate is continuing to build on its reputation as a dynamic and international centre for business.

Dubai’s famous mega-malls are doing brisk trade, with the companies behind the emirate’s two biggest shopping centres reporting double-digit revenue growth in 2014. Additionally, plans for further expansion are also in the works. 

The emirate posted robust economic expansion across all sectors in 2013, and its resilience in the years following the global economic downturn has helped to re-build confidence among the global business community. Dubai has set itself the target of reaching 20m visitors per year by 2020 and the emirate received a major boost to this end when it won the right to host World Expo 2020 in November 2013. 

With already more modern retail space per person than all other markets in the region, Dubai in theory should have difficulty in justifying any expansion. Yet that would be to underestimate the emirate’s plans to double its number of tourists in the next seven years to 20m and also to expand its resident population. During the first half of 2013...

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