UAE Foodservice Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

UAE food service Market is segmented by Type as food service outlets as Full-service restaurant, Fast food restaurant (QSR),Café/bars, 100% Home delivery, and Street stalls/kiosks; and by structure as independent consumer food service and chained consumer food service.

Market Snapshot

UAE Foodservice Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.22 %

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Market Overview

UAE foodservice market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 5.22% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

  • High disposable income, rising tourist arrivals, increasing urban lifestyles, and evolving consumer preferences have been propelling the growth of foodservice market in the country.
  • Lack of recreational opportunities in the country is creating a growth opportunity in the foodservice sector, as the Emiratis are increasingly visiting foodservice channels to spend time with family.
  • Growing trends in the market, such as food trucks and food stalls, with the availability of various international cuisines, are also rendering a new experience to the customers, thus boosting their spending on food away from home.

Scope of the Report

The market studied is segmented by type and structure. Based on type, the market studied is segmented into foodservice outlets and catering or institutional food sector, wherein foodservice outlets are sub-segmented into full-service restaurant, fast food restaurant (QSR), café/bars, 100% home delivery/takeaway, self-service cafeterias, and street stalls/kiosks. Based on structure, the market studied is segmented into independent consumer foodservice and chained consumer foodservice.

By Type
Full Service Restaurants
Fast Food Restaurants (QSR)
100% Home Delivery Restaurants
Cafes and bars
Street stalls/kiosks
By Structure
Independent Consumer Foodservice
Chained Consumer Foodservice

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Consumer Spending on Eating Out

UAE consumers consider foodservice outlets as a spot for social occasions, a place to enjoy with family and friends, and for official meetings and have a growing appetite of consumers for eating-out. With an increasing propensity to dine out, consumers in the country are driving the market through increased consumption of food in fast-food chains and full-service restaurants. This is primarily due to an increase in consumer expenditure on recreational activities and the dine-out preference of UAE consumers, especially among the youth. Additionally, consumers in the region are generally observed to comfortably pay a premium price for quality food. In fact, a consumer survey revealed that 32.6% of the consumers in UAE were willing to spend between AED 101 and AED 300 on eating out, reflecting a high willingness to spend on eating out. 

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Increased Casual Dining in Fast Growing Cities

Fast-food restaurants are one of the key factors driving the market studied. Over the past five years, full-service restaurants held a prominent market share in the dine-out or food-away-from-home (FAFH) market. However, a trend of increased casual dining is observed in fast-growing cities of UAE such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where rising tourist arrivals, increasing urban lifestyles, and evolving consumer preferences have been propelling the growth for casual dining. Additionally, higher earnings have resulted in the income growth of the consumers, thereby boosting their expenditure on eating out.

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Competitive Landscape

UAE foodservice market comprises of a large number of regional and international players such as Yum Brands, McDonald’s, among other local players. Some of the US fast-food chains continue to dominate the fast-food restaurant sector in the country, with the presence of major food chains, such as KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Hardee’s, and Domino's Pizza. Additionally, there is a stiff competition among the foodservice providers, based on pricing, quality of foodservice, calorie intake per meals, and healthier menu options. 

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.3.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Full Service Restaurants

      2. 5.1.2 Fast Food Restaurants (QSR)

      3. 5.1.3 100% Home Delivery Restaurants

      4. 5.1.4 Cafes and bars

      5. 5.1.5 Street stalls/kiosks

    2. 5.2 By Structure

      1. 5.2.1 Independent Consumer Foodservice

      2. 5.2.2 Chained Consumer Foodservice


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 McDonald’s Corporation

      2. 6.3.2 Domino‘s Pizza Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 YUM! Brands Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 Restaurant Brands International Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 Apparel Group

      6. 6.3.6 Rmal Hospitality

      7. 6.3.7 Bin Hendi Group

      8. 6.3.8 Americana Group Inc.

      9. 6.3.9 Starbucks Corporation

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The UAE Foodservice Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The UAE Foodservice Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.22% over the next 5 years.

McDonald’s Corporation, YUM! Brands Inc., APPAREL GROUP, Rmal Hospitality, Bin Hendi Group are the major companies operating in UAE Foodservice Market.

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