Do you hate shopping for groceries because of the traffic, long queues at the billing counter, heavy bags and the sheer amount of time it takes? Then you should read the following piece of information very carefully.
As with most developed countries in the world, life in the Emirates is a mix of peaks and troughs, ups and downs. But at the end, the pros to living in this beautiful land of sand dunes far outweigh the cons.
The UAE has, over the years, become one of the richest countries in the world and is every tourist’s dream destination. There is no dearth of facilities in the Emirates and it has been known for several decades to host the best shopping festival in the world. Shopping for groceries too, is as simple as can be, thanks to the many online grocery markets that have come up in the last decade.
These online grocery stores make grocery shopping effortless and enjoyable. Here is a list of carefully selected and well researched online grocery stores in UAE.
- 1 Trolley – trolley.ae
- 2 Souq – uae.souq.com
- 3 El Grocer – elgrocer.com
- 4 Lulu Webstore – luluwebstore.com
- 5 Instashop – instashop.ae
- 6 Early Bird – earlybird.ae
- 7 Ripe Organic – ripeme.com
- 8 Greenheart Organic Farms – greenheartuae.com
- 9 Geant Online – geantonline.ae
- 10 Grocery Online – groceryonline.ae
- 11 EasyLiving – easyliving.ae
- 12 SuperMart – supermart.ae
- 13 Choithrams – choithrams.com
- 14 Le Bazar – lebazar.ae
- 15 Carry Home – carryhome.ae
- 16 The Verdict – Top Places for Online Grocery Shopping in UAE
Trolley – trolley.ae
Trolley.ae offers fresh fruits & vegetables, daily needs, pet products, Salik and phone cards, meat, toiletries, and other grocery items. Not only are the products organized based on categories but we were also able to search by name which made the shopping process faster.
The category and sub-category pages have brand and price range filters at the top, which makes it easier for a user to shortlist the items. Prices and special offers are updated regularly and Trolley.ae has also tied with local banks and credit card providers for special offers.
You can order your products through the website as well as the app. It is best to first book your delivery slot so that Trolley can showcase the promotions and special deals for that day. Makes shopping easier and more convenient.
If required, you can leave the shopping cart mid-way and then return to finish filling the cart, can mark particular products as favorites. The user interface and the website speed are quite good. With dedicated website for desktop and mobile and mobile app for Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Trolley.ae can easily be termed as the most accessible online Grocery store in UAE. So if you are little on the lazy side, this website is for you.
Trolley.ae does not collaborate with any supermarket for product stocks or with any delivery service for delivery of orders. All orders are delivered by their own staff using their own vehicles. Orders above 100dhs in total enjoy FREE delivery, while orders below 100dhs will be charged 10dhs as delivery charges.
You can pay online using your credit card. The website has delivery across Dubai and delivery is available from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
Souq – uae.souq.com
Souq.com is UAE and Middle East’s leading online marketplace, Souq.com has also launched Souq Supermarket (special section for groceries on their website and App) for groceries. Souq UAE offers a vast array of household goods, electronics, fashion, health and beauty products, books and a lot more.
We found it surprisingly easy to navigate through the different categories and were also able to acquire some amazing deals that were high on quality and easy on the budget. You can make payments using the cash on delivery option. The website also provides free returns, so if you change your mind, you can definitely return the product and get refund.
El Grocer – elgrocer.com
We found this grocery delivery app to be a fast and efficient way to order all kinds of groceries for breakfast, lunch or dinner, online with a click of a button. El Grocer’s mobile app is extremely fast and very user friendly.
All you need to do is turn on the location of your device and it will show you the grocery items from your nearby stores. They promise delivery in around 60 minutes or so, and you can shop for groceries from nearby supermarkets without having to manually be present or even make a call.
The product prices are the same as the price put out by general stores around. Once you place your order, you can track the status of your order from the App itself.
Lulu Webstore – luluwebstore.com
Lulu Webstore is the online megastore from the renowned Lulu Group that owns over 22 million sq. ft. of retail space and over 130 retail stores across 21 countries. We were able to browse the site for the product we required with ease.
The Lulu webstore provides you with a range of items to choose from, which are divided into categories such as mobiles and tablets, computers, electronics, home and living, fresh food, baby and kids, health and beauty and household items among others.
Prices offered by Lulu Webstore are one of the lowest among all the online Grocery stores in UAE. Lulu Webstore currently delivers Grocery in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Northern Emirates. With a large presence of retail stores and hypermarkets across Middle East, Lulu Webstore offers convenient home delivery and click & collect from their Lulu hypermarket.
Instashop – instashop.ae
Like El Grocer, Instashop is also a Grocery delivery app which has signed up local grocery stores across Dubai. Since Instashop is an App only store, you will have to download Instashop’s mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.
When launched,the app asks for your location and customizes all the product and delivery options depending upon your location. The app is easy to use and the user interface is quite good. You can easily navigate through the categories or search for a particular product using the intuitive search feature.
Instashop promises to deliver all your grocery order within 30 to 60 minutes depending on your location. You can also schedule the delivery as per your convenience. You can pay by cash or credit card. You can easily order within three clicks only. With Instashop’s mobile app you can re-order easily & in seconds through your favorites or previous orders. However, the App lacks a wide range of products.
Early Bird – earlybird.ae
From the first look, EarlyBird.ae seemed very basic online grocery store that offers the most basic functionalities required for adding a product in cart. The website is easy to use and follows responsive design which means that the website easily adapts to all screen sizes whether it is a big screen laptop/pc or a tablet or smartphone.
The product range is very limited. EarlyBird does not offer fresh produce like vegetables & fruits, however you can choose from a range of beverages, housekeeping, healthcare and sports, home appliances, pet shop and dairy products.
The website offers 3 delivery options: Regular (free, once a week in your area), Convenience (pay 7.5 AED and schedule date and time of delivery) & Priority (pay 15 AED and receive the order within an hour). EarlyBird.ae also offers a unique discount of flat 7% on all orders if you choose the Cash & Carry option.
Ripe Organic – ripeme.com
Unlike all other Grocery store Ripe Organic does not offer the usual grocery items that you can find at every retail store. Ripe Organic has created a very distinct name by offering local, seasonal, organic fruits & vegetables. If you are someone who checks the countless shelves of the hypermarkets for finding healthy organic foods then Ripeme.com is one of the best place to shop for local organic vegetables and fruits online.
Choose from dairy and dairy-free products, organic fruits and vegetables, coconut products, super foods and much more. All of the products are high in quality and definitely organic in all ways.
Greenheart Organic Farms – greenheartuae.com
As the name suggests Greenheart is not your usual online grocery store. What makes Greenheart organic farms so good is the fact that all the products are very fresh and picked selectively from their farm, be it organic honey, vegetables, fruits, herbs, dairy or mixed boxes. Greenheart does everything from sourcing genuine heirloom seeds, to complete desert farming.
Greenheart follows a very strict ‘DO NOT STORE’ policy which means that the produce is harvested freshly each morning and they make sure to harvest only as per the demand. Identify your delivery area and place your order before 10am to have it delivered on the next day. However, their online presence and website interface does not do full justice to the kind of service they offer. The website is slow and offers very basic functionality and features.
Geant Online – geantonline.ae
At Geant Online you can purchase groceries as well as electronics through a click of a button and with their online supermarket you can schedule delivery within two hour slots on the same day itself. The website user interface is clean and easy to use but the website’s loading speed will surely piss a lot of users. The products are well organized in categories and sub-categories with useful product filters to refine your product selection.
The website offers an online chat option as well. From fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy items, eggs and meat to the all the daily needs, GeantOnline.ae offers a huge range of products in each category. The website offers free delivery on all orders over AED 100 in Dubai. For order below AED 100, Geant charges a delivery fee of AED 10. You can pay through cash or card on delivery or using a credit card online.
The website stores up your personal details like name, phone no., address etc. so the next time your order is processed at a much faster pace.
Grocery Online – groceryonline.ae
GroceryOnline.ae definitely looks quite promising. You can choose from a range of pantry and food items, household essentials, toiletries, pet shop products, school and office supplies, baby and kids items along with other products. The online grocery store features unique ‘everyday low price’ and ‘weekly specials’ sections where you can grab popular grocery items at unbelievable prices.
This is one of the few online grocery stores which offer next day delivery services across all 7 emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, RAK, Fujairah & Umm Al-Q. However the delivery is not free, the website charges a flat shipping fee of AED 4.95 for all orders above AED150, order between AED 101 to AED 150 are charged a flat shipping fee of AED 9.95. The shipping fee is AED 14.95 for all orders less than 100 AED.
EasyLiving – easyliving.ae
EasyLiving.ae is offers online delivery of groceries in select areas of Dubai. The website offers free delivery for all orders above AED 100, orders below AED 100 are charged AED 10 extra for delivery. EasyLiving delivers every day from 10AM to 10PM. All orders received till 8PM are processed the same day. Orders received after 8PM are processed the next day.
The website does not provide any online tracking of orders. For finding the items you need, you can either use the product search box or search through the categories. The website does not provide any product filters or price filters on category pages which makes it difficult to narrow down the product search if you do not know the name of the product.
The product pages also do not have much details about the product, ingredients etc. The site takes a long time to load and the product range is very limited. Website is mobile friendly and you can easily place your order through your smart phone or tablet. Payment can be carried out by credit card or cash on delivery.
SuperMart – supermart.ae
SuperMart.ae offers a wide range of groceries, health and beauty items, baby care products, home essentials as well as pet products. The website is easy to use and loads quite fast. The interface is user friendly with a quick product search box at the top. However the category pages can be better if brand, feature and price filters are also provided.
At present, SuperMart.ae provides grocery delivery to areas in Dubai only. They have divided the entire Dubai city in 4 areas: Area A, Area B, Area C and Area D. For Area A locations the minimum order value is AED 50, no delivery fee and instant delivery in 60-90 minutes. For Areas B, C and D, the minimum order value is AED 200 and the website charges AED 10 extra for all orders, you can choose morning, afternoon or evening delivery time slots.
Payment can be done by Cash on Delivery, Credit/Debit Card on Delivery and Cheque/Bank Transfer for Corporate Accounts.
Choithrams – choithrams.com
With a presence that spans over three decades and a retail chain with over 39 supermarkets in the Emirates, Choithrams has become a household name in UAE. With expansion of Choithrams into Oman, Bahrain and Qatar, the retail chain is aiming to capture the entire Gulf market. With such a huge presence across the region, it came as no surprise that Choithrams offers one of the lowest prices among all the online grocery stores in UAE.
The website is easy to use and mobile friendly. Choithrams does not have any mobile App currently. With Choithrams, you can browse the store for grocery items by list and add them to your shopping cart. You can shop for fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, milk, seafood, fish, meat, juice, frozen foods, cooking ingredients, beverages, health and beauty, household appliances and pet products among others. You can seamlessly search for your product and add them to your shopping cart without any inconvenience or extra effort.
The website provides free delivery on all orders above AED 100. You have the option to choose your delivery from 3 convenient time slots (9AM to 11AM, 1PM to 3PM, 5PM to 7:30PM). You can pay using cash or card on delivery.
Le Bazar – lebazar.ae
The website looks average, loads fast but has serious functionality issues. We did multiple test but we were unable to add any products in the shopping cart. No matter how many products you add to the cart, the cart always shows as empty. Both the desktop and mobile versions of the website have same functionality issues. The website also provides mobile app but we did not get the chance to review the same.
The website does not provide any useful product filters on the product list pages and the product pages do not have satisfactory product bio which may help you in case you have not used any product before. The website offers online payment through Credit Card/PayPal and Cash on Delivery. Orders above AED 99 come with free delivery; orders below AED 99 are subject to AED 25 delivery fee.
Carry Home – carryhome.ae
At CarryHome.ae, you can shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products. Right from your favorite daily essentials to the hard-to-find specialty items, you can order everything from this online grocery store. The site responds very slowly and can’t be termed user friendly by any means. The product range is very limited and you are at the mercy of the search box to find what you are looking for. No brand or attribute filters, no search/filtering by price.
Free home delivery is available for all purchases above AED 50. CarryHome.ae processes orders between 8Am to 10Pm and delivers all orders in 2 hours of the order placement. CarryHome delivers to only selected areas: Al Barsha South, Arabian Ranches, Arjan, Jumeira Village Circle (JVC), Motor City and Sports City. You can pay by cash or card on delivery.
The Verdict – Top Places for Online Grocery Shopping in UAE
From plenty of the online grocery stores that are available to the public, we have shortlisted three that sure need to be on your mind the next time you think of shopping for groceries online.
There may be plenty of online groceries stores available that are tempting and look attractive at face value but ultimately you need to check out whether they strike off the following criteria:
• Consist of a variety of products and have a wide choice
• Is able to deliver items in a manner which is convenient to suit customer timings
• Is cost-friendly and you are able to carry out the payment in an efficient manner
• Is user-friendly with easy check out availability
Trolley.ae, El Grocer and GeantOnline.ae mostly fit the above criteria. Even so, it has made it to my top three in the list of online shopping stores you must visit. So do try them out and see for yourselves. Happy Shopping!
Now, that was the list of some of the very best grocery stores in the UAE that deliver the choicest of groceries and fresh produce right to your doorstep. No more, having to step out in the sun, or wait in long queues to get your groceries, simply open your mobile or computer, log on to the site and order away. Grocery Shopping has never been so easy!