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MOOYAH opening in Kuwait. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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? - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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
MOOYAH opens in Bahrain. - MOOYAH Burgers has opened its first restaurant in the Middle East's Kingdom of Bahrain. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2013
French retail brand opens second UAE supermarket. - Retailer Fucom has announced the opening of its second Geant supermarket in Abu Dhabi as part of plans to launch more than 30 stores in the UAE. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2013
Thomas Cook boosts Dubai presence, names franchise. - Travel Corporation India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thomas Cook India Ltd, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Dubai-based TravTips as its franchisee partner in the emirate. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2013
CaliBurger's Middle East units opening first half of 2014. - CaliBurger announced this week that it will open five restaurants in the Middle East in the first half of 2014. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2013
Custom sushi shop rolls into Middle East. - How Do You Roll? is entering the Middle East; it recently partnered with Al Safar Group Holding to develop 40 units throughout the area. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2013
Wasabi Warriors to head to Dubai in 2014. - Pacific Retail's Wasabi Warrior brand will be expanding internationally next year with an outlet opening in Dubai and at home the chain will continue to grow across the metro areas of Sydney and Perth. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2013
Slapfish Reels In International Franchise Deal. - Slapfish, the California-based sustainable seafood brand, is setting sail for the international franchise market. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2013
Julie’s Bakeshop to open branch in Abu Dhabi in 2014. - After its expansion in Tangerang, Indonesia last month, neighborhood bakeshop chain Julie’s Bakeshop is opening another branch in Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2014. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2013
Cali-Based Slapfish Heads to the Middle East. - Orange County’s award-winning, fast-casual sustainable seafood restaurant, Slapfish, is expanding with a new franchise program starting with a 75-unit deal for the entire Middle East. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2013
Sub Zero Ice Cream Opens Its First International Store. - Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, based out of Provo, Utah, will open its first international store in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this week. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2013
The Coffee Club: 100 stores in Middle East in 10 years. - The Coffee Club has plans for 100 stores in the Middle East by 2023 and has signed a licensing agreement across six territories in the Gulf Cooperation Council region... [more] 28 Oct, 2013
Second Cup is expanding where Starbucks can't follow: Pakistan. - In June, Second Cup launched its first café in Islamabad, Pakistan, with 20 more locations planned to open in the next three to five years. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013
Fatburger Opens Second Location in Istanbul. - Fatburger, the Hollywood-based burger joint, opened its second location in one of Istanbul’s main business districts, Levent. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2013
Quiznos Pens Franchise Agreement in UAE. - Quiznos, the toasted sandwich quick-service concept, announced a master franchise agreement with Royal Bun Café in the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2013
Enterprise growing brand with franchise deal in Israel. - Enterprise Rent-A-Car has signed a new deal with a franchisee in Israel as part of a push by its parent company to grow internationally. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2013
Sbarro Expands Presence In The Middle East. - Sbarro announced today that it has formalized a multi-location franchise partnership agreement with Casual Restaurants, LLC that will grow the brand's presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ... [more] 11 Oct, 2013
Pie Face signs agreement to open 100 stores in Middle East. - Australian bakery-café chain Pie Face has signed an agreement with Foodmark, the hospitality division of Landmark Group, to open 100 outlets in the Middle East. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2013
Spicy Pickle opens in Middle East. - Cibus International, a Colorado-based, fast casual franchising company, opened a Spicy Pickle restaurant in Doha this week, the first of seven new locations in the Middle East. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2013
Cafe2go, the first UAE-born café franchise its fast-growing coffee brand through Francorp Middle East. - Cafe2go and Francorp Middle East joint hands to promote the first ever UAE born café in its endeavor to meet the ever increasing customer base and demands of the unique Emirati cuisine blended with the... [more] 2 Oct, 2013
Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans To Develop Restaurants In Turkey. - Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, every day stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced plans to develop restaurants in major metropolitan areas across Turkey. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2013
Smallcakes plans to open cupcake shops in the Middle East. - Kansas City-based Smallcakes A Cupcakery plans to put shops in the Middle East. In a press release, Smallcakes said it has signed an agreement with Glee Hospitality Solutions in Dubai to open the shops. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2013
Franchise show opens in Dubai. - The 5th Franchise UAE Expo opens its doors on Wednesday at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
GRANO Coffee Expanding Through Franchising. - GRANO Coffee, a unique concept has announced that they are expanding through franchising. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2013
Franchise UAE Expo lines up top experts to discuss direction and potential for franchising in Middle East. - The 5th Franchise UAE Expo, the region's leading franchise, retail and SME trade event, Sep 25-26, has lined up top local and international experts to provide new insights into franchising in the Middle East. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2013
Wingstop signs deal for United Arab Emirates. - Wingstop is headed to the United Arab Emirates thanks to an exclusive multi-unit deal with AWGAL Investments. The first Wingstop restaurants will open in mid-2014. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2013
US pizza giant to open 100 GCC restaurants. - US pizza chain Papa Murphy’s will open 100 of its restaurants across the GCC, the company’s CEO told Arabian Business. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2013
100 franchise brands to feature at Dubai meet. - Over 100 regional and international franchise brands will be showcased at the upcoming fifth edition of the World Franchise Convention in Dubai next month. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2013
Landmark Hospitality acquires Middle East franchise of UK-based Candy Cakes. - Candelite, a leading specialty confectionery concept and a division of Landmark Hospitality, has entered into an exclusive franchise agreement with the UK-based cupcake specialist, Candy Cakes. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2013
800PIZZA franchising in Middle East. - Dubai-based 800PIZZA will start its franchising operations in the Middle East. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2013
OFM plans franchise of 70 bakery outlets. - Oman Flour Mills Co (OFM) has signed a contract with an international consultancy group to develop a franchise model for about 70 outlets and cafes scheduled to be established all across the Sultanate. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2013
BurgerFuel opens tenth store in UAE. - NZ-based franchise BurgerFuel has opened its second store in a month in Abu Dhabi, taking the total in the United Arab Emirates to ten. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
World's leading franchisors eye UAE and Middle East as 'must-be-present' markets. - Some of the world's topmost franchise brands have confirmed their participation in the 5th Franchise UAE Expo, the region's leading franchise, retail and SME trade event, which will be held in Dubai, from Sep 25-26. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2013
Superdry lands in Turkey with franchise deal. - The owner of the Superdry fashion brand has signed a deal with a franchise partner to launch stores in Turkey, becoming the latest UK retailer to open in the country. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
New Miami Subs Grill Heading to Jordan. - The New Miami Subs Grill announced that it has inked a deal with AlSiham Foods, a corporation that specializes in equity ownership of international and regional franchises. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
Ponderosa Steakhouse To Make A Mark in Egypt. - Ponderosa International Development announced an agreement granting franchise rights in Egypt to Kareem Awny Abdel Dayem. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
CaliBurger to open in Bahrain. - CaliBurger recently signed a major master franchise deal for all of the Middle East, including a 5-unit sub deal for Bahrain. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2013
Franchise UAE Expo gets further support. - The 5th Franchise UAE Expo, which is being organized by Franchise Middle East at Bustan Rotana, Dubai, from September 25 to 26, has further boosted its standing with the prestigious... [more] 10 Aug, 2013
Tossed signs 30-unit deal for Middle East. - Tossed has signed a 30-unit franchise development agreement with Al Sayegh Brothers Trading Company, a multinational conglomerate based in the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 30 Jul, 2013
MTY Food Group to franchise Sushi Shop in Kuwait. - Franchisor and operator of quick service restaurants, MTY Food Group, is making inroads into Kuwait with its Sushi Shops set to open in the country. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2013
Fatburger debuts 1st Turkey location. - Fatburger has opened its first location in Turkey's economic and cultural center, Istanbul. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2013
Steak n Shake to open 40 restaurants in the UAE. - Steak n Shake, announced its first international development agreement, which will bring this notable "better burger" chain to the Middle East. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2013
MTY to franchise Sushi Shop in Kuwait. - MTY Food Group Inc. announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc., has signed an area master development agreement to develop Sushi Shop in Kuwait. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2013
Dubai pizza chain begins Middle East franchising. - Dubai-based Italian restaurant chain, 800PIZZA, is starting franchising operations in the Middle-East. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
Ace Is the Place With the Afghan Hardware Man. - Ace Hardware has become the first American business to announce a partnership with an Afghan corporation to open a franchise in the war-riddled country.. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2013
Esquires opens first Kuwaiti coffee house. - Kiwi coffee company Franchise Development Ltd (FDL) has opened its first Esquires Coffee House in the Gulf state of Kuwait, bringing the brand’s Middle East presence to 12 stores. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Children's Place signs franchise agreement. - Children's apparel retailer The Children's Place is to open stores in Israel under a ten-year franchise agreement with Fox-Wizel as part of its international growth strategy. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013
Dunkin' Brands plans up to 100 new MidEast outlets. - US-based Dunkin' Brands Group, which operates the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, is planning to open up to 100 new franchise outlets in the Middle East by 2018. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2013
McDonald's extends partnership with 'Reza Food Services' at MEA Franchise Summit. - McDonald's Middle East and Africa Development Company, the corporation representative responsible for the growth and development of the McDonald's business and brand, announced an extension to... [more] 30 Jun, 2013
Magiff offers franchising schemes in Saudi. - Global personal care brand Magiff has launched new business franchising schemes in Saudi Arabia, targeting the kingdom’s growing retail beauty sector. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
McDonald's Israel rejects West Bank branch proposal. - McDonald's has refused to open a branch in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank in a move that swiftly prompted calls from settler organisations for a boycott of its restaurants. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2013
Plan Ahead Events Signs Master Franchise Agreements for Largest Global Expansion Ever for Brand. - Full-Service Event Management Franchise to Expand in 14 Countries in the Middle East & North Africa. ... [more] 25 Jun, 2013
Russo's New York Pizzeria plans international franchise growth. - On the heels of its first set of international locations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first half of 2013, Russo's Restaurants announced plans for further global growth... [more] 24 Jun, 2013
American Burger Franchise Bites Into 28 Country Deal. - Jake's Wayback Burgers just announced an exciting new deal with Topaz MENA LLC to expand the brand into 28 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). ... [more] 19 Jun, 2013
Wrapt signs franchise agreement in Kuwait. - Wrapt, the premium, fashion-based gift wrapping and packaging services brand, has signed a franchise agreement to open in Kuwait in 2013. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2013
Cold Stone Creamery Continues International Growth With Entrance Into Turkey. - The international development of Cold Stone Creamery® continues to accelerate in 2013 with its growth into Turkey. ... [more] 11 Jun, 2013
Doner Kebab announces signing of KSA Master Franchise Agreement. - International franchise Doner Kebab's expansion plans continue with the announcement of the first in a series of master franchise signings beginning with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). ... [more] 8 Jun, 2013
Fatburger Bringing Burgers to Egypt. - Fatburger, the famous American burger franchise, has opened its first location in Africa’s largest city, Cairo. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
Magiff launches new business franchising schemes. - The evolving personal care brand from SPRET Retail, Magiff announced the launch of new business franchising schemes that would transform the local retail practices. ... [more] 29 May, 2013
Green Motion Car Rental Sells Master Franchise for the Middle East. - U.K.-based Green Motion announced today the sale of its regional master franchise territory to Jordan-based Sadeen Rent A Car. ... [more] 21 May, 2013
Franchising in the UAE. - Since 2008, the Franchise UAE exhibition has been held in Dubai and reports that the franchising market in the Middle East is worth USD 30 billion. ... [more] 21 May, 2013
3 fast casuals selling the Middle East. - Executives of several America-based chains pitched their business models to a room filled with possible franchisees last month at the International Franchise Forum in Dubai. ... [more] 7 May, 2013
Berlitz hosts franchising convention. - Berlitz UAE recently hosted the third Worldwide Franchising Convention in Dubai, gathering members from over 70 countries. ... [more] 5 May, 2013
Creating jobs for nationals will be game-changer in franchising. - Yousif Abdulghani, Managing Director of McDonald's Middle East and Africa, said that creating jobs and driving nationalisation programmes across the Middle East region will be the game-changer that drives... [more] 1 May, 2013
1847 Men's Salon Dubai opens doors for franchising in UAE through Francorp. - Dubai based men's grooming lounge 1847 is now ready to offers its franchises in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and across all emirates through Francorp Middle East... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Focus on delivery, social media contributes to Naked Pizza Middle East success. - Naked Pizza, known as N_K_D Pizza in Dubai, is thriving since Ian Ohan opened the chain's first international and Middle Eastern location there in 2011. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Cold Stone Creamery expands into Saudi Arabia, Pakistan. - Less than two weeks after announcing international expansion plans into the Philippines and Bangladesh, Cold Stone Creamery has signed a 10-year master franchise agreement with Venus Pakistan Private Ltd... [more] 24 Apr, 2013
McDonald's Middle East teaches restaurant franchisees how to succeed internationally. - Delegates at the International Franchise Forum Tuesday heard about how McDonald's is succeeding in the Middle East from Yousef Abdulghani, the chain's managing director of McDonald's Middle East... [more] 23 Apr, 2013
Fatburger to open in Lebanon. - Fatburger has announced its newest location in Beirut, Lebanon. The owner of the newest location, Vetra Investments, LLC, is a hospitality and food service specialist based in Dubai and has been a... [more] 22 Apr, 2013
Lebanese franchisors tap emerging markets. - Lebanese franchises are gradually expanding throughout MENA as food and beverage companies tap emerging markets, officials and experts said at a Beirut forum Wednesday. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2013
Perky's Pizza adding 15 new Middle East locations. - Al-Hokair Group and Perky's Pizza have signed an agreement to further develop the Perky's Pizza brand in Saudi Arabia and the UAE by adding 15 new locations between the two countries. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2013
Burger King Qatar achieves highest growth in Middle East in 2012. - Burger King Qatar achieved the highest annual comparative sales growth, making it the best performing Burger King franchisee in the Middle East in 2012. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2013
Russo's New York Pizzeria debuts in Dubai. - Russo's New York Pizzeria recently marked its debut in Dubai at the Jumeirah Center Dubai. The opening is Russo's first outside of the United States. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2013
QSR International expands Quiznos' presence in Latin America. - QSR International has signed a 15-unit Quiznos development agreement for the country of Panama with Franquicias Premium Corporation. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2013
Pizza Fusion expanding further throughout the Middle East. - Pizza Fusion Master Franchisor, Samir Group Inc., has signed an agreement with Food Fusion Est. to open up to 25 locations throughout the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013
Caliburger to franchise in Kuwait, Iraq. - CaliBurger announced this week that it has signed a franchise agreement to begin opening CaliBurger restaurants in Kuwait and Iraq. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2013
Gulf family firms eyeing overseas franchise deals. - Up to 150 regional family-owned companies may franchise their brand outside of their home market in the next three years as they look to grow their regional footprint, a leading franchising consultant said. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2013
Ensuring franchising is not a one-way street. - Whereas it has traditionally been a channel for bringing global brands to the region, today, there is an emerging trend of homegrown companies expanding regionally — and globally — through franchising. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2013
Dubai Chamber working on franchising law in UAE. - While there is no law for franchising in the UAE, Dubai Chamber is collecting efforts with the legal firms in the emirates to put down the right legislations to protect this business in the UAE. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2013
Franchising consultancy opens Middle East base. - MSA Worldwide, a franchising consultancy headquartered in the US, has established a Middle East office in Dubai. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2013
Sub-franchising throws up new growth options. - A burst of new sub-franchising opportunities could generate its own momentum in the local retail and service sectors. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2013
Lufian launches 3 UAE stores in 5 months. - H2 Fashion, one of the leading fashion retail groups based in Dubai, has launched three stores of the Turkish fashion brand Lufian in Abu Dhabi and Dubai over a period of five months. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2013
Dubai Chamber seeks to revise franchising law. - Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry attempts several endeavours to revise the franchising law with the aim of easing business and protecting brands and investors in the UAE market. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2013
South African pizza chain eyes UAE expansion. - Debonairs Pizza, a pizza franchisee from South Africa, has announced its expansion plans for the UAE retail market. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2013
Krispy Kreme's largest stockholder cashes out. - The largest stockholder of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. apparently has cashed out its investment, selling an estimated 6.71 million shares, according to a regulatory filing Monday. ... [more] 12 Feb, 2013
MTY to franchise La Crémière in Saudi Arabia. - MTY Food Group Inc. announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc., has signed an area master development agreement to develop La Crémière in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2013
Pizza Fusion grows Middle East presence. - Parent company Unique Pizza and Subs Corp. today announced its Pizza Fusion brand has opened its eighth restaurant in the Middle East via the Samir Group, its Middle East master franchisor. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Middle East target for franchise group. - Norwich-based Franchise Development Services (FDS) is expanding its global reach by opening new offices in Lebanon and Iraq. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2013
Nestlé Toll House Cafe by Chip Ups the Ante in Saudi Arabia. - Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, a premium dessert destination franchise concept, announced the grand opening of its second café in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2013
Fitness First Middle East rolls-out Running Club powered by adidas. - Fitness First Middle East, the world's number one health and fitness club chain and a franchise owned and operated under license by the Landmark Group in the MENA region, will roll out a Running Club in the... [more] 18 Dec, 2012
Accor inks deal for first Saudi Suite Novotel. - Accor Middle East said on Monday it has signed a franchise management contract to develop the first Suite Novotel hotel in Riyadh. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2012
New Domino's Pizza store in Riyadh serving tasty treats. - Alamar Foods, the Domino's Pizza master franchisee with operational rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP), has announced the opening of its 200th store in Riyadh. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2012
'Franchise UAE' ends on buoyant note, 90% of exhibitors keen to participate in next edition. - The 4th edition of Franchise UAE concluded in Dubai concluded on a buoyant note, with 90 per cent of exhibitors expressing their commitment for the next show. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2012
zpizza Opens its Doors in One of Dubai’s Busiest Locations. - zpizza, the worldwide leader of the better pizza segment for over 25 years with 100 stores open internationally, just opened its 5th Middle East location in Dubai. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2012
Franchise Missions Bring Economic Development to Critical Areas. - Members of the IFA are participating in Franchise Micro-Trade Missions in Afghanistan and Tunisia Dec. 1-8, introducing franchise brands and franchise legal and policy counsel by... [more] 5 Dec, 2012
4th 'Franchise UAE' opens with participation of over 100 local and international brands. - Over 100 franchise brands are participating in the two-day 'Franchise UAE' international franchise, retail and trade show which opened at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, today. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2012
4th Franchise UAE exhibition enlists support of world's largest sign franchisor and world's largest event management company. - The 4th edition of 'Franchise UAE', the international franchise, retail and trade show to be held on December 4 and 5, 2012, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, will see the participation of... [more] 24 Nov, 2012
ENOC to highlight retail franchising opportunities at SIAL Middle East. - Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) is showcasing its retail franchising opportunities at the SIAL Middle East exhibition to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company from Nov 26-28, 2012. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2012
Franchise UAE expo to run on December 4-5. - The fourth edition of “Franchise UAE”, the international franchise, retail and trade show, to be held on December 4-5 2012 in Dubai with over 100 local and international brands participating in the expo. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2012
Yogen Fruz launched in Pakistan. - Yogen Fruz, the world’s leading frozen yogurt chain opened its first outlet in DHA amidst much fanfare on Sunday. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2012
Tim Hortons opens in Oman. - Now you can grab a double double in Oman. Tim Hortons said Monday it has opened its first “café and bake shop” in what’s officially known as the Sultanate of Oman. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2012
Villa Enterprises plants flag in Egypt. - Villa Enterprises Management Ltd. Inc. has opened Villa Italian Kitchen and Bananas units at the American University (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2012
Middle East Domino's franchisee marks 200th unit. - Alamar Foods, the Domino's Pizza master franchisee with operational rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP), announced the opening of its 200th store this week in Riyadh. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2012
Australian Gelatissimo expands in Kuwait. - Just six months after the opening of the first Australian-owned Gelatissimo outlet in the Middle East, the local response has been so overwhelming that two more gelaterias have opened... [more] 1 Nov, 2012
Al Madani Group, Bagel Bar inks franchisee agreement. - Al Madani Group, a leading business conglomerate in the region, signed up as the master franchisee of "The Bagel Bar" coffee house concept for the UAE. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2012
Pizza Rustica eyes Middle East expansion. - Miami Beach, Fla.-based Pizza Rustica has signed its first two leases under a Master Franchise Agreement to open units in the Middle East. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2012
The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. Signs 12-Unit Franchise Deal for Middle East. - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. announces plans to bring its unique fondue dining experience to eight countries in the Middle East through a 12-unit franchise development agreement with HCS. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2012
Kingdom franchising sector most promising in Mideast. - Franchising is positioned for explosive growth in countries scattered throughout the Middle East, Francorp said in a report, with new franchise opportunities popping up throughout the region. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2012
Yum! Brands executive earns Pakistan Power award. - Yum! Brands' Irfan Mustafa, vice president and managing director of the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey business, has been recognized with the Pakistan Power 100 Award. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2012
Steak 'n Shake Develops First International Deal in UAE. - Steak ‘n Shake announced its first international development agreement, which will bring this notable “better burger” chain to the Middle East... [more] 9 Oct, 2012
BurgerFuel sells Kuwait franchise. - NZX-listed restaurant business BurgerFuel Worldwide is moving into Kuwait after selling the master licence for its branded restaurants in the country to Al Khayyat Investments. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2012
Pizza Rustica plants flag in Middle East. - Miami Beach, Fla.-based Pizza Rustica has signed an agreement with Kuwait International Franchise Company to expand the brand in the Middle East. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2012
Galvanni opens Gulf debut store in Dubai. - Italian fashion brand, Galvanni, has made its Gulf debut, opening its first outlet at Dubai Marina Mall following a franchisee agreement between the international company and Dubai-based fashion retail group... [more] 12 Sep, 2012
Papa Murphy's to Redefine Pizza in Middle East. - Papa Murphy's International today announced it has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with MAM Foodco LLC to open 100 Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza locations throughout the GCC. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2012
Abu Dhabi chosen for Marriot's 42 UK hotels. - Abu Dhabi has been named as the proffered bidder for 42 UK-based Marriott hotels after making an offer of USD973 million, British magazine Property Week reported. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2012
Cinnabon makes its debut in Libya. - Cinnabon Inc. is expanding its global footprint with the opening of a unit in Tripoli, Libya, earlier this month. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2012
BurgerFuel adds fifth Dubai store. - New Zealand burger chain BurgerFuel Worldwide has opened its latest store in the prestigious Mall of Emirates in Dubai. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2012
Body Shop launches first Pulse store in Jeddah. - The Body Shop officially opened the doors to one of the world's first Pulse boutiques at Aziz Mall, championing its ethical philosophy - Beauty With Heart. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2012
The Coffee Club opens in Egypt. - Australian cafe franchise The Coffee Club has expanded its global footprint with its first Egyptian store opening in tourist spot Tivoli Dome on the north coast. There are plans for 15 outlets to open in the country... [more] 5 Jul, 2012
Papa John's marks 100th Middle East unit. - Papa John's CEO/founder/chairman John Schnatter was in Dubai over the weekend to celebrate the Louisville, Ky.-based brand's 100th unit opening in the Middle East. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2012

Small U.S. Franchises Head to the Middle East. - The Middle East has long been a magnet for U.S. restaurant chains thanks to its wealth and large numbers of foreign workers—not to mention its malls, tax-free zones, and jet-setting elites. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2012
Freshi Signs Master Franchising Agreement to Develop in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain. - Freshi, the world's fastest growing Ice Sticks chain announced that the company has signed a master franchise agreement with Amer Group , to develop the brand in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. ... [more] 19 Jun, 2012
BFL gets franchise of 'Fatburger' in Pakistan. - BIL Foods Limited (BFL) has obtained franchise of "Fatburger" a North American multinational chain of gourmet burgers and plans to set up five restaurants in three major cities of the country at a cost of... [more] 6 Jun, 2012
Caribou Coffee opens 100th international location, plans to ramp up store count. - Caribou Coffee Co. said Wednesday it has opened its 100th international operating location, located in Istanbul, Turkey. ... [more] 30 May, 2012
Beirut International Franchise Forum to take place in Beirut on 23-24, May 2012. - Organizing committees of Beirut International Franchise Forum BIFEX, held a press conference at Phoenicia Hotel announcing forum's proceedings to take place on the 23rd and 24th of May 2012 at the... [more] 20 May, 2012
Franchise UAE 2012 opens with participation of 75 companies from region and globe. - Dubai is at the start of a new cycle of boom, powered largely by a dynamic private sector, said Farid Karmostaji, Director of Entrepreneur Development Division of... [more] 10 May, 2012
Kuwait lucrative for franchise business. - Kuwait is lucrative for franchise deals namely sales of trademarks in shadow of existence of hundreds of successful businesses with special national labels, according to an expert in the sector. ... [more] 9 May, 2012
Franchise UAE 2012 lines up franchising and SME experts at companion event. - The 3rd Franchise UAE trade exhibition, which takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, on May 9 and 10, 2012, will host an Entrepreneurship Summit featuring domestic and international franchising... [more] 6 May, 2012
Kiwi burgers fuel Middle East. - In January BurgerFuel opened its fourth store in Dubai, giving it a total of eight stores across the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Additional restaurants will soon open in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Qatar and Riyadh... [more] 5 May, 2012
Maui Wowi Opens Kiosk in Saudi Arabia. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies has opened a kiosk location in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, adding to its growing number of units in the Middle East. ... [more] 4 May, 2012
American franchise awareness meet to focus on SME financing. - The Muscat American Business Council is organising an information session on ‘How to Bring an American Franchise to Oman’ on May 6 at the Sultan Qaboos University. ... [more] 2 May, 2012
New-concept UAE and GCC brands to jostle for attention at Franchise UAE 2012. - The 3rd Franchise UAE trade exhibition, which takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, on May 9 and 10, 2012, will see aggressive participation by home-grown UAE and GCC... [more] 25 Apr, 2012
UK retail giant eyes Gulf expansion plan. - UK retail giant WH Smith has announced expansion plans in the Gulf region as it looks to offset weakness on Britain's high streets. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2012
Turkish Franchisee Opens Two Villa Enterprise Restaurants. - Villa Enterprises Management Ltd., Inc. announced today the grand opening of its first Villa Italian Kitchen and South Philly Steaks & Fries locations in Istanbul, Turkey. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2012
Toll House Takes The Middle East. - Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip has more than 100 locations serving upwards of 60 million customers per year in the U.S., Canada, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Dubai, with plans to open additional cafes in... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
Smashburger Announces Grand Opening of First International Restaurant in Kuwait. - Smashburger today announced the opening of its first international restaurant location in Kuwait. This restaurant, located at The Village, Abu Al Hasaniya, is the first of 23 franchise locations... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
First ever Abha Franchising Expo 2012 attracts over 50 businesses. - MEFranchising, a leading franchise consultant with operations in London, Kuwait, Riyadh and Morocco, has reported that the Abha Franchising Expo 2012 in Asir was a success with an estimated signing of... [more] 30 Mar, 2012
M&Co unveils plans for Gulf State franchises. - Scottish clothing chain M&Co is making a start on plans to franchise its stores internationally with four new outlets in the Middle East. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Burger Fuel to open in Libya. - Burger Fuel Worldwide, the local fast-food chain targeting franchises in the Middle East, has signed up a new franchisee in post-Gaddafi Libya. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Kuwait's Alshaya inks deal with Japanese retailer. - MH Alshaya Co, the Kuwait-based retail franchise operator, said on Monday it had signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Japan's Muji. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2012
French Hypermarket Chain Géant Expands In UAE With First Supermarket In Abu Dhabi. - French hypermarket chain Géant has made a foray into Abu Dhabi with the opening of its sixth supermarket in the UAE under the Géant Easy banner, as part of an aggressive growth strategy that... [more] 21 Mar, 2012
Gelatissimo opens flagship store in Kuwait. - Australian gelato chain Gelatissimo has unveiled its most spectacular outlet to date, and its first Middle Eastern franchise, serving exotic new flavours to tempt local consumers. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2012
Franchise UAE set to return with its 3rd edition. - FME, the overseas arm of Franchise India Holding Ltd, along with Indian Franchise Association (IFA) and Dubai SME as a strategic partner is presenting third edition of Franchise UAE 2012. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2012
The Melting Pot Restaurants to enter Saudi Arabia with five-unit franchise deal. - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. announces plans to bring its unique fondue dining experience to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through a five-unit franchise development agreement. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2012
Is KFC Returning to Iran After Being Banned 33 Years Ago? - The appearance of a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Iran is the source of nationwide confusion. The chain had been banned from Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution, but a restaurant popped up in Karaj yest... [more] 28 Feb, 2012
BurgerFuel opens first store in Iraq. - BurgerFuel Worldwide has opened its first store for 2012 – in Iraq. The new store has opened in Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq, the Kurdish-speaking area known as Iraqi Kurdistan. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2012
Subway plans to open 120 outlets by 2017. - Shamel Food Company held its second annual Franchisee Meeting in Alkhobar. The event dubbed as “Moving Forward” has capitalized in its Global Strategic Plan of achieving 120 stores by 2017. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2012
Edible Arrangements officially open for business in Al Ain. - Edible Arrangements are officially open for business in Al Ain. The New store is located in the new extension of the prestige Al Ain Mall... [more] 22 Jan, 2012
Maui Wowi extends Saudi Arabia presence. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian has announced further expansion in the Middle East, with the opening of their newest retail location in Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2012
Tasti D-Lite Prepares for Expansion in Middle East. - Tasti D-Lite recently announced its next phase of expansion in the Middle East. Al-Himmah International Limited signed an international master franchise agreement to expand Tasti D-Lite into six countries... [more] 6 Jan, 2012
Anytime Fitness opens first Middle Eastern club in Qatar. - Anytime Fitness, the fastest-growing fitness club chain in the world, will soon open its first club in the Middle East. The first of several Anytime Fitness clubs in the State of Qatar opened on January 1, 2012. ... [more] 3 Jan, 2012
High-end brands more receptive to franchising. - Premium European and American brands are becoming receptive to the franchise model. "They want to move where their customer base exists and these days it is in the Gulf," said Duncan McLellan of Dubai... [more] 2 Jan, 2012
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