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Franchise Excellence launches to help regional franchise industry. With the franchise industry growing at over 20% per year, Franchise Excellence has been launched to provide essential marketing, brokerage and consultancy services. .... [more] 24 Dec, 2006
Ruby Tuesday Opens First Restaurant in Jeddah. Ruby Tuesday, Inc., one of the nation's leading casual dining restaurant chains, announces the opening of a Ruby Tuesday Franchise in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. .... [more] 22 Dec, 2006
Second Cup for Egypt. The UAE's BinHendi Enterprises has signed a sub-franchise agreement with Yasser Mahmoud El Kalawi - Plaza Property Management to open outlets of the cafe chain Second Cup in Egypt. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2006
Pizza chain eyes Mideast markets. Foodco Holding subsidiary, Sense Groumet, signed an exclusive master franchising agreement for the Middle East with veteran American company Figaros Pizza and plans to open 35 outlets in the UAE alone. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2006
Gulf Franchising Holding launches "Franchise Kuwait 2006" Exhibition and Forum. The Chairman and Managing Director of Gulf Franchising Holding Mr. Ahmad Saadoun Al Yacoub, announced the launching of "Franchise Kuwait 2006", an exhibition and forum hosting more than 100 international companies. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2006
DED organizes first seminar on franchise management. The Business Sector Development Division at the Department of Economic Development (DED) organized its first franchise seminar entitled 'How to multiply your profits through franchising' with the objective of strengthening franchising business in the region. .... [more] 28 Nov, 2006
Nursery firm goes for Middle East growth. The £100m turnover Mamas & Papas, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK, is rolling out a franchise across the Gulf states. .... [more] 23 Nov, 2006
Auntie Anne's hand-rolled soft pretzels roll into Dubai. Recognised as an industry leader, world famous Auntie Anne's hand-rolled soft pretzels, dips and drinks has established itself in the region having recently opened its first outlet in the Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2006
Book chain opens new growth chapter. Magrudy's, the Dubai-based chain of book stores, is set to expand through franchise across the Gulf States. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2006
Franchise sector sees new opportunities coming up. Tourism and population growth across the Middle East are creating new opportunities for the region's $14 billion franchise sector. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2006
Marriott targets massive growth in Europe, Mideast. Marriott International, a leading international hotel group, has announced plans to increase the number of its hotel rooms outside of North America by more than 30 per cent by the end of 2009. .... [more] 22 Oct, 2006
Israeli International Franchise Fair Addresses Launching Israeli Brands in the U.S. The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP is proud to be a sponsor of the Second Annual Israel International Franchise Fair on October 24th and 25th in Tel Aviv, Israel. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2006
Hard Rock Cafe denies award of franchise. American rock n' roll restaurant chain Hard Rock Cafe on Monday denied reports that Planet Group was awarded the franchise for an Abu Dhabi-based location. .... [more] 18 Oct, 2006
DED's Franchise Management Service offers support to over 300 businesses in Dubai. The Franchise Management Service, a key initiative launched by the Business Sector Development Division at the Department of Economic Development (DED), has achieved remarkable success. .... [more] 16 Oct, 2006
CompuME in franchise bid. CompuME is increasingly branching into the franchise retail business, having recently signed a deal with Fakhro Electronics to establish a CompuME retail chain in Bahrain. .... [more] 11 Oct, 2006
Major bookstore to open in Mall of Emirates. US-based Borders Group, a book retail giant, will open a store in Dubai’s Mall of Emirates at the end of the month. .... [more] 10 Oct, 2006
TURKEY - We will grow until the number of our branches exceeds McDonalds'. After increasing variety of Turkish pretzel menus, Simit Sarayı (Pretzel Palace) has reached more than 30 restaurants in Istanbul and 1 to 5 restaurants in other cities. .... [more] 29 Sep, 2006
INTEREST - Fame Fortune and Franchise. Mohammed Alshaya has become one of the world’s most powerful Arabs by securing many of the top retail franchises on the planet, and bringing them to the Gulf. .... [more] 24 Sep, 2006
Venice Beach brand launched in Saudi Arabia. Venice Beach, a leader in the fashionable sportswear industry, has launched its chain of stores for the first time in Saudi Arabia to showcase its unique range of high quality, functional and fashionable ladies sports wear. .... [more] 16 Sep, 2006
Tony Roma's Signs Major New Development Deal for Saudi Arabia. Romacorp, Inc. announced that it has signed a major new international franchise deal for the development of Tony Roma's restaurants throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. .... [more] 14 Sep, 2006
H&M builds major presence in Mideast. Swedish fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) will officially break into the Middle East retail market on Wednesday with two store openings in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates. .... [more] 6 Sep, 2006

Giordano Middle East enters new markets. Giordano Middle East is on course with its expansion plans for 2006 with new stores opened in Russia, Bulgaria, Armenia and Algeria this year. .... [more] 29 Aug, 2006
Saudi retailer $32m IPO. Saudi retail franchiser Fawaz A Al Hokair Group will float 30% of its capital in an intial public offering worth $32m from 7-16 October 2006. .... [more] 22 Aug, 2006
Trios faces Master expansion plans. Master Franchisers has signed an agreement with Trios, signalling massive expansion for the family-owned franchisee. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2006
Charles Tyrwhitt expands business in the Middle East. Charles Tyrwhitt has agreed a new franchise partnership with Jashanmal National Company LLC, as the British outfitters expands its presence in the Middle East. .... [more] 30 Jul, 2006
Master Franchisers FZCO lock Italian brand leader, Carpisa for the region. Master Franchisers FZCO whose portfolio of brands for the region includes JYSK, Trios and Zerga, confirmed today that a master franchise agreement for the Middle East has been signed with Carpisa. .... [more] 26 Jul, 2006
Hamleys to open in largest mall in the world. Hamleys, which launched its first international outlets in Denmark last year, said it had signed a franchise agreement with Daud Investments to open a store in Dubai in 2007 - in the largest mall in the world. .... [more] 11 Jul, 2006
Brumby’s signs master franchise in the Middle East. Brumby’s Bakeries will have stores opening across the Middle East after announcing it has signed up a master franchise in the region. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2006
H&M to open stores in Dubai and Kuwait. Hennes & Mauritz will open four stores in the Middle East this autumn. H&M has entered into a franchising agreement with M.H. Alshaya, one of the Middle East’s leading retail groups. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2006
Caribou Coffee comes to Dubai. The Arabian Coffee Company, master franchisees for the popular coffee chain, Caribou Coffee, in collaboration with the Al Sayer Group of Kuwait, today launched its flagship coffee shop in Dubai. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2006
Exhibition on franchising inaugurated. A four-day International Franchising and Branding Exhibition started off yesterday, enabling the global brands to scout for business partners or local representatives in Qatar. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2006
Franchise System Growing Fast in Saudi Market. The franchise system is relatively new but growing in the Saudi market, according to experts who spoke at the seminar on the sidelines of the Jeddah Franchising Exhibition. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2006
Debonairs Pizza makes dashing Dubai debut. Award-Winning Debonairs Pizza, the leading pizza franchise on the African continent, announced. .... [more] 21 May, 2006
Krispy Kreme awards franchise rights for Middle East. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has awarded franchise rights to a Kuwaiti restaurant company, the Americana Group. .... [more] 10 May, 2006
Domino’s in warehousing deal. PWC Logistics UAE has been selected by Specialised Catering Services Establishment to provide warehousing, distribution and freight management support in the GCC and Levant region. .... [more] 8 May, 2006
Ruby Tuesday Announces Dubai Expansion. Casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. announced today the establishment of a Ruby Tuesday franchise in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 1 May, 2006
Easyhotel expands into Middle East. The entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou is set to announce an international expansion of his Easyhotel operation. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2006
Gap to franchise in the Middle East. Gap Inc. is franchising to bridge cultures and bring its American clothing and accessories to markets around the globe. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2006
Bahrain HQ for franchise group. Bahrain will be the headquarters of the new Franchising Association in the Middle East (FAME) to support and globally promote regional franchises. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2006
Gulf Franchise Expo to open on April 24. A three-day international exhibition showcasing international brands and franchisee opportunities in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Iran will take place at the Diplomat Radisson SAS Hotel later this month. .... [more] 10 Apr, 2006
CRO Signs 75 Restaurant Expansion in Middle East. Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc., which operates and franchises 140 full-service and casual dining restaurants encompassing eight different brands, has executed a 75 restaurant franchise agreement spanning 13 countries. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2006
Burger King Qatar posts highest growth in Mideast. Burger King in Qatar wins the "Highest Comparative Sales Growth" award for the year 2005, competing against six other markets and 150 outlets in the Middle East. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2006
Sbarro Announces Expansion in Mexico and Egypt. Sbarro, the world's leading quick service Italian restaurant company, today announced separate international development agreements with leading franchisers in both Mexico and Egypt. .... [more] 8 Mar, 2006
Franchising show to boost business opportunities. The 2006 edition of Franchising Middle East (FME), to be held from March 7 to 9 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, has attracted companies from across the world including pavilions from countries such as France, Thailand and Malaysia. .... [more] 5 Mar, 2006
McDonald's wooing kosher diners. Under pressure from the city's chief rabbi, two Tel Aviv branches of the fast food firm McDonald's have changed the colour of their trademark signs to assure diners that their burgers and fries are kosher. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2006
Ruby Tuesday Announces Saudi Arabia Expansion. Casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. today announced the establishment of a Ruby Tuesday franchise in Saudi Arabia. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
Queensland's Crepe Cafe to open Middle East store. A Queensland-based fast-food outlet is going where few franchises have dared venture - the Middle East. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2006
Middle East’s exclusive international franchising exhibition to be held in March. Franchising Middle East 2006, the Middle East's largest international Franchise trade exhibition, will be held at Hall 1 of the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, from 7 - 9 March 2006. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2006
FFW scores Hennes & Mauritz on Middle East franchise plan. Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has landed its first role acting for Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) on a multimillion-pound franchising deal in the Middle East. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2006
Muslim Boycotts Hurt Danish Firms. Consumer boycotts of Danish goods in Muslim countries in protest of the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad are costing Denmark's companies millions, and have raised fears of irreparable damage to trade ties. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2006
Bennigan's Increases International Presence With Franchise Agreement. Bennigan's Grill & Tavern continues to expand internationally, thanks to a franchise development agreement in the United Arab Emirates and restaurant openings in Mexico and El Salvador. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2006
Charley’s outlelts in UAE. Dubai-based Al Madani Group (AMG) has teamed up with US-based Gosh Enterprises for the franchise of ‘fast casual’ food chain – Charley’s Grilled Subs in the UAE. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2006
Dollar on course to dominate UAE rental market. Continuing to ride the tide of success, Dollar Rent A Car, the region's pre-eminent car rental corporation, has announced details of its 2006 strategy. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2006
Borders and Al Maya Group Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Borders Franchise in UAE. Borders Inc. announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Al Maya Group to operate Borders stores in the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2006
Häagen-Dazs café opens at Mall of the Emirates. Global ice cream giant Häagen-Dazs has now opened its eighth and largest venue in the emirates. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2006
Turkish restaurant opens Israeli franchise. In two weeks, a group of Turkish and Israeli business people will open a branch of the Tike restaurant chain of Turkish restaurants in Herzliya Pituah. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2006
Mothercare opens store in Jordan. Mothercare, the leading specialist retailer for mothers-to-be and parents of young children both in the UK and internationally, announced the opening of its latest store in Jordan on January 18th, 2006. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2006
Syrians oppose US but love KFC. The U.S. flag serves as a doormat to an office and nearby merchants announce "we boycott American goods," but some Syrians can‘t seem to keep away from American fast food at the new KFC fried chicken restaurant. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2006
Fast food franchising registers annual growth of 27 per cent - UAE. Franchising Industry in the Middle east recorded an annual growth rate of 27 per cent and currently evaluated at more than $14 billlion across the region. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2006
Tony Roma's makes its mark in Dubai. Tony Roma's celebrated the opening of its second restaurant in the UAE within eight months of the first, with officials citing strong investor confidence boosted by customer demand. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2006
BAHRAIN - Joffrey's launches new coffee house in Adliya. Joffrey's Middle East has grown by leaps and bounds throughout the region, and has now opened their second outlet in Bahrain. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2006
Clapham House to expand into Middle East. Clapham House Group has signed a franchise agreement to develop its Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) business in the Middle East. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2006
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