Around last year’s end, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) signed contracts totaling over $272 million (AED 1 billion) with four Abu Dhabi-based companies. The agreements were finalized during the Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition, and the contracted companies include Royal Catering, Apex National Catering, National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels (NCT&H), and Sodexo Kelvin. These contracts will cover food catering services for all ADNOC Group companies from 2022 to 2027. ADNOC’s collaboration with local entities and emphasis on utilizing products made in the U.A.E. aligns with the U.A.E.’s critical national food security strategy.

Not only ADNOC but numerous other oil companies have also recognized the significant need for top-notch food catering services across their onshore and offshore operations to meet the diverse requirements of their extensive workforce. By partnering with these local companies, these companies reaffirm their commitment to supporting domestic suppliers and contractors, contributing to the growth, development, and diversification of the local industry. In view of this, one of the leading research firms, MarkNtel Advisors, has estimated The U.A.E. Catering Services Market to grow at a CAGR of around 6% during 2023-28. Moving further, let us find out what companies, other than mentioned ones, are shaping the dynamics of the catering industry across the U.A.E.

TOP 5 Catering Services Companies in UAE

Royal Catering Services L.L.C.

Since its inception in 2003, Royal Catering swiftly ascended to the ranks of the U.A.E.’s prominent catering service providers. Accommodating events with up to 2,000 attendees on a regular basis, the company’s unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction has firmly established its reputation within the industry.

Royal Catering caters to a wide spectrum of budgets and needs, ranging from intimate gatherings with friends to expansive corporate or commercial functions. Should top-tier service be the requirement, Royal Catering stands ready to exceed expectations.

In recent times, the company has undergone a merger with Royal Strategic Partners, propelling its workforce to 2,500 personnel distributed across four leading production and service facilities located in Abu Dhabi, Ruwais, and Dubai. Their central kitchen spans an impressive 2,000 square feet, and their culinary experts can effortlessly prepare over 55,000 meals daily. Equally notable are the other facets of Royal Catering’s workforce, exemplified by their cleaning team, which efficiently covers an extensive 100,000 square miles each day.

Abela & Co. L.L.C.

Abela & Co. L.L.C., established in 1967 in the United Arab Emirates, stands as a prominent catering service company and industry pioneer in the region. Headquartered in Dubai, it takes pride in serving over 120 significant local and international clients across various sectors, including hospitality, education, construction, healthcare, shipbuilding, petroleum, aviation, and FMCG.

In May 2023, Abela & Co shared the news about the opening of their new cafe, “Bean There,” at Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital by Capital Health. This cafe combines Abela & Co’s great cooking skills and love for making amazing meals in a healthcare setting. Bean There wants to offer a cozy place where people at the hospital—visitors, patients, and staff—can take a break and enjoy freshly made coffee, tasty pastries, and healthy snacks. The cafe is made with care to meet the special needs of healthcare workers and hospital guests, making their time there even better.

At Bean There, you can try a special menu with delicious coffees made by expert baristas. They also have yummy pastries, sandwiches, and salads to choose from. The cafe keeps in mind different diets, so there’s something for everyone, whether you’re treating yourself or looking for healthy options. The café is also really careful about keeping things clean and safe. They follow strict cleaning rules to make sure the cafe is a clean and safe place for everyone who comes by.

National Catering Services and Foodstuff

National Catering Services, a leading catering service in the U.A.E. and worldwide, provides over 31,000 meals daily to the business and education sectors, among others. From its inception, it has maintained a cutting-edge approach, offering cost-effective services and consistent quality to clients spanning diverse industries. 

Intercat-Cateriya Catering & Hospitality Services L.L.C

Intercat-Cateriya Catering & Hospitality Services L.L.C., established in 1992, has fostered long-term, successful, and trustworthy relationships with clients by attentively considering their specific needs and respecting their suggestions. The services extend to multiple market segments, including hospitality, business and industry, construction, educational institutions, and defense. Above all, their philosophy emphasizes “Great Food and Great Service.”

Cedar tree

Cedar Tree, with 13 years of experience, offers affordable catering services with a highly professional staff of chefs, bartenders, and waiters to assist event coordinators. Cedar Tree Hospitality is recognized for its extensive seating arrangements and food quality. Covering a wide range of events such as weddings, private parties, and corporate events, Cedar Tree specializes in 10 international cuisines and has the capability to accommodate 5,000 guests.

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