Computer sales dip deep

ABU DHABI — Sales of computers and laptops have dipped by 50-60 per cent in the capital since the beginning of the summer vacation in June.

By Our Staff Reporters

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Published: Sat 16 Jul 2005, 10:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:43 PM

According to the traders, the recession will continue till August, when corporate decision-makers and customers will come back after holidays.

Computer sales in the UAE registered a boom in the year 2004 at the value of Dh1.25 billion which is expected to reach Dh1.5 billion this year.

Sales will increase this year due to technological advances in the field and the shopping fiestas and offers at various times of the year.

The traders say that total sale of computers in the local market was estimated at about Dh810 million for 250,000 computer units. Some 160,000 units worth Dh440 million are re-exported. Laptops took the lion’s share in computer sales at the end of 2004 and continued to advance over the office data processors.

A recent research showed that 88 per cent of computer users including 300 users in the UAE have purchased laptops.

In Dubai, a company executive said that the sale of computer during summer is at its greatest because of the large numbers of tourists. He said sales drop during summers as many UAE nationals and expatriates leave the country on vacation.

“However, now we depend on incoming Arab and foreign tourists to bridge the gap,” he said.

But residents seize the summer opportunity and buy computers for their children to learn computer skills during the school recess, he said, adding that computers sold to tourists reach 90 per cent of total number of computers sold during the same period of the year.

Some sales executives said the business shrinks during summers as public and private sectors have got no tenders issued during that period due to the absence of officials.

While computer shop owners said assembled computers are the favourite machines for being low cost, the industry sources believed assembled office computers constitute only 15 per cent of total computer sales and office computers carrying international brands constitute about 25 per cent. They said that laptops sold in second-hand computer shops are popular among buyers and that there were shops which depend in their sales on used laptops or office computers.

Speaking on the latest trend in the Abu Dhabi market, T.R. Shriniwas, a computer trade professional, said that the current quarter reflects the consumer mood towards adapting to the technology available in the market.

He said that at present the sale of laptops is picking up against the traditional desktops.

“Laptops have captured the imagination of mobile people and their need to stay connected to their work. In continuation of this, it has fuelled the need for cost-effective mobile Centrino bases laptops which are loaded with WIFI capabilities, and Internet can be accessed from any hotspot in UAE,” he said.

He said that a laptop can be bought starting from Dh1,500, refurbished with basic features for those who cannot afford down payment for new laptops. And if new one is required, there are lots of varieties available in market, he added.

Asked what a customer must look for while buying a laptop, T.R. Sriniwas said the catchword in buying any laptop is its utility i.e. its hard drive space (minimum 40GB), operating systems (licensed Windows), RAM (preferably 512MB) and good graphics display card. These are the minimum features which make an economically good laptop, he said.

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