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Unfading bazaar of hotels, restaurants in Kabul

By: Shukria Kohistani

Large number of people are involved in activities in cafes and restaurants and managing hotels. Although the owners of hotels and restaurants are not satisfy with security situation in certain provinces, but saying that hotel managing is a good business in capital Kabul and many inhabitants going to these restaurants on daily bases.
In order to collect information on these facilities who serve the people under different conditions and offer diverse Afghan food, I entered one of them located in Deh Afghanan area at 12:00 pm.
The facility was full of customers and waiters were receiving their orders and serving their favorite orders.
Habib, a worker of the restaurant who makes Kabab in oven, in an interview with The Kabul Times reporter said, despite of insecurity in Afghanistan, the people of capital city refer to restaurant and enjoy local foods. “Our business is very good particularly during lunch, our facility is very crowded with customers because we offer delicious foods with reasonable and affordable prices than other facilities.”
Sardar the owner of the facility said: “we work and try to keep our customers happy. Afghan families take sometimes their families out and enjoy food in a restaurant.”
He added: “We have inherited hotel management from our father and grandfathers. We are happy with this business and earn sufficient income. Our people are fed up with wars and I hope one day we will achieve a reliable nationwide peace and rebuild our ruined country.”
I went to another dinning facility called Barg Continental located in Shahr-e-Naw. I found it too crowded with large number of customers including a number of families. Each tables capacity was 12-16 people.
There was a particular play ground for children who accompany their parents.
Nazif 25, employee of the facility said: “I wish peace would have been prevailing our country and job opportunities were available to our people specially youth. Finding occupation is difficult in Afghanistan and our people have to depart for abroad to feed their families.
The employees of the facility collect good salaries and that is enough to support their families.”
Malalai mother of few children and her husband had come to facility to enjoy food, said: “ I am very happy for being here and having a good time.
Due to terror threats most families don’t dare to go out and enjoy food. I hope our enemies would perish, we would have a peaceful homeland.”
She said, some dinning facilities don’t observe cleanness and the others offer expensive food.

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