Revealed: Trends and behaviors of UAE consumers during Ramadan


March 18, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau

Facebook’s insights and research division, in partnership with YouGov has unveiled findings of a study conducted during Ramadan 2020, with over 17,000 respondents across eleven countries including the United Arab Emirates. Approximately 1,500 interviews were completed with samples that were representative of the adult online population across age, gender and region in each market. The research explored a range of areas, including people’s purchasing and media habits, the impact of COVID-19, the role of influencer content and how communities give back.

The research highlights the booming e-commerce industry is significantly driving the digital economy in the UAE. Here are six tips for UAE brands and businesses to effectively adapt and plan this Ramadan:

Discover new ways to support businesses

The theme of giving back is deeply rooted in Ramadan. People are increasingly giving back with time and money – and this extends to local businesses too. 74% agree that brands should find ways of giving back during Ramadan. As people personally contribute to their communities, they increasingly expect the same of businesses. They want brands to express their values, speak authentically and stand up for causes they care about. In fact, the research also shows that 62% of survey respondents in the UAE became more interested in a brand after learning about their business practices. That is why brands must raise awareness of their support for local businesses and the community during the pandemic in a clear and simple way.

Discover mobile audiences

During Ramadan, people look to technology, especially mobile, to stay up-to-date and connect with family and friends. They also use mobile to shop and stay entertained.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, mobile has become the constant companion driving additional time spent on the small screen. The research shows that 44% of survey respondents in the UAE spend more time using their mobile during the season. This means that more people are now using mobile across discovery, research and purchase compared to going in store. Knowing this, brands must leverage the rise in mobile entertainment and resources to reach the right audience where they are adapting to how and where they like to discover new things.

Discover partnerships

Creators offer a new source of credibility. Amongst the Ramadan observing and shopping community surveyed in the UAE, half agreed that public figures and celebrities influence their purchasing decisions. They look to public figures for self-improvement content as well as deals, especially when it comes to discovering and purchasing new products and services. Brands must therefore engage with partners and creators to help reach new audiences in an authentic way and should explore collaborating with creators who can inspire, generate deals and announce trends.

Discover new demand

The demand from shoppers to browse and shop safely online is greater than ever as they spend less time shopping in physical stores. According to the research, 48% of survey respondents in the UAE spent more time shopping online during the Ramadan and Eid season because of COVID-19. On average, shoppers in the UAE are 3x more likely to feel safer using mobile to shop, compared to in store. This year, brands must understand their audience’s needs and safety concerns when shopping online and on mobile, offering cross-border shoppers a frictionless experience throughout the entire purchase journey, both safely and conveniently.

Discover new opportunities

Ramadan is one of the biggest shopping moments of the year, yet most advertisers switch off spending during this time, based on the misapprehension that most people finish their Ramadan shopping early. People, however, are continually preparing their homes, meals and gifts for loved ones and are looking out for the best deals before and during the season. While 22% of the respondents in the UAE started planning by March last year, about a month before celebrations started, only 13% had completed their shopping when Ramadan actually started. The research also indicates that the periods just before Ramadan and Eid are the biggest shopping periods. Brands must plan ahead to stay relevant and prepared for these shopping peaks, reminding people of what they love by tapping into their preferences.

Discover bargain hunters

As the impact of COVID-19 is felt locally, shoppers are increasingly price-sensitive and look to Facebook for deals and inspiration. 64% of the respondents in the UAE look to discover more bargains during Ramadan and Eid. This price sensitivity applies to essentials like food and beverages, as well as to clothing and gift items, making mega sales all the more important during Ramadan. The research also indicates that in the UAE, 60% of the respondents said they use Facebook platforms for inspiration, research and to discover new shopping ideas.

The research is based on “Ramadan: This is the Joy of Discovery,” a consumer research by YouGov, commissioned by Facebook IQ.

Comments

comments

Previous Article Next Article

SHARE

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE /


Carrefour onboards female-led start-up The Zola Collective

Carrefour, which is owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the 

Continue Reading

January 31, 2023 | By RetailME Bureau
A new branch of Waitrose comes up in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa City

British grocer Waitrose has opened its newest store in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa 

Continue Reading

January 25, 2023 | By RetailME Bureau
Its Netherlands Food Week at Al Maya Supermarkets

UAE-based Al Maya Supermarkets has kicked off its ‘Netherlands Food Week’ that 

Continue Reading

January 20, 2023 | By RetailME Bureau
Tesco announces price lock to support consumers amid inflation (PC: Andrew Parsons / Parsons Media)

British grocery retail chain Tesco has announced a price lock on over 

Continue Reading

January 13, 2023 | By RetailME Bureau
Union Coop renews ISO certification

Dubai-based grocery retailer Union Coop has successfully obtained the ISO 22301, an 

Continue Reading

January 12, 2023 | By RetailME Bureau
Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona announces salary increase amid inflation (PC: Mercadona)

Spanish omnichannel supermarket chain Mercadona has announced salary increase amid inflation that 

Continue Reading

January 3, 2023 | By RetailME Bureau
Choithrams partners with Rove Hotels to open 8 new outlets

Grocery retail chain Choithrams will open eight convenience stores across Rove Hotels’ 

Continue Reading

December 30, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Géant to open more than 20 stores in the UAE in 2023

Part of regional retail conglomerate GMG, Géant plans to open more than 

Continue Reading

December 23, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
FMCG online sales growing by 68% in UAE and 58% in KSA

Online share in FMCG sales has been growing all over the world, 

Continue Reading

December 19, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Majid Al Futtaim Retail, Standard Chartered launch region’s first Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Programme

Majid Al Futtaim Retail, operator of the Carrefour franchise in the Middle 

Continue Reading

December 15, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
GMG and Silal partner to support 1,100 UAE farms access local retail market

UAE-based diversified conglomerate GMG and Silal have signed a memorandum of understanding 

Continue Reading

December 12, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Lulu Group partners with Amazon expanding grocery offerings to online customers in the UAE

Abu Dhabi based grocery retail chain Lulu Group has partnered with Amazon 

Continue Reading

November 24, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau




f
Download Images RetailME Magazine