Al Baik is opening its first branch in Abu Dhabi soon

Katy Gillett

Saudi Arabia’s wildly popular broasted chicken brand Al Baik is opening in Abu Dhabi soon.

The fast food chain, which is famous for its crispy chicken, first opened in the UAE at The Dubai Mall in June last year, much to the delight of thousands of fans across the country.

It then opened a second, pop-up venue at Expo 2020 Dubai and enjoyed some of the event’s largest queues throughout its duration.

Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of Al Baik’s Expo 2020 Dubai branch

Saudi Arabian fast food brand Al Baik opened its second UAE branch at Expo 2020 Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National
People line up outside Saudi Arabian fast food chain Al Baik which shares a building with the Afghanistan country pavilion. Reuters
Al Baik at Expo 2020 serves its signature fried chicken nuggets as well as shrimp, jumbo shrimp and falafel. Pawan Singh / The National
There are separate queues to place orders and pick up meals at Al Baik's Expo 2020 branch. Pawan Singh / The National
An Al Baik nugget meal at Expo 2020.  Janice Rodrigues / The National

Saudi Arabian fast food brand Al Baik opened its second UAE branch at Expo 2020 Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

There are now four branches in the country, with additional openings at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Ajman and Sharjah’s Al Majaz Waterfront.

In December, Al Baik also launched limited deliveries across Dubai with Talabat, covering areas including Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai Design District, Al Quoz 1, 2 and 3, Al Safa, Jumeirah 1, 2 and 3, Dubai World Trade Centre and Al Jaddaf.

But the brand has been missing in the capital — until now.

While the date of opening has not yet been officially announced, branded hoarding has gone up at Al Wahda Mall, indicating a launch is imminent.

This means capital residents will soon get a taste of that famous broasted chicken, which is the chain’s most popular dish, alongside jumbo shrimp and fish fillet.

The first Al Baik opened in Jeddah in 1974, and for 38 years operated only in the western province of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah).

In the 1990s, flagship stores along the Holy Mosque in Makkah and one non-profit outlet at the Mina site during Hajj season served pilgrims.

The broasted method of preparation was still a novelty in the 1980s and 1990s, and over time Al Baik chicken gained the reputation of a meal that pilgrims “must try” when visiting the kingdom for Hajj or Umrah.

Dubai was its third pit stop in the Middle East after two branches in Bahrain in 2020.

Courtesy: thenationalnews