Gulfood 2021 – Focus on innovating F&B industry in UAE
Gulfood 2021, the world’s largest Food and Beverage (F&B) event kickstarted in Dubai a few days back. The 25th edition of Gulfood 2021 attracted over 2,500 companies across 85 countries, including some of the major brands in the F&B industry. The primary motive of the event was to present the main market trends in the F&B industry and to highlight new innovations, consumer behaviour patterns, and revive communication links between thousands of key players in the industry.
The Gulfood 2021 united some of the world’s top chefs, food scientists, industry innovators and even government officials to discuss the future of food. It will provide key focus points for the government in the future of F&B industry. Some of the major topics in the discussion are healthier food options; sustainability; marketing; food’s relationship to tourism and retail; and the emergence of new technologies set to boost the industry.
Food & Beverage Industry Market Potential – Dubai & UAE
With Dubai being one of the first city to control and open up during the COVID19 pandemic and its efforts in cementing its position as a strategic re-export hub in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, the F&B sector is expected to witness a further growth in the years to come. In addition, the overall expenditure on F&B products in the UAE is estimated to increase by 7% on an annual basis from AED 136 billion (USD 37 billion) in 2020 to AED 150 billion (USD 41 billion) by the end of 2025.
Major Trends – Food & Beverage Operations in UAE
As the UAE and the region recovers from the pandemic, it has significantly changed the dynamics of UAE’s F&B sector, particularly of Dubai. One of the major trends witnessed since the pandemic is the increase in food delivery services such as Talabat, Zomato and Careem in UAE. They gained immense popularity during the pandemic where deliveries grew as a result of health and safety precautions. The food delivery service providers are also innovating their business model, to better serve the F&B operators. Careem, changed its commission-based model to monthly subscriptions, which has seen an increasing reception for the same.
The F&B operators are also increasingly moving to shared cloud kitchens as compared to the traditional on-site ones, and are now looking towards managed kitchens. Facilities in which both cooking, and delivery are fully outsourced will allow businesses to focus more on brand, concept, and consumer demands while eliminating the need to spend significant sums on allocation decisions.
Food & Beverage Business Investment Opportunities in Dubai & UAE
Despite a global economic slowdown because of the pandemic, the UAE continues to be one of the fastest-growing F&B sectors in the world. As more people in the region get to learn about the variety of food and beverage through an event like Gulfood, the show is bound to continue attracting thousands of different F&B enthusiasts around the globe every year, solidifying Dubai and the UAE as a major F&B destination across the globe.
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UAE Ranked as the Most Innovative Country in the Gulf Region for the Year 2020
The Global Innovation Index (GII) has ranked UAE first in the Arab region and 34th globally based on their innovation capabilities for the year 2020. Thanks to the UAE government’s various initiatives to constantly strengthen its sustainable development via innovation. Furthermore, the month of February in 2021, is foreseen as a national occasion for consolidating the UAE’s position as a global hub of innovation and a catalyst for public and private sectors and businesses to adopt innovative practices.
UAE – National Innovation Strategy
The National Innovation Strategy launched by HH. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2014 had a clear policy on science, technology and innovation aiming to improve the global ranking of UAE. The strategy included 30 national initiatives implemented over three years, including adopting new legislation, supporting innovation incubators, building specialist national capacities, offering a series of incentives to the private sector, establishing global research partnerships, and modernising government work to be more innovative in seven key sectors, most notably Renewable Energy, Transport, Health, Education, Technology, Water and Space. Currently, UAE has implemented over 100 national initiatives worth AED 300 billion (USD 81.5 billion) in value.
The country has also proposed a series of new national legislative, investment, technological, educational and financial policies aimed at diversifying the national economy. One of the major innovation policies is the investment in the Emirati citizens, to advance their knowledge in science and technology, related to sectors including Space Research, Aviation Industries, Global Pharmaceuticals, Solar Energy Research, Peaceful Nuclear Power Research and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Programs.
In recent years, the UAE has accomplished a series of significant achievements in the field of innovation across major sectors, primarily in the development of educational systems such as, boosting computer use and smart devices in schools, inaugurating new electronic higher education establishments around the country, and establishing several technological institutes and research establishments aimed at promoting innovation.
Impact of Innovation in UAE Economy
The innovation in UAE played a vital role in the Covid-19 crisis and helped address emerging challenges and turn them into opportunities, ensuring business continuity in all vital sectors, upon the highest standards of health and public safety. The country has utilised scientific innovation to consolidate its efforts to counter the pandemic. The UAE was listed in the top 10 countries in the world to combat Covid-19 and also considered as the fastest country in the world to recover from it. The constantly improving innovative landscape in UAE continues to attract global investors to start or expand their business in the country.
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…February 9, 2021
UAE Ranked 13th in Ease of Launching Online Business
A study conducted by a leading company that reviews and rates financial software ranked UAE 13th among 99 countries for Ease of Starting Business Online. Major criteria considered were mobile internet speed, internet coverage & penetration, wealth of the country, ease of starting a business and corporate taxes. The overall score obtained by UAE was 68.4 out of 100, just below the UK and ahead of Belgium. UAE was ranked the best in the Gulf region with Saudi Arabia (53.67) and Kuwait (51.39) following the list.
UAE Based Startups – 2020
The startup data platform MAGNiTT confirmed that the estimated startups in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region was around AED 3.75 billion (USD 1 billion). This was an increase by 13% when compared to the previous year. UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt which are considered to be the innovation hotspots in MENA, accounted for more than 68% of the total deal disclosed in the year 2020. UAE was leading the region with 56% of all capital deployed, estimated to be around AED 2 billion (USD 579 million). Approximately 26% of the deals and 129 transactions took place in UAE.
UAE e-Commerce Industry
The Gulf e-Commerce market reached a value of AED 88 billion (USD 24 billion) in the year 2020, which was an increase by AED 7.3 billion (USD 2 billion) when compared to the year 2019. The average annual spend in UAE rose by 30%, with the per capita spend estimated to be around AED 2,200 (USD 600) to AED 4,775 (USD 1,300) on an annual basis.
Similarly, the e-Commerce sector was leading all the other sectors in terms of investments, with total investment estimated to be AED 595 million (USD 162 million). This was followed by F&B (Food & Beverage) sector AED 450 million (USD 122 million) and Healthcare sector AED 264 million (USD 72 million). Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly accelerated the adoption of technology across emerging markets, creating larger markets and more opportunities for investments in the sector.
Likewise, the governments, investors and private companies were all actively investing in the technology to adapt to the existing trends and improve their services. The trends are expected to continue with new technologies and innovations actively being adopted by both government and private companies across UAE. Contact a Market Research Company in UAE if you would like to know more about the emerging trends in the e-Commerce sector.
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Restoring Ties with Qatar will positively Impact Gulf Economy
Saudi Arabia, UAE. Bahrain and Egypt will open their borders to Qatar as a first step toward ending a three and half year long diplomatic crisis. The opening of borders among the Gulf countries is expected to have a positive impact on the regional economy. Some of the major industries that are going to benefit from the decision includes Aviation, Consumer Goods, Construction and Logistics.
Historically, Qatar had a strong trade relationship with UAE and Saudi Arabia. It was estimated that the total trade between UAE & Qatar was around AED 13 billion (USD 3.5 billion), while the total trade between Saudi Arabia & Qatar was around AED 6 billion (USD 1.7 billion). With the trade being resumed with Qatar, UAE & Saudi Arabia will have a significant boost in their current financial standing.
Earlier this week, the Gulf countries along with Egypt were able to find resolution for all areas of conflict and agreed on restoring the diplomatic ties. The decision is likely to facilitate trade, investment and tourism apart from accelerating growth in the region in the times when it is adversely impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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UAE Focuses on Achieving Zero Oil in GDP in the Next 50 Years
With COVID-19 pandemic bringing unprecedented challenges to people and the economy, the UAE government aims to diversify its economy by having zero oil dependency on GDP and refining policies in a bid to grow non-oil based sectors and facilitate investments in them.
Achieving Zero Oil Dependency in the Next 50 Years – UAE
UAE is aiming to become the first country in the world to achieve zero contribution of oil on its eGDP over the course of next 50 years. The country aims to enhance the investment opportunities in industries such as Information Technology (IT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Robotics. In addition, UAE is also focusing on strengthening its position as a regional leader in finance, logistics, infrastructure for energy and other services which would help achieve the zero oil contribution to GDP.
Impact of FDI on Economic Diversification
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays a critical role in the economic growth of UAE with the country leading the region in 2019. One of the major reasons for the increase in investments was the FDI law that was enacted in 2018, which opened up the UAE market to investors in certain sectors and relaxation of foreign ownership restrictions for 122 business activities. These initiatives cumulatively increased the FDI 52% reaching AED 50 billion (USD 14 billion) in 2019 compared to 2018.
Furthermore, the digitalisation strategies and promising business relations implemented by UAE has placed it 16th on World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business list. UAE will continue to refine its policies that will maximise competitiveness, increase collaboration and provide opportunities for FDI in a bid to achieve zero oil contribution to GDP.
Key Emerging Sectors
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on FDI in UAE, it is estimated that the investments might start recovering by the year 2022. Some of the major segments that will see an increase in investments are e-Commerce, IT, Innovation, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail and Food & Beverage (F&B). Similarly, the emerging sectors that would see an increase in FDI are Communication Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, 3D Printing and Machine-to-Machine Communication.
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Importance of Business Plan Development for Entrepreneurs & Startups
A majority of entrepreneurs and business owners do not believe in writing a business plan unless they are seeking external funding. Often excited with the idea or consumed in the thoughts of starting their business as soon as possible, they fail to understand the importance of making a business plan or doing market research to ascertain business success. Consequently, more than half of the businesses fail during the first five years of operations.
Some of the major reasons for new businesses to fail can be attributed to not properly investigating the market, understanding consumer need & demand and evaluating the business potential. Other reasons include failing to create a business model and business execution plan.
For any entrepreneurial venture, either upcoming or existing, a business plan should be considered as a critical document and therefore the benefits could not be undervalued. Some of the major benefits of creating a business plan are as follows:
A business plan can be used to double check critical aspects of a business such as the existing market conditions, competition, cost of goods sold, sales drivers and revenue projections. A market research company could support in assessing market conditions and potential. The need for market research is even more important to assess the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on business and economy.
Business Modeling & Strategy Formulation
Based on market research findings, a business model and plan can be devised and implemented. Furthermore, market research can also help in formulating and implementing a business, operations and market strategy.
Setting Priorities & Pivoting
A business plan helps in setting priorities with respect to business growth, operations and financial health. Additionally, a business plan is used as a document to pivot and revise priorities as the business evolves, matures and gets exposed to external factors (political, socio-economic, technological, environmental & legal).
Better Financial Planning
A business plan helps in computing the finances required, forecast cash flows, project cost, expenses and revenues. The plan also helps in understanding the investment required, profitability and return on investments. Managing cash flow is highly critical for any business and many entrepreneurs / business owners fail to understand the role of financial planning before and during business operations.
A business plan helps in identifying risks (i.e. economic, market, competition, end-user, demand & supply etc.) in initial stages. Likewise, the business plan also helps in periodically tracking different risks associated with a business (at present & in future) and helps with taking action to mitigate and treat them.
Obtaining Funds & Investments
A business plan is a must requirement for serious investors, venture capitalists, angel investors and lenders. The business plan not only reflects the passion of the entrepreneur / business owners along with the future growth, but also indicates the level of seriousness and professionalism.
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In an effort to contain and reduce the impact of the COVID-19 on the economy, the UAE government has taken several measures including allocation of flexible stimulus budget amounting to AED 256 billion (US$ 70 billion) and initiating the first phase of UAE’s “33-Initiative Strategy” to help recover the economy and draw investors in.
UAE’s 33-Initiative Strategy
On October 18th 2020, Under the leadership of UAE’s Ministry of Economy Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari; pioneered the first phase of 33-Initiative Strategy” for recovering and accelerating the country’s economic growth. With the support of 12 ministries, federal and local entities, a strategic plan aiming to provide immediate provision for business sectors and the economy through 15 major initiatives are being implemented initially. The six tracks of the plan include creating a new economy, opening of new markets, financing support, stimulating tourism, attracting talent & stimulating innovation.
The first phase is designed to generate a balance between the public health and economy, while the second phase plans on bringing support to accelerate economic recovery and the third phase will offer integrated support for vital sectors creating a development path for the economy and future.
Impact of 33-Initiative Strategy on UAE’s Economy
Implementing the first phase of “33-Initiative Strategy” is a good head start in ensuring that UAE’s economy recovers from the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by providing support to SMEs in increasing their sales, providing accessibility to finance, latest technology and digital applications. While supporting the business activities of the SMEs, it will also focus on enhancing opportunities for advanced industries and critical sectors such as tourism, & hospitality, healthcare, IT, retail, etc.
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…October 22, 2020
The Importance of Business Model in Entrepreneurship
A Business Model is critical for the growth and success for every business and it needs to be created by entrepreneurs or startups that are planning to start a new business or expand an existing one.
Often undermined, a business model is essential for the success of any venture and requires careful planning and research to understand the market and consumer dynamics. A major advantage of business modelling is that it supports in realistic evaluation of any business idea and its potential.
Furthermore, the potential of any business idea, product or service can be validated by conducting a market research study. The research findings of market study can equip in better understanding the market dynamic and consumer demand, eventually helping entrepreneurs in formulating a Market Entry Strategy and Business Plan.
In the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic and global economic slowdown, it is imperative to create a well-researched business model before investing in a new business while for an existing business it is equally important to modify and re-assess market conditions.
Some of the key elements to consider before creating a business model includes but not limited to assessment of market, competition, consumers, supply chain, value proposition, resource availability (human, financial and technical). A market research company can be hired to prepare a comprehensive market and financial feasibility study inclusive of business modeling and plan development.
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Importance of Conducting a Feasibility Study
A feasibility study is conducted in order to examine if the proposed business idea or venture can be applied practically in a highly volatile and unpredictable market. With almost all the industries seeing a radical change due to the COVID-19, the need to conduct a feasibility study before setting up a business has increased. It provides a head start for the business and streamlines it, saving time and money. The key function of a feasibility study is to assess and evaluate whether it is financially feasible to invest in a business / venture etc.
There are several reasons why a feasibility study is conducted.
Conducting a feasibility study helps in determining if the proposed business / venture can sustain itself for a long term and endure different kinds of risks (economic, financial, market etc.) that may incur. It can help identify the changing consumer requirements in a post-pandemic situation and provide insights on the additional services to be provided to satisfy the consumer needs. Feasibility study also helps in identifying business opportunities and/or potential threats that can hence enable business owners, investors and companies make informed decisions.
A feasibility study (market research) is usually conducted when business owners, investors and companies intend to establish or expand new business / venture in either an existing or new market.
There are several key components of a Feasibility Study which are often combined with a Business and Financial Plan.
- Business / Venture Overview
- Economic Overview (Assess socio-economic conditions and GDP growth rate etc)
- Market Overview (Assess industry size, trends, growth and potential)
- Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry
- Post COVID-19 Situation
- Competition Overview (Evaluates major competitors, market share and positioning)
- Consumer Overview (Assess needs and demands of consumers)
- Business Model Overview (Location / Licensing / SWOT / PORTER Analysis)
- Operations Overview (Management Structure / Controls / Production / Supply Chain)
- Marketing Overview (Market Segmentation / Target Audience Profiling / Marketing Plan)
- Investment Overview (Cost & Revenue Projections / Profitability / Return on Investment)
- Opportunities & Risks
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Why Market Research Matters
COVID-19 has impacted almost all the sectors and has made the market highly volatile and uncertain. The unpredictable conditions have further increased the need for conducting market research to be highly critical for the long-term success of any business. Organisations that fail to conduct market research tend to drown. Though some organizations conduct internal research, they tend to lose sight of the consumer market research that is required for the growth of their business.
There are several reasons why market research is considered to be of top priority for businesses in the post Covid-19 scenario.
Changing Needs of the Consumers
The consumers needs are changing at a rapid pace and are adapting themselves to the post pandemic market. Organizations are required to understand the changing social / economic dynamics and incorporate significant changes in their products / services to retain their customers and stay in business.
Market research can help the organizations identify the changing dynamics and provide strategies that will help prioritize consumer needs.
Prioritizing Consumers as a core to Business
Businesses are greatly influenced by the agendas, brand priorities and internal politics. It is necessary to understand that customers are much more important and they must be placed before anyone else.
Market research provides an opportunity to understand the expectations and demands of the customers. It also helps in continuously monitoring our progress in meeting these demands.
Focusing on Consumer Needs
Businesses today have a tough job multitasking, often playing many roles within their organisation. With the help of a market research exercise, organisations can identify what is most important to their customers and also help in prioritizing and maximizing time and efforts effectively.
Identifying lucrative Growth Opportunities
Organizations that specialize in conducting market research often tend to identify opportunities and prioritize them based on the highest revenue potential. It provides clear insights on strategies and plans that should be adapted and are well suited for business growth.
Keeping up with Current and Future Trends
Organisations that conduct market research have an advantage over their competition, as they are able to better adapt to current market conditions and changing consumer trends. The insights on consumers can be obtained by regularly conducting market research, also helping organisations to devise and/or modify short and long-term business strategies.
Market research provides insights on several dimensions such as market (growth & trends), products / services, consumers and competition. The market research also allows organizations to understand potential opportunities and risks and take actions subsequently to minimize and mitigate risks.
October 13, 2020