Abu Dhabi price comparison guide

In search of the best-value supermarkets in Abu Dhabi Comments

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If you don’t shop around for the best deals on everyday items, then chances are you’ll pay over the odds. Fortunately, we’ve done the leg work for you, so can reap the benefits.

Dhs3 on a packet of crisps here, Dhs2 on a chocolate bar there... Buying everyday groceries soon adds up, so if you’re watching your dirhams then you need to get savvy and shop around for the best bargains. That goes for day to day services such as a hair cuts, dentists and cleaners, too – as well as occasional treats such as cinema tickets.

Comparing prices is time consuming, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you – and our research revealed some surprising results...

Think Waitrose, with its fancy foreign goods, is more expensive than, say, LuLu’s Hypermarket, which sells nuts still in the sacks they were distributed in? Then think again – as our research found LuLu’s Hypermarket was more expensive for basic goods such as tea, cornflakes and pasta. We saved Dhs8 shopping in Carrefour than in LuLu’s Hypermarket. That might not sound much, but if you buy 100 items each week, you’ll soon notice a difference. Here are the results:

Where we shopped

Testing the big five
We did a typical weekly shop at five major supermarkets between 3.30-8.30pm on September 16. Our rules? We bought identical brands and products of the same size, and shopped at supermarkets of similar sizes. As prices in supermarkets can change daily, we took photos of the price tag on display and kept our receipts, which we’ve published, so the prices can be verified. We shopped at:

Spinney’s
Open 24 hours. Khalidiyah, off Corniche, www.spinneys-dubai.com (02 681 2897).

Waitrose
Open daily 7am-11pm. Sun & Sky Towers, Reem Island (02 674 0210).

Abu Dhabi Co-Op
Open daily 8am-midnight. Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah, www.abudhabicoop.com (02 645 9777).

Carrefour
Open Sat-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri 9am-1am. Marina Mall, Breakwater, www.carrefouruae.com (800 7 3232).

LuLu’s Hypermarket
Open daily 8am-midnight. Al Wahda Mall, www.luluhypermarket.com (02 433 7500).

Lulu
Semi skimmed Al Ain milk 1l Dhs5.5
Activia yoghurts x4 pack Dhs6
PG Tips, 125g 40 teabags Dhs15.5
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 375g Dhs10.95
Barilla wholemeal penne pasta 500g Dhs9.5
John West tinned tuna in springwater Dhs8
Green Giant frozen mixed vegetables 450g Dhs9.9
Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great regular Flavour, 125ml Dhs5.75
Fairy washing up liquid, 500ml Dhs6.75
Herbal Essence shampoo 400ml Dhs13.75
Total: Dhs91.6

Co-Op
Semi skimmed Al Ain milk 1l Dhs5.5
Activia yoghurts x4 pack Dhs6
PG Tips, 125g 40 teabags Dhs11.75
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 375g Dhs10.95
Barilla wholemeal penne pasta 500g Dhs8.95
John West tinned tuna in springwater Dhs8.75
Green Giant frozen mixed vegetables 450g Dhs7.3
Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great regular Flavour, 125ml Dhs6.5
Fairy washing up liquid, 500ml Dhs6.75
Herbal Essence shampoo 400ml Dhs13.5
Total: Dhs85.95

Carrefour
Semi skimmed Al Ain milk 1l Dhs5.5
Activia yoghurts x4 pack Dhs5.8
PG Tips, 125g 40 teabags Dhs12.75
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 375g Dhs10.6
Barilla wholemeal penne pasta 500g Dhs10.6
John West tinned tuna in springwater Dhs6
Green Giant frozen mixed vegetables 450g Dhs8
Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great regular Flavour, 125ml Dhs5
Fairy washing up liquid, 500ml Dhs6.75
Herbal Essence shampoo 400ml Dhs13
Total: Dhs83.9

Spinneys
Semi skimmed Al Ain milk 1l Dhs5.5
Activia yoghurts x4 pack Dhs7
PG Tips, 125g 40 teabags Dhs12.75
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 375g Dhs11.5
Barilla wholemeal penne pasta 500g Dhs9.5
John West tinned tuna in springwater Dhs10.25
Green Giant frozen mixed vegetables 450g Dhs10
Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great regular Flavour, 125ml Dhs6.75
Fairy washing up liquid, 500ml Dhs7.75
Herbal Essence shampoo 400ml Dhs14.5
Total: Dhs95.5

Waitrose
Semi skimmed Al Ain milk 1l Dhs5.5
Activia yoghurts x4 pack Dhs8
PG Tips, 125g 40 teabags Dhs12.75
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 375g Dhs11.5
Barilla wholemeal penne pasta 500g Dhs10.5
John West tinned tuna in springwater Dhs9
Green Giant frozen mixed vegetables 450g Dhs10.25
Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great regular Flavour, 125ml Dhs7
Fairy washing up liquid, 500ml Dhs8
Herbal Essence shampoo 400ml Dhs14.75
Total: Dhs97.25

By Sarah Riches
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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