Dubai folks love to eat out
It’s late. You’ve had one of those days. You can’t be bothered to cook. You grab your keys and go to eat out. Sound familiar? Yes, you and most of the UAE.
Well, that is according to a recent study from auditors KPMG who state that eating out is as common across the UAE as ever. In fact, if anything, it is it is an area that continues to grow.
According to the study, despite the plethora of fine-dining restaurant options and the city’s love for glitz and glamour, a majority of people in Dubai prefer to eat at casual dining outlets. Citing value-for money, a relaxed environment and a relativity quick turnaround as the main reasons they choose to eat out. Casual-dining venues ranked high, just above fast food outlets, while classier, fine-dining establishments came far down the list.
It’ll come as a surprise to no one that take away remains popular across the city. While there has been a rise in the number of people ordering takeaways via online platforms such as Zomato, the reports also state that a large portion of Dubai’s residents opt to order in their lunch during the week, and a surprising number do so on the weekends as well.
According to the report, the three most important factors most Dubai residents consider when eating out are the quality of food, the service of the establishment, and the variety of food that it offers. Surprisingly, cost of food was one of the least important factors.
A general rise in income across the city has, naturally, lead to a rise in spend at F&B outlets, with a growing demand for exceptional products in their cuisine. Healthy and organic products continue to grow in popularity, which has seen the market react by introducing a number of high-end casual dining restaurants. This could be a step in the right direction for Dubai foodies as establishments will be forced to step up their business to meet customer satisfaction.