The UAE is one of the most expensive countries for beauty, new report says

The new study looked at the most expensive countries to buy the five most iconic beauty products, which includes Chanel No. 5. Instagram/@chanelofficial
The new study looked at the most expensive countries to buy the five most iconic beauty products, which includes Chanel No. 5. Instagram/@chanelofficial
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Updated 12 January 2021

The UAE is one of the most expensive countries for beauty, new report says

The new study looked at the most expensive countries to buy the five most iconic beauty products, which includes Chanel No. 5. Instagram/@chanelofficial

DUBAI: A brand new bottle of Chanel No. 5 Eau De Parfum costs $172 in Canada. But to acquire that same perfume in the United Arab Emirates, you have to fork out over $185, according to new data by beauty price comparison website Cosmetify. MAC Cosmetics’s Retro Matte Lipstick, meanwhile, can be had for $19 in the United States or $26 in the UAE.

The new report by Cosmetify aims to highlight the economic discrepancies when it comes to purchasing beauty products by looking at the most expensive countries to buy the five most iconic beauty products — Chanel No. 5 Eau De Parfum, MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick, Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10, Anastasia Beverley Hills DIPBROW Pomade and the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

According to the research, the UAE is the fourth most expensive country to purchase beauty, while China is the most pricy. Thailand and Taiwan are third and fourth, while Denmark rounds out the list at number five. 

Still, according to a study by Research & Markets, the UAE cosmetics market is forecast to cross $3 billion by 2025.

The reason for this, states the study, is “increasing demand from the youth population, growing adoption of western culture and lifestyle and an increasing number of beauty salons across the country.”

Meanwhile, those who wish to stock up their makeup bag for less can consider traveling  to Canada, the United States, Mexico or Malaysia, which boast the world’s lowest prices when it comes to purchasing cosmetics.


What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo
Updated 16 January 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a history of white male America and a scathing indictment of what it has cost us.
After the election of Donald Trump, and the escalation of white male rage and increased hostility toward immigrants that came with him, New York Times-bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo found herself in conversation with Americans around the country, pondering one central question: How did we get here?
Oluo answers that question by pinpointing white men’s deliberate efforts to subvert women, people of color, and the disenfranchised. Through research and interviews, Oluo investigates the backstory of America’s growth, from immigrant migration to our national ethos around ingenuity, from the shaping of economic policy to the protection of sociopolitical movements that fortify male power. In the end, she shows how white men have long maintained a stranglehold on leadership and sorely undermined the pursuit of happiness for all, according to a review at goodreads.com.