Which products are in demand?


I would like to start exporting a range of food products to Dubai, but I am unsure how to find out which products are in demand in Dubai… could anyone please advise?

Manky Thanks



I would suggest doing a little desk research to start with as the question you’ve asked is very general. Who are you going to sell to? Restaurants, supermarkets etc. What kind of food products? Packaged, frozen, fresh, raw produce etc. What price range? Luxury, mass market etc.

If you’re looking for an opportunity I’ve taken some time to look at what’s popular in Dubai:
Restaurants: http://www.timeoutdubai.com/restaurants
Tourist information: http://www.dubaitourism.ae/
Supermarkets: http://www.dubaifaqs.com/supermarkets-in-dubai.php

That last link is a directory for businesses in Dubai that might help you understand what your competition would look like.

Yours ever,



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Hi Sam,

We would advise starting with desk research in order to collate and analyse existing data on the food category in Dubai to understanding current trends and potential opportunities. Some data is available for free such as in the following report: http://bit.ly/14rBdWL (notably, the data included only goes up to 2011). There are also valuable market reports regularly produced by companies such as Euromonitor International, although you have to pay a fee to access these. A good example might be: http://bit.ly/VvuWcn.

Hope this helps! Also, if you provide us with more information we would be happy to advise you further.


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