With job and salary cuts happening all over, it is no surprise that UAE residents have modified their spending habits. From turning barbers to being the in-house wannabe masterchef, 2020 has made us change our ways in a big way. Intentionally or unintentionally, we’ve all adapted to the new normal in our own style. 


Gained weight this Quarantine, here’s why… 

According to a recent report  by data analytics firm Nielsen, ever since the lockdown was put in action, there’s been a 26% increase in food deliveries in the UAE. We’re going to conveniently blame the delish deals at Zomato, Talabat, Careem, Uber Eats, Deliveroo, EatEasy, Clean Eat Me, Lunch On and Eat Clean ME for this stat (...and the quarantine weight).


My money is on my face

Moving on, do you remember the last time you went for a skin-spa-pamper-sesh? 

Yeah, we neither; which explains why there’s been a 50% rise in the purchase of skin care products since the pandemic. We are all budding Huda Kattans now...in our minds at least.


In fact to add to the above, there’s also been a 64% surge in UAE residents buying personal care products. Makes sense as we’ve never spent this much time with ourselves EVAAAR, so might want to take extra care of that incredible being you’ve been this year. 
(...incredibly irritated, lazy, moody, nasty...yeh...acting stupid...sorry sorry, just like Corona, this song is still around too).


And the winner of Highest Online Purchases is….

Also, whether it was joining the fad by making Dalgona for the gram or consciously staying away from dining out, our habits in 2020 are a whole different from what they were in 2019, which explains the next stat. 


The biggest increase in the spending attitudes of UAE residents has been towards groceries. Now while we’ve always been fans of online shopping but this year has seen a never-before like jump of 69% solely for online grocery shopping. Agreed, why risk it to go buy it when you can click it to pick it. Oooh we should copyright that one! 


While the spending sensibilities have changed one thing that remains constant is the preventive measures that the UAE government have put in place for our safety. So before we let you get back to the constructive world of Instagram, here’s a gentle reminder to continue staying safe. We are in it together.