Whether you’re planning to stock up on groceries for the month, or you need to buy certain ingredients for a special dish, having a supermarket nearby definitely comes in handy! Fortunately, there are many supermarkets in Abu Dhabi where you can buy food, household items, and other daily essentials.
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In the following article, we round up some of the best supermarkets in the capital of the UAE. We have also included several hypermarkets — larger stores that offer a wider range of products and services, including pharmacies as well as banking and money exchange centres.
Where to Buy Groceries, Household Items in Abu Dhabi
Below is a list of the most popular supermarkets and hypermarkets that you will find in Abu Dhabi:
1. Abela Supermarket
Located in Bin Butti Building at Al Khalidiya, Abela Supermarket is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week! It sells plenty of grocery items, including organic food and vegan options.
Address: Ground Floor, Bin Butti Building, Al Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 667 4675
2. Al Madina Hypermarket
Al Madina Hypermarket is also open 24 hours — perfect for those who prefer to shop in the evenings! It features clothes, accessories, and electronic gadgets, in addition to your regular grocery products. Aside from the branch along 42th Street in Mohamed Bin Zayed City, you will also find Al Madina Hypermarket branches in Al Raha, Al Mafraq, and Musaffah.
Address: 42th St., Mohamed Bin Zayed City ME11, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 555 0033
3. Bateen Stars Supermarket
If you reside in Al Bateen, you can easily go to Bateen Stars Supermarket, which is open between 6:00 am and 12:30 am everyday. It offers a wide range of grocery items, which you can stock up in your pantry every month!
Address: Al Bateen W35, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 667 2488
4. Carrefour Hypermarket
Carrefour is one of the biggest hypermarket chains not only in the UAE, but across the Middle East region. Here, you will find groceries, fresh produce, freshly baked pastries, household items, and much more! Usually open between 9:00 am and 11:00 pm daily, Carrefour branches are located in Dalma Mall, Yas Mall, Al Raha, Al Falah, Al Seef, Baniyas, and other places across Abu Dhabi.
Originally established in France in the 1960s, Carrefour has expanded to become one of the world’s largest retail chains, establishing many branches across Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America.
Address: Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 800 73232
Choithrams is another well-known name in the UAE, a 24-hour supermarket that has been around for more than three decades! It sells groceries, fresh produce, freshly baked goods, and a wide variety of local as well as international brands. The place also provides online grocery services, for those who prefer to shop from home. Aside from the branch along King Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Street in Al Khalidiya, there are Choithrams branches at Al Falah and also along Corniche Road.
Address: King Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz St., Al Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 665 7009
6. EMKE Stores Supermarket
Situated on the intersection of Al Marafi and Al Mirjal Streets in Al Danah, EMKE Stores Supermarket is another great place to buy groceries in Abi Dhabi. The store is open daily, between 8:00 am and 12:00 am.
Address: Zone 1, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 639 3949
7. Lulu Hypermarket
With more than 15 branches in Abu Dhabi, Lulu Hypermarket is one of the most popular hypermarket chains in the UAE and across the Middle East. It offers plenty of local and international brands, grocery items, and fresh produce. Some branches also feature a food court, money exchange centres, and even a kids’ play area — all under a single roof!
Aside from the branch in Al Wahda Mall, which is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 am, Lulu Hypermarket branches can also be found in Al Raha Mall, Khalidiyah Mall, Capital Mall, Madinat Zayed, Baniyas, Mushrif Mall, and other locations in the capital.
Notably, Lulu Hypermarket is owned by Lulu Group International, a multinational company founded in 2000 by M.A. Yusuff Ali. The retail chain has established 193 outlets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, along with outlets in Asia as well.
Address: Al Wahda Mall, Hazzaa, Sultan Bin Zayed the First St., Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 443 7500
8. Rich & Fresh Supermarket
As the name suggests, Rich & Fresh Supermarket sells fresh and high quality products at great prices. It has two large branches in Abu Dhabi: one in Mohamed Bin Zayed City, which is open from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm, and another branch along Muroor Road, which is open from 7:00 am until 12:00 am.
Address: Mohamed Bin Zayed City, Shabiya 12, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 558 8225
9. SPAR Supermarket
If you live in or near Khalidiya Village, you might want to do your shopping at SPAR Supermarket near Al Khalidiya Park. A subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Coop, SPAR Supermarket offers high quality products at more affordable prices. Take note, however, that the supermarket accepts cash payments only. It is open between 8:00 am and 12:00 am daily.
Address: Al Khalidiyah Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 800 232 6677
Waitrose is a well-known British supermarket chain that features plenty of British brands and products. It offers fresh produce, freshly baked goods, and even a line of exclusive, “own brand” items. Aside from the branch in Al Raha Boulevard, which is open from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, Waitrose branches are also located in Etihad Towers, Boutik Mall in Al Reem Island, Saadiyat Island, and at the Eastern Mangroves area.
Interestingly, Waitrose is part of the John Lewis Partnership, which is the largest employee-owned retailer in Britain. It has around 335 shops in the United Kingdom, and branches in the Middle East.
Address: Al Raha Boulevard, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 556 2044
In Abu Dhabi, you never have to worry about finding the things you need, as there is bound to be a well-stocked supermarket and hypermarket near you. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay at home, many of these stores provide online shopping and delivery services, for your convenience.
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