Street stalls/kiosks saw a severe negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, recording heavy losses across transactions, outlets and value sales. The periods of lockdown were particularly damaging to players in this category, as street stalls/kiosks relies heavily on on-the-go consumption.
The majority of players in street stalls/kiosks are smaller independent players. In 2020, these businesses suffered stronger declines in transaction volumes and value sales due to their less favourable hygiene perception, as they do not possess the same facilities or standardised procedures as players in other consumer foodservice channels, or even chained players.
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, street stalls/kiosks offering fresh juices, ice cream and wraps were increasingly seen at tourist attractions, which helped to drive dynamic growth in 2019. Although the lack of domestic and international tourism negatively affected such sales in 2020, as tourists started to return in 2021 this also contributed to the rebound to growth.
Street stalls/kiosks is expected to see solid growth by all measures in the forecast period – outlet numbers, transaction volumes and current value sales. This will mainly be driven by the easing of COVID-19 restrictions as vaccination progresses and the risk of the virus lessens.
The only chained street stalls/kiosks in the United Arab Emirates in 2021 were Mr Sugarcane and Magic Corn, which have a wide presence across the country in retail and leisure locations. The leader, Mr Sugarcane, started as an independent player selling sugarcane juice in leisure locations such as Dubai Miracle Garden.
Towards the end of the review period, food trucks started to gain popularity. For instance, new entertainment venues featured food trucks offering different food concepts in themed areas, such as the Last Exit by Meeras.
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Small, sometimes mobile, foodservice providers characterised by a limited product offering and by low prices. Includes street stalls, street hawkers and foodservice kiosks where food is prepared in some way and served through a hatch or over a display counter to take away. Also includes kiosks and carts located externally or internally eg in shopping malls etc. As a rule, street stalls/kiosks outlets tend to be smaller than 100% home delivery/takeaway outlets, while menus are more limited, often (though certainly not always) with a greater emphasis on snack items, rather than full meals.See All of Our Definitions
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