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Restaurant industry’s growth in Saudi Arabia

One of the fastest growing business sectors in Saudi Arabia is the food and beverage industry.  Opportunity for restaurant and hotel growth abounds in Saudi Arabia. Many top brand hotels operational in the kingdom now. The hospitality industry continues to boom in the kingdom. The food industry is the ever growing market and it is increasing day by day in Saudi Arabia.



The restaurant industry in the Middle East is growing at a pace that is exceeding its infrastructure.  With hundreds of billions being pumped in to mind-boggling developments throughout the region, there is an appetite for new restaurants that exceeds any other region in the world.

There are many Indian and Pakistani restaurants in the Kingdom because the population of expats is more than the local population in this part of the world. Major business centers like Jeddah and Riyadh attracts people from different cultures and especially from the Indian subcontinent. Due to this reason, some of the Best hotels in Jeddah or Riyadh serve Pakistani and Indian cuisine. Indian and Pakistani restaurants are spread all across the country and they are not just restricted to these two cities. You will find these restaurants even in less populated cities and towns.

Restaurants in Saudi Arabia feature cuisines from many different countries. There is fantastic and often inexpensive food to be found everywhere, from Indian, Chinese and Pakistani to Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine, including delights such as humus, flatbreads and kebabs .All are served in abundance in the Kingdom. You will find delicious ethnic cuisines, with well- spiced, herb-induced foods, awaiting you at most of the restaurants.

The country is very passionate about food just the way it is about football. It has many good restaurants serving delicious food. It is not alarming to find a bunch of different themed restaurants clustered together at almost every major street across all cities and towns of the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia offers multi cultural cuisines catering to people from different parts of the world. One of the primary reasons for the boom of hospitality industry in this country  is because so many people with so many different nationalities are scattered all over the region.

The demand for respective native cuisines is such that it becomes imperative for let’s say a locality largely comprising of people of Indian origin to have restaurants serving Indian food and such is the case with most other nationals as well. It is worth noting that an eatery serving ethnic Indian food does not cater to Indian customers exclusively. As is the case with most other popular cuisines, Indian restaurants too cater to customers of different nationalities.

The hotel industry is one of the most rapidly growing and fruitful businesses in Saudi Arabia. No matter how long and where you stay in the Kingdom, you will never be short of restaurants serving delicious food. More often than not there will be one right around the corner.

Is Coffee Shop an Ideal Place to hangout?

Coffee shops in Saudi Arabia

Coffee is a world famous drink which is gaining tremendous growth in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Locals as well as the expats are getting inclined to the Westernized coffee culture and this trend is resulting in opening up of many Coffee Shops such as independent coffee shops, chained outlets and major coffee brands and thereby increasing their presence in Saudi Arabia.

As per the latest survey conducted by Food Industry experts, Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing markets for coffee in the Middle East region. Market Analyst predicts that the gross coffee sales in Saudi Arabia will grow by more than 50% in the next five years. Therefore, various International Coffee chains are expected to invest massively in the coffee industry in the oil rich nation.

Coffee beans are considered to be very healthy and if consumed in right quantity is a real stress buster as it is loaded with anti oxidants and beneficial nutrients. It is scientifically proven fact that people who have regular coffee have much lower risk of several diseases. According to one of the medical expert reports of USA, Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, colon cancer and liver related diseases.

Coffee shops in Saudi have become an ideal hangout for everyone to sit around and get themselves refreshed. A lot of people prefer going to a coffee shop as it provides an ideal ambience for them to sit, relax and have a conversation. It’s not just a stress buster as many corporate employees prefer to have business meetings over a cup of coffee these days.

Every city or town in Saudi Arabia has a list of coffee shops to choose from. Some Coffee shops in Saudi Arabia offer various bakery items served with their coffees. You will find different kinds of people from all walks of life visiting these coffee shops to have a relaxing time. You will also find elderly people talking on various topics including Businesses, Growth & Family affairs. Youths gather at coffee shops to spend time with their friends. Coffee shops offer various cookies, donuts & bakery items for the kids to enjoy.

Most of the coffee shops also have separate enclosed family sections to serve the families of that region. You find a lot of families coming in to enjoy the coffee and spend quality time with their loved ones.

Coffee shops are strategically located in and around work places, educational institutions, and residential colonies to target different kinds of people. Many coffee shops also target commercial areas including Shopping Malls to serve their specialties to its audience. There are varieties of coffee that is prepared and served by different coffee shops. Most of the common and famous coffees that are served are Cold Coffees, Frappes, Americano, Cappuccino and Espresso. Irish coffee is fast gaining immense popularity in and across the region of Saudi Arabia. These coffees are usually served with biscuits, muffins, cakes & traditional desserts as well.

Several coffee shops are available in every part of the Kingdom. With the help of Smart Phones, It’s no big deal to find coffee shops in and around your area. is one such local search engine with all the business directory listings that also include your favorite coffee shops. People with smart phones usually use the Daleeli Mobile application to make their relevant searches.

Special Ramadan Foods From Around the World

Special Ramadan Foods

Iftar can be described as a fast-breaking meal which is a daily ritual during the holy month of Ramadan. A traditional Iftar menu around the world consists of juice, fruits, dates, milk, and water. Muslims belief that the Prophet Mohammad (saw) usually broke his fast by either eating dates or drinking water.

Ramadan is a month of fasting and celebration for Muslims around the world. It is a significant month throughout the Middle East. Muslims reflect on their spiritual side and spend quality time with family and friends. During Ramadan, it is very important to focus on what’s important in life and how to improve relationships between family and friends. The most crucial part of the socializing aspect in this month is focused around breaking of the fast, iftar as it is known in Arabic, and the meal before the day of fasting begins (sahoor). Special food and drinks to be enjoyed with family and friends are prepared every year in Ramadan in the Middle East region.

Erk Soos — it is a drink commonly consumed in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Palestine.  Erk Soos is a thick, sweet drink generally made of the extract of liquorices’ plant. Normally, this juice is a bit of an acquired taste, but people from these regions love this drink and looks forward to it each Ramadan.

Qatayef — this is a common sweet in the Egypt region. Qatayef is a sweet treat which is very popular in the month of Ramadan. It is prepared baked or fried and is filled with dry fruits like pistachios and walnuts.

Watermelon and Cheese — A light and healthy way to break your fast, Jibneh wa bateekh is the perfect combination of sweet and cream. It is common all around the Middle East region but foreigners might find this mix quite surprising, until they try it for themselves.

Madgooga – Nisreen Nasrallah is an Iraqi scholar and author. In her book, Delights from the Garden of Eden, she has beautifully presented the recipes of authentic Iraqi meal and desserts and the history behind them. She has written some of the history behind the date and Madgooga. It is a rich and sweet recipe traditionally prepared in Iraq during the Ramadan month.

Brik and Chorba — Usually, the fast is broken with Brik and Chorba (soup) in Tunisia. Brik is a dish that is made of deep-fried pastry shell filled with egg, cheese and tuna. Chorba (shorba) is a soup consisting of fresh vegetables. The combination is healthy and traditionally they are eaten together at the time of iftar in Tunisia.

Harira — In Morocco, Harira is a traditional tomato-based soup eaten at the time of Iftar. It is traditionally prepared days in advance and eaten at iftar as a light way to break the fast before indulging in the main courses.

Every region has its own specialties when it comes to serving dishes at iftar.  Hyderabad, a famous city in India, is very popular for haleem. It is a traditional dish made out of meat, spices and pulses. This dish has gained immense popularity in the Indian Subcontinent.

Other famous dishes are desserts, biryani, sherbets (cool drinks), and samosas. In Afghanistan, the Iftar dishes include kebabs,  rice pulao,  soups and onion-based meat curries. Sweet like jalebis, fruit salads and delicious dishes like parathas, meat curries, fruit salads, and kebabs are most preferred items for breaking the fast in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Useful health and food tips to prepare your family this Ramadan

Ramadan Food

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. It is during this month that Muslims observe the Fast of Ramadan. Fasting is one of the five Pillars of Worship in Islam. During this Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking (among other things) between sunrise and sunset to teach themselves self-awareness, patience and tolerance.

The holy month of Ramadan falls in June/July in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This time of the year is the hottest in The Kingdom and so one need to be extra careful in following good health & food habits during this holy month.

Suhoor is the meal taken immediately before sunrise. The fasting commences immediately with the Fajr Prayers. It’s a vital meal in Ramadan as it gives you strength and vitality for the day and can make fasting easier and tolerable. Make sure that this meal is mostly whole grain breads, rice and whole grain cereals as these meals are rich in Carbohydrates and can help you to maintain your blood sugar levels. There are a lot of Hotels in Saudi Arabia that offer Suhoor in this month.  Make sure you drink adequate water during the Suhoor.

A healthy Iftar goes hand in hand with the traditions. Most of the people start off with a date or two and then with glass of water.  2-3 dates are enough to break your fast. It’s a common tradition to break the fast with dates as they are extremely rich in calories. The most important thing during Ramadan is to make sure that you focus on moderation as its essential to help you maintain a healthy weight during Ramadan.  Apart from Dates, there are lots of delicacies that are served at the time of iftar. One such delicacy is the Sambosa. However it is advisable to be moderate in your consumption of appetizers such as sambosa as these deep fried delicacies are high in calories and fat which may result in the  increase of cholesterol levels in the blood. The better option would be to have them baked and stuffed with low fat cheese. Starting your Iftar meal with a warm soup comforts the stomach after a long day of fasting, replenishes your body with fluids and helps you to prepare the digestive system for this blessed meal. Eating your soup and salad slowly at Iftar will help you feel full and prevent you from overeating later from the main dish and sweets. Its always good to be creative with your salad. The more varied and colorful vegetables you include in your salad, the more assorted are the nutrients and antioxidants you get. These help protect your body cells and promote good health especially during this holy month. Maghrib is performed after breaking the fast which is then followed by the main course.


It’s very important to go for a balanced main dish at Iftar which is rich in carbohydrates & Proteins. A common tradition in Saudi Arabia is to serve Rice, Chicken, Pasta, Potatoes and borghul during the main course. Most of the Restaurants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia serve quality dishes throughout the month. All these dishes are rich in carbohydrates and proteins however it is important to have a moderate diet to avoid over eating during Ramadan which results in weight gain. Its always recommended to divide your main course into three parts. It’s good to have one quarter with carbohydrates, one part with meat or equivalent and the remaining with vegetables to have a good balance diet.

A lot of people tend to eat a little more during Ramadan which results in weight gain. The key is to have a healthy iftar and have food in moderation. It’s good to choose more from fruits and vegetables. Regular exercises will also help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holy month of Ramadan. Avoiding sweets during Ramadan is recommended. Meats, legumes, eggs and dairy products are rich in proteins. Ensure you have at least one of these sources in every Ramadan meal since proteins are very important for your body cells. They also increase your satiety level thus reducing the temptation for eating sweets.

This Ramadan, eat healthy at Suhoor & Iftar to ensure adequate nutrition and continued good health. Let this blessed month of Ramadan be a time of revival in spirit, soul and body.

Amazing Health Benefits of Dates

saudi arabia dates fruit

Date is a healthy and vitamin rich fruit enjoyed by all age groups.  Historian assumes that its place of origin is from the land of Iraq.  Dates have been an essential food of the Indus Valley and the Middle East for thousands of years. They are considered to have originated somewhere in Iraq, and have been cultivated since ancient times from prehistoric Egypt to Mesopotamia, possibly dating back to 4000 BC. Researchers have also found archaeological evidence of date cultivation in eastern Arabia from 6000 BC. Hence, the origin of dates remains unknown because of its long cultivation history.

Date palm tree grows 70 to 75 feet (21 to 23 m) in height; it either grows singly or forms a clump with different stems from a single root system.

Throughout the centuries, the travelers and the traders have helped in spreading dates in parts of northern Africa, South West Asia, and Spain. The Spaniards introduced Dates into California and Mexico in 1765 AD.

There are numerous health benefits of dates that include healing heart problems, relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, diarrhea, anemia, abdominal cancer, and many other diseases. Dates are also very helpful in gaining weight. They are loaded with rich vitamins, fiber and minerals. They have a number of vitamins such as copper, iron, calcium, sulfur, phosphorous, manganese, potassium, and magnesium which are all extremely beneficial for health. Health specialist’s give advise that eating one date a day is necessary for a healthy and balanced diet.

The tremendous health benefits of dates have made them one of the best supplements for muscle development. People prefer to consume dates in different ways, for example mixing the paste of the dates with milk, yogurt or with bread or butter to make them even more delicious. During time of recovery from illness or injury, this paste is beneficial for both adults and children. Scientific studies have proofed that eating dates on a regular basis is beneficial for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

It has now been accepted that dates are useful in preventing abdominal cancer according to a latest modern medical survey. Muslims break their fast (iftar) by having dates and water according to the Islamic traditions. It really helps in avoiding overeating of food especially if you have broken your fast by eating dates. Feelings of hunger are repressed when the body begins to consume the high nutritional intake of the dates. Significant amounts of potassium, present in dates, help the nervous system at the time of breaking the fast.

The Holy Prophet (SAW) said: “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying.”

Eating Dates after fasting provide 5 health benefits:

  • They don’t exhaust the fasting person since they are easy to digest.
  • Eating Dates helps in reducing the feeling of hungriness of a fasting person and so he doesn’t indulge into excessive food eating, thereby it protects from digestion disorders.
  • With the release of natural juices and digestive secretions, dates help the stomach to receive the intake of food after staying inactive throughout the day.
  • Dates are loaded with sugary energy; hence the body is supplied with the most vital nutrients which is sugar, that is necessary as a nutrient for the nerves and brain cells.
  • Dates help in protecting the fasting person from constipation as a consequence of changing meals times or having less fiber amounts in meals.

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A City guide to Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Dammam city


Dammam is the regional capital of the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. It is home to an immense ocean, wonderful shorelines and incredible fishing spots. It is a favorite location for tourists from different parts of the Kingdom. Dammam is regarded as one of the most ancient inhabited places due to the discovery of plenty of ancient artifacts and relics in Rakah neighborhood, denoting that Dammam was inhabited long time back and was a famous place for dwelling.

Dammam has King Abdul-Aziz Sea Port situated on the bank of the Persian Gulf and it is known as the second biggest port of Saudi Arabia because of its vastness. It was constructed in the late 1940s. It is fully equipped with extra-large equipment that allows it to get various types of vessels. The most important equipment’s are 56 multipurpose hoist, 8 container cranes, and 524 tanker containers. There are a number of berths for ships & fishing, as well as ship repair yard.

Dammam residents are a combination of several different ethnicities and nationalities. This blend of races has had a noteworthy effect on Dammam’s customary food.

The Kabsa is popular among the people of Dammam, often made with chicken in lieu of lamb meat. The locals also prefer to have Yemeni Mandi as lunch meal. Hejazi cuisine is popular as well & dishes like Migalgal, Madhbi (chicken grilled on stone) Madfun (literally meaning buried), Mabshoor, Mitabbak, Kabab Meiroo, Hareisa, Foul, Shorabah Hareira (Hareira soup), Saleeig (Hejazi dish made of milk rice), Areika, HummusRuz Bukhari, Biryani, Saiyadyia, Magloobah, Kibdah, Ruz Kabli,  Manzalah (usually eaten at Eid ul-Fitr), Ma’asoob, Magliya (Hejazi version of Falafel), can be acquired in plenty of traditional restaurants around the city. Grilled meat has a lovely market in Dammam such as Shawarma, Kofta and Kebab. During Ramadan season, Sambousak and Ful are the most popular meals. These meals are usually served in Lebanese, Syrian and Turkish restaurants.

You will be fascinated by Dammam’s sea weather and pearl bright beaches where you can enjoy sightseeing while taking a walk on the Corniche and practicing plenty of other beach sports. Tourism Authority has rendered appealing nature and exquisite views to Dammam Corniche. It includes green spaces, sandy areas, kid’s playgrounds, kiosks and service facilities. National celebrations and Eid ceremonies are held on it every year. The tourist and the locals usually visit King Fahd Park to spend luxury time in cafes, swimming pools, fountains & green spaces which are filled with life.

Tarout Castle & the Elderly Town is an archeological landmark located in the midst of Tarout Island dating back to 3000 BC. It was built in a traditional architectural style and it features the ruins of former settlements and civilizations.

Share Al-Hob Traditional Market displays plenty of traditional goods, clothing for men, females, and oriental eastern perfumes in addition to gold and jewelry stores that sell very distinct as well as authentic products.

 The city has ultra-luxurious shopping centers that offer you the most pretty, matchless, inventive global brand names in exquisitely designed commercial complexes, equipped with modern services & amenities to meet all of your needs and that fundamentally facilitate a wonderful shopping experience.


Find the best baked goodies in Saudi Arabia


A Bakery is a favorite hangout spot for family and friends. It is a place visited by everyone at one time or another. We find tasty and delicious food to eat here ranging from party cakes, baked goodies, treats, bread, ice creams, veg and non-veg sandwiches. We can purchase cakes for Islamic festivals like Id ul Fitr and Id ul Zuha, graduation gatherings, weddings and also to celebrate all of kinds of occasions.

There are essentially two types of bakery shops: wholesale and retail bakeries. The bakeries are also commonly known as pastry shop.  The wholesale pastry shop is the spot where there is large scale manufacturing of bread, cakes and other pastry shop goodies for distribution purposes. There is normally an expansive workforce of individuals who make foodstuffs while taking care of hygienic norms set by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Retail pastry shop are scattered all over the major cities and provinces. They basically provide fresh and nutritious bakery products to the customers.

Bakery items are getting famous day by day. They are so well known in all parts of the world because of their uniqueness in taste. They can easily be digested also. Baked items are by and large loved by all. Now a days individuals have no time to spend on making breakfast due to busy work schedules;  it is the bread and bun or rolls that have taken place instead of different sorts of stuff. Celebrating different occasions with friends and family members is incomplete without bakery products. They are enjoyed by people of all age groups and are a great source of snacks.

Bread is the trademark of all the bakery items. It is literally the heart among all other bakery products. Without the bread, bakery shop items are incomplete. It is a staple food prepared from dough of flour and water, usually by baking. It is an important ingredient in preparing impeccable mix of sandwiches, spreads, leafy foods etc. Throughout the history it has been popular around the world and is one of the ancient foods, having been of importance since the beginning of agriculture.

The other favorite items in a bakery shop are cakes which are of flaky or crisp composition. The plume light baked cake is loaded with cream. There are different sorts of cakes available like chocolate cake, pineapple, orange puff etc. Croissants are produced using flavorful appetizing or sweet fillings. Brownies are other pastry shop item which is enjoyed by all and it is produced using nuts and chocolate vanilla or mint concentrate. They are usually served with hot milk or frozen yogurt milkshake. The whipped cream espresso version of Brownies gives immaculate taste. Veg or Non Veg Rolls are the regular bakery items. Icing rolls are loaded with whipped cream and they are frequently used as treats. They incorporate mixture of nuts and are served with tea or espresso. Kids love to be pampered with treats like Chocolate chip treats (Tollhouse treats), nutty spread treats, and cereal treats. Rusk is also a regular item that is prepared as hard or dry product.

Cakes are the most prominent bread products. Hunger strikes the moment one hears the name of cake or to say chocolate cake. Cakes are specially served in celebrating the joyous moments of life.

Other favorite bakery items include chocolates, pizzas, sweet, jam, frozen yogurt, Conches, Ballios, Empanadas, and Sweet Biscuits. All the products are prepared using dried organic products such as flour, nuts, nectar, eggs, flour and sugar. Bakery products are largely consumed in Saudi Arabia and are preferred by all. Whether it is any exceptional event or not, baked goodies fills the air with sweet smell of affection because of their sweetness and appealing hues.