Ice cream and frozen desserts seem the best solution to refresh, chill and beat the heat in Dubai. Recent reports have shown that the consumption of such products has increased every year and will continue to increase in the next few years, due to the growing number of population and tourists that visit the city. Many major world renowned brands in the industry, as well as various smaller local businesses in this sector have found their place on the market and more and more investors are also expected to invest in opening places where these products are sold, in order to target the growing segments of population and cater to their demands.
Considering the fact that about 85% of the population of Dubai are expats coming from many different countries in Asia and Europe, the tastes and preferences when it comes to this type of desserts are very diverse. A wide range of ice cream and frozen desserts can be found on the market, including ice cream scoops in many different flavors that can be served on a cone or in a bowl, as well as ice cream desserts with fruit, nuts or chocolate, which are offered by both famous international companies and small retailers, artisanal ice cream that is manufactured by small local producers, Italian gelato, dairy frozen products, such as milk based ice cream and frozen yoghurt, frozen sorbets and smashed flavored ice, among many other specialties. Apart from specialized retail shops that are very popular in the UAE, ice cream can also be purchased at any of the supermarkets and hypermarkets in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman, the market being separated between impulse and take away options. However, most of the sales in the sector are made by famous specialized retailers, closely followed by supermarkets and hypermarkets, convenience stores, service stations and small independent retailers. Premium ice cream and frozen desserts and organic or bio options have also become popular choices in the last years, especially to specific segments of the population. Some local retailers in Dubai offer camel milk ice cream, providing a traditional alternative to the famous dessert, which seems to be appealing not only to locals, but also to tourists visiting the city and looking to try something new and specific to the region. All in all, no matter what your preferences in terms of these products are, you will more than sure find an option that you like.