Supermarkets in Dubai

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24 Seven: This is the only convenience store in the city that’ll ring up your crisps and fizzy drinks at three in the morning.
Building 1, Emaar Square, Sheikh Zayed Road, 1st Interchange, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 375 2758); Dubai International Academic City (04 3756709); Dubai Media City (04 367 6942); Dubai Internet City (04 367 0418); Oud Metha (04 369 4438); Garhoud (04 286 8325); Dubai Knowledge Village (04 362 5105)

Al Maya: Known for their bargain bins that see quality goods at slashed prices, Al Maya is a favourite and their fruit and veg are always fresh.
Ground Floor, Dreams Tower, Dubai Marina (Toll Free: 800 256 292); Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 437 0166 or 04 438 9676); Satwa (04 342 0626); Deira (04 223 6976 or 04 262 4949); Bur Dubai (04 359 8383); Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 321 5552); Lamcy Plaza (04 335 1397); Reef Mall (04 222 9898)

All Day Minimart: You’ll find all the essentials here, but there isn’t a lot of variety on offer.
Durrat Al Marsa Tower, Dubai Marina (04 399 7411); Al Quoz Industrial Area (04 338 5996)

Carrefour: This massive store has a great selection of food and household appliances, though we’d stay away from their clothes – not exactly the height of fashion. The prices are very reasonable.
Mall of the Emirates (04 409 4899); Mirdif City Centre (04 602 3000); Deira City Centre ( 04-295 1600); Century Mall (04 203 5699); Bur Dubai (04 393 9395)

Carrefour Express: Doing away with a lot of the variety, Carrefour Express sticks to fresh fruits and veggies and essentials.
International City, France Cluster (04 432 8212); Dubai Marina (04 399 0176); Deira (04 254 5623); Wafi City (04 324 7225); Oasis Centre (04 515 4000)

Choithram: One of the oldest supermarket chains in the city, Choithram stocks a lot of the big brands you're used to, as well as a few exotic and ethnic specialities like chutneys and spices.
Green Community, Dubai Investments Park (04 885 2299); Deira (04 223 2488); Karama (04 337 1021); Emirates Hills (04 360 6626); Holiday Centre (04 331 1377); Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 2424); Garhoud (04 282 5494)

Géant: Géant is well worth a trip to Ibn Battuta with a large selection of everything you’ll ever need for your home and kitchen cupboards at prices that are more than reasonable.
Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5858)

Hyper Panda: This oddly named hypermarket in Dubai Festival Centre has huge shelves straining under the weight of mass-produced goods. It's a little overwhelming, but great if you really need to stock up.
Dubai Festival Centre (04 232 5997)

Lulu: Another community favourite, it’s marketed as ‘where the world comes to shop’. There is a good variety in store, with their ready meals a particular favourite.
Al Barsha, near Pan Emirates Furniture (04 341 8888); Karama (04 335 1415); Muhaisnah (04 254 4404); Qusais (04 298 8880); Karama (04 334 6333)

Spinneys: If you’re looking for all the Euro ingredients and specials you know and love, Spinneys will have it. Plus, their bakery breads are delicious.
Town Centre, The Springs (04 360 6511); Dubai Silicon Oasis (04 326 4576); Dubai Motor City (04 432 9445); Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 420 3644); Uptown Mirdif (04 288 0335); Bur Dubai (04 351 1777); Mazaya Shopping Centre (04 321 2225); Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 6900); Marina Walk (04 367 4810)

Union Co-operative Society: You can stock up here, with home essentials such as cooking oil and detergent often available at a discount here.
Al Wasl Road, opposite Safa Park (04 394 5999); Bur Dubai (04 398 0944); Muhaisnah (04 284 3555); Rashidiya (04 286 2434)

Waitrose: Brits will feel right at home in here with the same Waitrose products, standard and quality being sold in the sandy shores of Dubai.
Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina (04 434 2626); The Dubai Mall (04 434 0700)

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