talabat unveils the UAE’s most ordered food and grocery items of 2021 – and you’ll be surprised!

talabat unveils the UAE’s most ordered food and grocery items of 2021 – and you’ll be surprised!

  • talabat looks back at 2021 and shares the most popular and interesting!
  • French fries, pizza, chicken sandwich and hummus lead the way as the most popular orders in 2021 in the UAE
  • It’s almost New Year’s Eve, will people choose to ring in the new year with their same favorite orders from last year?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 30 December 2021: Throughout the entirety of 2021, talabat, the region’s leading food and q-commerce delivery platform, has been there for its customers – anytime, anywhere. Here’s a rundown of orders on talabat from around the region in 2021, and some fun facts that we don’t want to forget in a hurry!

The numbers are in – and french fries has conquered all in 2021

Looking at the most popular food items ordered during the year, french fries conquered all – reigning supreme in the region over other delicious items like chicken sandwiches, burgers, potato wedges and even pizza (Yes, over pizza! We’re as shocked as you are – believe us!).

Everyone did their best to stay a bit healthier this year, with fruits and vegetables taking the lead as the most ordered grocery items on talabat Mart (tMart) in the UAE and across the region!

Whether you want to admit it or not, we know you have been ordering more fruits and vegetables this year, with many choosing to place their last-minute grocery orders from tMart at around 8:00 pm to finish their day with a filled fridge!

Only morning coffee runs? Not really, you showed us that coffee is also popular in the evenings for that after-work kick! That’s right! We discovered that many in the UAE tend to place their orders at around 8:00pm, indulging in their love of coffee after work!

While burgers surprisingly didn’t make it to the top five most ordered food items in the UAE, Abu Dhabi residents seem to enjoy burgers the most. 

Abu Dhabi ordered the most burgers in the Emirates in 2021. We now know where the burger connoisseurs are!

Oreo ice cream for dessert? Our findings show that this was the UAE’s most popular dessert item.

We found that customers in the UAE absolutely love cold desserts all year round, making Oreo ice cream the most popular ordered dessert item on talabat!

The UAE’s favorite sauces are in, and the numbers don’t lie – garlic mayo and barbecue sauce for the win!

When in doubt, add more garlic! That seems to be the motto for customers the UAE, with garlic mayo coming out on top as the UAE’s favorite sauce, and barbecue sauce following not far behind.

Celebrating the New Year, here’s how customers chose to ring in 2021 – will they welcome 2022 the same way?

The most popular food item ordered on New Year’s Eve in 2020 by far was french fries proving that people do enjoy their last cheat meal of the year before starting their New Year’s health resolution. It’s almost never the last though, is it?

Additionally, customers did not forget to order their fruits for their first healthy breakfast of the new year, and they rang in 2021 with what is probably the most surprising tMart grocery order – bananas!

talabat wishes you a Happy New Year!

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About talabat

Since delivering our first order in Kuwait in 2004, we’ve grown quite a lot over the past 17 years, and enabled our partners to reach new heights through our platform.

Today, we deliver hundreds of millions of food orders, grocery items and other products per year, to our customers in nine countries throughout the region. Our food delivery business works with well over 25,000 brands and almost 50,000 branches, while our q-commerce concept, talabat mart, now delivers groceries to customers in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman Qatar, and the UAE in 30 minutes or less.

Our customers, our partners, our people, our riders, and the communities in which we operate are at the heart of what we do. In 2020 alone, we facilitated the donation of well over 550,000 meals, and 44,000 medicine donations to those in need, as well as donated over 1.3 million euros to charity with the help of our partners and customers. talabat is part of Delivery Hero, the global leader in online food delivery and q-commerce.

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