The total number of restaurants and cafes in Dubai reached 11,813 at the end of 2018, according to the Department of Economic Development (DED).
The report by the DED’s Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) sector showed that the number of 1,109 new restaurants and cafes opened in 2018, up from 1,011 in the previous year.
In 2018, the number of newly opened restaurants reached 641, while the number of cafes stood at 468, compared to 601 and 410 respectively in 2017.
“In addition, the city has a flourishing tourism sector and modern lifestyle that supports restaurants and cafes of all kinds… International and regional restaurants and coffee shops operating in Dubai attract all segments of the community including locals, residents, and visitors,” he added.
The report said Bur Dubai accounted for the largest share (7,312) followed by Deira (4,457) and Hatta (44). The top ten sub-regions were Burj Khalifa (590); Ayal Nasser (405); Al Marar (363); Jumeirah 1 (356); Al Karama (349); Al Barsha 1 (310); Hor Al Anz (256); Al Muraqabat (205); Naif (200); and Al Garhoud (169).
The report also showed that the top ten nationalities investing in this sector were led by Indians, followed by Pakistanis, Egyptians, Brits and Kuwaitis.
The total number of workers in active restaurants and cafes in Dubai reached 151,127, with an average of 13 workers per restaurant/coffee shop.
Source: Arabian Business