New weekend in the UAE: Dubai’s food scene is booming as residents enjoy a shorter working week and more free time – News

The F&B industry is of the opinion that the long weekend has been a great opportunity for a rapid recovery of the hotel and tourism industry

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Published: Tue 1 Feb 2022, 10:44

Last update: Tue 1 Feb 2022, 10:47

Eating out is coming back to life with an extra boost boosted by the two-and-a-half-day weekend in Dubai that ended a month since its inception this year.

People in the F&B industry believe that the long weekend has been a great opportunity for a rapid recovery in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Business is gradually returning to normal except for a temporary tear in the economy caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus earlier this month.

Restaurant owners point out that businesses are doing well, with general sentiment now upbeat.

Sanjay Vazirani.  Photo: Supplied

Sanjay Vazirani. Photo: Supplied

Sanjay Vazirani, CMD, Foodlink Global Restaurants & Catering Services LLC (China Bistro), said, “The new weekend was a wonderful decision, and we quickly adapted to the change. Now that Sunday is more aligned with the rest of the nations, and as Dubai becomes more of a melting point of world cultures, this change allows people to make more plans to indulge in the world of food and Hobbies. Dinners and deliveries have shown better revenue since long weekends were activated. We have also tweaked our promotions and offers and are offering an exciting table d’hôte format at China Bistro.

He adds: “The extra free time has boosted the lifestyle, leisure and entertainment industries in general, and we have also seen an increase in boutique events at self-catering villas and house parties, which we host regularly. .

We have seen an increase in footfall and revenue at our restaurants, particularly on Friday evenings and the lunchtime sales.”

The longer weekend has led to a facelift in income, as people now have more free time.

Industry experts say residents are more confident to venture out as average coronavirus positivity rates remain low in the UAE.

Hari Kaimal, CEO of Goldmead Hospitality Services (High Note Rooftop & Lounge), said: “Honestly, we’re a bit surprised at how quickly private businesses have moved to the new weekend format. Friday nights are the new Thursday nights.

F&B business owners point out that revenue and footfall have increased slightly since the new weekend format was introduced.


He adds: “It seems that Sunday afternoon is the new universal family lunch day, whereas in the past it was a split between Friday and Saturday afternoons. In general, most of our customers seem satisfied with the new weekend formula.”

However, some with a slightly different opinion say residents need more time to adjust to the new weekend format.

Jugal Park.  Photo: Supplied

Jugal Park. Photo: Supplied

Jugal Parekh, Director of Yummy Dosa, says, “Not all private companies have adapted to the new weekend format, so people need more time. Many of our clients are still following the old weekend pattern. So Friday nights are not as good as before, Thursday nights were earlier. However, we are clearly seeing an upward trend in sales on Saturdays and Sundays, the latter being much stronger.”

Parekh adds, “We are able to serve more customers with customer reservations now spread over three days compared to two days previously. The new weekend definitely works in favor of F&B companies.

F&B industry experts are also of the opinion that in the future, this step taken by the UAE will help them to align with tourist holidays from India and elsewhere, thus generating more revenue. business.

Rayyan Rizvi.  Photo: Supplied

Rayyan Rizvi. Photo: Supplied

Rayyan Rizvi of Yoko Sizzlers says, “With the implementation of the new 2.5 day weekend, we have seen an increase in sales over the weekend. On the contrary, we’ve also found that with longer weekends and more planned outings over three days, weekdays are getting a bit drier. Therefore, there is a positive impact on business weekend sales. Otherwise, it could have a slight impact on long-term weekday sales. But overall, the weekends are doing extremely well.

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