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Grocery Shopping

Recently I had a conversation with a friend about grocery shopping in Dubai. After living in Eastern Europe for so many years, shopping here is a huge improvement. However, if you speak to someone who just arrived from North America, it can be a disappointment.

There are so many different grocery stores that, like anywhere, you have to work out the one – or few – for you. We have spent a lot of time shopping at Waitrose, which is the nearest grocery store to our temporary serviced apartment. One of the things I love about Waitrose is the freshness of their products. The fruit and veg, meats, bread, fish, etc are all incredibly fresh. They have a great selection in both the Dubai Marina Mall and their bigger location in the Dubai Mall. However, be prepared to spend money as they are not cheap.

Also nearby is an Al Maya Grocery Store. This is much, much cheaper than Waitrose. I believe Al Maya is a Phillipinno chain so there are some unique products but as far as every day things that I need, they had a lot stuffed into a small store. It was like a scavenger hunt but I enjoyed it as I found some great things – that I wasn’t even looking for.

Recently I had to enter a Union Coop store in Jumeirah to visit the RTA office for my driver’s license application. With a few minutes to spare, I decided to walk through the aisles as I am still in search of a few essential food items that no other stores here seem to have in stock. I was surprised by the low prices and think this could be a monthly stop for household items like paper towels, toilet paper, etc. From the looks of the other customers, it seems that it is a popular choice for the locals.

Carrefour is also great for those household essentials. The big Carrefour in Dubai seems to be in the Mall of Emirates. So, if you are disciplined and can get in and out of Carrefour for your grocery shop then you can be a budget conscious shopper. However, if you are like me, you will be distracted by other shops prior to or after your Carrefour visit. Carrefour has been a regular stop for us as they carry all our children’s unique school supply essentials. I was so please to recently see that they now offer an online shopping solution. Now that we are settled in our new home, I may just have to start using this shopping tool. I think it’s a great idea and hope that it works out to be a success!

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