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Gocco to open franchise stores in Middle East. The new management of Spanish childrenswear company Gocco, led by Chief Executive Officer Felipe Oriol, will enter the franchise business starting in the Middle East. .... [more] 23 Dec, 2004
UK health club operator signs MENA franchise. UK-based health club chain, Fitness First - which operates around 400 clubs throughout Europe, Australia and the Far East - has signed a franchise deal to move into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). .... [more] 12 Nov, 2004
Papa John's expands into Bahrain and Oman. Papa John's International Inc. has opened restaurants in two new international markets, bringing its total international presence up to 18 markets. .... [more] 4 Nov, 2004
Franchising Middle East 2005 to showcase latest trends & opportunities. Franchising Middle East Exhibition, an exclusive 3-day international event, is scheduled to be held at the World Trade centre, Dubai, from 29 Feb to 2 March 2005. .... [more] 26 Oct, 2004
BAHRAIN - Jawad to promote pizza outlet. The Jawad Business Group (JBG) has organised an exclusive tour for the media to introduce them to Papa John's Pizza outlet, its new franchise in the region. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2004
New authorized agent for Maks International in Saudi Arabia. Maks International and Experts Union Group have signed an agreement that grants the latter representation rights of Maks International in Saudi Arabia. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2004
LEBANON - Strategic thinking needed to succeed in franchising. Lebanese businesses in the food and beverage industry - restaurants, cafes, diet centers, gift and chocolate stores and others - are increasingly relying on sales of franchise licenses to expand their distribution networks and build trade names. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2004
SAUDI ARABIA - 120 National Products Up for Franchising. According to experts, there are around 120 products or services in Saudi Arabia that could benefit from the opportunities offered for worldwide expansion through franchising when Saudi Arabia joins the World Trade Organization. .... [more] 27 Jul, 2004
Dubai group to set up Fox stores in Australia. Fashion chain Fox-Wizel today took another step towards exporting its brand name to Australia and the Far East. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2004
Costa Coffee appoints first Middle East Regional Director. Costa Coffee, the authentic Italian branded coffee franchise and the UK's largest coffee retailer, has appointed its first Franchise Director for the Middle East Region. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2004
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Second Cup café opens in Bur Dubai. Second Cup, the popular specialty coffee retailer, announced today the opening of its fifth café in Dubai at Spinneys in the prestigious Bur Dubai area. .... [more] 7 Jul, 2004
MALAYSIA/KUWAIT - 1901 Hotdog set to enter Kuwait. Hotdog franchisor 1901 is spreading its wings overseas and is all set to penetrate the Kuwaiti market by the end of the year. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2004
ISRAEL - Professor sues, claiming he helped bring IKEA to Israel. A NIS 2.5 million lawsuit was filed in Tel Aviv Magistrates Court two weeks ago against businessman Eliezer Fishman and the Blue Square cooperative. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2004
U.A.E. - Burger King increases number of restaurants in UAE. Burger King UAE has increased its number of restaurants with the opening of the new branch in Oud Metha. .... [more] 7 Jun, 2004
SNTTA wins American Express Mid-East travel franchise. Sharjah National Travel & Tourist Agency (SNTTA) announced yesterday that it has been appointed the exclusive franchisee in Sharjah for the American Express Middle East Franchise Network. .... [more] 27 May, 2004
Spur signs up Middle East deal. Executives from the substantial Middle Eastern conglomerate, the Al Babtain Group, met with Spurcorp leadership in Cape Town recently to finalise key details of the agreement to open a large number of the popular Spur steak ranches in the region. .... [more] 20 May, 2004
RE/MAX Now in 50 Countries. Three new countries are being introduced to the RE/MAX real estate franchise this week, Lebanon, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 19 May, 2004
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Sir Speedy opens center in Knowledge Village. Sir Speedy, the world leader in business printing solutions has opened its first center in Knowledge Village, its second in the UAE. .... [more] 5 May, 2004
ISRAEL - Lehem Erez gets new dough. Lehem Erez bakeries said it will continue to pursue its franchising plan with the first franchise slated to open soon in Jerusalem. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2004
Tumbleweed to open Middle East restaurants. Tumbleweed Southwest Grill has signed a license agreement under which the company will open nine restaurants in the Middle East during the next five years, according to a news release. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2004
Peacock Expands In Middle East Through Franchising. Discount apparel retailer Peacock Group Plc has signed a franchise agreement with Kuwait-based group MH Alshaya Co to roll out up to 40 stores in Turkey and the Arabian Gulf over the next five years. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2004

ISRAEL - No Arabic at McDonald's Israel. Discrimination against Israel's Palestinian citizens has been expanding to include a total ban of the use of Arabic language by workers. .... [more] 9 Mar, 2004
U.A.E. - Franchising Middle East set to go annual. The Franchising Middle East exhibition – the region's only dedicated trade show for the franchise industry – is set to become an annual fixture after a highly successful debut at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2004
U.A.E. - New UAE Franchise Association Formed in Dubai to Strengthen the Sector. A new UAE Franchise Association has been launched in Dubai to further strengthen the country's franchise sector. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2004
ISRAEL - Bankrupt Domino's Pizza Israel rejects top bidder. Bankrupt pizza franchisee Domino's Pizza Israel has rejected the transfer of license rights to the Morag group, which wants to buy it out of bankruptcy. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2004
U.A.E. - The Athlete's Foot launches first UAE store at Lamcy Plaza. One of the world's largest retailers of athletic footwear, The Athlete's Foot, with over 700 stores worldwide, has recently launched its first in the UAE at Lamcy Plaza in Dubai. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2004
U.A.E. - Dubai emerging as hub for $10b Mideast franchise industry. With the $10 billion franchising sector in the Middle East projected to account for more than 50 per cent of the region's retail economy, Dubai seeks to position itself as the franchise hub of the region. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2004
MIDDLE EAST - Kuwait's GFC to source sub-franchisees at Dubai Expo. Kuwait-headquartered Gulf Franchising Company (GFC) has signed up for the first Franchising Middle East Show with the aim of appointing sub-franchisees across the region. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2004
MIDDLE EAST - Subway looks for five-fold Mid East growth. The sandwich chain Subway is targeting 350 stores throughout the Middle East and Pakistan by 2010. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2004
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - International Franchise Association backs Dubai expo. The US-headquartered International Franchise Association has endorsed Franchise Middle East 2004 (FME) – the dedicated trade show for the franchise industry to be held in Dubai in February. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2004
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Pumpkin Patch launches first store in the Middle East at Lamcy Plaza. Pumpkin Patch, the New Zealand based children's clothing store, recently opened its first store in the Middle East at Lamcy Plaza in Dubai. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2004
MIDDLE EAST - Giordano Middle East on target for 100 stores. Giordano International Chairman, Peter Lau, was in the Middle East recently to visit with senior members of the regional team for discussion on the group's expansion, and recent moves in to new markets. .... [more] 24 Dec, 2003
EMIRATES - An innovative source for Hotel & restaurant supplies is launched in Dubai. DHS - Direct Hotel Supplies is an innovative hotel & restaurant supplies warehouse outlet that opened in mid December 2003 in Al Quoz. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2003
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MMI and Costa Coffee create another perfect blend for the UAE. MMI and Costa Coffee have signed a new contract, extending MMI's UAE franchise of the branded coffee concept for a second five-year period; the relationship started in 1998. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2003
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Baskin Robbins opens new outlet in Abu Dhabi. In line with its major expansion plans in UAE for 2004, Baskin Robbins, the world's leading ice cream brand, with 62 stores in the UAE, has opened a new outlet at the Airport Road in Abu Dhabi. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2003
MIDDLE EAST - Hertz Egypt honoured by world's largest car rental company for key role in Middle East operations. Hertz Egypt has been honoured by the world's largest car rental company for paving the way for the expanding network of Hertz operations now stretching across 11 countries in the Middle East. .... [more] 28 Oct, 2003
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Cellucom expands reseller network with four new partnerships. Cellucom, a leading distributor of mobile communication devices and accessories in the UAE, has appointed four new partners. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2003
MIDDLE EAST - Luciano Benetton visits Dubai. Luciano Benetton, chairman and founder of the Benetton group, landed in Dubai on Tuesday in his very own private jet as part of his whistle stop Middle East tour. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2003
IRAQ - McDonald's poised for Iraq invasion. This time next year the familiar logo of McDonald's could be popping up on the streets of Baghdad, well-placed commercial and banking sources say. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2003
SAUDI ARABIA - Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Announces Franchise Agreement. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that Shary Rent-A-Car has become a master franchisee for the Thrifty Car Rental brand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. .... [more] 6 Oct, 2003
EGYPT - Gadget Geek. RadioShack Egypt CEO Muthana Al-Durrah serves the technophiles of the Middle East. .... [more] 4 Oct, 2003
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - HDFC appoints NMC Group as its new franchisee in the UAE. India's premier housing agency, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) is targeting Non-Resident Indians through the local New Medical Centre (NMC) Group, its new franchisee in the UAE. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2003
KUWAIT - Norwegian pizza to Middle East. Norway's leading pizza chain, Peppe's Pizza, has signed a deal with the Kuwaiti firm National Arabic Co. to open Peppe's restaurants in Kuwait. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
ISRAEL - Strum says no to Burger King's buyout. Antitrust Commissioner Dror Strum voiced his opposition yesterday to the proposed buyout of Burger King's Israeli branches by rival Burger Ranch. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2003
IRAQ - Baghdad battle to serve Big Mac. McDonald's, a symbol of American cultural expansion and home to the best-known hamburger in the world, is under siege from entrepreneurs battling it out to serve the first Big Mac in Iraq. .... [more] 14 Aug, 2003
EGYPT - McDonald's brings McArabia to Egypt. Fast-food giant McDonald's has introduced the regionally-inspired McArabia chicken sandwich to Egypt in a bid to beat a boycott of U.S. products by many Arabs angry over the U.S.-led war in Iraq. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2003
Church's Chicken expanding in the Middle East. Church's Chicken signed a deal with Kuwait United Poultry Company to develop 60 restaurants over the next five years throughout the region identified as the Gulf Cooperation Council. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2003
Body Shape pursues Middle East presence. Having run its slimming centres successfully in Thailand for a decade, Body Shape Co is taking its operations to the Arab world next year through a franchise system. .... [more] 7 Aug, 2003
UAE - Franchising Middle East Exhibition gets support of International Franchise Association. The International Franchise Association has declared its support for the Franchising Middle East Exhibition (FME 2004), February 17-19, 2004 at the Dubai International Exhibition Center. .... [more] 5 Aug, 2003
ISRAEL - Only two shops per franchise at Ben Gurion 2000. No franchisee may have rights to more than two shops under the duty-free franchises for Ben Gurion 2000. .... [more] 3 Aug, 2003
LEBANON - New Burger King outlet opens in Aley, Lebanon. The world famous attractions of Aley, the Lebanese mountain resort, will be enhanced this summer with the opening of the new Burger King outlet in the heart of the heritage town. .... [more] 24 Jun, 2003
ISRAEL - Burger King: Disqualify Burger Ranch bid. Burger King announced today that it would petition the Tel Aviv District Court to disqualify Burger Ranch's bid for Burger King's Israel operations. .... [more] 22 Jun, 2003
SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi Domino's Pizza franchisee inks deal with Pepsi. PepsiCo Beverages International has signed a major partnership deal with Specialised Catering Service Co, master franchisee of Domino's Pizza in the Middle East, North Africa, Iran and Pakistan. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2003
ISRAEL - Meshulam Riklis bid for Burger King Israel believed highest. Meshulam Riklis is apparently bidding $6.5-7.5 million for the assets of Burger King Israel, after the court disqualified the bid by McDonald's Israel and Burger Ranch. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2003
OMAN - Marks & Spencer, Toys-R-Us to open stores at Markaz Al Bahja. Come September this year and there will be two new stores of the giant global brands - Marks & Spencer and Toys-R-Us - at the Markaz Al Bahja shopping mall. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2003
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Franchise expo aims to attract nationals. The Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Young Leaders now has division focused on the development of franchises in the UAE and is organising the Franchising Middle East Exhibition 2004 next February 17-19. .... [more] 4 Jun, 2003
KUWAIT - Globalization to go: Thai pizza magnate eyes Middle East market. William Heinecke took on Pizza Hut in Thailand and won, grabbing more than half the market in a matter of months. Now he's planning his next moves against the world's biggest pizza purveyor. .... [more] 31 May, 2003
MIDDLE EAST - Business travellers name Hertz as Middle East's best car rental company. Business travellers have selected Hertz as the best car rental company in the Middle East, and the award is being celebrated in 11 countries across the region. .... [more] 15 May, 2003
MIDDLE EAST - Hertz drives on in Middle East. Hertz will continue to expand its car rental services across the Middle East in a drive to maintain its lead position in the regional market and boost customer services and benefits. .... [more] 24 Apr, 2003
IRAQ - Fast food for troops. The borders are still shut and the diplomats have yet to travel, but envoys from Pizza Hut and Burger King have arrived in Iraq. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2003
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Top Italian Sasch fashion brand enters the Mid East. Sasch, one of Italy's top men's and women's wear fashion brands, has entered the Middle East through a franchise agreement with a UAE trading house and plans to take the brand regionally. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2003
ISRAEL - UK fashion brand Top Shop arriving in Israel. Top Shop, part of Britain's largest fashion retail company the Arcadia Group, has signed a franchise agreement with Haim Sakal's VHSgroup to open a chain of stores in Israel. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2003
ISRAEL - Co Op c'tee to discuss IKEA tender next week. The Blue Square Consumer Cooperative Society (Co Op) appointed committee will discuss the tender for the sale of the IKEA franchise for Israel next week. The value of the franchise has been estimated at $25 million. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2003
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Costa Coffee opens new outlets at Dubai International Airport. Departing and transiting passengers through Dubai International Airport now have a choice of three Costa Coffee outlets, with the addition of two new outlets by franchise holder, MMI. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2003
ISRAEL - Burger King Israel franchise tender bids $1-3m. The bids submitted yesterday in the tender to acquire the Burger King franchise are much lower than expected. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2003
ISRAEL - Starbucks pulls out of Israeli joint venture. The Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks Coffee Company, and the Delek Group of Israel have mutually agreed to end their joint venture in Israel. .... [more] 1 Apr, 2003
MIDDLE EAST - Barnie's Coffee & Tea Co. enters Middle East. Orlando-based Barnie's Coffee & Tea Co. has inked a master franchise deal with Mohammed S. Al-Huwaitan of Kuwait. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2003
ISRAEL - Burger King plans to sell its Israeli franchise to Burger Ranch. Burger King has offered to sell its Israel franchise to Burger Ranch, using the Burger King brand for the merged chain. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2003
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