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Gulinar is the main restaurant at Al-Nusl Hotel, the city's top accommodation pick. Offering daily local and international buffet lunches, the restaurant entices also with its themed dinners, during which one country's (or region's) cuisine is given special emphasis.


Grains such as wheat and rice together with meats, such as lamb, constitute the bulk of Saudi cuisine--pork is normally not served in the country, as its consumption is forbidden by Islam. Milk is often used in local cooking, and dates constitute a dessert staple. Another local speciality is the desert truffle, collected by Bedouins and served as dessert. Exotic treats of Al-Jawf include desert lizards ("dobb"), wild rabbits, and birds.