Monday, May 30th, 2016

Dubai to make grocery store standards uniform by 2018

Narada Desk | May 30, 2016 4:43 pm Print
Dubai has rolled out a set of new rules for the establishment of grocery stores in the Emirate where it has laid emphasis on providing a similar standard of experience of shopping in the grocery stores and want to achieve a sense of uniformity in this sector before 2018.

Grocery stores in Dubai will soon have to co-operate with the new rules which will be implemented to aim at a “uniform identity” for such businesses, as it has been announced by the Department of Economic Development (DED) on Saturday.
In a statement on its website, the DED stated it will be introducing new standards for licensed groceries established in the Emirati City, aimed at making them look consistent inn parallel to the other stores on the inside and outside.

Department officials have been able to meet around 140 grocery store owners in Dubai and have informed them about the changes according to the new standards, which will be effective from the second half of 2016, the DLD said.

New stores applying for a licence for owning a grocery store must comply with all the new requirements straight away, while already operating stores will have two years will have to comply until the second half of 2018 – to ensure full compliance.

According to the DLD, the department has stipulated certain criteria that grocery stores must meet to achieve “unification of logo and business identity”, related to the likeliness of colour scheme, signage, exterior finishing of appearance, interior (including fixtures and display units), storage area size, as well as type of fittings and lighting.

The Operational requirements, include meeting standards regarding the design of the store, product display and classification, training, storage, health and personal hygiene, smoking and prohibition of pets in compliance with Dubai Municipality’s Health & General Safety Department.

“Grocery stores can start implementing the new standards from today onwards”, and the DLD said it would help to facilitate closure of stores that wish to start making changes as soon as they will.

It is unclear whether the uniform logo and colour scheme would apply to all grocery stores in Dubai under the new rules, or to all grocery stores owned by the same private business. The DLD has been contacted for further information.

An estimation figure shows that there were 2,800 groceries in Dubai in 2015, according to the DLD , and that number has been growing since then. The DLD said the new standards are a part of efforts to improve the quality of retail services available to the public in Dubai, “to reinforce the Emirate’s position as a preferred shopping destination regionally and internationally”.

Since, the idea of the implementation of the uniformity in the grocery stores indicates that this idea of bringing in uniformity amongst a specific category of stores might be advanced to other categories of stores as well.

Omar Bushahab, CEO of the Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) sector in DED “Through these new standards, DED is seeking to make a quantum leap in Dubai’s renowned shopping experience, and also enabling groceries to reflect the growth attained by the city in terms of infrastructure and service quality.The new concept stems from the emirate’s policy of enhancing competitiveness within various business sectors, and meeting the needs of the local community as well as visitors.”

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