about us

Our story so far …

We believe in our current world of social media, internet and emails it’s easy to forget there is a human behind it with genuine passion, motivation and love for what they do. That’s where we come in, driven by the desire to offer good old-fashioned honest service, great ideas and something a bit different for our market, Desert River was born.

In 2004 business partners Claudia van der Werf and Michiel J. Schröeder launched Desert River, with the vision of distributing high quality European lifestyle products to the Middle East region for sale and rental. Having both worked in the hotel management industry we were perfectly placed to understand the market and anticipate requirements.

As the B2B sales and rental business grew we noticed the retail market didn’t currently cater for mid-level design. You had a choice of either high-end designer brands or cheaper pre-packed goods. So by working with our amazing partners in Europe we started a new initiative called Desert River Shop so even people living in the far corners of the GCC can purchase and experience our great designer products at reasonable prices.

We hope you enjoy shopping with us, if you do have any suggestions or comments drop us a line … hello@DesertRiver.com

from a small seed a mighty trunk may grow” (as Aeschylus once said!)