Self-service cafeterias is set to maintain solid current value growth in the forecast period, with chained outlets in particular seeing faster recovery and driving growth. In September 2022, the wearing of masks outside was lifted in the United Arab Emirates, which is encouraging consumers to return to their normal lives, including going out to shop and eat more, which will thus support the sales of self-service cafeterias in 2023 and beyond.
From January 2022, many consumers had a longer weekend. According to government decree, government offices and schools across six out of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates shifted the weekend from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday.
The United Arab Emirates is expected to remain one of the most affluent countries in the region in the forecast period. As the economy recovers from recession, consumers’ incomes will rise further, therefore offering the potential for higher consumption.
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Self-service cafeterias are outlets where there is no (or limited) service content. Rather than table service, there are food-serving counters/stalls where customers take the food they require as they walk along, placing it on a tray. In addition, there are often stations where customers order food and wait while it is prepared, particularly for items such as hamburgers or tacos which must be served hot and can be prepared quickly. For some food and drink items, customers collect an empty container, pay at the check-out, and fill the container after check-out. Free second servings are often allowed under this system. For legal purposes (and the consumption patterns of customers), this system is rarely or never used for alcoholic beverages. Self-service cafeterias do not have a cover charge, customers are either charged a flat rate for admission (as in a buffet) or pay at the check-out for each item. Some cafeterias also charge by weight. Self-service cafeterias resemble contract catering self-service cafeterias such as canteens, dining halls and cafeterias located within institutions such as a large office building, school and universities. However, fully captive contract self-service cafeterias are excluded from consumer foodservice. Unlike fast food, self-service cafeterias feature a menu comprising full, regular meals, often with a large choice of first course, main course and desserts. As cafeterias can effectively serve large number of customers with comparatively few employees, they are often found within larger complexes, for example, department stores, shopping malls, travel foodservice (motorways stations, railway stations, airports). Self-service cafeteria examples include: Ciao (Autogrill), Flunch (Agapes Restauration SA), IKEA (Inter Ikea Systems BV)See All of Our Definitions
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