A piece of Jeddah in Jubail: Albaik pops up for Sharqiah Season

Albaik's mobile restaurant on the move in Alkhobar. (Supplied photo)
Updated 14 March 2019
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A piece of Jeddah in Jubail: Albaik pops up for Sharqiah Season

  • Jeddah's legendary chicken shack is the Kingdom's answer to Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Althought it opened as far back as 1974, Albaik has started expanding outside the Hijaz area only last year

ALKHOBAR: As Jubail gets ready to be part of the Sharqiah Season, another attraction is sure to draw attention from far and wide: a temporary branch of Albaik, the legendary Jeddah chicken shack. Visitors to Jubail’s Young Marine Park can now swing by its pop-up restaurant for a taste of the west coast’s iconic fried chicken for the next 45 days, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. 

“I don’t care if it’s in Jubail; I’ll go all the way there for Albaik,” one person tweeted. “It’s cheaper than getting a flight to Jeddah, after all.”

Al Baik's mobile restaurant on the move in Alkhobar. (Supplied photo)

The first Albaik restaurant opened in Jeddah in 1974 as the local answer to Kentucky Fried Chicken and has since gained something of a cult following in Saudi culture. Long seen as a west-coast-exclusive, Albaik has only just started to expand outside of the Hijaz region and into other parts of Saudi Arabia. Riyadh now has two branches in operation, with more on the way, and the chain shows no signs of slowing down.

The fast-food chain took to Twitter to announce plans to expand its reach to the east coast back in October of 2018, causing a nationwide frenzy amongst fried chicken enthusiasts. “Goodbye, KFC, McDonald’s, Kudu and Herfy!” one fan commented on Albaik’s Facebook page. “If we’re getting Albaik, then no other fast food matters.”

The pop-up shares its debut with that of Sharqiah Season, a festival that opens across several east coast cities on Thursday, March 14 and runs until March 30. With Jubail events including a multimedia water show, watersport competitions, concerts and exhibitions, residents and visitors alike can take in the entertainment and grab some coveted chicken goodness to boot.

The festival will also feature sports events such as the Red Bull Air Race and the Formula 1 H20 boat race, as well as concerts in Dammam featuring Akon, Deadmau5, Pitbull and French Montana.


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.