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Baskin Robbins to open 10 more outlets in the UAE. Baskin Robbins announced plans to open 8 to 10 more stores in the UAE at the opening of the company's latest signature outlet in Abu Hail, Dubai last week. .... [more] 28 Dec, 2005
Matthew Bronfman bids for Rishon Le-Zion lot. A second IKEA Israel branch will be erected on the lot, as the anchor for a new power center. .... [more] 19 Dec, 2005
La Senza enters Israel. The Canadian lingerie chain has opened a store in Jerusalem, and will shortly open two more in Tel Aviv and Beersheva. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2005
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group records growth in Middle East. The significant increase in the number of people in the Middle East renting automobiles to meet a variety of lifestyle and transportation needs has prompted Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (DTG) to considerably boost regional operations. .... [more] 18 Dec, 2005
Toys-R-Us Israel to make children’s clothes. Toys-R-Us Israel is the first franchise to use the Geoffrey the Giraffe label for clothes. .... [more] 14 Dec, 2005
Johnny Rockets opens Bahrain outlet. American restaurant chain Johnny Rockets opened its first restaurant in Bahrain at Al A'ali Shopping Complex, Seef. .... [more] 4 Dec, 2005
Marrybrown to open outlet in Iran. Malaysia's own fast-food franchisor, Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd, will be opening its first franchised outlet in Tehran, Iran, next month. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2005
Sotheby's Int’l Realty Master Franchise Awarded to Developer UAE. Cendant Global Services, Inc. announced that it has awarded exclusive master franchise rights for the Sotheby's International Realty® brand in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 22 Nov, 2005
Ikea set for huge regional expansion. Swedish furniture giant Ikea is set to step up its presence in the Middle East by opening up to 10 new warehouse outlets across the region over the next five years. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2005
Barnie's Coffee & Tea enters Istanbul, Turkey. Barnie's Coffee & Tea Co., Orlando, which currently has more than 100 retail locations, announced that it has signed a franchise/joint venture for at least 60 stores in Istanbul, Turkey. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2005
Chili's Franchisee Plans 10 More Locations in UAE, Oman. Emirates International Restaurants has opened the first of 10 new Chili's restaurants planned for the United Arab Emirates and Oman through a development agreement announced today by Brinker International, Inc. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2005
Thrifty UAE named franchise of the year. One of the fastest-growing organizations within the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (DTG) franchise network, Thrifty UAE beat out competition from over 70 Thrifty franchises worldwide to win the 'Global Franchise of the Year Award'. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2005
A world class fitness company is hitting your shores soon. Fitness First, the number one global fitness company is opening soon at Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai. .... [more] 24 Oct, 2005
Gulf Franchise Expo - Bahrain to launch with unprecedented support and ambitious goals. The European Franchise Federation (EFF), in an unprecedented move, will be supporting Gulf Franchise Expo - Bahrain. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2005
CNBC Arabia sponsors IFE '06 expo. CNCB Arabiya signed an agreement with the International Franchising & Branding Exhibition 2006 as the official exclusive media sponsor to cover the event, a press release said yesterday. .... [more] 20 Sep, 2005
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf establishes regional operations and training centre. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has opened its regional training centre in Dubai's Al Quoz industrial area. .... [more] 15 Sep, 2005
The Body Shop to participate in Women Expo 2005. The best in skin & hair care products will be featured in Women Expo 2005 with the confirmed participation of The Body Shop in Oman's first-ever exhibition for women, which is scheduled on December 11-17 this year. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2005
Is easyHotel now set to enter the Middle East? Small box-like rooms decorated in garish orange, offering limited services and zero facilities could be the new trend in Middle East hotels. .... [more] 31 Aug, 2005
European property leader opens up franchise opportunities in Arabia. Engel & Völkers, the European-based luxury real estate group, is now offering franchise opportunities across the GCC as part of a strategic plan to grow business in the region. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2005
Middle East receives first timeshare franchise. Timeshare, a concept whereby families purchase their holidays by the slice or weekly interval, has evolved much over the past thirty years. .... [more] 31 Jul, 2005
UK/TURKEY - Bartercard Sells Turkish Licence For $0.6M. Bartercard PLC said Wednesday that it has sold the licence to operate the Bartercard system and Master Franchise in Turkey. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2005
Qatar to host international branding expo. Qatar will host the biggest International Franchising and Branding Exhibition (IFBE) in June 2006. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2005
Lenôtre Paris to open gourmet restaurant in Dubai. Lenôtre Paris, the leader in French gastronomy, is adding an exclusive à la carte restaurant to its retail/café outlet which debuted last month on Dubai's prestigious Jumeirah Beach Road. .... [more] 12 Jul, 2005

Franchise guru sees Middle East as road full of opportunity. Khaled Taki is Beirut's franchising guru. Taki matches Gulf investors with Lebanese looking to franchise their business. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2005
McDonald's retracts unfair regulation. McDonald's Israel CEO Omri Padan annuls regulation that called for branch employees to make up difference from from their own pocket if registers are short. .... [more] 28 Jun, 2005
Bronfman buys remaining 25% of IKEA Israel. Matthew Bronfman has bought Canada's Gnat family's 25% of IKEA Israel, at a company value of NIS 219 million. .... [more] 1 Jun, 2005
Lenôtre Paris' first UAE outlet opens Wednesday. The UAE's first Lenôtre Paris, the leader in French luxury gastronomy, is set to burst onto Dubai's social scene when it opens for business on Wednesday, 1st June. .... [more] 29 May, 2005
easyJet founder eyes Dubai for low-cost hotels. easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou and owner of easyGroup is actively considering plans of opening low budget hotels in Dubai. .... [more] 26 May, 2005
RE/MAX Now In Qatar. Zayed and Solah Al Jaidah operating as Jaidah Brothers have purchased the first RE/MAX franchise in Qatar, making it the 56th country for the global real estate franchisor. .... [more] 26 May, 2005
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf opens its doors at new BurJuman. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, the world's original coffee and tea brand, has opened its latest store at the new BurJuman in Dubai. .... [more] 22 May, 2005
Huge Potential for Franchising - KSA. Franchising is marking a tremendous growth across Saudi Arabia, especially in the past few years. .... [more] 16 May, 2005
Tony Roma’s opens its first restaurant in UAE. The American international restaurant chain, Tony Roma's has celebrated the grand opening of its first restaurant in the UAE over the weekend, signaling strong investor confidence in the UAE. .... [more] 14 May, 2005
DED launches franchise management service. The Department of Economic Development (DED) today announced that it had launched a franchise management service aimed at developing the growth of new and existing franchising businesses in Dubai. .... [more] 9 May, 2005
Unlicensed stores thrive at airport. More than 80 businesses at Ben-Gurion International Airport do not have appropriate permits; Airport Authority places blame on franchisees. .... [more] 9 May, 2005
ISRAEL - Pizza Hut revamps to survive. Pizza Hut branches in Israel were closed during Pesach, but the management was working overtime. .... [more] 3 May, 2005
Giordano to open 22 stores in Middle East. Giordano Middle East has crossed the 100-store milestone and is on target to open an additional 22 stores in the next two years. .... [more] 27 Apr, 2005
OMAN - Cartridge World opens franchise shop at Al Harthy Complex. Mohamed Juma Sultan Co has become the first franchisee for Cartridge World in the Middle East, it was announced here yesterday. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2005
Quick Restaurant opens new outlet in Sharjah. International fast food brand Quick expands business to cater to the growing market in Sharjah after 2 years of successful operations in Dubai. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2005
A&W joins KFC in reopening. Previously in business solely as the popular friend chicken franchise, the Palestine KFC has received a complete makeover and welcomed an A&W Restaurant to its facility. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2005

Hardee's Opens First Franchise Restaurant in Jordan. CKE Restaurants, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary and popular U.S. hamburger chain, Hardee's, has opened its first restaurant in Amman, Jordan. .... [more] 5 Apr, 2005

Court clears way for Matthew Bronfman to buy IKEA Israel. Tel Aviv District Court president Judge Uri Goren today authorized the trustees for the Co-Op Blue Square Consumer Cooperative Society to sell the society’s 75% share in IKEA Israel to Matthew Bronfman for NIS 164 million. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2005

Castro opens franchises in Thailand, Latvia and Ukraine. Under Castro's overseas expansion plan, and following the three franchise agreements, 12 Castro and Castro Men pairs of stores will be opened in Thailand, Latvia, and Ukraine. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2005

It's no piece of cake in a baker's world. Kobi Hakak was sent to vocational school at age 15. No one thought then that the kid who couldn't sit still in class would one day be the owner and CEO of the bakery chain Roladin. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2005

Pizza Hut, KFC joining Turkey operations. Turkent and Pizza Gida, Turkish franchisees of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut, announced plans on Wednesday for a merger and an initial public offering by the end of next year. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2005

UAE franchising sector to reach Dh30b mark. The UAE, especially Dubai is an ideal place for the franchise sector with an access to lucrative Middle East, sub-continent and African markets with their combined population of 1.4 billion people and a staggering combined GDP of $1.9 trillion. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2005

TURKEY - Franchising fair brings entrepreneurs together. “Franchising Fair 2005,” sponsored by the International Franchising Association with the participation of approximately 40 foreign and local firms, opened in Istanbul yesterday. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2005

Parties interested in IKEA Israel to visit Sweden in hope of tender for franchise. Parties interested in buying IKEA Israel will shortly go to Sweden to meet representatives of IKEA, even though the sale without a tender is understood to be underway. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2005

Bronfman negotiating to get IKEA Palestine franchise. Sources inform “Globes” that as part of the deal to acquire IKEA Israel at a company value of NIS 140 million, Matthew Bronfman is negotiating with IKEA to get its franchise for the Palestinian Authority as well. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2005

IKEA agrees to sell IKEA Israel to Matthew Bronfman. Sources inform “Globes” that IKEA has agreed to sell IKEA Israel to Matthew Bronfman, without the customary tender. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2005

Franchising Middle East 2005 opens new business vistas for the region. Franchising Middle East (FME) 2005 unfurled new business opportunities and wide-ranging options following the inauguration of this landmark exhibition. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2005

Leading International Franchisers expected to converge at FME2005. Top international and regional franchisors and master franchise from across the commercial spectrum will congregate and showcase their products and services at the Franchising Middle East 2005 Exhibition (FME 2005). .... [more] 24 Feb, 2005

Middle East to get a taste of Marble Slab ice cream. Marble Slab Creamery Inc. has inked a deal with a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based company to develop at least 50 stores across a large portion of the Middle East. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2005

ISRAEL - Pizza Meter files for court protection from creditors. Pizza Meter is in yards of trouble. The company, which runs 24 outlets throughout Israel, mainly through franchisees, sought court protection from creditors yesterday. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2005

UAE - Hertz turns up heat on the competition. Hertz UAE is taking the unprecedented step of offering to undercut current monthly rental agreements .... [more] 13 Jan, 2005
ISRAEL - 444 new retail franchises opened in 2004. Israel now has 4,760 franchises of retail chains, amounting to an average of 23.8 stores per chain, according to a survey by the Israel Franchise Promotion Center among 200 retail chains operating franchises in Israel. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2005
UAE - Wake up and smell the profits as Coffee Bean goes regional. Dubtrade, the Abbasi group subsidiary that holds the franchise for top brand The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, has announced an ambitious expansion plan in this year's first quarter. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2005
ISRAEL - Domino’s Pizza Israel holds charity giveaway. Domino’s Pizza Israel celebrated the chain’s 44th birthday in December by donating more than 1,000 pizzas to 1,000-plus needy children throughout Israel. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2005
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