While backpacking in Saudi Arabia, we toured the old mud city of Shaqra. These days there is a main museum there (which we had a guided tour of) and the old walled city which has nobody living in It, but is open to walk around. It was an unusual adventure. I was on tour with Young Pioneer Tours and representing them at the Hotel Show in Jeddah.
That day, we were given a packed lunch by our local tour group, Haya Tours. However, we got hungry for some hot food just minutes after the tour in Shaqra and so we headed downtown with our local Saudi Arabian guys to a restaurant…
Of course I expected a Saudi Arabian style lunch in a traditional restaurant, just like we had previously in Jeddah, Hai’l, Ta’if and Riyadh. Imagine the surprise when we pull up in a car park next to a Saudi Arabian take on an American fast food venue! This place looked, felt and smelt like a DickMonalds or a Burglar Queen. Because that’s exactly what it was!! Welcome to Kudu, the Saudi Arabian DickMonalds!!
We looked at the menu and my choice was easy. I chose their generic burger option. In other words, the equivalent of a Big Mac (in DickMonalds) or a Whopper ( in Burglar Queen).
The cheeseburger came with chips and a cola. Served on a tray.
After munching the main meal, most of us were still hungry. So ice creams it was!
The venue even had free Wi-Fi and as the only customers, the staff even came over to snap selfies with us…
Here are the details of Kudu Fast Food Joint in Shaqra:
Here are the details for booking a tour with Haya Tour in Saudi Arabia:
How to Organise a trip to Kudu and Shaqra, Saudi Arabia
As Saudi Arabia continues to develop its tourist potential, there are still no real “tourist visas” available. However, if like me you have a work event, a business opportunity or commerce, you can get a business visa which is the best option for a whackpacker. Once you have that, organise your trip with two of my partners, Young Pioneer Tours and Haya Tours:
Young Pioneer Tours
No. 2804 South Block Lijing Building, Caiwuwei, Jintang Road 48#, Guiyuan Street, Luohu District, Shenzhen City, 518000, CHINA
First Floor, Alia Plaza, Exit 6,
Cnr: Thumamah Road and Abi Bakr As-Siddiq Street,
Ar Rabi, Riyadh 13316
Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
Here is a video from Kudu, with Albert and I eating our burgers: