Do you eat out or cook in?
Survey reveals food habits of the UAE
An increasing number of UAE residents are eating out on a daily basis instead of cooking at home, a survey has found.
KPMG’s 2016 UAE Food and beverage report states that 44 per cent of the population eat lunch out or get a takeaway on a daily basis, while 67 per cent have dinner out at least every weekend.
Reflecting the viewpoints of 840 respondents, the survey said five out of six consumers are eating out as much as or more than in 2015, while nearly two thirds of the population are spending more on eating out and takeaways than last year, the report stated.
According to Vikrant Rohatgi, Associate Director, KPMG, the number of single people in the UAE is a reflection of this culture.
He said: “About 80 to 90 per cent of people living here are expats, the majority of whom are single and working, which means cooking at home is not very prevalent.
“Hence they prefer eating out.
“There is also the social fabric of meeting people over lunch or dinner, catching up with friends and the whole thing around summer months, when there are very few options for people to entertain themselves with,” said Rohatgi.
The report also suggested that Friday brunch continues to remain a UAE institution with 66 per cent of respondents indicating that they eat brunch at least once a month.
“Brunches, something of a UAE tradition, tend to see higher spends and are extremely popular,” said Rohatgi. According to the survey findings, 42 per cent of respondents were willing to pay between Dhs100-300 on a single brunch, while 14 per cent were willing to pay over Dhs300.