One of the main issues that expatriates face in Saudi Arabia is the language. Almost all well educated Saudis are fluent English speakers however when it comes to visiting restaurants and ordering food, language can become a real barrier. At this article I am going to introduce 2 online food ordering services that are currently active in Saudi Arabia. With these online food ordering services one can see English restaurant menus and place an order to be delivered to home address (without the need to speak to the restaurant). The payment would need to be made as cash to the person who delivers the order.
http://www.6alabat.com is probably the most popular online food ordering service in Saudi Arabia. It’s active in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Khobar. The orders can be placed either directly from their website or their iPhone or Android applications. I used to order frequently from their Android application which I think is easier to navigate than their website. 6alabat has agreement with 20-30 popular restaurants in Saudi Arabia including Arabic, international and some fast food restaurants.
http://saudi.otlob.com/home.aspx is an online food ordering service currently active in Riyadh and Jeddah. I tried to order from their website once but eventually the restaurant did not deliver.Otlob also has agreement with 20-30 popular restaurants in Saudi Arabia.
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