Overseas operation

In October 2008, Waitrose opened its first overseas store in Dubai (located in the Burj Dubai Mall), offering local residents a range of Waitrose branded goods along with locally-sourced products.

Two more stores in Dubai have opened since – one next to the Dubai Marina and one in a suburb of the city.

Under its licensing agreement with Spinneys, the company which runs 40 supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates and neighbouring Oman , a further 20 Spinneys stores will be converted into the Waitrose format by 2010. Spinneys has been selling Waitrose own-label products in the UAE, particularly Dubai and Abu Dhabi , and Oman since 2004.