Technomic discovers higher foodservice usage in the UAE compared to the global average and reveals additional key trends in this region

The latest foodservice trends impacting the MENA region were presented at the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference in Dubai

The latest foodservice trends impacting the MENA region were presented at the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference in Dubai

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2018—In research covering the UAE region shared during the recent Global Restaurant Leadership Conference, Technomic found that 87% of UAE consumers visit foodservice at least once a week, compared to 74% globally. This high percentage compared to international foodservice visitation is likely due to the busy, on-the-go lifestyles of UAE residents.

“Changing dynamics in the region are putting a stronger focus on tourism which provides new opportunities for foodservice,” explains Aaron Jourden, senior research manager of global at Technomic. “As top chains continue to expand units in hypercompetitive markets, it’s key for them to keep foundational basics, while still bringing something new and unique to the table.”

Here are some insights about the three countries covered:

  • 61% of consumers in Saudi Arabia strongly agree that snacking between meals is part of a healthy diet, compared to 43% globally
  • 75% of UAE consumers order takeout/delivery with a phone call, compared to 47% who do so through a smartphone or mobile app
  • 40% of consumers in Kuwait like to visit familiar restaurants and tend to visit the same places when they eat out

Next year, the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference will take place at a new location from Nov. 3-6, 2019 in Singapore. Technomic will be back to share key foodservice insights but until then, the Global Foodservice Planning Program offers ongoing access to this information along with various reports covering the MENA region and beyond. Available reports include the UAE Country Report, UAE Top 100 Chain Restaurant Report, Saudi Arabia Country Report, Saudi Arabia Top 100 Chain Restaurant Report, Kuwait Country Report and more. For more information on the program or available reports, visit or contact one of the individuals listed below.

Purchasing details: Patrick Noone, (312) 506-3852,
Press inquiries and report details: Mark Wesoloskie, (312) 506-3923,

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