Visits to giant malls, whether or not for precise purchasing, window-shoppng or for recreation, comprise a big facet of GCC residents’ day by day life.
And one can definitely get misplaced in The Dubai Mall or its likes. This has prompted Jaideep Dhanoa and his staff to develop MallMate, a brand new cellular app that helps one whereas wandering round any of the area’s huge purchasing malls.
The app, out there on iOS and Android, was first launched within the UAE in mid-November 2015. It helps customers navigate via malls, directs them to their beforehand chosen favoured shops and locates desired shops on an interactive map.
“The typical consumer has added over 30 manufacturers to [his or her] style profile, permitting MallMate to offer a extremely personalised expertise,” Jaideep Dhanoa, CEO at MAllMate, tells GulfRetail.
“Moreover, as a result of we all know what our customers like we’re capable of hold them knowledgeable each time there’s a sale at any of their favorite shops,” he added.
In its brief lifespan, MallMate has already expanded outdoors the UAE. Right now, the app is on the market in “Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bengaluru and New Delhi – with extra coming quickly.”
Builders look to make the app “stay in 25 cities by the top of the yr,” Dhanoa says, noting that he and his workforce of 5 have been “iterating on this idea [MallMate] for 3 years! There’s nonetheless so much to be completed.”
Whereas refraining from sharing the precise variety of downloads, Jaideep stated “MallMate has been a prime ten buying app within the iOS UAE App Retailer for the previous two months, so we’ve been [gaining] excellent traction out there.”
A rising development
A Knight Frank report, revealed final November, ranked the UAE because the primary buying vacation spot within the area, attracting consumers and retailers from around the globe.
“Although retail provide per capita within the UAE is likely one of the highest on the planet, the market continues to be performing nicely and has numerous potential over the subsequent decade,” Matthew Dadd, head of Retail at Knight Frank UAE, had stated in a press release.
“Progress within the non-oil financial system, notably the tourism sector, the rise of inhabitants and revenue and the upcoming worldwide occasions (i.e. Expo 2020) are all pointing to a constructive outlook for the retail sector within the UAE,” Dadd added.
This uptake on retail may be seen from the elevated retail area being constructed round the primary buying hubs like Dubai, and different cities across the UAE and the general GCC.
Earlier this yr, Dubai hosted a brand new version of its fashionable Dubai Buying Pageant, a month-lengthy metropolis-broad celebration of buying and different related actions round Dubai.
Round that related time, MallMate app launched some stats derived from its customers. Here’s what the info revealed:
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