Food, Showdown

Jeddahwis Reveal The Right Way to Al Baik

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Riyadhis, take note.

The big news is that Al Baik has finally opened in Riyadh – congrats! As a commemorative gift to Riyadhis, we’ve written down our secrets of the Al Baik experience. After decades of enjoying Al Baik, us Jeddahwis know what we’re talking about.

Photo Credit:  Efren Rodriguez

Photo Credit: Efren Rodriguez

  • Garlic sauce is a must.

Always pay a few extra riyals for more garlic sauce. Every Al Baik session should have an abundance of the sauce that makes it unique from other fried chicken restaurants.

Pro tip: Ease up on the garlic if you’re meeting people. Don’t be “that” person.


  • Craft your own burger.

Al Baik buns are perfect for making burgers with the chicken or nuggets. Layer it with garlic sauce and French fries.

Pro tip: Add pickles if you have any at home, you don’t need much else.

  • Reach for the

It’s not the healthiest thing, but if you don’t mind having some, Pepsi will elevate the Al Baik experience for you.

  • Al Baik is notorious for it’s lines.

Lunch and dinner hours are super busy at Al Baik. Their top notch service is provided by an amazing staff, but you still have to brace yourself for a long wait.

Pro tip: It could be a little quicker if you order from the ladies section – so take your sister or female fam with you.

  • Hot, hot fries.

Hot and fresh is the way to go for enjoying Al Baik fries, preferably in the first 20 minutes.

Pro tip: Treat yourself to some quick bites of fresh fries on your way back home. You deserve it!

Photo Credit: Sherwyn Hatab

Photo Credit: Sherwyn Hatab

  • Recycle the packaging.

Be a friend to the environment by repurposing Al Baik containers instead of throwing them out.

Pro tip: it’s good karma.

  • Don’t microwave to reheat.

Using the microwave to reheat will take away the crispiness and make your chicken and fries stiff. Pre-heat the oven to 200 °C / 400 °F. Heat for 5-10 minutes.

Pro-tip: Leave the chicken out in room temperature while the oven heats.

Enjoy and welcome to the Al Baik clan!

Ordering for 3-5 people? Here’s a checklist!

  • 1 Large Al Baik Chicken Meal
  • 1 Large Nuggets
  • 1-2 Hummus
  • 2-3 Riyals Extra Garlic
  • 2 Riyals Extra Bun

You can also order corn and drinks per person if you like.


These local Youtubers made pizza using all-things Al Baik. We’re loving it!


Artist & Musicians, Arts & Music

Our Pick of Top 5 Musicians and Bands


The music scene in Jeddah is constantly growing and evolving, opening up more opportunities and platforms for young, ambitious musicians.

There are many upcoming artists with growing popularity, so we’ve gathered a few diverse new bands and musicians that definitely deserve some listening to.

  • The YAM Band

yam-bandPop/indie rock

This new, up and upcoming band has been playing a lot of shows, either playing covers of bands like Tame Impala, or their own originals.

Instagram: theyamband

  • Lugi Raf’a

lugiTraditional Oud

Check out his work thats featured in TheRedCurtains on YouTube.

Lugi brings back traditional music that takes you back to the good ol’ days, singing his poetic Arabic lyrics that remind us of our heritage in music. Old is gold y’all.

Instagram: lugii90

  • Fulana


Indiefolk acoustics accompanied with heartfelt lyrics and a soothing voice. This mysterious artist blends in experimental electro sounds with her sincere approach, creating the kind of ambience you’ll enjoy during early mornings with a hot beverage.

Soundcloud: fu_lana

  • Desert F!sh

desertElectronic music 

This Electronic DJ represents his Najdi/Hijazi roots by producing sweet and mellow tunes that channel melodic-techno vibes.

Instagram: desertfishhq

  • Hussam Alsayed

hussamExperimental music

Other than filmmaking and photography, Hussam is also an extremely talented musician. He creates experimental soundscapes using multiple instruments.

Instagram: filmhead
Soundcloud: filmhead



Fun Facts About Our Crown Prince

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the face of Vision 2030, is smashing through Saudi politics with speed, and representing the growing young generation with his progressive and modern outlook. What a guy!

Here’s some trivia about him that you may or may not have known:

His education.

He received his education in Riyadh schools and ranked in the top 10 graduates, and got his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from King Saud University, graduated second in his class. Way to go!

Staying busy.

Other than the political level ups, MBS created a charity foundation called MiSK to reach out his helping hand towards disadvantaged youths. That’s an A+ for you, MBS.

Early career.

MBS worked in the private sector in Corporate governance and international finance, before joining his father, King Salman, as an advisor and aide. See, everyone’s gotta start somewhere.

Rise into politics.

His political career started and escalated quickly as he rose through the ranks starting from consultant to the Experts Commission under the Saudi Cabinet, to Crown Prince in the span of 9 years, now thats ambition.

Some of the firsts.

He is the world’s youngest defense minister and youngest crown prince in Saudi history. If anyone needs a lesson in hard work and ambition, look no further!

MBS enjoys football.

Our future king was seen cheering with a twinkle in his eye for our national team’s qualification in the next world cup! It’s official, his presence is a good luck charm for sports teams.

Women’s empowerment.

Other than supporting and pioneering women’s driving in Saudi, he actively encourages women to join the workforce. He’s definitely pushing the envelope on this one.

He’s a millennial

Come on, how cool is it that our own crown prince is a someone who knows what memes are and probably surfs the internet in his free time.

Fan of Japan

Of all the exotic places he could’ve honeymooned at, he chose Kyoto. Sit back and watch other Saudi’s flock to Japan now.

Fun tidbit.

He was born in Jeddah,‘nuff said y’all.


Activities, Events & Happenings, Uncategorized

Sisters, Go Pink!


Breast Cancer Awareness activities

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month (but also throughout the year!), we at Destination Jeddah like to emphasize the importance of early breast cancer detection to our readers. There are many different ways you can learn more about it while supporting breast cancer patients and survivors in city. Here are some of them.

Get checked!

  • The International Medical Center (IMC) is helping out with early breast cancer detection: from Oct. 23-25, they’re offering free check-ups.

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  • Eric Zemmour Salon is hosting a screening offer for free check-ups valid until the end of October.

Make a run for it.

  • The Pink Track is inviting you for a run-for-awareness event. Tickets are SR 50 each for adults (kids join free), and all proceeds are donations to breast cancer initiatives.

For more information

  • The International Medical Center (IMC) is hosting another event called Brave Pink Run to help out our fighters on Oct. 25 at the IMC Garden, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss out!

To register 

Visit an art gallery.

The New Beginnings team is welcoming everyone for a cool art show focusing on rehabilitation after breast cancer. Visit the gallery on Oct. 27-28 at Teatro Mall, from 7  to 11 p.m.

Contact info
Twitter: nbksa_official

Donate your hair.

Zahra Breast Cancer Association is teaming up with Manna Center to accept hair donations. A checklist to get your donation accepted:

  1. Must be clean.
  2. Length 20 cm minimum.
  3. Shouldn’t be conditioned.
  4. Should be healthy and strong.

Contact info
Instagram: Zahra_KSA

Donate your time and money.

You can help out with cash donations, utilizing the points system at the association or one of the offices related to the organization, and buying pink products available for sale at the Zahra headquarters and website.

Contact info
Mob: +966-11-4833652 Ext: 206
Twitter: Zahra_KSA

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