UAE Power Retailers Roundup

By on August 18, 2011
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Store Layout

The first thing I noticed about the Dubai Mall branch of Sharaf DG is that everything was sort of in-my-face. Even from the outside of the store I could see laptops and mobiles up front with tons of other electronics in between closely packed aisles. The TVs and other home goods were in the background, but overall the store felt very congested.

Staff

They had tons of people walking around the store, which ironically added to the overall crowdedness of the store. Pretty much everyone seemed to know where everything was, not a surprise really, and most of the people knew about their category of products pretty well.

Products

Needless to say that Sharaf DG’s reputation is well earned, and they had everything I had on my list in stock.

Ambience

I have been to many Sharaf DG branches; my most frequented one being the Ibn Battuta branch which is much larger than the Dubai Mall branch and also has a very cool, white atmosphere to it. This branch though, as I said above, seemed very cramped with too many products on display to close to each other. This, coupled with all the special offer boards, multiple staff members and other customers gave the atmosphere of a Friday Market. Everything felt rushed, and as a buying customer I don’t think I would have found a place to just relax and make an informed and peaceful decision.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

Comments
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775270132 Mohannad Alchalabi

    Isn’t the DCC branch of SharafDG larger than its Dubai Mall branch? I noticed this about 2 years back when looking for cooking appliances, the Dubai Mall branch either did not have them or had a very small section with limited items. Having said that, why not opt for the Times Square branch?

  • Kris

    other than DCC most of the Sharaf-DG staff either inexperienced or not willing to explain.Bitter experience from newly opened Abudhabi Mall outlet.The store doesn’t have stock of new gadgets and the offers they promote are on pretty old models. Jackey’s is little bit better in customer dealing experience.To buy any gadget, donn go to carrefour as they are already exhausted with so many quires from visitors

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