John Kersten

The IKEA brand was founded over 73 years ago. Having operated for nearly 48 years across the globe, IKEA UAE then opened its doors in Karama, Dubai in 1991. When first introduced, IKEA was quite of a novelty – what was this new, bizarre concept of flat packed furniture that I could transport in my own car and assembly at home all by myself?

IKEA is built on the vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people. By offering a wide range of smart and functional home furnishing solutions at affordable prices for the many; the successful launch of the brand in the market was no surprise.

With the Al-Futtaim group at the helm, our similar core values and people-focused ideals make us a strong contributor within UAE’s home furnishing landscape. Through a global direction and local approach; alongside a strong, dedicated team of coworkers, we have been able to grow and develop the IKEA brand over the last 25 years – keeping up with the rapid development of the country.

Over the last 25 years, the biggest and most valuable contributor to the success of IKEA in the region has been the people – whose homes we’ve been welcomed into, to share our home furnishing knowledge. The residents of the UAE inspire us to continuously strive for better ways of doing things.

On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, we would like to thank our valued customers and coworkers for their enduring love and trust of the IKEA brand.

My personal wish is that IKEA Al-Futtaim continues to deliver happiness at an affordable price to the many people, day in and day out.

It has been a wonderful journey thus far and we look forward to many more years. In the words of our founder, Ingvar Kamprad, “Most things still remain to be done. A glorious future!”

Thank you and congratulations!

John Kersten
Managing Director – IKEA UAE, Qatar, Egypt and Oman