Have you ever tried to go to a restaurant that you order from online only to discover it does not exist? Cloud restaurants and cloud kitchens are sprouting globally, especially in Dubai and can you really blame them? Being able to create foods and deliver them to customers without the burden and hassle of operating a restaurant is something you cannot beat. The innovative model of these cloud restaurants and kitchens lowers the risk for food entrepreneurs and helps restaurants control and optimize their food costs, which leads to serving customers more efficiently, allowing them to offer better value for money. The rise of food delivery platforms has helped ignite these new concepts, providing support and opportunity to local and international restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries through increase in access and exposure to customers.
In addition to seeking convenience, consumers are constantly looking for more variety, bigger food selection and different cuisine offerings. This has stimulated growth of the food delivery industry especially in Dubai where we have many players available (Deliveroo, Uber eats, Talabat, Careem NOW, Zomato) marking it impossible for any restaurant not to join the movement.
Finally, another segment expected to grow in 2020 is personalized meal plan delivery. All meals for the day are delivered each morning to your doorstep through online catering services. These companies offer convenience, removing the hardship from meal planning and prepping while meeting your caloric needs at a competitive meal price. Whether you are looking for a high protein meal intake or a weight loss meal diet, you will be able to find the programs that suit you. As for operators, the more people sign up to these personalised plans, the more economies of scale can be leveraged to lower food costs.