Do you eat out or cook in?

Sur­vey re­veals food habits of the UAE

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ma­hak Man­nan @Ma­hakLFC ma­hak@7days.ae

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.

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