Al Tazaj

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Al Tazaj
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1989; 29 years ago (1989)
Saudi Arabia
Area served
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Al Tazaj is a BBQ chicken Arabic fast casual restaurant chain headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but has since expanded to many countries in the Middle East.


The first Al Tazaj restaurant opened in Mecca in 1989. Founded by Abdul Rahman Fakieh, owner of Fakieh Poultry Farm, it took live poultry from that business. The restaurant uses a traditional Arabian recipe for barbecued fresh chicken.

Al Tazaj currently serves its fresh barbecued chicken in more than 100 locations in Saudi Arabia, making it the first national fast food chain in the Middle East. It is now franchised in other countries.


There are numerous locations mainly in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but there are also locations in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Malaysia.

The first location of a western variant, branded TAZA, opened in Chicago, Illinois in the United States from 1996.[1][2]

In addition, TAZA USA launched U.S. Operations as a franchisor in Orlando, FL in 2001 tapping David Estess as Director of Operations.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Taza 'Global' Chicken Restaurant Opens in Chicago". Highbeam Business. November 10, 1997. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bird Brains/Blue Christmas". Chicago Reader. December 25, 1997. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Interview in Asharq Alawsat about product placement by Al Tazaj
  • Article about the opening of the American locations
  • Press release reports that Al Tazaj is one of the top 40 Arab brands according to Forbes Arabia