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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.

 

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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.

The Famous Food to try in Saudi Arabia

Arabian food

Saudis are world famous for their hospitality. If you are invited by a Saudi to his home, you are for sure going to have a fantastic feast. The moment you enter the house, you will find delicious aromas of appetizing spices wafting through the air. In Saudi Arabia, a guest is treated royally and is made to feel as a part of the family.

Arabian Food, basically a fusion of old eastern spices & time honored traditions, is rich in taste which is enjoyed all across the world. The natural response that comes once you taste the food is that you tend to learn how to make the delicacy again. Some of the world famous food items in Saudi Arabian Cuisine include Mandi, Kabsa, Motabbaq, Masoob, Haneedh, Shawarma and Falafel. There are different cuisines for all regions in the Kingdom. A lot of these dishes have natural ingredients and have healthy nutritional benefits.  They are rich in calories and are served at all the traditional restaurants that are spread across the Kingdom.

The most famous and traditional dish is Mandi. Hotels and Restaurants take privilege in serving their customers the traditional dish which is an all-time favorite with the food lovers. The word Mandi comes from the Arabic word “Nada” which means dew and reflects the moist “dewy” texture of the meat. Mandi is usually made from rice, meat and a mixture of traditional spices. The meat that is usually used for the preparation of “Mandi” is from a young and small sized lamb to ensure a fine taste. One of the other most popular dishes in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is Al-Ma’soub which is one of the most wide spread traditional dish in the Makkah Region. It’s a sweet which is usually made with wheat, honey and bananas. The traditional way of making this delicacy is to first bake the wheat and then drop it into a wooden bowl.  A good mixture of honey, butter and bananas are added to it and the mixture is then battered with a sharp tool. Cream can be added before being served to the guests.

There are a large number of expatriates in the Kingdom and they have played a major role in introducing different Asian Dishes along with the already famous Arabian Cuisine. Shawarma & Felafel are two such examples which have become very famous throughout the kingdom. It has also become very popular in India and Pakistan.

Saudi Arabia is also famous for its Gahwa. It’s a kind of coffee and is served in every single house of the Kingdom. According to the Cultural Mission of Saudi Arabia, “Serving a cup of coffee (Gahwa) is a sign of hospitality and generosity.”  Traditionally the coffee beans are first roasted and then cooled in front of the guests using a mortar and pestle. Cardamom pods are added to the coffee beans during the grinding process before the coffee is brewed and served to the guests. This is a practice which is still in practice in the desert areas. However in big cities like Riyadh and Jeddah, it’s not prepared in front of the guests. It is instead elegantly served in a dallah and served in very small cups which are called finjan.

Saudi Cuisine is one of the most famous cuisines in the World. No wonder, Saudi Arabia is one of the largest importers of both Lamb & Mutton. It’s not just the locals but also a lot of expatriates that enjoy Saudi Food not just because it’s rich in taste but also due to the fact that it is extremely nutritional.

The Restaurant industry in Saudi Arabia

The Restaurant industry in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia continues to evolve its hospitality industry. Many of the largest hotel brands in the world have been operational in the Kingdom for quite a while now. It is an ever increasing and growing market for the food industry.

The number of Pakistani and Indian restaurants in the Kingdom is constantly on the rise. This is not surprising given the fact that the population of expats outnumbers the local population in this part of the world.  Cities like the capital city of Riyadh and Jeddah are major business hubs which attract diverse cultures and people from all across the globe, especially from the Indian subcontinent.  Hence, it is no coincidence that some of the Best hotels in Riyadh or Jeddah for that matter serve Pakistani and Indian cuisine. Pakistani and Indian restaurants are by no means restricted to these two cities though; you can find such eateries spread all across the country, even in lesser populated and comparatively smaller 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 as passionate about food as it is about football .Hence; there is never a shortage of 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 can be called a rainbow nation atleast for the sake of the multi cultural cuisines it has to offer. So many people with so many different nationalities scattered all over the region is one of the primary reasons for the boom of this sector of the hospitality industry in this country. 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. Hence, it is normal to find a Saudi national enjoying a plate of Biryani at an Indian restaurant or a Chinese biting into Italian food. The human tendency to experiment and to break away for the norm can be credited for the immense success of these restaurants and hotels. People prefer to try new cuisines as most are bored with eating the same stuff day in and day out .One day you might want a biryani and the next you may have a craving for a Shawarma or a plate of Mandi.

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.

Eating Habits over the years- An Insight

Eating-habits

Eating Habits have dramatically changed in this fast paced world. A lot of people are dependent on restaurants for at least one of their meals on a daily basis. This trend is not in just the metros but is catching up in smaller towns and cities. As a result of this, the intake of calories, sugar, saturated fat and sodium has gone up significantly amongst the working class. Irrespective of whether you eat at a fast food restaurant or a multi cuisine restaurant, your intake of calories and sugar goes up dramatically.

There have been a lot of studies done in the past which suggest that adults who have reported to have been eating at fast food restaurants have consumed more calories, fat and sodium than the ones who have reported for not eating at fast food restaurants. According to a leading research company, people who have consumed food at both the fast food restaurants and multi cuisine restaurants are more likely to have health problems at an early age compared to the ones who have home cooked food.

The study also displayed some interesting statistics. According to the study, the individual characteristics also had an impact on the restaurant food consumption. One of the interesting facts of the study was that the Net Energy intake was much greater for middle class men compared to high income men.  The study confirmed that the adult’s fast food restaurant consumption results in higher energy intake and obesity problems.  The implications of such habits are adverse health problems and often become a cause of obesity. People who reported to consume food at multi cuisine restaurants regularly have also been found to have obesity problems.

Life has become fast paced; people have no time in this competitive world. More and more people in this competitive era have already started to compromise on their food habits to save time.  Affordability and accessibility to restaurants had never been so easy. Restaurants have become so much affordable and the service at the restaurants is impeccable.  The service has become so fast and excellent, that people have now started saving a lot of time.  It is time to wake up and know the implications. It is time to put extra efforts to improve diet and reduce the energy intake from the restaurants.