Barbar debuts in KSA

Barbar debuts in KSA

Following the success of its UAE launch, Barbar has opened a branch in the KSA, bringing its authentic taste of Beirut to Taliyah Street.

Delighting customers for more than 40 years in Lebanon, Barbar started out as a small manouche bakery on Hamra Street in the heart of Beirut and quickly became famous for its delicious manouche, shawarma, falafel, and signature sandwiches.

Mohammad Al Ghaziri, founder of Barbar, said: “When we first opened Barbar more than 40 years ago, we had no idea of the impact our small family business was going to have in the Beirut dining scene. To witness Barbar’s incredible growth and its expansion in the Middle East in the last year has been humbling. We look forward to introducing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the authentic taste of Beirut.”

Walid Hajj, co-founder and CEO of Lavoya, said: “We are honored to represent Barbar and assist in its expansion across the Middle East. We have already seen huge success with our Dubai outlets and look forward to introducing this iconic brand to the kingdom.”

The Taliyah Street opening is part of the brand’s ambitious expansion plans, with a further three regional openings slated by end of this year in Qatar’s new Place Vendome Mall and Al Sadd District, as well as New Cairo, Egypt.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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