With Dubai Expo 2020, the opening of Warner Bros World and Dubai’s first Theme Park, the Emirate is progressing well with its diversification plan and is attracting tourists from all over the world. With so many developments in place already, the trends that are guiding the hospitality sector are coming into full force. These hospitality industry trends are not the cause or effect of a single route phenomenon but various socio-economic parameters that are coming together to define the industry in Dubai.
Dubai Tourism had announced that its hotel inventory is set to increase by 11% in the coming two years and 132,000 rooms are expected to be operational in the Emirate by the end of 2019. With more and more tourists flying in, Dubai entering the list of top 10 destinations to visit and the government focusing on the hospitality industry more than ever, even restaurants are not far behind in the space and are growing at a tremendous pace.
Dubai has close to 260 people per restaurant only, not due to the dearth of people visiting the emirate but because of the increase in the number of restaurants. In such a dynamic space, you may be wondering what the key trends which are driving the growth of the hospitality industry in the emirate are. Here we have for you a list of top 10 hospitality trends from different segments which according to us are driving the growth of the industry in Dubai.
Top Ten Trends In Hospitality Industry In Dubai
Be they social, economic or technological, changing attitudes and perceptions create trends which guide an industry. Same is the case with the Hospitality Industry in Dubai. Various socio-cultural, economic and technological trends are together reshaping the industry.
Social Trends Driving The Hospitality Industry
Social trends include a shift in the perception of people due to lifestyle changes caused by interaction with various human ideas, like globalization. Top Social Trends driving the hospitality industry in Dubai this 2018 are:
1. Health Food
The world has been going the healthy route and the middle east is no exception. The 2018 Gulfood Global Outlook Report Health and Wellness Trends cites an increase in demand of organic products, healthy food, label scrutiny, and environment-friendly food. Health and wellness is also expected to grow at 7% in the Middle East and North Africa as opposed to 3% globally in the next five years.
2. Home Grown Concepts
Dubai has always been a tourist destination and so has had a good level of international brand penetration but off late, the trend has been shifting. More and more homegrown brands are developing and entering the hospitality industry with a focus on high quality. This is also being read as a sign of maturing market and an increase in the value of home foods and home-based concepts which diners are now increasingly looking for.
3. Regional Flavours
Dubai has seen a rise and fall of interest in different cuisines and the latest trend to catch the hospitality industry is modern and traditional Middle Eastern and North African. With more homegrown concepts, regional flavors are becoming a preferred choice in Dubai. An infusion of more Arabian and Egyptian flavors in European and Asian cuisines is expected out of 2018 giving the emirate its own unique fusion flavor.
With the city growing, residents getting busier and the internet becoming a more than a common feature, takeaways and home deliveries are hitting the trend list. An exponential rise in food and delivery options which save both time and money. Food delivery apps are on t