Veganism is a rare phenomenon in the Middle East, as meat culture is traditionally seen as an indicator of social class. So with that in mind, Grazia was beyond excited by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s rather progressive November revelation that he's a vegan, said before then showing an interviewer his salads. Amazing.
His son, Prince Khaled, a renowed fellow vegan and campaigner against cruelty to animals - and, incidentally, also the President of the Saudi CrossFit Federation - has since announced plans to open a chain of plant-based restaurants in the Arab world, revealing on Facebook that by 2020 he would open at least 10 vegan cafes in the region as an effort to combat obesity.
“Our region occupies parts of the top ten most obese countries in the world. This is crazy and quite frankly a joke we have reached this level… I’m not saying opening 10 restaurants will solve this issue, but you better believe it’s a step in the right direction,” he wrote.
Last year, Prince Khaled was named among the world’s top influencers toward veganism after he opened the first vegan restaurant in the Middle East with Bahrain’s new Plant Café.
He has also vocalised the importance of "boycotting" fast-food retaurants and focusing on health, while also investing in sustainable climate solutions. What a hero.
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