Satwa, Abu Dhabi set to host Little Manila outlets

January 10, 2016 | Khaleej Times

Satwa, Abu Dhabi set to host Little Manila outlets

Al Ahli Group is expanding Little Manila, the first Filipino-themed restaurant in the region, to Satwa and Abu Dhabi.

Little Manila offers multiple Filipino food brands under one roof, including Binalot, Jay-J’s, Fruitas Group, Mochi Creme, Zagu, Fiftea, along with its in-house brands Kwekie Bites and Breadshop.

Parvez Naqvi, international business development head for Al Ahli Holding Group, said the restaurant’s first branch in Muraqqabat, Deira, receives 1,000 visitors daily. The Satwa branch will be completed in the second half of 2016, to be followed by the opening of the Abu Dhabi branch.

According to a survey commissioned by Al Ahli Group, eight out of 10 Filipinos in the UAE eat out four times a week, with 84 per cent of the respondents admitting to being frequent diners. Five per cent eat out twice a month while 11 per cent dine out once.

The survey also pointed out that majority of Filipinos in the UAE are willing to spend up to Dh40 for a meal.

Shaikh Mustafa, deputy general manager for food and beverage and international business development of Al Ahli Group, said: “Little Manila is designed to give Filipinos a place where they can unwind and comfortably feel at home with its authentic Filipino food choices.”