Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market Assessment, By Type [Full-Service Restaurants, Quick-Service Restaurants, Street Stalls/Kiosks, Catering & Banqueting, Cafes & Bars, Home Delivery, Others], By Structure [Chained Outlets-Company Owned, Franchise Model; Independent Outlets], By End-user [Corporates and Business Services, Hotels, Motels and Resorts, Nursing Homes & Hospitals, Educational Premises, Theatres and Malls, Sports Complexes and Centres, Airports, and Others], By Region, Opportunities, and Forecast, 2016-2030F

Saudi Arabia Foodservice market is experiencing robust growth and is projected to reach USD 46.84 billion by 2030 from USD 24.19 billion in 2022. The market is expected to register a strong CAGR of 8.61% for the forecast period between 2023 and 2030.

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Saudi Arabia's food culture has mostly evolved from its neighbouring countries, therefore visitors to the Kingdom enjoy a wide range of both local and international cuisines. The country has been actively promoting tourism, attracting a growing number of international visitors, witnessing shifting trend towards healthy and sustainable eating. Such factors have led to the demand for foodservice establishments that cater to the diverse preferences and dietary requirements of tourists, creating opportunities for new restaurants and culinary experiences. The Saudi Arabia Foodservice market is experiencing robust growth and is projected to reach USD 46.84 billion by 2030 from USD 24.19 billion in 2022. The market is expected to register a strong CAGR of 8.61% for the forecast period between 2023 and 2030 owing to the rising emergence of food halls and marketplaces, the increase in social media influence on dining trends, and the introduction of food festivals and events.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program aims to increase the number of cafes to 1,000 per 1 million of population from the present number of cafes being 258 per million of people. Saudi Arabia’s population in May 2023 was recorded at 36 million. There is a shortage of high-end restaurants and cafes run by internationally known chefs in the kingdom which open doors of opportunities for the hospitality companies to tap the market potential in years to come. Current number of restaurants in Saudi Arabia is 1500 per 1 million in population.

Country’s foodservice expenditure has been steadily growing over the years, driven by factors increasing exposure to western lifestyles, international food, and casual dining alternatives. Furthermore, the introduction of multinational food service chains has given the Saudi Arabian food service business a much-needed boost and is projected to continue driving expansion in the coming years.

Rising Influence of Strong Cultural and Religious Identity

The adherence to Islamic dietary guidelines, such as halal food requirements, drives the presence of halal-certified restaurants and ensures that specific dietary needs are met. During the holy month of Ramadan, there is an increased demand for iftar (the meal to break the fast) offerings and suhoor (pre-dawn meal) options. The buffets typically feature a wide range of traditional Saudi Arabian dishes, as well as Middle Eastern and international cuisine. Dates, soups, appetizers, main courses, and desserts are all part of the elaborate spreads.

As Saudi Arabia is a conservative, Islamic country where alcohol or inebriation is strictly prohibited. In 2019, Saudi Arabia was the largest market for non-alcoholic beverage sales, with a value of USD 1.7 billion.  Thereby, Saudi Arabia has a strong cultural and religious identity, which influences foodservice trends.

Government Initiatives and Regulations

The Saudi Arabia government has developed many initiatives to support the foodservice industry of the country, including lowering restaurant licensing and permit costs, providing financial aid to small enterprises during the pandemic, and developing new tourism attractions. In addition, the government is substantially investing in the development of new tourist sites, which will raise demand for foodservice in such regions. This includes the Red Sea Project, which intends to build a new premium tourism destination on Saudi Arabia's western coast.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) is responsible for regulating and ensuring the safety of food and beverages in Saudi Arabia. It enforces strict standards and guidelines for food establishments, including hygiene practices, labeling requirements, and food import regulations. The SFDA's efforts help maintain the quality and safety of foodservice operations across the country.

Rise of Food Delivery and Online Ordering

Like many other parts of the world, Saudi Arabia has seen a surge in online food delivery platforms. Services like Talabat, Uber Eats, and HungerStation have gained popularity, enabling consumers to order food from a wide range of restaurants and cuisines conveniently. One prominent example is the popular food delivery platform "Jahez." Founded in Saudi Arabia in 2016, Jahez quickly gained traction and became one of the leading online food delivery services in the country. The platform connects customers with a wide range of restaurants and allows them to place orders for delivery or pickup through its user-friendly website or mobile app. Moreover, the platform became the Kingdom's first online delivery company to go public in 2022, with a valuation of USD 2.3 billion (SR 8.9 billion) and secured USD 36 million for their commission-free halal food ordering service, DeliverDXB, which has opened in Dubai in March 2020.

Increasing Presence of Chained Outlets

Chained outlets like McDonald's, KFC, and Starbucks have gained popularity in the Saudi Arabia foodservice market due to their strong brand recognition, consistent quality, and efficient operations. These global chains have expanded their presence across various locations in the country, offering familiar dining experiences to Saudi Arabian consumers. Al Baik is a large fast-food restaurant chain known for its delicious fried chicken and seafood offerings with a range of sauces. With over 100 locations across the country, Al Baik has built a strong brand presence and has become a desirable option for many Saudis and expatriates alike. The chain's consistent quality, affordable prices, and efficient service have contributed to its popularity and loyal customer base.

Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic substantially influenced Saudi Arabia foodservice market. Many restaurants, cafés, and hotels limited their operations due to the country's rigorous measures to control the virus's spread, such as lockdowns and prohibitions on big gatherings. Moreover, the foodservice market is primarily reliant on tourist and business travel, both of which have been badly harmed by the lockdown. The suspension of Umrah and Hajj pilgrimages, which typically attract millions of travellers each year, has also had an impact on foodservice demand. However, there has been an upsurge in demand for food delivery and takeout services. Many eateries have changed their attention to online delivery companies like Talabat and Uber Eats to respond to the COVID-19 circumstances.

In June 2022, Saudi Arabia lifted all the Covid-19 restrictions that allowed the food service sector to resume to its pre pandemic operations level. The country is back to the track to achieve its 2030 Vision.

Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market: Report Scope

“Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market Assessment, Opportunities, and Forecast, 2016-2030”, is a comprehensive report by Market Xcel, providing in-depth analysis and assessment of the current scenario of the foodservice market in Saudi Arabia, industry dynamics and opportunities, and forecasts (2023-2030). Additionally, the report profiles the leading players in the industry mentioning their respective market share, business model, competitive intelligence, etc.


Report Attribute


Base Year of the Analysis


Historical Period


Forecast Period


Projected Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.61% between 2023-2030

Revenue Forecast in 2030

USD 46.84 billion


Revenue in USD billion

Segments Covered

Type, Structure, and End-user

Regions Covered

Central, Western, Northern, Eastern, and Southern

Key Companies Profiled

McDonald's Corporation, Starbucks Corporation, The Al Faisaliah Group, Herfy Food Services Co., Yum! Brands Inc., ALBAIK Food Systems Company S.A., Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, Kudu Corp., Papa John's International, Inc., Dine Brands Global Inc.

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In this report, Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market has been segmented into the following categories: 

1.    By Type

1.1.   Full-Service Restaurants

1.2.   Quick-Service Restaurants

1.3.   Street Stalls/Kiosks

1.4.   Catering & Banqueting 

1.5.   Cafes & Bars

1.6.   Home Delivery

1.7.   Others

2.    By Structure

2.1.   Chained Outlets

2.1.1.       Company Owned

2.1.2.       Franchise Model

2.2.   Independent Outlets

3.    By End-user

3.1.   Corporates and Business Services

3.2.   Hotels, Motels and Resorts

3.3.   Nursing Homes & Hospitals

3.4.   Educational Premises

3.5.   Theatres and Malls

3.6.   Sports Complexes and Centres

3.7.   Airports

3.8.   Others

4.    By Region

4.1.   Central

4.2.   Western

4.3.   Northern

4.4.   Eastern

4.5.   Southern

Key Players Landscape and Outlook

Major companies operating in the market consider quality as a key component in brand positioning to preserve their market positions. To understand changing consumer tastes and preferences, businesses are boosting their R&D and marketing expenditure as well as broadening their distribution networks. The companies are constantly involved in providing innovative menus and customer loyalty programs to sustain in the market.

For example, Al Baik, a popular Saudi fast-food chain, regularly introduces new menu items and limited time offers to cater to diverse customer preferences. Whereas Herfy, a leading Saudi fast-food chain, has a loyalty program called "Herfy Club" that offers exclusive rewards, discounts, and personalized promotions to its loyal customers.

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 Key Players Operating in Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market

·         McDonald's Corporation

·         Starbucks Corporation

·         The Al Faisaliah Group

·         Herfy Food Services Co.

·         Yum! Brands Inc.

·         ALBAIK Food Systems Company S.A.

·         Jubilant FoodWorks Limited 

·         Kudu Corp.

·         Papa John's International, Inc.

·         Dine Brands Global Inc. 

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Table of Contents

1.       Research Methodology

2.       Project Scope & Definitions

3.       Impact of COVID-19

4.       Executive Summary

5.       Voice of Customer

5.1.    Demographics (Age, Geography, Nationality, Income, etc.)

5.2.    Branded v/s Localised Service 

5.3.    Brand Awareness and Loyalty

5.4.    Factors Considered in the Adoption of Foodservice

5.4.1.Overall Expenses

5.4.2.Quality and Hygiene

5.4.3.Taste Preferences

5.4.4.Additional Benefits



5.4.7.Payment Options

5.4.8.Perceived Usefulness

5.4.9.Reviews and Ratings

5.5.    Frequency of Service Adoption

5.6.    Preference of Foodservice Providers

5.7.    Preference of Foodservice Type

5.8.    Conscious Eating

5.9.    Impact of Influencer Marketing or Celebrity Endorsements on Product/Brand Absorption

6.       Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market Outlook, 2016-2030F

6.1.    Market Size & Forecast

6.1.1.By Value

6.1.2.By Volume

6.2.    By Type

6.2.1.Full-Service Restaurants

6.2.2.Quick-Service Restaurants

6.2.3.Street Stalls/Kiosks

6.2.4.Catering & Banqueting 

6.2.5.Cafes & Bars

6.2.6.Home Delivery


6.3.    By Structure

6.3.1.       Chained Outlets             Company Owned             Franchise Model

6.3.2.       Independent Outlets

6.4.    By End-user

6.4.1.       Corporates and Business Services

6.4.2.       Hotels, Motels and Resorts

6.4.3.       Nursing Homes & Hospitals

6.4.4.       Educational Premises

6.4.5.       Theatres and Malls

6.4.6.    Sports Complexes and Centres

6.4.7.    Airports 

6.4.8.    Others

6.5.    By Region 






6.6.    By Company Market Share (%), 2022

7.       Market Mapping, 2022

7.1.    By Type

7.2.    By Structure

7.3.    By End-user

7.4.    By Region

8.       Macro Environment and Industry Structure

8.1.    Supply Demand Analysis

8.2.    Import Export Analysis

8.3.    Value Chain Analysis

8.4.    PESTEL Analysis

8.4.1.Political Factors

8.4.2.Economic System

8.4.3.Social Implications

8.4.4.Technological Advancements

8.4.5.Environmental Impacts

8.4.6.Legal Compliances and Regulatory Policies (Statutory Bodies Included)

8.5.    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

8.5.1.Supplier Power

8.5.2.Buyer Power

8.5.3.Substitution Threat

8.5.4.Threat from New Entrant

8.5.5.Competitive Rivalry

9.       Market Dynamics

9.1.    Growth Drivers

9.2.    Growth Inhibitors (Challenges and Restraints)

10.   Key Players Landscape

10.1.                     Competition Matrix of Top Five Market Leaders

10.2.                     Market Revenue Analysis of Top Five Market Leaders (in %, 2022)

10.3.                     Mergers and Acquisitions/Joint Ventures (If Applicable)

10.4.                     SWOT Analysis (For Five Market Players)

10.5.                     Patent Analysis (If Applicable)

11.   Pricing Analysis

12.   Case Studies

13.   Key Players Outlook

13.1.                     McDonald's Corporation

13.1.1.    Company Details

13.1.2.    Key Management Personnel

13.1.3.    Products & Services

13.1.4.    Financials (As reported)

13.1.5.    Key Market Focus & Geographical Presence

13.1.6.    Recent Developments

13.2.                     Starbucks Corporation

13.3.                     The Al Faisaliah Group,

13.4.                     Herfy Food Services Co.

13.5.                     Yum! Brands Inc.

13.6.                     ALBAIK Food Systems Company S.A.

13.7.                     Jubilant FoodWorks Limited 

13.8.                     Kudu Corp.

13.9.                     Papa John's International, Inc.

13.10.                  Dine Brands Global Inc. 

*Companies mentioned above DO NOT hold any order as per market share and can be changed as per information available during research work

14.   Strategic Recommendations

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List of Figure-Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market

Figure 1. Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market, By Value, In USD Billion, 2016 - 2030F

Figure 2. Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market Share, By Type, In USD Billion, 2016 - 2030F

Figure 3. Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market Share, By Structure, In USD Billion, 2016 - 2030F

Figure 4. Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market Share, By End-user, In USD Billion, 2016 - 2030F

Figure 5. Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market Share, By Region, In USD Billion, 2016 - 2030F

Figure 6. By Type Map-Market Size (USD Billion) & Growth Rate (%), 2022

Figure 7. By Structure Map-Market Size (USD Billion) & Growth Rate (%), 2022

Figure 8. By End-user Map-Market Size (USD Billion) & Growth Rate (%), 2022

Figure 9. By Region Map-Market Size (USD Billion) & Growth Rate (%), 2022

List of Table-Saudi Arabia Foodservice Market      

Table 1. Pricing Analysis of Products from Key Players

Table 2. Competition Matrix of Top 5 Market Leaders

Table 3. Mergers & Acquisitions/ Joint Ventures (If Applicable)

Table 4. About Us - Regions and Countries Where We Have Executed Client Projects

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