UAE Pet Food Market to Reach US$ 79 Million by 2024 – IMARC Group

“UAE Pet Food Market Catalyzed by Growing Acceptance of Pets – IMARC Group”
The UAE pet food market has witnessed sustained growth over the past few years. The growing demand for pet food can be attributed to the development of high-quality products by the manufacturers along with the rising awareness regarding pet nutrition among owners.

IMARC Group’s latest report, titled “UAE Pet Food Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2019-2024”, finds that the UAE pet food market reached a value of US$ 55 Million in 2018. In the UAE, the pet humanization trend is becoming popular and has led owners to consider their pets as members of the family. This evolution of the relationship between pets and their owners has led to an increase in the awareness about the pet’s health and nutrition. As a result, there has been a rise in the demand for pet food which meets the nutritional requirements of these pets. Moreover, with expanding online retailing services and the growing number of pet shops, the sales of pet food have increased in recent years.

Market Trends:

In line with the growing concerns of owners regarding the health of their pets, the manufacturers have started producing pet food that is healthy, palatable and meets the nutritional requirements of different breeds. They are also developing pet food which aids in reducing or controlling weight and avoiding obesity. Additionally, several restaurants, parks and hotels in the UAE, particularly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have now allowed the entry of pets and even started offering special menus and services for them. The growing acceptance of pets in the UAE is expected to bolster the sales of pet food in the upcoming years. By 2024, the market is projected to reach a value of US$ 79 Million, expanding at a CAGR of 6% during 2019-2024.

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UAE Pet Food Market Segmentation:

Market Breakup by Pet Food Type

1. Dog Food
2. Cat Food
3. Others

Based on pet food types, cat food is the leading type of pet food in the UAE, owing to the preference for cats in the region. Cat food is followed by dog food and others.

Market Breakup by Product Type

1. Dry Food
2. Wet and Canned Food
3. Snacks and Treats Food


On the basis of product types, the market has been segregated into dry food, wet and canned food, and snacks and treats. Amongst these, dry food dominates the market, holding the largest share.

Market Breakup by Ingredient Type

1. Animal Derivatives
2. Plant Derivatives
3. Cereal Derivatives
4. Others

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The market has further been segmented on the basis of ingredients into animal, plant and cereal derivatives. Currently, animal derivatives represent the most preferred ingredients used in pet food.

Market Breakup by Distribution Channel

1. Supermarket and Hypermarkets
2. Convenience Stores
3. Online stores
4. Others

Based on distribution channels, supermarkets and hypermarkets represent the largest distribution channel, accounting for the majority of the overall market share. Other major channels of distributing pet food include convenience and online stores.

Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape of the UAE pet food industry has also been examined along with the detailed profiles of the leading players operating in the market.

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