Self-service cafeterias suffered a dramatic decline in demand in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was primarily due to the fact that outlets had to close their doors during the periods of lockdown and were subsequently subject to strict social distancing and hygiene requirements to prevent further waves of COVID-19 infection in the sheikhdom.
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UAE, self-service cafeterias were a prominent part of meal services at construction sites, schools, colleges and universities, but players were also looking to find new opportunities in other semi captive locations with high footfall and limited foodservice options. Companies were looking, for instance, at locations for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions as these provide a captive target audience for players.
Al Futtaim Group remained the leading player in self-service restaurants in value terms in 2020, with its brand Ikea Restaurant. The three Ikea home furnishings stores in the United Arab Emirates attract residents as well as tourists, who want to experience both the store itself and the restaurant’s signature meatballs.
Self-service cafeterias is projected to make a relatively gradual recovery over the forecast period as the category’s performance will rely heavily on the resumption of large events and conferences. These kinds of events will take longer to resume in the forecast period as the threat of COVID-19 will continue to shape life in the UAE, especially in the first half of the forecast period.
There are currently three Ikea Restaurants in the UAE. These are strategically located with two in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi.
Self-service cafeterias maintained healthy although much slower current value growth in 2020. It remains a relatively small consumer foodservice channel in the United Arab Emirates, accounting for a negligible share of overall value sales.
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