E-commerce sales in Dubai set to hit $27b in 2022 - GulfToday

E-commerce sales in Dubai set to hit $27b in 2022


Covid-led digital shift is changing consumer demands as people perfer to go online with their shopping lists.

Business Bureau, Gulf Today

E-commerce sales in Dubai are projected to jump 23 percent to reach $27 billion in 2022, driven by the Covid-led digital shift and changing consumer demands, which are levelling the playing field, Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said during his opening remarks at The Retail Summit 2021 on Tuesday.

The forecast, based on new market analysis, reflects a major opportunity for retailers in the Middle East and around the world to transform their business models, accelerate digital transformation and find new ways to innovate and connect with their customers.

The summit, organised in cooperation with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Meydan One, took a closer look at key trends that are reshaping the global retail landscape, as well as existing challenges and opportunities emerging on the horizon.

Held under the theme, Retail’s New and Resilient Future, the summit highlighted e-commerce as a fundamental pillar driving the future of global retail trade. The high-level summit brought together 1,000 participants representing regional and global industry leaders, including Amazon, Manolo Blahnik, Mercedes-Benz, Huda Beauty, New Balance, Jimmy Choo, Burger King, L’Azurde, Lulu Group International Mulberry, and Fawaz Alhokair Group Fashion Retail, among others.

A total of 30 thought-provoking discussions during the two-day event tackled a wide range of timely topics and issues, such as the evolution of luxury in times of crisis, the roles of innovation and startups in creating a new retail ecosystem, the changing dynamics of customer loyalty, sustainable fashion, designing the store of the future, success stories and lessons from market leaders operating across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America.

“As we look ahead to the rest of 2021, the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines will be crucial in paving the way for global retail’s recovery and undoubtedly shape the economic landscape in the short term. One thing that is certain is that the old playbook and rules no longer apply, and bold, differentiated action will be required by retailers if they want stand out from the competition,” said  Buamim.

Dubai Chamber’s President & CEO pointed to an improving sector outlook for the rest of 2021, supported by remarkable progress made in vaccination campaigns in the UAE and other countries, digital transformation, an uptick in innovation output and increasing competitiveness among industry players. Referring to the GCC in particular, the region’s retail market is projected to more than double from $24 billion in 2020 to reach $50 billion by 2025, Buamim said.

In addition, he noted that Dubai Chamber’s support for The Retail Summit falls in line with its efforts to attract international events to Dubai and promote Dubai as a preferred destination for global retailers, adding that the first-ever Retail Summit held in Dubai two  years ago elevated the city’s global profile and attracted tremendous interest among regional and global retailers.

Meanwhile, The Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network Road Safety Task Force recently organised a webinar joined by member companies and industry experts, which raised awareness about road safety among the local business community.

 The virtual event, attended by more than 90 participants representing 27 companies in the UAE, focused on tips to avoid driving distractions, identifying and avoiding road hazards and the importance of tyre safety and maintenance in order to prevent road accidents.

The webinar featured presentations from Thomas Edelmann, Founder and Managing Director, Road Safety UAE; M.S. Sridhar, Group HSEQ & Sustainability Manager, Tristar Group; and Khalid Al-Ramahi, Customer Engineering Support, Michelin AIM.

Dr. Belaid Rettab, Senior Director, Economic Research and Sustainable Business Development Sector, Dubai Chamber, stressed the importance of keeping the business community informed about road safety issues. He noted that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1.35 million people die each year globally as a result of road traffic accidents.

Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.

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