Craving some tasty fried chicken? Well, the region’s favorite is finally coming to Qatar.
Famous Saudi fast food chain “Al Baik” is sending five mobile restaurants to Qatar during the FIFA World Cup, and two are already on the way.
Food trucks will provide fried chicken to residents and any football fans coming to the Gulf nation, giving them a taste of its popular secret recipe.
“The top two out of five mobile restaurants are on their way to our sister country Qatar to help serve our loved ones there during football matches,” AlBaik tweeted.
The original Al Baik opened in Jeddah in 1974 and operated exclusively in the western region of Saudi Arabia for 38 years (Jeddah, Mecca and Medina).
In the 1990s, pilgrims were supplied by flagship stores near the Holy Mosque in Mecca and a non-profit outlet at the Mina site during the Hajj season.
In the 1980s and 1990s, his way of preparing grilled chicken was still unique to the region, but over time Al Baik Chicken became a dish that pilgrims “must eat” when visiting the kingdom to Hajj or Umrah.
Today, the chain has over 80 branches in Saudi Arabia alone and has developed a cult following with people intentionally crossing borders for a taste. So much so that in Indonesia, some online marketplaces sell boxes of Al-Baik flown in from Saudi Arabia.
After decades of calls from chicken lovers for the business to expand outside the kingdom, Al Baik finally opened its first two restaurants in Bahrain in 2020, before opening in the United Arab Emirates in June 2021.
The restaurant has since expanded to include venues across the Emirates including Downtown Sharjah, Expo City Dubai and Mall of the Emirates, with an Abu Dhabi opening on the way.
Earlier this year, a restaurant with an almost identical logo and name appeared on the streets of New Rayyan, attracting hundreds of people who thought it was an official branch of Al Baik, including many waited up to 90 minutes in the queue.
The Saudi restaurant chain was quick to deny it on Twitter, saying it would take legal action against the Qatari retort.
But now the chicken icons are finally coming to Qatar, and for real this time.
However, the locations of the five trucks in Qatar have not yet been made public.