Prince Khaled, the son of billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, has announced his plans to open a series of vegan restaurants across the GCC and the Middle East. The Saudi Arabian prince says he is trying to encourage the Arab population to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Prince Khaled has announced these plans on his Facebook account; he stated that he plans to open at least of 10 vegan restaurants in the Middle East by 2020.
Prince Khaled was recently named as president of the Saudi CrossFit Federation. He was also named among the world’s leading veganism influencers in 2017 for his investments in Matthew Kenney’s vegan lifestyle company. The prince took the brand international by opening the first vegan restaurant in the Middle East, Plant Café Bahrain.
The health enthusiast prince included some suggested destinations for the 10 restaurants like the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain and of course Saudi Arabia.
“Our region occupies parts of the top ten most obese counties in the world. We have to boycott fast food restaurants and focus on our health and our children’s health before this disaster increases,” Prince Khaled said.
He explained that the vegan restaurants were not the answer to region’s health problems, but just a step in the right direction.