Al-Baik Chicken and other regional dishes to try at Expo 2020 Dubai


Just four months after their foray into the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia’s popular fried chicken chain Al Baik has announced that it will be present at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The fast food store, which opened in Jeddah in 1974, will be located in the Opportunity District between the pavilions of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Al Baik will serve its famous roast chicken, as well as an array of seafood, grilled meats, falafel sandwiches and desserts at the World’s Fair, which begins October 1st.

Al Baik in the United Arab Emirates

The brand opened its first UAE outpost in June, and customers flocked to the Dubai Mall to try crispy chicken, chicken fillet sandwiches, chicken nuggets and crispy shrimp.

At the time, the company said it was “committed to the operation and expansion of Al Baik in the seven emirates.”

The menu in Dubai also includes the Bik Baik sandwiches with fried chicken breast, coleslaw, cucumber and a special house sauce.

Other regional dishes to try at Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai will also host Rising Flavors, a three-story dining room that serves dishes by some of the GCC’s most popular chefs to promote Middle Eastern culinary expertise.

While the full list of participating chefs and restaurants has not yet been confirmed, a few names are known here.

Douha Abdullah Al Otaishan

Al Otaishan made history as the first female chef in Saudi Arabia and is one of the most recognizable faces on the kingdom’s national television. Some of their typical dishes are: Happy Kabsa, a fragrant rice dish with lamb, potatoes, zucchini and eggplant; Jareesh, a hearty porridge made from either white or red crushed wheat; Margoog, a stew made with meat, vegetables, and bread; and Matazeez, a meat and vegetable stew with dumplings.

Roaya Saleh

The Bahraini restaurateur (and former investment banker) runs Villa Mamas, one of Manama’s most popular restaurants, serving dishes like chicken mathrooba, leg of lamb, rabbit and hammour with herb pilaf.

Nader Al Aisari

The chef is credited with promoting fine dining in his native Oman through his restaurant and catering company Tanzanite in Muscat.

Mohamad Najem

The Lebanese chef from Qatar is known for his innovative plating techniques and delicious flavor combinations: think of chicken waffles with sunny side eggs and chili con carne sauce, ginger and salmon sandwiches and potato puffs with caviar and Texan sauce.

Khaled Al Baker

The Kuwaiti chef is the creator of Meem Cafe – a Mediterranean restaurant – and Roto, which specializes in wood-fired rotisserie meat.

Hattem Mattar

As the founder of Dubai’s Mattar Farm Kitchen, this pitmaster is known for his smoky grilled meat and pop-up penchant for pop-ups.

Zulfikar Cambaz and Jhon Faver

The two chefs from Dubai’s Westin Mina Seyahi will also be part of Rising Flavors. Cambaz is the Turkish chef behind the Baba restaurant and Faver is the chef at the hotel’s Spanish restaurant, El Sur.

Aside from the food, the dining room will serve as a space for GCC artists to showcase their artwork, and musicians and DJs to entertain guests with live performances.

Updated: September 26, 2021, 2:48 p.m.

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