I wonder why Carrefour spread to all the non-American world, but ASDA (UK equivalent, part owned by walmart) didn't.
I do prefer Carrefour to Geant (the other big french chain), or Marche (which I've only seen in Bahrain).
Carrefour is all over the Gulf, and all over Asia (except Mainland China, and AFAICT there is no hypermarket in Hong Kong). I am curious about Saudi -- they tend to have more American stuff vs. European, and most Saudis I've met speak US-accented English vs. the British-type English of the rest of the arab states.
I think there is a carrefour in Bangkok, but I've never been there. Malaysia, Singapore are all overrun though.
Carrefour definitely has better "non-branded" food than Wal-Mart; I'd be reluctant to eat meat or cheese or any non-major-brand food from Wal-Mart.
Geant is only good for nice cheap tupperware. Carrefour recently has added a TON of awesome non-branded food! #1 brand peace!
Forgot to mention, the "#1 Brand" mozzarella balls in water are so damn good they make me weep with joy. Seriously, and they're AED 6.50 for 250 grams!
2006-07-04 10:49 am (UTC)
Carrefour is all over the Gulf
Majid Al Futtaim, a billionaire Emirati businessman, has the rights to put them all over the MENA area, I believe. Given that he also owns the very successful City Centre malls, he often has the perfect real estate for them as well. Which suits me just fine, it's a great place to shop, except for what are often overly long queues. There is only one Geant in Dubai, and I've not looked around it much.
2006-07-04 01:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Carrefour is all over the Gulf
I do really like the Ibn Battuta mall, though, since it's on DIC-net (Du, etc.), and thus unfiltered/fast, even at the free Internet cafe.
Ummm...not that you asked (or likely care!), but I've eaten meat from Wal Mart many times over and lived to tell the tale. Of course, I live in South Carolina and many other things here are scarier than that! haha It's Food Lion that scares me with their meat department. Can't recall what I ever bought in Carrefour like that though. Been too long since I lived in Dubai I'm afraid.
there is at least one carrefour in bangkok - it was right near my hotel and had an excellent food court :) none in india though.
Like with seemingly every picture I see of dubai, the emptiness is unsettling
2006-07-04 03:04 pm (UTC)
A market in the Naif district
I stood there for a while waiting for people to get out of the shot! In the Burger King photo in another entry, I had to wait for people to turn their backs to me.
*sigh* I miss Carrefour. Ok, not really, but I miss Dubai. Ah well. Such is life. I actually ened up buying more stuff at Safest Way or Spinney's in the end than at Carrefour. Too many people in the latter and Spinney's was within walking distance for me.
Luckily for me, Don knows which stores have the best avocados, which have the best vinegar selection, where to get the best price on cheese, etc. So we always have these fantastic ingredients around. I'll shop anywhere, but Carrefour is within walking distance for us. =)
Is there more than one Carrefour now or is the only one still in City Centre? It was always just jam packed with people and I hated that. I ended up going to this co-op near Zayed University (which, I understand, has moved now) or the Spinneys that they built right behind Centrepoint.
The pictures and the other comments are very educational. Once again, it sounds like the ordinary has been swept away in Dubai and all things must be wonderful or terrible.
Haha! I guess it seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? I think life here is pretty normal, but it might be just my own perspective. I had to defend the existance of the middle class the other day when somebody said there was no such thing. I was like, "Look at me! Where am I? I'm in the middle! In the middle and proud of it!" Hehe =)