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February 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi witnessed the inauguration of one of the highest-structure retail distribution centre in the Emirate, at KEZAD area. This latest development and logistical project falls under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society (ADCOOPS). This pioneer project was developed by Makani Real Estate LLC, the real estate arm of ADCOOPS. KEZAD group is UAE’s largest operator for fully integrated economic zones, business services and industrial real estate solutions. Committed to creating competitive business ecosystems that encourage sustainable growth, through open, agile, and integrated environments, the opening of the distribution centre is just an example of ADCOOPS’ commitment towards supporting communities within the region.

Significantly tall and standing at an impressive height of 27 meters, the warehouse is equipped with a phenomenal capacity of accommodating approximately 35,000 palettes. Designed and built in line with international retail standards, this distribution centre is the bridge between partners to enhance delivery systems within and around the region. Equipped with a wide range of multi type rack systems, from VNA to mobile and selective racking system, this warehouse has six main chiller and freezer areas with the capability of housing products with an immense volume of 75,000 cubic meters. The facility will provide adequate storage methods of raw materials or manufactured goods for distribution and will enhance ADCOOPS logistics to its diverse network of hypermarkets and supermarkets. Commenting on the opening, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of ADCOOPS, HE Saeed Eid Saeed Al Ghafli said,” we extend our sincere gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – President of the UAE, for his unlimited support towards public and private sectors, where today’s progress and prosperity in all fields is a result of our leadership’s support and guidance towards building and enriching this country that is dear to all of our hearts, so that we can continue the path of success. The emirate of Abu Dhabi is a leading destination for establishing and conducting business and is witnessing steady growth towards becoming one of the most prominent centres for economic, commercial and corporate activities. Providing adequate infrastructures along with amenities for communities and local people is of utmost priority. Thus, the establishment of a distribution centre of this magnitude constitutes a driving force to support the path of success and a milestone in the history and future of Makani Real Estate LLC and Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society. This support will motivate us to continue strengthening the initiatives we are undertaking to serve communities in the country.””

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society buys flagship Al Ain Mall

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society buys Zahker Makani Mall to expand reach into the Al Ain market

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has boosted its investments in the development of shopping centres with the recent purchase of Zakher Mall in Al Ain in March 2022.

The mall will rebrand as Zakher Makani Mall; Makani meaning ‘my place’ is owned and managed by ADCCOPS and is synonymous with creating spaces that provide neighborhoods with a friendly place to meet, eat, and play.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society leadership has approved an investment to renovate the Zakher Makani Mall over the next two years. The investment plan will support the strategy to create unique spaces to attract and build loyalty with existing and new tenants and shoppers alike.

Zakher Makani Mall is spanning over 19,730 square meters of gross leasable area and offers customers over 860 dedicated free car parking spaces, and it is home to 92 stores, featuring international and local brands of fashion, shoes, accessories, perfumes, and other essentials for all family members, and also includes SPAR Hypermarket which extends over an area of 5,000 square meters and opens 24 hours a day. Zakher Makani Mall offers a diverse range of dining options, whether it’s a lunch meeting, friends gathering, or just a coffee break, through the highly-rated restaurants and cafés in the mall and the food court, and features many fun activities such as cinema and kids’ entertainment areas that makes Zakher Makani Mall a perfect family-friendly lifestyle and entertainment destination.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has acquired Zakher Makani Mall after its successful management of the mall since 2017. The acquisition comes as a new successful milestone of Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society’s continuous efforts as a leading retail company, shopping mall, and leisure pioneer. Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society plans property improvements to the mall including the freshening areas most in need facilities and shops. This plan will create a comprehensive vision plan to enhance the feel of the mall over time that will drive sales and footfall, and provide the customers with an exceptional shopping experience.

H.E. Saeed Eid Al Ghafli, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society said “Our long and successful experience in retail and shopping centers management at The Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society gives us the advantage of acknowledging customers’ demands and meeting their ever-changing expectations.

Certainly, the acquisition and development of Zakher Makani Mall will be a new success story to be added to the achievements of Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society, which we are pleased to share with our tenants and customers, who we always aspire to make their shopping experience an exceptional journey”.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society launches a campaign to employ 500 Emiratis

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society announced the launch of its campaign to employ more than 500 UAE citizens over the next five years. The announcement was made during Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society’s participation in the National Service Career Fair from 28th to 30th of March at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. 

Currently, 26% of the senior administrative positions in Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society are held by Emiratis. The vision is to recruit more than 500 Emiratis in the upcoming five years across all aspects of the business, which includes retail, real estate and administration; and to ensure their integration by matching the roles to the capabilities.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society invests AED 25 million to “Your Ramadan is special with us” campaign

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society announced the launch of “Your Ramadan is special with us”, offering shoppers discounts up to 75% on Ramadan essentials and several charitable initiatives to support people in need throughout the Holy Month.

Working with the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society allocated AED 2 million to support the humanitarian initiatives in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, benefiting more than a million families this Ramadan. Initiatives include Ramadan tents in 30 locations around Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra, with estimated beneficiaries of 199,000 people.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has invested more than AED 25 million in promotions, with weekly discounts and super deals on everyday products and Ramadan favourites available in all stores (COOP, SPAR, and Megamart). The price promotions will continue for the full month with additional offers added for Eid Al Fitr.

For customers wishing to donate essentials to those less fortunate, Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has designed beautiful Ramadan gift boxes, which contain a wide selection of daily essentials at greatly discounted prices. The gift boxes can be picked in-store or ordered online at MyCOOP. The Ramadan git boxes are available in two sizes AED 99 and AED 149. Special orders and further corporate discounts are also available for bulk orders.

Mohamed AlKhaja, the Head of Merchandise and Marketing said “Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society always offers great saving deals throughout the year to the customers, and during the holy month of Ramadan we expand these offers to include a wider variety of fresh food and daily essentials which will have a positive impact on consumers and the markets during the holy month” and added, “We are a driving force at Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society. It is our duty to support the community by supporting the humanitarian campaigns in UAE and reducing the retail prices”.

With over 40 years in the food retail business in the UAE Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society understands our customers and the importance of Ramadan, and wishes to make Ramadan special for each and every one of our customers.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS)

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society was established in 1980 and recognized as the pioneer of UAE’s retail industry since its foundation. 

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has diversified its portfolio, operating over forty retail stores under the brands COOP, SPAR, MEGAMART, and seven shopping malls under the renowned Makani brand, across the UAE.

The comprehensive network of retail stores include hypermarkets, supermarkets, and express stores, offering convenient locations and layouts, and flexible opening hours to best serve the needs of the local community.  

With a total retail area of 155,596 square meters, Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society employs over 2,000 people from almost 50 nationalities to serve the 50,000 customers who visit the stores daily.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has developed a number of private-label brands to deliver great quality and value, including Sondos, Fresca, Jet, and Bristol. The brands match international standards for food safety and hygiene and the portfolio expands and adapts to the ever-changing customer demand. 

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society also sources branded products from international retailers including SPAR, to maximize range and choice for customers.

The vision of becoming the most preferred retailer in the region has never changed. The company believes in providing a great shopping experience and customer service, by preserving values of Integrity, Passion, Innovation, Agility, and Togetherness. 

SPAR Express store opens in Al Jeel Tower, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society announces the opening of the new SPAR Express store, located at AL Jeel Tower in Reem Island, Abu Dhabi. 

The new store which is the twenty-first Spar to open in the UAE has a floor space of 160 sq metres and is estimated to bring in a footfall of 7,000 customers daily. 

The new express format will offer over 3,000 products ranging from healthy local fresh fruit and vegetables to delicious treats, quick bites to day-to-day essentials. To meet the needs of the neighbourhood, the store will offer high-quality products at affordable prices, and will also provide a home delivery service. Residents can also enjoy freshly brewed coffee from the in-store Insomnia café corner. 

SPAR Express is open from 8 am to midnight daily, providing a community hub for the 50,000 residents in the catchment area.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has a diversified portfolio, operating over forty retail stores in the UAE, including SPAR hyper, super and express stores. The first SPAR Express was opened in 2013.

Speaking at the opening Mohamed AlKhaja, the Head of Merchandise and Marketing said ‘We are delighted to bring our SPAR brand to Al Reem Island – a brand known for quality and convenience. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional shopper experience and exceeding customer expectations every day. The team is looking forward to serving our discerning customers of Al Reem Island.”

About Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society’s, SPAR stores

SPAR is an international group of independently owned and operated retailers and wholesalers who work together in partnership under the SPAR Brand to provide a high-quality, value-for-money shopping experience for the communities we serve.

Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society has collaborated with SPAR International to own and manage the trademark license agreement to operate SPAR stores in the UAE. The first SPAR supermarket was opened by Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society in the UAE in 2012. SPAR has seen steady growth in the UAE with Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society, who now manage over twenty SPAR branded stores including hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience formats.

The business started with one Dutch store in 1932 and now comprises more than 13,500 stores in over 48 countries on four continents. The development of SPAR has been underpinned by a set of values that have guided the organization since its establishment 90 years ago. At the heart of these core values is the commitment of SPAR independent entrepreneurs to collaborate in all areas of wholesale and retail to ensure we serve our local communities with passion while being authentic in all we do.

COOP City store opens in Deena Tower, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society announces launch of 24hour COOP City store

11th November 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society announces the opening of the new COOP City store, located at Deena Tower in Abu Dhabi. The Deena Tower store is a 24-hour site with a floor space of about 107 sqm and estimated to bring in a footfall of 6,300 customers daily. With a broad range of product selections and competitive pricing, it aims at catering to the everyday essentials of residents in the area.

Positioned amongst the big names in the industry, Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society has seen a steady growth in the United Arab Emirates over the last few years, adding more stores to its roster. Consumers today are savvy, health conscious and growing more mindful of their choices. These, brand-new strategic locations are a great way to showcase the consistently good quality of everyday essentials conveniently available at the COOP City stores.

The COOP City stores are sleekly designed modern supermarkets, catering to the diverse needs of its customers, who range from Emiratis to the various other Nationalities that reside throughout the United Arab Emirates.

Spokesperson and Chief Operating Officer of ADCOOP, Bejoy Thomas Pulickel “We are happy to add yet another branch, it gives us an opportunity to reach out to more customers in new areas and to bring them our carefully selected wide range of local fresh produce. As always, we are committed to understanding our customers and delivering their expectations of everyday essentials in a simple, convenient and accessible manner.”

About Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society’s COOP City stores

COOP City stores is the convenience store format of Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society.

A pioneer in this industry, ADCOOPS has forged the way ahead in forming retail chains of hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores in the United Arab Emirates. It has since its inception, seen year to year on steady growth, successfully operating retail brands and products in more than 45 supermarkets and 5 shopping malls across the country.

COOP City stores are planned to be strategically located in urban residential areas with a medium to high density population. Aiming to attract the residents as the store to go to for their everyday essentials.

Our COOP City stores is a young and dynamic expression of our brand. The stores are fully equipped for today’s neighbourhood and on the go shopper habits delivered around an aura of convenience and value.

Our COOP City stores differentiate itself with serviced fresh offerings, stationery and other day-to-day essentials much align to the changed shopper behavior of today.

Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society announces 200 winners in celebration of the Year of the 50th

Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society announced the results of the electronic raffle draws that were held in Bain Al Jesrain, Al Mina Center, Spar Al Shamkha Makani Mall, and Spar Zakher Makani Mall for the “Shop and Win” campaign that was launched in celebration of the UAE golden jubilee. 

The draw was conducted electronically in the presence of representatives from the Department of Economic Development, where 196 winners of various prizes were announced, including vouchers, electronic devices and smart phones along with 4 Nissan Patrol cars winners. Congratulations to the grand prize winners  Mr. Mohammed Al Shamsi (Emirati), Ms. Fatima Al Jahouri ( Emirati) , Mrs. Noura Ali  (Emirati) and Mr. Adel Abdullah ( Yemeni).

The “Shop and Win” campaign was launched on November 10 in all branches of Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society and Spar in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the weekly promotions on the occasion of the 50th year under the name “50 Days of Deals” by offering discounts of up to more than 50% on consumer goods, fresh food, home appliances, apparel and electronics.

Abdul Majeed Al Khouri, CEO of ADCOOPS, stated that this is the first time ADCOOPS conducts electronic raffle draws, in line with all precautionary measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19, he also added that the total value of the prizes 1.5 million dirhams. The total number of participants in the electronic raffle draws was about 35,000 customers. Al-Khouri stated that there are many valuable initiatives and grand prizes in 2022, while continuing to offer weekly promotions to meet the needs of all consumers on all products at competitive prices.

About Abu Dhabi Cooperative Shop and win campaign 

ADCOOPS 50 days of deals campaign included many offers and winning opportunities with major and various prizes, including vouchers, electronic devices, smartphones and many more. The campaign had 50 winners on each day of the draw to reach 200 winners.

The grand prize for the “Shop & Win” campaign, launched on November 7th at ADCOOPS and SPAR branches in Abu Dhabi, was 4 Nissan Patrol cars

A pioneer in this industry, ADCOOPS has forged the way ahead in forming retail chains of hypermarkets, supermarkets, and convenience stores in the United Arab Emirates. It has since its inception, seen year to year on steady growth, successfully operating retail brands and products in more than 45 supermarkets and 5 shopping malls across the country.

ADCOOPS exceeds Emiratization targets year-on-year

Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society aims to hire over 500 Emirati in the next five years

ADCOOPS aim to increase the number of Emirati employees in the company and to enhance their efficiency, flexibility and productivity in the retails industry compared to the international standards in terms of retail practices. The decision followed the UAE government’s new target to increase the percentage of UAE national employees to 10% within the next five years. 

The Emiratization is closely associated with two important principles on which the ‘Projects of the 50’ are based. The second and the fourth principle; of believing that building a dynamic economy is a national responsibility. The UAE government continues to draw from the wisdom of its Founder, the late Sheikh Zayed, and his legacy continues to ignite change within the country with the approach of the 50th national day. 

ADCOOPS has set out the following targets to help with the company’s Emiratization growth as the organisation sets its sights on exceeding the governments employment targets:

  • Become a strategic partner and a retail leader to employ UAE national job seekers 
  • Encourage Emiratis to join the retail industry 
  • Train young Emiratis to work in the stores and malls
  • Provide and exceptional customer service to their customers reflecting the UAE culture 

As an Emirates born business, His Excellency Saeed Eid Al Ghalfi, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of ADCOOPS comments, “We believe it is important to continuously diversify and expand our workforce, and specifically by employing Emiratis into the business who can carry through the legacy of what ADCOOPs stands for to future generations.

“At ADCOOPS we hold a sense of responsibility to support, upskill and implement the government’s Nafis programme into the business. We look forward to showcasing the talent of UAE nationals across the country as we thank the government for introducing such a scheme that can recognise the Emirates as a nation of growth and development through UAE national talents.”

Over the past years, ADCOOPS has been keen to increase the percentage of Emiratisation among its staff to reach more than 26% in senior management positions.

Moving Forward ADCOOPS have set several targets to help the company exceed under the Emiratization Nafis programme. These include hiring 500 UAE nationals in the next five years, aiming to have 20% of its total workforce as Emiratis, and to deploy UAE Nationals across all retail stores, shopping malls and administration.

As part of ADCOOPS Emiratization scheme they are looking to hire new Emarati graduates form universities and institutes in the country based on their skill and speciality and who can fit the work requirements.

ADCOOPS praises the vision and legacy that HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, and the late Sheikh Zayed have set for the UAE and have encouraged through the introduction of the UAE’s Emiratization scheme. Complementing this approach, ADCOOPS will be shed light on developing the skills of UAE nationals in the retail sector.

About Abu Dhabi Co-Operative Society

Recognised as the pioneer of UAE’s retail industry since its inception, ADCOOPS, successfully operates retain brands with over 45 hypermarket, supermarket and convenience stores, as well as 5 shopping malls across the UAE. 

New COOP City Store – Lake View, Abu Dhabi

New COOP City store now open

Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society’s latest COOP City store open in Lake View

11th October, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society’s COOP City store is now open in Lake view, Abu Dhabi. The launch of the 200sqm in a convenience store format, COOP City store showcases Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society’s commitment to providing everyday essentials, as required by the local community and residents of the area. Offering them local and fresh produce with a broad range of products at competitive prices.     

The strategic location of the Lake view COOP City store makes it easily accessible and convenient for residents in the neighbourhood to go to for their daily household requirements. “We look forward to serving their everyday essentials in an ever-evolving environment. Customers’ needs are accordingly constantly changing, especially leaning towards healthier home-grown products. Our carefully selected unique product offerings reflect these desires and requirements.”  says Bejoy Thomas Pulickel, Chief Operating Officer of Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society.

Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society is ranked amongst the leading named retailers in the industry. They continue to expand adding stores to their roster, showcasing their impressive range of local home-grown, regional and international retail products while catering to all demographic categories from local Emiratis to the diverse ethnicity of the residents living across the United Arab Emirates.  

Shoppers are delighted with the range of products and the 24 hours availability of a neighbourhood store with familiar and well-known brands. The regular discounts and promotions run in the store are an added incentive to value conscious buyers.

About Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society’s COOP City stores 

COOP City stores is the convenience store format of Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society. 

A pioneer in this industry, ADCOOPS has forged the way ahead in forming retail chains of hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores in the United Arab Emirates. It has since its inception, seen year to year on steady growth, successfully operating retail brands and products in more than 45 supermarkets and 5 shopping malls across the country.

COOP City stores are planned to be strategically located in urban residential areas with a medium to high density population.  Aiming to attract the residents as the store to go to for their everyday essentials. 


SPAR, the global supermarket chain present in 47countries, has celebrated the opening of their 27th SPAR store in the UAE in Ras Al Khaimah. Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society, the region’s leading supermarket chain own and operate SPAR UAE through a SPAR brand licensing agreement from SPAR International in the Netherlands. The 8,000sqm hypermarket was unveiled for trade by prominent RAK personality, Sheik Ahmed Aissa Al Naeem, Bejoy Thomas Pulickel COO of Abu Dhabi Coop and David Moore, International Retail Development Director of SPAR International. The 8,000sqm hypermarket is located in the prestigious Al Naeem Mall in the center of the city and boasts a full and modern hypermarket offering of over 55,000 products. The offer to the customer includes men’s, ladies and children’s apparel, electronics, textiles and general merchandise for the home and the broadest range of health and beauty products and cosmetics. The food range is tailored for both the Emiratis, expats and tourists with over 60% of all products on promotion in this value orientated market. The world class fresh offering includes, roastery, dates, fresh fish, Arabic bakery, imported and local fresh meats, food to go, delicatessen, Arabic snacks and sweets and healthy products. “This was a challenge to have this 8,000sqm hypermarket fitted out and trading within 18 days and this is a sheer testimony of committed team work in beating all odds. We wanted the store to be trading well ahead of the holy month of Ramadan so we bring an offering that was completely new to the emirate just before the Ramadan,” said Bejoy Thomas Pulickel, COO of Abu Dhabi Coop and SPAR UAE.