The Middle East’s restaurant industry is struggling to recover from the enforced shutdown, with the whole region still well below pre-Covid-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% 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, according to the data from the restaurant reservation site, with dine-in at 33% lower than pre-shutdown and increasing quicker week by week.
Dine-in in Lebanon is currently 76% 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.