EAST FRANCHISE NEWS ARCHIVE
|Asteco signs first Middle East franchisees.|
tradearabia.com - Asteco, a leading full service real estate company, has welcomed on board its first two franchisees following the recent launch of its new licensing services division, the first-of-its-kind in the region. ... [more] 12 Jan, 2015
9Round Signs Major Development Agreement for the Middle East.
franchising.com - 9Round, the nation’s fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise, announces that it has signed a franchise agreement with Saudi Arabia-based Al Munif Holding Company for the development of 100 clubs... [more] 8 Jan, 2015
McDonald’s Saudi Arabia concluds 2014 with opening of its 75th branch.
ameinfo.com - Reza Food Services Co. ltd., McDonald’s exclusive franchisee for the Western and Southern regions of the Kingdom, marked its 20th anniversary of success and expansion in Saudi Arabia with the opening of... [more] 8 Jan, 2015
Habit Plans Middle East Expansion.
ocbj.com - Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. said it signed its first international expansion deal, an agreement with an area franchisor in the Middle East to develop 50 restaurants in six countries over the next 10 years. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2015
Bahrain chocolate brand franchise deal terminated early.
arabianbusiness.com - Bahraini-based The Living Concepts (TLC), the owner of the Maya La Chocolaterie brand, has announced the early termination of a franchise agreement with Qatar's Business Trading Company (BTC). ... [more] 2 Jan, 2015
DQ Announces Plans for Expansion in Kuwait.
qsrmagazine.com - The Dairy Queen system announced plans to expand the brand’s presence in the Middle East with a multiunit development deal for DQ Grill & Chill restaurants and DQ Treat stores. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2014
Russo's continues UAE expansion.
pizzamarketplace.com - Prime Hospitality has signed a franchise agreement with Russo’s Restaurants to open another Russo’s New York Pizzeria in the United Arab Emirates, and its second in Abu Dhabi. ... [more] 23 Dec, 2014
Dur, IHG in accord for franchise of Holiday Inn.
zawya.com - DUR Hospitality Company has signed a master development agreement on Sunday with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) for the franchise of a number of Holiday Inn & Suites across Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2014
Menchie's opens first Bahrain unit.
fastcasual.com - Menchie's announced the opening of its first restaurant in Bahrain. The restaurant is located at Building No. 12B, Road No. 01, Block 202, Muharraq, Bahrain. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2014
Dairy Queen franchise to launch soon in the UAE.
hoteliermiddleeast.com - Dairy Queen and Bajco Group have signed a long term multi-unit agreement to develop DQ Grill & Chill restaurants and DQ Treat stores across the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 8 Dec, 2014
Dairy Queen Fast Food Brand To Return To UAE In 2015.
gulfbusiness.com - U.S.-based International franchise company Bajco Group has signed a deal with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway to bring the Dairy Queen fast food brand back to the UAE. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2014
BurgerFuel opens on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
voxy.co.nz - BurgerFuel Worldwide (BFW) has opened a 12th restaurant in the United Arab Emirates this week, in prosperous Abu Dhabi. ... [more] 26 Nov, 2014
Pie Face goes into administration, but UAE operations unaffected.
thenational.ae - Pie Face, the Australian fast- food outlet, has gone into administration even as its first outlet in the UAE opened in Yas Mall last week. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2014
Burger King may return to Israel.
haaretz.com - Four years after it disappeared from downtowns and shopping malls, the American fast food franchise Burger King may be coming back to Israel. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2014
Americana Group to Open 35 Additional TGI Fridays Restaurants by 2019.
businesswire.com - Americana Group and TGI Fridays today announced that they will significantly grow their partnership with a new agreement for Americana to open 35 new Fridays restaurants over the next five years. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2014
ADCC launches GCC’s first franchise association.
gulfnews.com - The GCC’s first franchise association, the UAE Franchise Development Association, was launched on Tuesday as an independent entity aiming to expand the franchise base in various industries... [more] 18 Nov, 2014
Dairy Queen plans 2015 debut in UAE.
qsrweb.com - Dairy Queen today announced that Bajco Gulf LLC has signed a long-term multiunit agreement to develop DQ Grill & Chill restaurants and DQ Treat stores throughout the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2014
Just Falafel franchise refocuses on the food.
thenational.ae - Just Falafel’s founder, Mohamad Bitar, admitted recently that the chain “fell in love with franchising and somehow forgot about the food”. ... [more] 10 Nov, 2014
Dӧner& Gyros launches franchising programme.
tradearabia.com - Döner& Gyros, a leading street food eatery brand, has launched its franchising programme during the official opening of it new flagship store in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). ... [more] 4 Nov, 2014
Noodle Box satisfies Middle Eastern appetite as expansion plans continues.
smartcompany.com.au - Victorian-based noodle franchise Noodle Box is enjoying the Middle Eastern appetite for its Asian street food, as its global expansion plans progress to the next stage. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2014
Spike Mendelsohn’s Burger Brand Heading to Saudi Arabia.
qsrmagazine.com - After six successful years and expansion into Chicago and Philadelphia, the Mendelsohns—led by “Top Chef” alum Spike Mendelsohn—are taking the Good Stuff brand international, having signed... [more] 24 Oct 2014
Cold Stone's Middle East franchisee recognized for branding efforts.
qsrweb.com - Cold Stone Creamery's Master Franchisee for the Middle East region, Apparel FZCO, has been awarded the Superbrands Award for Excellence in Branding for 2014. ... [more] 20 Oct 2014
Auntie Anne's Plants Its Flag in Aruba and Israel.
qsrmagazine.com - Auntie Anne's Pretzels has marked its entry into two new countries with recently opened locations in Reina Beatrix Airport in Aruba and Gold Mall in Rishon LeZion, Israel. ... [more] 20 Oct 2014
Fnac to launch its franchise in Doha.
tradearabia.com - Fnac, an international entertainment retail chain offering cultural and electronic products, will launch its first franchise at the Lagoona Mall, Doha, Qatar, early 2015. ... [more] 14 Oct 2014
Cold Stone Creamery United Arab Emirates Presented With The Coveted Superbrands Award 2014.
prnewswire.com - Cold Stone Creamery is proud to announce that the Master Franchisee for the Middle East region, Apparel FZCO, has been awarded the coveted Superbrands Award for Excellence in Branding... [more] 14 Oct 2014
Grand Mart in franchise deal with Filipino restaurant chain.
gulf-times.com - Grand Mart has signed an agreement with Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ House, a Filipino-themed mid-price range casual dining restaurant chain, to become the latter’s master franchiser in... [more] 11 Oct 2014
Man'oushe Street opens eighth branch in the UAE.
hoteliermiddleeast.com - Man’oushe Street has opened a new branch within Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) Dubai in line with its aggressive expansion plans in the UAE. ... [more] 7 Oct 2014
BurgerFuel opens in Kuwait.
stuff.co.nz - New Zealand hamburger chain BurgerFuel has opened its first store in Kuwait taking its total stores in the Middle East to 23. ... [more] 7 Oct 2014
Grand Mart signs deal with restaurant chain.
zawya.com - Grand Mart, a leading and fast-growing business group based in Qatar, has signed an agreement with Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ House to become the master franchisor for the restaurant chain in... [more] 3 Oct 2014
Good Stuff Eatery Heads to Saudi Arabia.
washingtoncitypaper.com - Good Stuff Eatery will open its first international location in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the next eight to nine months, with the possibility of as many as four more shops in the country going forward. ... [more] 3 Oct 2014
NYC Cart-Turned-Franchise Calexico Going to Middle East.
qsrmagazine.com - Calexico, the New York–based Mexican food favorite, has signed a major master franchise deal for the UAE and Bahrain. ... [more] 24 Sep 2014
Figaro Coffee forays in Middle East.
mb.com.ph - Homegrown coffee chain Figaro Coffee Company is expanding its presence in the Middle East with the signing of the master franchise agreement with the FBA Group of Qatar. ... [more] 22 Sep 2014
Franchise Excellence Awards presented by MENAFA to be major highlight of Middle East Franchise Expo.
ameinfo.com - The Middle East Franchise Expo, which takes place at the Convention Centre of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai on October 21 and 22, will host the ‘MENAFA Awards for Excellence in Franchising’. ... [more] 11 Sep 2014
Middle East Franchise Expo to showcase over 80 franchise brands in Dubai.
menafn.com - The Middle East Franchise Expo, the region's premier franchising event, will be organised by the Middle East & North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) on October 21 and 22, 2014. ... [more] 12 Aug, 2014
Flip Flop Shops opens first shop in Kuwait.
shop-eat-surf.com - Flip Flop Shops, one of the fastest growing global retail chains, achieved another milestone for its international expansion efforts with the company’s first shop opening in the Middle East. ... [more] 11 Aug, 2014
Doner Kebab to open 12 new outlets in Dubai.
emirates247.com - International franchiser Doner Kebab is investing Dh20 million to open 12 new outlets in Dubai this year, exceeding its target of 20-plus outlets in the GCC in first two years of operations in the region. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2014
FreshBerry Opens Doors to 20th Saudi Arabia Location.
qsrmagazine.com - FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt announced that it opened it 20th store in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with franchise partners United Food Company (UFC). ... [more] 8 Aug, 2014
Just Falafel continues to invest in Egypt.
zawya.com - Just Falafel, the number one global falafel franchise, is extending its reach in Egypt. This time it is outside the capital city Cairo, where the majority of its restaurants are located. ... [more] 7 Aug, 2014
Ice cream firm opens 81 stores in 2013; wins award.
hoteliermiddleeast.com - Galadari Ice Cream Company (GICC) was awarded the 'Developer of the Year' Award 2014 from Dunkin’ Brands for achieving the highest record number for new store openings in 2013. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2014
Fatburger Plants Its Flag in Qatar.
qsrmagazine.com - Fatburger, the Hollywood burger brand, opened its first location in Doha, Qatar, in The Pearl, a tourist and recreational destination. ... [more] 1 Aug, 2014
FreshBerry opens 20th location in Saudi Arabia.
fastcasual.com - Tulsa, Okla.-based FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt has opened its 20th store in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with franchise partner United Food Company. ... [more] 29 Jul, 2014
Just Falafel To Open 10 New Outlets In Oman.
gulfbusiness.com - UAE-based restaurant chain Just Falafel has announced that it will open 10 new outlets in Oman as part of its ongoing expansion strategy. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2014
Buffalo Wings & Rings continues Middle East expansion.
fastcasual.com - Buffalo Wings & Rings continues its expansion in the Middle East with the opening of its 9th location in Jordan. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2014
McDonald’s to hire 4,000 Saudis.
arabnews.com - Global food giant McDonald’s, which has a substantial presence in Saudi Arabia, has announced plans to hire 4,000 young Saudi men as part of its move to expand operations... [more] 18 Jul, 2014
sweetFrog expanding into Egypt.
fastcasual.com - sweetFrog announced today plans to expand into Egypt. The company has signed a development agreement with Vantage Egypt for Tourism & Entertainment, the Food and Beverage division of Halawa... [more] 17 Jul, 2014
Falafel to Go: Mideast Food Chains Expand Abroad.
abcnews.go.com - A United Arab Emirates-based chain called Just Falafel opened its first branches in the United States and Canada last month. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2014
The East India Company launches in the UAE.
zawya.com - The East India Company, in collaboration with local UAE partner Binhendi, is pleased to announce the launch of its store at Avenue at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2014
The world’s consultant to franchising.
thefranchisemagazine.net - FDS has got off to a flying start in 2013 with two further offices to open in Lebanon and Pakistan. Here Jenna Leeds reports on the company’s continuing global success. ... [more] 16 Jul, 2014
Mama Fu’s Asian House Heads to UAE.
qsrmagazine.com - Mama Fu’s Asian House is looking to introduce the concept to the United Arab Emirates, opening the first location in the first quarter of 2015. ... [more] 11 Jul, 2014
South African seafood chain to open 10 KSA outlets.
hoteliermiddleeast.com - South African seafood restaurant Ocean Basket has signed a license agreement to open 10 outlets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2014
7-Eleven Plans Middle East Expansion.
wsj.com - The Seven-Eleven convenience-store empire is set to expand in the Middle East to areas such as Abu Dhabi and neighboring Sharjah, following the opening of the first store in Dubai slated for next summer... [more] 3 Jul, 2014
Just Falafel to operate more outlets in-house.
hoteliermiddleeast.com - Just Falafel CEO Fadi Malas has revealed the company will be investing in owning more outlets. ... [more] 1 Jul, 2014
16 Handles Expands to the Middle East.
qsrmagazine.com - 16 Handles has announced a development deal with Abu Issa Marketing and Distribution that calls for 150 stores to open in the Middle East over the next 10 years. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2014
Noodle Box enters Middle East.
franchise.net.au - Stir fried noodle franchise; Noodle Box has opened a new outlet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the first of four stores scheduled to open in the region this year. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2014
7-11 signs agreement to opens stores in UAE.
gulfnews.com - 7-Eleven, Inc has signed a master franchise agreement with Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven stores in the UAE. ... [more] 22 Jun, 2014
Australia’s Noodle Box expands to the Gulf.
gulfnews.com - Noodle Box, an Australia-based Asian restaurant-chain, launched its first outlet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this month, with three more expected to open this year, the company said on Monday. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2014
7-Eleven, Inc. Signs Master Franchise Agreement to Operate Stores in UAE.
prnewswire.com - 7-Eleven, Inc. has signed a master franchise Agreement with Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven® stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ... [more] 16 Jun, 2014
Café2Go chain signs master franchise deal with Zushffans Group of Companies.
ameinfo.com - Café2go, the first Emirati coffee shop chain is making its way to Pakistan. Café2go signed a master franchise agreement deal with Zushffans Group of Companies based out of Karachi granting rights to... [more] 10 Jun, 2014
FastSigns Expands Globally Across The UAE And North Africa.
abudhabicityguide.com - FASTSIGNS International Inc. has signed master franchise agreements for growth to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and North Africa. ... [more] 9 Jun, 2014
UAE-based Just Falafel Opens First US Restaurant.
gulfbusiness.com - UAE-based fast food chain Just Falafel announced that it has opened its first restaurant in the US, as part of a major expansion drive in the country. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2014
CaliBurger plans 25-unit development in Saudi Arabia.
fastcasual.com - CaliBurger announced that it will open its first restaurant in Saudi Arabia in 2014 as part of a 25- unit development plan. ... [more] 28 May, 2014
The Chickery signs franchise deal in the Middle East.
fastcasual.com - Toronto-based The Chickery has signed its first large franchise deal in the Middle East to open 20-unit locations in the UAE and Qatar. ... [more] 20 May, 2014
Fatburger, Buffalo’s Express Open Cobranded Unit in Dubai.
qsrmagazine.com - Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express unveiled their first cobranded unit in the second largest territory in United Arab Emirates, Dubai. ... [more] 14 May, 2014
BurgerFuel adds Egypt to portfolio.
franchise.net.au - The BurgerFuel brand has taken its first footstep into the Egyptian market with the opening of an outlet in Cairo. ... [more] 13 May, 2014
FranCounsel Group Introducing Franchising to Developing World.
prweb.com - FranCounsel Group has been selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce to introduce franchising to Tunisia and the Middle East in the wake of the "Arab Spring." ... [more] 3 May, 2014
Big Apple Bagels heading to the Middle East.
fastcasual.com - BAB Systems Inc. has signed a master franchise agreement with Mont Royal General Trading LLC, a Dubai-based company, for the development of Big Apple Bagels stores throughout the Middle East. ... [more] 2 May, 2014
Fatburger Debuts First Oman Locatoin In Muscat.
qsrmagazine.com - Fatburger enters the Oman market in collaboration with Dhabia Enterprises, an investment management company that has had great success in establishing a name for itself in the Oman restaurant industry. ... [more] 1 May, 2014
Café2go wins best brand during third Gulf Forum for SMEs.
ameinfo.com - Café2go the pioneers of camel based products was declared the best brand for entrepreneurs in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC). ... [more] 30 Apr, 2014
Crepe Delicious expands to Kuwait!
restaurantnewsrelease.com - Crepe Delicious, Canada’s largest and fastest growing mall-based creperie opened the first of 8 locations in Kuwait. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2014
MOOYAH opening in Kuwait.
fastcasual.com - MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes has opened its first restaurant in the State of Kuwait. Located in the Al Mahboula area south of Kuwait City, the restaurant is the third new country launch in the Middle East... [more] 10 Apr, 2014
Yum! Brands Opens First Pizza Hut in Iraq.
businesswire.com - Yum! Brands, Inc. today announced the opening of the first Pizza Hut in Iraq with franchise partner, Al Kout Food Company. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2014
IKEA Welcomes Visitors to its First Store in Jordan.
zawya.com - The IKEA Jordan store opened its doors to the public on March 6th 2014, offering a unique range of home furnishing solutions. During the first week of its inauguration, IKEA received more than 100,000 visitors... [more] 26 Mar, 2014
Zine Go international with Dubai franchise contract.
thefranchisemagazine.net - As part of their worldwide master-franchising programme of growth, Zine have secured their first international contract, with a Master Franchise joining Zine from Dubai... [more] 17 Mar, 2014
Chuck E. Cheese's new international units include coffee bars.
pizzamarketplace.com - Chuck E. Cheese's has opened new locations in Mexico City, Mexico, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of its plan to open more than 80 international franchise locations within the next six years. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2014
Villa Italian Kitchen grows Middle East footprint.
pizzamarketplace.com - Villa Enterprises is expanding in the Middle East with the grand opening of its Villa Italian Kitchen and South Philly Steaks & Fries brands at the Alexandria City Centre in Egypt. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2014
Slapfish diving into Dubai.
fastcasual.com - Slapfish, Huntington Beach's fast casual seafood restaurant, is building out its first location in Dubai, according to a company press release. ... [more] 6 Mar, 2014
Saladworks Expands to Canada, Middle East.
qsrmagazine.com - Saladworks announced plans to duplicate its success in the U.S. in four nations internationally. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2014
Freshii Sells 20-Unit Franchise Deal Abroad.
qsrmagazine.com - Freshii, a leader in the “health casual” segment, signed a major area development deal for the entire KSA. It will be expanding on its existing presence in the Middle East which currently includes... [more] 28 Feb, 2014
Dubai's Laundrybox, a new cleaning service, eyes global franchising.
wamda.com - Bader Al Kalooti quit his job at an international investment bank in Dubai, to launch Laundrybox, automated and smart lockers where users can easily drop off and pick up their laundry. ... [more] 27 Feb, 2014
Celsius(R) Partners With Dubai Franchising of UAE International Investments.
globenewswire.com - Celsius(R), the World's First and Only Negative Calorie Beverage, Teams With Dubai Franchising, a Subsidiary of UII for Exclusive Distribution in the Middle East. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Subway hits 500 restaurant milestone in MEA.
tradearabia.com - The Subway restaurant chain, a global eatery brand, has reached the milestone of 500 locations in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2014
Exporting Lebanon: Franchise industry booming.
dailystar.com.lb - As most of the country’s economic sectors struggle to survive the harsh economic conditions, Lebanon’s franchise industry is bucking the trend. ... [more] 17 Feb, 2014
Esquires brews Middle East deal.
nzherald.co.nz - New Zealand coffee chain Esquires has struck a deal to bring the successful franchise to Oman and Qatar. The first outlets are expected to open within six months s and the deal could lead to... [more] 13 Feb, 2014
Can Dubai franchise Mandilicious be the next Just Falafel?
wamda.com - After launching as a small falafel store in Abu Dhabi in 2007, Just Falafel is now an international food chain with over 700 stores set to open in the next 40 years, thanks to its adoption of a franchise model. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2014
Figaro to open in Qatar.
mindanaoexaminer.com - Welcoming 2014 and celebrating 20th anniversary with a bang, Figaro - the first Filipino coffee company - will soon open franchise stores in the Middle East. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2014
Demand for Southern Fried Chicken grows in the Middle East.
thefranchisemagazine.net - Fast Food Systems, the brand owner of Southern Fried Chicken (SFC) and the VIZU equipment range, has envisioned continued success in 2014 after the announcement of new overseas markets... [more] 23 Jan, 2014
Emirati brews up a franchise success story with PappaRoti.
thenational.ae - Are entrepreneurs the new rock stars? That is what the business bloggers often ask - and businesswoman Rasha Al Danhani has certainly discovered a fame of sorts thanks to the popularity of... [more] 23 Jan, 2014
UAE-based Just Falafel to open 160 Outlets in North America.
arabiangazette.com - Just Falafel, the UAE-based company that has propelled a traditional Middle Eastern food to global recognition, today announced plans to introduce the brand to the United States and Canada. ... [more] 9 Jan, 2014
Mandilicious to go global with franchising deal.
arabianbusiness.com - Foodie start-up Mandilicious has signed a deal with US-based franchising company Francorp to take the brand into new markets around the world... [more] 7 Jan, 2014
Flippin' Pizza enters Middle East market.
pizzamarketplace.com - San Diego-based Flippin' Pizza has signed a master franchise agreement for more than 25 locations across various countries in the Middle East. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2014
Denny's Expands Global Franchising Presence to Middle East.
globenewswire.com - Denny's, Inc. today announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with Advance Investment LLC for the development of 30 new Denny's restaurants in nine countries in the Middle East... [more] 7 Jan, 2014
Fatburger now serving Abu Dhabi.
fastcasual.com - Fatburger has opened its first location in the United Arab Emirates' second-largest city, Abu Dhabi. The better-burger restaurant was brought to the city by Vetra Investments. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2014
UK franchise consultants eye GCC market.
tradearabia.com - UK-based franchise consultancy firm Platinum Wave will be in Dubai this month to discuss a range of master franchise and area developer franchise opportunities with key regional players. ... [more] 4 Jan, 2014
A tide of international franchise opportunities hits the Middle East with Platinum Wave.
zawya.com - This January UK based franchise consultancy firm Platinum Wave will be in Dubai to meet with several interested parties wishing to discuss a range of master franchise and area developer franchise opportunities... [more] 4 Jan, 2014
Jamba Juice Continues its International Expansion with New Master Franchise Development Agreement for the Middle East.
marketwatch.com - Jamba Juice Company announced today a master franchise development agreement with Foodmark to develop 80 Jamba Juice stores across the Middle East region over the next ten years. ... [more] 3 Jan, 2014
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