Are you someone who likes to go out to dinner frequently? You’re not alone.
The eating out trend in Dubai has seen a 61 per cent increase, with residents dining out at restaurants almost three times a week. In contrast, the previous year diners ventured out only 1.8 times a week.
This is according to the latest findings from the second edition of the Dubai Food Industry ReportPosted by Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET). The report also revealed that the emirate ranks second globally in terms of restaurant density.
The report supports the industry by providing statistics and trends that recognize progress and identify key growth areas for the coming year.
There has also been a substantial increase in the proportion of international visitors satisfied with Dubai’s value for money when dining out, rising from 54 per cent in 2022 to 66 per cent in 2023. The top areas in terms of dining destinations were Dubai Marina , Oud Metha, and downtown Dubai.
World class destination
Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail (DFRE), gave credit to the players in Dubai’s food scene and thanked them for their passion and dedication.
“As Dubai continues to strengthen its reputation as a world-class dining destination, there are immense opportunities waiting to be seized by progressive and innovative stakeholders.”
“The rapid expansion of the industry and the global recognition it has obtained is a clear indication that the gastronomic evolution of the emirate is not just a trend, but a cultural phenomenon supported by the infinite cuisines and flavors drawn from the cultures of more than 200 nationalities that call the city their home.”
Dubai is home to more than 13,000 restaurants and cafes of various cuisines. There has been growing enthusiasm for its culinary ecosystem, with 69 per cent of UAE residents rating the city as the world’s leading gastronomic hub.
The report also highlights the importance of three of Dubai’s most popular restaurants having earned Michelin Green stars, demonstrating the city’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. There are plans to further align with UAE Net Zero 2050the national campaign to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Dubai’s gastronomic excellence aligns perfectly with the city’s broader economic vision outlined in the Dubai Economic Agenda 2033 (D33)which aims to double the size of Dubai’s economy in the decade to 2033.
Later this year, the 11th annual Dubai Food Festival (DFF) will showcase the city’s ever-evolving culinary prowess. Scheduled to take place from April 19 to May 12, DFF 2024 will celebrate locally sourced concepts and Emirati and international cuisines, while highlighting Dubai’s ability to respond to global trends.
News Source: Khaleej Times