All customers have to do is drop their money in the box and be on their way. Handy.
Montserrat Martin, owner of the store, partnered up with Mohammad Al Qubaisi to come up with the idea, believing in customer trust.
“We don’t employ staff simply because we trust our customers. I visit the place once a day to replace stock and collect money,” Martin told Gulf News.
Customers will find it easy to navigate through prices, too. Books will be tagged with green and yellow stickers to indicate their prices, ranging from Dhs10 to Dhs20.
Martin went on to say: “Nobody would steal a book and even if someone does it would cost me just Dhs300 which is nothing compared to what I would spend on hiring staff and paying for overheads like visa and insurance.”
Most of the books on offer are in English and Arabic, but there’s a selection French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese books, too.
The store is also running a mini pop-up stand at Marina Walk in Dubai Marina through May. Unlike the Dubai Sports City outlet, this store is manned by staff but customers are still required to make their payments in a trust box. Open 24/7. Spanish Soccer School, Sports City. instagram.com/bookhero.