UAE restaurant dine-in remains 55% lower than pre-lockdown

    Data from Eat App shows the industry is recovering slowly, with Saudi Arabia faring best
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    Restaurants are having to operate with social distancing in place
    Restaurants are having to operate with social distancing in place

    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.

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    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.

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