Waitrose is considering a deal that could see it opening a site at Dubai's 7m sq ft man-made resort Palm Jumeirah.

The retailer is understood to be planning an 11,400 sq ft store that will open in April 2011 and be the first supermarket on the development. The resort boasts luxury hotels, residential villas, marinas, water theme parks and shopping malls. Waitrose operates via a licensing agreement with Fine Fare Food Market in Dubai.