Posts Tagged "global restaurant trends"

Private Equity Deals Make Their Mark On the Middle East Restaurant Industry

As countries around the Middle East expand their identities and economies beyond oil production, the world has taken note. This has been seen through a regional construction boom, increased tourism and an uptick in Western-style consumerism — and private equity has found a home in the region’s restaurant industry, as a result. Activity in the food and beverage (F&B) industry…read more →Read more...

UAE, Saudi Arabia Restaurant Markets Well-Positioned for Growth

Weakened by depressed oil prices, unfavorable currency trends and a still-ailing world economy, restaurants in the Middle East faced a challenge-packed 2016. About two-thirds of restaurant operators in the United Arab Emirates reported stagnant or declining same-store sales midway through the year, and in Saudi Arabia lower oil prices depressed employment, which in turn affected demand for dining out. Some…read more →Read more...

QSR in the Middle East: A Land Of Opportunity

Macroeconomic, social and political megatrends are shaping the future of the restaurant industry in the GCC. 2016 was a slow year in terms of economic growth. Fortunately, growth in 2017 will outpace that of last year, thanks to fiscal reforms and an improvement in both investor sentiment and business confidence. Still, there’s a lot of uncertainty looming. How will unemployment…read more →Read more...

Opportunities and Challenges Facing Middle East Restaurant Operators

The thriving metropolitan centers cropping up throughout the Middle East serve as a metaphor for the region at large: a marriage of both the ancient and the modern. Here, the world’s tallest tower sits just a stone’s throw from historic ruins and Holy sites, a reminder that the area’s astonishing growth was born from centuries of human survival. Middle East…read more →Read more...

25 Questions That Can Lower Your Food Costs

There’s little that a fireman loves more professionally than putting out fires. So, imagine a fire brigade getting an emergency call that there’s a fire, but no indication of where it is and no way of tracing back the location; no smoke on the horizon, no glare in the night sky, just darkness and the knowledge that there’s trouble. In…read more →Read more...

How Restaurants Can Cope with Saudization (Nitaqat) in Saudi Arabia

  The goal of Saudi Arabia’s Nitaqat (Saudization) system is simple: encourage KSA companies to maintain specific national-to-expat employment ratios. The program (first introduced in 2011) works to temper the current unemployment problem within Saudi Arabia, a nation where 11.4 percent of the national population is unemployed. Understanding Nitaqat’s regulations is of particular importance to restaurants in the KSA –…read more →Read more...

8 Unique Restaurant Designs in Africa

As the middle class is growing in some African countries and the restaurant industry is increasing, differentiation is a key factor. The following 8 unique restaurant designs in Africa learned how to set themselves apart. Their offerings include incredible views, exciting places, and even a fast food place where everyone on staff has a hearing impairment.Read more...

6 Unique Restaurants in the Middle East

In the Middle East, going out to eat is an important part of socializing. As the restaurant industry is growing, restaurateurs are looking for new ways to set themselves apart from other establishments. The following are 6 unique restaurants in the Middle East. From creating a new take on “dinner and a movie” to eating in a former jail, these…read more →Read more...

10 Unique Restaurants in Asia

While many in the restaurant industry recognize Asian countries for having some unusual and eccentric restaurants, these examples really stand out. From vampires and graveyards to pedicures and toilets, these 10 unique restaurants in Asia certainly have unique concepts, décor, and food.Read more...

5 Hotel F&B Marketing Ideas from the Middle East

Keeping your hotel F&B marketing ideas fresh is an important part of drawing in new guests and maintaining loyal ones. These hotel F&B marketing ideas from the Middle East offer up a bit of fun for the guests, while making a name for the hotel with its attention to detail.Read more...