As if yacht-owners don’t have a cushy enough life already, now they don’t even have to leave their boats to buy groceries. Carrefour, one of the largest supermarket groups in the world, has just launched a floating store off the coast of Dubai. “Bites and More by the Shore,” tailored to yachters and jet skiers, carries over 300 items including food, pharmaceuticals, beauty products, and drinks. Mainly, it will benefit boat and jet ski owners off Dubai’s Kite Beach, Jumeirah Public Beach, and Al Sufouh Beach.
According to the press release, “Jet skiers and passengers in small sailing crafts can sail up to the Aqua Pod and order at the window counter, pay and receive their packed items.” You can even call ahead by dialing a special number or by using an app, and a skiff will deliver the order to your large boat within 45 minutes.
A floating food and drink service naturally raises concerns about pollution, but “Bites and More by the Shore” is completely sustainable. The store itself is powered by rechargeable batteries and will only provide customers with biodegradable paper straws and bags. It is also designed to vacuum any nearby floating debris into its holding tank to be safely disposed of upon returning to shore.
Weather permitting, the floating supermarket is open six days a week from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.