UAE restaurant dine-in remains 55% lower than pre-lockdown, says Eat App
Data shows the industry is recovering slowly, with Saudi Arabia faring best
The Middle East’s restaurant industry is struggling to recover from the enforced shutdown, with the whole region still well below pre-COVIF-19 levels for dine-in, according to data from Eat App.
Eat App founder Nezar Kadhem revealed on LinkedIn that the UAE’s daily seated diners remains 55 percent below where it was in mid-March before restaurants had to close. The UAE has reported a steady increase week by week however, as consumer confidence slowly returns.
Saudi Arabia is recovering the quickest, the restaurant reservation site says, with dine-in at 33 percent lower than pre-shutdown and increasing quicker week by week.
Dine-in in Lebanon is currently 76 percent below pre-lockdown levels, while Bahrain has just reopened to consumers, and Kuwait looks set to reopen in mid-August, according to Kadhem.
While F&B outlets may now be serving customers again, they are operating under social distancing restrictions which mean they cannot all operate at pre-COVID levels.
Eat App’s regional data is based on all dine-in reservations and walk-ins.