Long queues formed in the barren and dusty area behind a metro station in Doha, Qatar’s capital which is hosting the 2022 World Cup. It took 20 minutes to get to the counter to order, then an additional 30 minutes to get the famous roast chicken and potatoes.
They are willing to stand in long and long queues to get Al Baik’s chicken. The chicken, which has been seasoned with a secret spice, is rolled in batter and then deep fried for delicious moisture.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not only present dozens of cultural events, entertainment programs, but also food. Al Baik is one of them.
Al Baik comes with four food trucks. Customers have been waiting in line, who feel excited when they approach the counter to pick up their orders.
The atmosphere of the queue itself has created a community of its own. Become an oasis in a barren and dusty area.
People sang songs and waved flags although there were traffic officers to maintain order and make sure everyone stayed in line. Meanwhile the security guard encouraged those waiting to be patient, telling them the food would be worth it.
They deserved the anticipation of maintaining order since Al Baik had post video showing their food truck leaving for Qatar ahead of Sunday’s biggest football party (21/11/2022).
The enthusiasm is doubled for those who have experienced Al Baik in Saudi Arabia, especially during Umrah and Hajj.
For others, who have never tasted Al Baik’s food, but have only heard of hype from friends and colleagues, it is something new to enjoy and look forward to.
“I didn’t know what it tasted like, but I saw a video on TikTok showing a huge crowd, so I thought it must be delicious,” Mohammad Subair, a man from India, told Al Jazeera while patiently waiting for their turn to order.