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McDonald’s Arabia – Oman Edition

McDonald’s Arabia – Oman Edition

Before I start writing this post, can I please ask you one favor? Don’t judge me. Haha.

I’m not five years old but with the first sighting of the famous Golden Arches in Oman, my eyes lit up immediately. The group I was with found this quite amusing and certainly had a giggle at my expense but after some pleading and perhaps a little begging, I managed to get my wish…

A visit to a McDonald’s Arabia restaurant in Muscat, Oman.

McDonald's Oman Exterior

Now I would like to think my tastes have improved over the years and I wouldn’t class McDonald’s a quality restaurant by any stretch of the imagination but there are things you do in every new destination and visiting the local Mickey D’s is one of those things for me.

It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s always an experience.

Even Dusk was shocked I got her into McDonald's to eat!

Unlike McDonald’s in a Western country, the staff here greeted us when we entered and their happy smiles and laughter was contagious. They were excited to be working here and very excited to be serving us our first fast food meals in Oman!

The friendly crew!

One of the most interesting things about visiting McDonald’s in a foreign country is the subtle differences in the menu. From the presence of rice on the menu in places like Bali and the Philippines to the size differences between different countries (a small in Australia is very different to a small in the USA!), I find it especially intriguing.

It wasn’t a tough choice for me this time around though. Being in the Middle East, how I could not try the local speciality – the McArabia?

McArabia Pita Bread Sandwich

This was grilled chicken wrapped in Arabic style pita bread with lettuce, tomato, onion and garlic mayonnaise. My expectations weren’t exactly the highest but it certainly surprised me – the McArabia was actually very tasty and I would order it here in Australia if they served it on the menu.

Amy at Mcdonald's Arabia

A few more photos, including one with the crew, and we wrapped up our McDonald’s Arabia experience as another visit to the famous Muttrah Souk was on the cards.

However I can say in all honesty that a visit here didn’t disappoint and I may have converted one or two of the others into my tradition of visiting the local fast food restaurant when in another country.

Group Shot at McDonald's Arabia

McDonald’s Arabia – tick.

Would you visit McDonald’s in a foreign country?

16 Comments

  1. Posted July 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I also enjoy going to McDonalds and seeing the different regional menu items. The McArabia looks great! I’m still hoping to get to a McDonalds in India one of these days :)
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    • Posted July 19, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      It is bad that I already know about the Maharaja Mac and want to try it when I make it to India? Haha. If you get there before I do, be sure to let me know how it is! :)

  2. Posted July 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Can’t tell you how funny that is…and I totally get it!

    Love it, Amy.
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  3. Emily
    Posted July 19, 2013 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    This made me laugh! A friend and I are headed to Australia next month and are determined to give your McDonalds a try while we are there :)

  4. Posted July 20, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Ahhhhh! I love this! Going to a McDonalds in every country I visit is my ‘thing’ when I travel. My favorite so far has been Japan – ebi (shrimp) burgers and shakka shakka chicken (giant chicken patty you put in a bag and shake around with seasoning.
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    • Posted July 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Glad to know that we’re not the only ones who have this tradition! They sound delicious.. that reminds me of the shaker fries that they had at McDonald’s in Thailand, mmmmm!

  5. Posted July 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I’ve tried western fast food in foreign countries before, for sure! I had it twice in Moldova, and once in the Czech Republic. Quick and easy and honestly, sometimes I just can’t be bothered to figure out a foreign menu and want to eat something familiar. The McArabia looks delicious.

    I wound up having KFC on my first night in Medellin, Colombia. I’d been working on the computer all evening, needed food, and when I stepped out of my hostel, the first two things I saw, directly across the street, were a Domino’s and a KFC. KFC had the ‘Super Combo’, which was chicken, rice, salad, plantains, beans, and a drink. I count that as ‘cultural’…
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    • Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Yep, that’s one good thing about the fast food restaurants – you always know what you’re gonna get. Plus, as you say, it’s “cultural” if it comes with some kind of local flavor like the McArabia or the super combo you had in Medellin. :)

  6. Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone else collect the tray mats?
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  7. Posted July 26, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    I believe McDonalds is just as much part of most cultures as local diners are. We do visit McDonalds every once in a while and we like trying the crazy local burgers. So far the tastiest burger I’ve had was a black burger in China.
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  8. Posted July 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    It doesnt matter where you go there always a Mac Donalds.
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  9. Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I actually went along to the Macca’s in Delhi, India, because I was intrigued by their take on the fast food franchise – the McAloo and the Spicey Paneer HAD to be tasted…..and were pretty good, actually. Probably the best McDonald’s I have had.
    And the locals packed the rare outlets, such was the novelty.

    Don’t worry about what people think – it’s a cool destination add, with very real cultural contrasts!
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  10. Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    The McArabia definitely sounds better than the Maharaja Mac, which dusn taste as awesome as it sounds. A burger with mint chutney somehow doesn’t feel right and i’m Indian so….I think they got the McArabia right cuz of the pita, maybe if the maharaja was wrapped in roti !

  11. Posted February 20, 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I think I have been to McDonalds in any country I have spent a week in. Definitely not my first choice but I find that if moving around for a week at some stage you just are not bothered waiting 20min for food. In Saudi Arabia you can get everything with chicken. A big mac, a Royal with cheese, anything. Its very strange. You can get the McArabia also!
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  12. Posted March 2, 2014 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Great post! We try to avoid, but sometimes you are sooo hungry and the local food isn’t cutting it.
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