Posts Tagged "Middle East"

How Macroeconomic Conditions Will Impact Qatar’s Restaurant Industry

Once one of the poorest Gulf states, today, Qatar is one of the richest countries in the GCC. But it hasn’t been without its struggles, particularly recently. First, there were sagging oil prices, which have plagued the GCC in recent years. But the country most recently made headlines for its alleged support of terrorist organizations (including the Palestinian Hamas faction…read more →Read more...

Saudi Arabia’s Fast Food Segment Continues to Grow

Eating out and shopping are the main entertainment activities in Saudi Arabia, making the region a hotbed of potential for restaurant operators and investors looking to get in to the F&B sector. High disposable incomes mean that consumers can trade up, eat out and order food more often; increased travel and the rising use of social media have exposed a…read more →Read more...

15 Ramadan Promotions that Worked

Ramadan, or the holy month of fasting and abstinence, is feted in all Muslim countries around the world. But as the diaspora continues to grow stronger – Muslims are the only major religious group forecasted to grow faster than the world’s population as a whole –brands are standing up and taking notice. Here’s a look at successful Ramadan restaurant promotions from a few powerful brands…read more →Read more...

Arabic Hospitality Can Solve Saudi Arabia’s Unemployment Crisis

Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s fastest growing restaurant markets, is in the midst of an unemployment crisis. Arabic Hospitality may provide part of the solution. While the nation’s GDP reached $653 billion in 2015 (almost than double the KSA’s 2006 GDP of $328 billion), unemployment rates for Saudi nationals stands at a shocking 11.4 percent. When unemployment was one…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...

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...

Syrian Struggle Sinks Hospitality Industry in Lebanon

Lebanon, with its Tripoli and Beirut sites, ancient monuments, famed cuisine and rich culture has brought in droves of tourists to eat in their restaurants, stay in their hotels and contribute toward the blossoming hospitality industry in Lebanon. But this same prized geography of the country has put it in too close of a proximity to troubled neighbor, Syria.Read more...
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