On October 17 it opened a store in The Galleria Mall: a high-end retail mall on Al Marayah Island in Abu Dhabi. The store employs 60 people and is situated in a new extension to the mall, which houses a collection of international fashion and beauty brands.
The retailer will then open its first shop on The Palm in Dubai by the end of the year as part of the opening of the new Nakheel Mall. It will become the largest supermarket on the man-made island, employing 80 people.
The new shops will take the total number of Waitrose stores in the Middle East to 10, since opening its first shop outside the UK in Dubai in November 2008.
Customers will be able to choose from its essential Waitrose and Waitrose Duchy Organic brands as well as the refreshed Waitrose & Partners No. 1 range, which is available in the UAE for the first time. The shops will offer a wide range of Waitrose products, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meat, bakery, delicatessen, frozen and non-food lines.
Barry Delehanty, Head of B2B Growth & Development at Waitrose & Partners, said: “We’re incredibly proud that the quality of our products and the trust in our brand continues to appeal to the international market.”