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The UAE Food Service Market report is a comprehensive 120-page analysis detailing market trends, growth drivers, and key players in the industry. It provides insights into consumer preferences, dining habits, and the competitive landscape, essential for business strategies in the UAE food service sector.


UAE Food Service Market Overview:

The United Arab Emirates Foodservice Market size is expected to reach USD 50.34 billion by 2034, growing at a CAGR of 18% during the forecast period (2024-2034).

The UAE food service market has experienced substantial growth, fueled by a booming economy, increasing urbanization, and a diverse population with a penchant for diverse culinary experiences. The market is characterized by a vibrant and competitive landscape, comprising a mix of local and international food establishments. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in particular, stand out as key hubs for culinary innovation and gastronomic trends.

The sector has witnessed a shift in consumer preferences towards healthier food options and a rising demand for international cuisines. The influence of tourism, coupled with a rising middle class, has driven the expansion of casual dining, quick-service restaurants, and fine dining establishments. Additionally, the adoption of digital technologies for food delivery services has further transformed the market dynamics, providing convenience to consumers.

Government initiatives promoting tourism and the hosting of global events like Expo 2020 have acted as catalysts for the foodservice industry’s expansion. Despite challenges posed by the global pandemic, the UAE food service market remains resilient, adapting to changing consumer behaviors and maintaining its status as a dynamic and innovative segment within the broader hospitality industry.

UAE Food Service Market  – Report Coverage:

The “UAE Food Service Market Report – Forecast (2024-2034)” by Digiroads Consulting, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments in the UAE Food Service Market.

Attribute Segment
By Food service Type
  • Cafes & Bars
  • Cloud Kitchen
  • Full Service Restaurants
  • Quick Service Restaurants
By Outlet
  • Chained Outlets
  • Independent Outlets
By Industry Type
  • Leisure
  • Lodging
  • Retail
  • Standalone
  • Travel
By Location
  • Dubai
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Sharjah
  • Ajman
  • Fujairah

Recent Developments : 

Cafe & bars lead: Outlets increasing fastest, followed by QSRs. Cloud kitchens maintain steady growth.

Tech takeover: Robotic chefs & AI delivery streamlining operations. Americana partners with Miso Robotics for automation.

Local love: Consumers embracing regional dishes & supporting small businesses. Average order value rising.

Worldly appetites: International tourists drive demand for full-service restaurants, with high average spend.

Future flavors: Expect continued innovation, focus on convenience, and rising health consciousness.

UAE Food Service Market – Dynamics:


Rising disposable income: The UAE boasts a significant population with high disposable income, particularly in urban areas. This fuels increased spending on dining out and exploring diverse culinary options.

Strong tourism industry: Dubai and other emirates attract millions of tourists annually, contributing significantly to the foodservice market. Tourists tend to dine out more frequently and experiment with local and international cuisines.

Urbanization and busy lifestyles: Increasing urbanization and fast-paced lifestyles lead to a growing demand for convenient and time-saving foodservice options like quick-service restaurants, delivery services, and meal kits.

Diversification of food preferences: The UAE’s multicultural population creates a strong demand for a wide variety of cuisines, from traditional Emirati fare to international chains and trendy new concepts.

Technological advancements: Online ordering platforms, food delivery apps, and cashless payment options are rapidly transforming the foodservice landscape, enhancing convenience and driving market growth.


Expansion beyond traditional dining formats: Catering to different needs and preferences through cloud kitchens, virtual restaurants, and food trucks can unlock new market segments.

Focus on health and wellness: Consumers are increasingly prioritizing healthy and organic food options. Restaurants can cater to this trend by offering nutritious meals and highlighting the origin and quality of ingredients.

Personalization and customization: Providing personalized dining experiences through customized menus, dietary options, and loyalty programs can build customer loyalty and attract new diners.

Sustainability and eco-friendly practices: Implementing sustainable practices like reducing food waste, using biodegradable packaging, and sourcing local ingredients can resonate with environmentally conscious consumers and enhance brand image.

Leveraging technology for marketing and engagement: Utilizing social media, influencer marketing, and data analytics can effectively reach target audiences, personalize offers, and create engaging dining experiences.


High operational costs: Rent, labor costs, and food prices can be high in the UAE, putting pressure on profit margins for foodservice businesses.

Intense competition: The market is highly fragmented, with a large number of restaurants competing for customers. Standing out and maintaining profitability can be challenging.

Dependence on tourism: Fluctuations in tourism arrivals can significantly impact the foodservice sector, especially in tourist-reliant areas.

Rising food safety concerns: Maintaining high food safety standards and hygiene practices is crucial to avoid negative publicity and build consumer trust.

Stringent regulations and licensing requirements: Navigating complex regulations and obtaining licenses can be complex and time-consuming for foodservice businesses.


Attracting and retaining skilled labor: Finding and retaining qualified chefs, waiters, and other staff can be challenging due to high demand and potential for employee turnover.

Managing high employee turnover: The foodservice industry often experiences high employee turnover, leading to training costs and operational disruptions.

Adapting to changing consumer preferences: Continuously innovating and adapting menus, service models, and technology to keep up with evolving consumer demands is crucial for success.

Managing food waste and sustainability: Implementing effective food waste reduction practices and adopting sustainable sourcing methods can be challenging but essential for long-term success.

Cybersecurity threats: Online ordering platforms and delivery services are vulnerable to cyberattacks, requiring robust data security measures to protect customer information.

Key Market Players: 

Product/Service launches, approvals, patents and events, acquisitions, partnerships and collaborations are key strategies adopted by players in the UAE Food Service Market . The top 10 companies in this industry are listed below:

  1. Al Khaja Group Of Companies
  2. Alamar Foods Company
  3. Alghanim Industries & Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons WLL
  4. Americana Restaurants International PLC
  5. Apparel Group
  6. BinHendi Enterprises
  7. CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc.
  8. D.ream International
  9. Deli and Meal LLC
  10. Emirates Fast Food Company
  11. Galadari Ice Cream Co. LLC
  12. JF Street Food
  13. Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC
  14. LuLu Group International
  15. M.H. Alshaya Co. WLL
  16. Ring International Holding AG
  17. The Emirates Group
  18. The Olayan Group

Key Benefits For Stakeholders:

  1. Investors: Profit from a flourishing market with high consumer demand and diverse opportunities for culinary ventures.
  2. Businesses: Expand and thrive in a dynamic food service landscape, catering to the diverse preferences of consumers.
  3. Consumers: Enjoy a rich culinary experience with an array of dining options, innovative menus, and high-quality service.
  4. Government: Boost economic growth through a thriving hospitality sector, generating employment and contributing to the nation’s overall prosperity.
  5. Suppliers: Experience increased demand for a variety of food products and services, fostering business growth and sustainability in the market.

We have studied the UAE Food Service Market in 360 degrees via. both primary & secondary research methodologies. This helped us in building an understanding of the current market dynamics, supply-demand gap, pricing trends, product preferences, consumer patterns & so on. The findings were further validated through primary research with industry experts & opinion leaders across countries. The data is further compiled & validated through various market estimation & data validation methodologies. Further, we also have our in-house data forecasting model to predict market growth up to 2034.

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Table of Contents

   1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

   1.2 Scope of the Study


   4.1 Market Overview

   4.2 Market Drivers

   4.3 Market Restraints

   4.4 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

       4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

       4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

       4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

       4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

       4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  1. UAE Food Service Market – By Food service Type
  1. Cafes & Bars
  2. Cloud Kitchen
  3. Full Service Restaurants
  4. Quick Service Restaurants
  1. UAE Food Service Market – By Outlet 
    1. Chained Outlets
    2. Independent Outlets
  2. UAE Food Service Market – By Industry Type 
    1. Leisure
    2. Lodging
    3. Retail
    4. Standalone
    5. Travel
  1. Location
  • Dubai
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Sharjah
  • Ajman
  • Fujairah

   6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

   6.2 Market Share Analysis

   6.3 Company Profiles

  • Al Khaja Group Of Companies
  • Alamar Foods Company
  • Alghanim Industries & Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons WLL
  • Americana Restaurants International PLC
  • Apparel Group
  • BinHendi Enterprises
  • CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc.
  • D.ream International
  • Deli and Meal LLC
  • Emirates Fast Food Company
  • Galadari Ice Cream Co. LLC
  • JF Street Food
  • Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC
  • LuLu Group International
  • M.H. Alshaya Co. WLL
  • Ring International Holding AG
  • The Emirates Group