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Eating with the undead in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian restaurants offer conservative kingdom patrons a unique experience with skull and blood aspects along with zombies and vampires. The Shadows restaurant caters to hungry horror movie enthusiasts, where brutal costumed staff can savor food while an interactive show. Located in the Boulevard Entertainment district of the capital Riyadh, it opened when the Gulf countries were trying to soften their image.

“I came here to have fun and laugh … but the atmosphere and the show are actually very scary,” one diner, Nora Al Assad, told AFP. “I lost my appetite,” added a 26-year-old female who was involved in human resource development when the waiter presented her meal on a tray with a smiling black skull.

Her friend, doctor Javaha Abdullah, was excited to have a wolf for dinner. “I generally like horror … I think the atmosphere is great and a lot of fun,” she said, before taking a selfie with a performer with a fake bleeding chest wound. For businessman Leiman Al-Amri, the restaurant experience caters to his rushing desire for adrenaline. “We are always looking for new and exciting things to do in Riad,” said a 45-year-old who is eating with his family.

Amuri wore a traditional dish dasha robe and added: “But now we are eating, enjoying our time, and we are afraid.” The rise of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia in 2017, In 2020, the Kingdom opened its doors to tourists and brought about many drastic reforms. In the past, Saudi Arabia had to go abroad for entertainment, but shifts, including the opening of social cinemas and mixed-gender concerts, changed the local dynamics. —AFP

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