Ghost Kitchens Finding a Home in AME

Money pours into startups powering the Gulf region's love of home-delivered meals, while the global virtual dining trend also blossoms in South Africa

The Gulf region’s embrace of the ghost kitchen concept drew global attention in November 2019. That’s when the PIF, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, invested $400 million in Travis Kalanick’s CloudKitchens startup.

Kalanick is of course best known as Uber’s founder and the embodiment of the Silicon Valley “tech bro”. In 2016, following his…

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