Saudi Arabian prince to open vegan restaurants across the region in healthy lifestyle push

Prince Khaled has invested in Matthew Kenney’s vegan lifestyle company, and took the brand international by opening the first vegan restaurant in the Middle East with Bahrain’s new Plant Cafe. (Courtesy Plant Cafe)
Updated 29 January 2018

Saudi Arabian prince to open vegan restaurants across the region in healthy lifestyle push

DUBAI: The son of billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has announced plans to open a series of vegan restaurants across the Middle East, as he tries to encourage the region’s population to move away from ‘conventional diets’ and live a healthier lifestyle.
Prince Khaled laid out his plans on his Facebook account to open a minimum of 10 vegan restaurants in the Middle East by 2020.
“Our region occupies parts of the top ten most obese counties in the world. This is crazy and frankly a joke we have reached this level,” he explained.
Among the locations favored by the health buff Prince Khaled, who was recently named as president of the Saudi CrossFit Federation, include the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
And the Prince said the restaurants were not the answer to region’s health complaints, but just the beginning.
“I’m not saying opening 10 restaurants will solve this issue, but you better believe it’s a step in the right direction,” he said.
Prince Khaled was named among the world’s top influencers toward veganism in 2017 for his investments in Matthew Kenney’s vegan lifestyle company. He took the brand international by opening the first vegan restaurant in the Middle East with Bahrain’s new Plant Cafe.
Commenting on his Facebook page about the current diets of people in the region, Prince Khaled said the side effects “on states and society, economic, social, and health,” were disasters “that must be fought.”
“We have to boycott fast food restaurants and focus on our health and our children’s health before this disaster increases,” he said.


Highway 311: Latin American street food in Dubai

Updated 24 October 2020

Highway 311: Latin American street food in Dubai

  • The restaurant has a casual and fun vibe with sombreros, paper flags, posters and music contributing to a Latin American atmosphere
  • The food was fresh and flavorful, with some star dishes which we would recommend

DUBAI: Surrounded by Dubai’s skyscrapers in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Highway 311 offers visitors a taste of Latin American street food.

The restaurant has a casual and fun vibe with sombreros, paper flags, posters and music contributing to a Latin American atmosphere.

The food was fresh and flavorful, with some star dishes which we would recommend.

One of the best of the bunch at Highway 311 was the ceviche, a Peruvian dish of raw white fish cubes cured with a citrus-based marinade and garnished with onions, sweet potatoes and corn. The dish was light and refreshing, with the sourness of the fish melting into the spiciness of the vegetables. There were also two types of corn, one crunchy and one sweet, enriching the dish with even more flavor and texture.

Another must-try is the enchilada, which is a flour tortilla stuffed with cheese, Mexican chicken or meat chili drenched in enchilada sauce with a side of Mexican rice and black beans. It’s a rich dish filled with the warm flavors of tomato and cumin, and the rice was perfectly cooked.

If you feel like trying something Latin American that is less familiar, then definitely go for the Guatemalan tacos. They look similar to enchiladas, but are stuffed with potatoes, beans, shredded chicken and cheddar cheese. The tomato sauce with the cheese and tender chicken will melt in your mouth.

Highway 311 offers a Mexican soft drink brand called Jarritos, but we recommend one of its house drinks called Chicha Morada, which is a refreshing Peruvian beverage made from purple corn, pineapple, apples, clove and cinnamon.

All in all, it’s a cozy and fun place for visitors to enjoy Latin American street food in a casual setting. It also offers a number of board games for additional entertainment.