1. Bahrain: Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed’s vegan venture Folia, which is currently only located in Bahrain in the Middle East, could come to Dubai.
Speaking to sister title Arabian Business, Prince Khaled said: “We’re hoping to make it happen soon. It is in the works, and we’re confident about the reception as we know the market opportunity here for Folia is massive. I see our Dubai customer base as being primarily made up of two segments: the UAE has a huge vegan community, and there are a huge number of foodies as well — experimental diners who want to broaden their palates."
2. Kuwait: COFE App, the online coffee-centric marketplace app has signed an exclusive partnership with Deliveroo to offer its customers a better, seamless experience and faster delivery services by utilizing Deliveroo’s advanced logistics capabilities. The agreement enables both companies to scale to new markets together by relying on the strengths of both companies. The collaboration will roll out first in Kuwait and followed by the UAE.
3. Oman: A new food safety law issued by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources in Oman means that restaurants must install CCTV cameras, while there has been an increase in the amount of fine that can be given in cases where food items are manufactured without obtaining a license or trading counterfeit foodstuff or harmful substances that are not suitable for human consumption. CCTV must be installed “before engaging in any activity of food handling activities in accordance with the regulations adopted by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources”.
4. KSA: Careem NOW is expanding its food delivery service into the Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh, following a successful launch in Jeddah in December 2018. Over 100 restaurants are including in the initial launch, such as Applebees, Fuddruckers, Baskin-Robbins, and Maestro Pizza — and more will be added each week. It comes as rival delivery app Uber Eats recently launched in its third Saudi Arabian city, Dammam.
5. UAE: Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche, Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman, and Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman, in partnership with Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) and Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Foundation, reached out to the underprivileged community in the emirate by handing out free iftars for two days. In total, 800 packages were handed out.