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

Dine-in, Restaurants, Data

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.

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