The Restaurant Show Middle East – F&B Event Concludes in Dubai
The Restaurant Show Middle East is the region’s only dedicated event for restaurants, cafés and F&B outlets. The event provides an effective platform for owners, operators and professionals in restaurants, hotels and hospitality sector in the Middle East and North Africa region to showcase their products and services to the target audience.
Dubai – The 2nd edition of ‘The Restaurant Show Middle East’ concluded at ‘The Address – Dubai Marina’ on 15th April 2018. The two day event oversaw participation of 3,000 members and approximately 60 brands and exhibitors across 15 countries in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. The event played an important role in gathering stakeholders from the restaurant building, designing, furnishing, equipping and technology sectors to meet, connect and exchange the knowledge of the Food & Beverage (F&B) industry.
Restaurant Show Middle East – Event Highlights
The event was inaugurated by Ms. Noura Abdulla Al Shamsi, Head of Food Permits Section, Dubai Municipality. Several workshops were held during the two day event, focusing on restaurant leadership and management. The latest techniques on effective implementation of best practices in a restaurant and other procedures to improve their skills in running the business were discussed in the conference.
Some of the other major topics covered in the event were:
- Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East F&B Service Sector
- Expanding and Franchising F&B brand Locally and Internationally
- Restaurant Building and Design
- Restaurant Management
- Innovations in the Food-Service Sector
- Marketing Restaurants and F&B Outlets
The latest technologies and best practices followed by the market leaders were also discussed in the event. Technology companies such as “Foodics” and “Mobikon” displayed their latest POS (Point of Sale) solution that provided an integrated system to maintain inventory, schedule employees, maintain the loyalty program and e-Commerce at the same time. Interior designers such as “4 Space” displayed their latest restaurant designs and innovations.
The overall event was highly successful as it provided the decision makers in the industry to network, learn and gain insights on best practices to be followed to reaffirm their position as a market leader in the target sector.
F&B Sector Investment Opportunities in UAE & Dubai
The Food & Beverage (F&B) sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in UAE with an estimated value of Dh 47 Billion in 2017. The F&B sector is expected to further grow by 4 per cent annually, creating opportunities for growth in next 5-10 years.
One of the major contributors of growth is Dubai, which accounts for 43 per cent market share of UAE’s F&B sector. The current value of Dubai’s F&B sector is valued at Dh 18 billion nad has a growth rate of 10%.With nearly 10,000 restaurants in Dubai, the sector is expected to further grow because of the major F&B events such as “Gulf Food” and “Restaurant show Middle East”.
According to a report published by KPMG, healthy food options is the most trending segment in the F&B sector with 53% of the consumers preferring healthier food options. Other two major trending segments are Fine dining and Food Courts. The highly diverse and young demographics, per-capita income of Dubai (Dh 175,000) growing tourism and expanding economic infrastructure provide ideal opportunities for investment in restaurants, cafes and F&B outlets in Dubai.
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