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An Authentic Taste of Palestine

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Meet Ali Al Sardi, Saudi restaurateur and purveyor of Al Quds Restaurant’s Palestinian delights.


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a Saudi businessman and a proud father of five daughters. I graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt with a business administration degree, but my main interests have been tourism and catering.

When did you start Al Quds and how was the process of establishing a restaurant?    

I started my business in 1998. It all began with an idea that I was able to follow through with and create, thanks to the help and encouragement I received from my friends.Alquds_food_Khobar_2016_AA-15

What are the struggles of running a restaurant?

The main struggle was finding the perfect Palestinian dishes that would meet the standards and liking of the Saudi community. We also spent a lot of time searching for the right team of staff and now we have some of the best-experienced chefs in the area.
Can you tell us a little more about why you decided to establish Al Quds Restaurant?

I decided to establish Al Quds because of my friends, who encouraged me since they missed the original taste of Palestinian food. I wanted Palestinians to feel at home, and from the feedback we get from our customers, I would say we’ve done that.Alquds_food_Khobar_2016_AA-4

What do people love most about Al Quds? What is your best quality?

The atmosphere created by our amazing Palestinian staff gives off a cozy home-y vibe. Our best quality is that we choose the best sources and suppliers for our ingredients and try to stick to the original recipes as closely as possible.

Your favorite dish from Al Quds?

I love everything we serve at the restaurant. For the moment, its mansaf and masakhan for lunch, hummus and falafel for breakfast and dinner.Alquds_Khobar_2016_AA-19

What is your secret ingredient?

The secret behind our dishes is the old authentic taste, cooked by Palestinian chefs and presented by the spirit of the team.

Your advice to entrepreneurs?

Work on something you’re passionate about and don’t forget to keep smiling.

Location: King Abdullah St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8817958
Instagram: alqudssa

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What’s Up With That Red Lip!

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Nahla Al Sardi 

Asma Al Malki entered the blogging world on January 31, 2013 and since then has become one of the most loved bloggers from Sharqiya. We asked our followers on @destinationshrq to send us some questions for That Red Lip and here are her answers!

What made you start blogging?
I wanted to make my own space where I can share my interests in beauty, fashion, lifestyle and shopping with other people. 
Why 'That Red Lip'?
The red color is an indicator of wildness and passion. The lip plays a major part in glowing up the makeup.
What is the best part about blogging?
Trying new products, exploring new trends which suit me and being in touch with my lovely readers.
What is the most challenging part?
To be honest, I have lots of posts I haven’t published yet because I’m struggling to find time to put the final touches on them.
How do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t really know. I don’t like to think about tomorrow; I’m only concerned about today. But the one thing I’m sure about is that I will continue blogging.
What are some of the things you would like to accomplish in the next few years?
I would like to have a solid ground to start my own career in the beauty and fashion industry.
Any advice you would give someone who wants to start a blog?
Do what you love and love what you do. Just start by tackling the area you’re interested in. Whether it’s fashion, sports or DIY, just do it. Don’t copy others and don’t hesitate. You are unique! There’s only one version of you in this world, so express it.
How do you coordinate between being a supervisor and a blogger?
Supervising is my full-time job, blogging is my part-time job and trying to balance between the two is almost impossible. But I’m trying my best. 
Asma’s favorites:

  • Lip shade: Mac Velvet Teddy
  • Fashion brand: Louis Vuitton
  • Fashion designer: Brando Maxwell
  • Makeup brand: Nars

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