These Were The Most-Ordered Takeaway Items In The Middle East In 2019

03 February 2020
Eats, Food, Middle East, DUBAI, UAE, KSA, Takeaway, Delivery, Uber Eats

From Insta-friendly breakfasts to late night cravings, Uber Eats sees all. Here’s what you loved last year

Make no mistake, the Middle East went big on delivery in 2019. For many, apps like Uber Eats are a non-negotiable front-screen staple akin to Instagram and Whatsapp. And if the latest data is anything to go by, our collective penchant for quick, delicious and (mostly) healthy meals shows no sign of waning.

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The most popular orders in the Middle East won’t come as much surprise, with tried-and-trusted staples, pizza and shawarma, bagging the top spots. Across the board, acai, falafel, and poke followed closely behind, no doubt thanks to the desk-bound lunch delivery crew (we see you). But dig a little deeper and you’ll find micro-trends developing within the UAE and the KSA.

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In the UAE, Uber Eats devotees showed a preference for cold dishes, with acai, poke, hummus and even popcorn securing spots in the top 10. Meanwhile, in the KSA, plant-based came into its own, with vegetarianism ranking 8th in the most-ordered list.

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“Over the last year, we saw that although the usual take-out options are still popular, there was a jump in the popularity of health-conscious dining, with people looking to enjoy foods that contain added health benefits – like flax seeds,” says Matthew Denman, general manager, Uber Eats Middle East and North Africa.

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Question is, are your 2019 favourites in for the long haul? Flax is the emerging superfood to watch in 2020 across EMEA, according to Uber Eats. Sriracha, taro, matcha, tofu, and kimchi are out, while kombucha, garlic, chanterelle mushrooms and cacao are expected to dominate menus over the coming year.

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Whether they graced your camera roll or just greased your plate, here’s what you ordered in 2019...

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The most popular items in the UAE include:

  1. Pizza
  2. Acai
  3. Poke
  4. Shawarma
  5. Tacos
  6. Falafel
  7. Garlic
  8. Halloumi
  9. Hummus
  10. Popcorn

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The most popular items in the KSA include:

  1. Shawarma
  2. Pizza
  3. Falafel
  4. Garlic
  5. Halloumi
  6. Hummus
  7. Vegetarian
  8. Honey
  9. Quinoa
  10. Protein