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United Arab Emirates
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.
Meals and service
The chain serves limited meals including, rice and kofta (elongated meatballs), kofta sandwiches, whole chickens with rice, fries, chicken wings, and a few local meals depending on the country. Their speciality is wood charcoal-grilled chicken which is butterflied and marinated in garlic and lime sauce. Half or whole chicken is served with freshly baked pita bread, rice or corn on the cob. Chicken versions of Saudi meals are also served in Saudi Arabia, including Chicken Mandi and Chicken Kabsa.
In addition, TAZA USA launched U.S. Operations as a franchisor in Orlando, FL in 2001 tapping David Estess as Director of Operations.
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