Gourmet Retail with Mansoor Al Bastaki

Following the success of Mastihashop, a boutique department store experience selling exotic Greek products and traditional food remedies that include Mastihq/Mastic infused chocolates, sweets, savoury products, cosmetics and skincare, pharmaceuticals, gifts as well as exotic coffee, ice cream, desserts and milkshakes.

We meet with UAE entrepreneur Mansoor Al Bastaki, a dynamic young entrepreneur whose passion is to develop luxury brands that reflects his personal lifestyle and fits in with the discerning tastes of the Middle Eastern clients.

Inspired and intrigued by the powerful healing qualities of Mastiha or Mastic and warm memories of his grandmother using Mastic for ailments, local entrepreneur, Mansoor Al Bastaki has embarked on a journey that has brought Mastihashop and its popular products into the UAE.

Mastiha/Mastic is a natural and rare tree resin, which has proven to have health benefits with its anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Any raw Mastiha found around the world originates in only one place in Greece, in Chios Islands and Mastiha Shop is the sole supplier of the Mastiha raw resins.

Under the creative direction of the parent brand, Mastihashop in the UAE has evolved with Mansoor Al Bastaki, Founder and Director of Mastihashop at the helm. According to him, patrons and discerning UAE residents like to experience exotic food and products they normally find during their travels at their doorstep.

The exotic Mastihashop collection reflects the modernization of traditional food remedies and include Mastihq infused chocolates, sweets, savoury products, cosmetics and skincare, pharmaceuticals, gifts as well as exotic coffee, ice cream, desserts and milkshakes.

Mansoor assimilates his personal taste into his business ventures, particularly in the food or restaurant categories. His experience working in executive managerial positions and coming from a family who own a company established in 1925 and listed amongst the top 100 companies by Dubai Chamber.

This serves him in good stead as he applies his inherited and acquired skills into developing the Mastihashop brand.

Mansoor tells us that Mastihashop is an international franchise based in Athens, Greece. There are 8 outlets in Greece only and in New York, Paris, Jeddah, Mecca, Dubai, Cyprus, Istanbul and Taef.

Mansoor’s talents are mainly in marketing the UAE as a hub for international brands like Mastihashop as in his previous career, he played an integral role in encouraging companies like MAN, Michelin, Air France, ECOLAB to move their regional head office to Dubai.

Currently Mansoor is a 100% shareholder in MAB Middle East Trading LLC, registered under the umbrella of Dubai SME and the Master Franchisee for UAE Mastihashop.

Apart from the retail products Mastihashop offers corporate gifts and that includes customized chocolate boxes, gift hampers as well as mass giveaways budgets using our sweet collections. In addition to that, Mastihashop offers private catering for ice creams and shakes by using an elegant ice cream trolley or food-truck!

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