Although Saudi Arabia has a plethoria of donut shops and bakeries and bread shops, I’ve yet to find a shop that sells fresh homemade bagels. I find it odd given how much Saudis enjoy bread with every meal that the concept of the bagel has not caught on. In the United States there are also donut shops, bakeries and bread shops as well as so many shops which specialize in fresh bagels. The various grocery stores will also usually have a wide selection of bagels in the States ranging from fresh to frozen to so many different varieties. In Saudi Arabia if one is lucky one may find some frozen Lenders Bagels in a Tamimi (Safeway) grocery store.
Saudis enjoy freshly baked bread with cream cheese or other cheeses and sometimes with jam and honey too. Just imagine cream cheese with perhaps a little bit of honey atop a fresh toasted bagel. That would be a filling and healthy breakfast to me! But alas, it is simply not easy to find the fresh bagels here in Saudi. If someone knows where to go, please share!