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Second Cup to open 30 new outlets. Second Cup, Canada’s largest specialty coffee retailer, and Bin Hendi Enterprises, exclusive Master Franchisee of one of the fastest growing coffee retail brands in the Middle East, have announced plans for a roll out of 30 additional outlets as part of an ongoing regional expansion. .... [more] 31 Dec, 2007
Japanese motor accessories giant announces UAE move. A completely new retailing concept for the Middle East will welcome in the New Year by opening its doors at the new Times Square Center Mall, off the Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai. Sharaf Group is happy to announce it will open the region's first Yellow Hat store. .... [more] 10 Dec, 2007
RE/MAX ARABIA to participate at OITE's Franchise Expo. RE/MAX ARABIA, a master franchise of the RE/MAX franchise network in the Middle East has announced its participation in Oman's first 'Franchise Expo' as Silver Sponsor. .... [more] 9 Dec, 2007
Edible Arrangements set to launch and expand its foray in the UAE. Edible arrangements, America's fourth fastest growing private company launches their new concept store of hand sculpted fresh fruit bouquets in Dubai at the Healthcare City on 10th December 2007. .... [more] 6 Dec, 2007
Medicine Shoppe Arabia opens flagship store in Dubai. Total community healthcare services have arrived in Dubai with the official opening of the Medicine Shoppe Arabia flagship store at the Dubai Healthcare City. .... [more] 25 Nov, 2007
Middle East expansion for Cookie Man. A leading Australian operator and developer of franchises, Allied Brands, today announced it intended to launch its Cookie Man brand in Dubai and at least two other new countries by the end of 2008 following strong international interest. .... [more] 20 Nov, 2007
'Franchise Expo' to make its debut in Oman. The franchise industry in Oman has hit the mark, with the country gearing up for the first of its kind exclusive event for franchising, showcasing an array of franchise concepts. .... [more] 18 Nov, 2007
Lilliput Enters The Middle East Market Opens an exclusive store in Bahrain. Lilliput, a dominant player in the Indian kidswear industry today announced its foray into the international market by opening an exclusive store in Bahrain. It is a first for an Indian kidswear brand to go out of the country and establish presence in the international arena. .... [more] 16 Nov, 2007
Pizza Inn announces multi-unit agreement in Kuwait. Pizza Inn today announced the signing of a multi-unit development agreement to open 20 new Pizza Inn restaurants in Kuwait. .... [more] 15 Nov, 2007
Marrybrown takes bigger bite of Mideast market. Malaysian fast-food franchise Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd will continue to trailblaze into the Middle East with its unique recipes and creative restaurant ambience. .... [more] 14 Nov, 2007
Cafe Aroma to launch European chain. Sources inform ''Globes'' that Aroma Espresso Bar Ltd. is launching a chain of cafes in Europe, to be called Marrone Rosso. The first cafe will be inaugurated soon in the Romanian Black Sea resort of Constanta, at an investment of $2 million. .... [more] 31 Oct, 2007
Full Circle Image Expanding Franchises. Full Circle Image announces that it is in the first phase of expanding its franchises in the Middle East. In the past nine months it has opened a franchise in Amman, Jordan and is now in negotiations to expand its Franchise throughout the Middle East Gulf States. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2007
TURKEY - Economic growth whets appetite of franchises. Economic performance in Turkey in recent years has not gone unnoticed by global franchising leaders. Turkey’s journey in franchising, began in 1985 by the real estate company Turyap, has transformed into a $30 billion sector today. .... [more] 20 Oct, 2007
Cold Stone Creamery Launches Flagship Store in the Middle East. Cold Stone Creamery, one of America’s biggest ice cream retailers, last night launched its first ice cream outlet in the UAE’s Dubai Festival City development as part of its Middle East expansion plans. .... [more] 19 Oct, 2007

United Arab Emirates getting Fatburgers. Fatburger Corp. plans to open three restaurants in the United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 17 Oct, 2007
Midas, Francorp deal. Kuwait's Midas Furniture has signed a deal with the US based franchising firm Francorp in order to expand regionally and globally. .... [more] 15 Oct, 2007
Kurt Geiger gets a foot in the Middle East's door. Luxury shoe specialist Kurt Geiger has teamed up with a Middle East retailer to open a string of stores in the Gulf region. .... [more] 8 Oct, 2007
Bombay Dyeing to set up shop in the UAE. Bombay Dyeing is set to introduce its popular home textile brand in the overseas markets. The company has tied up with Rivoli, one of the UAE’s leading luxury retail chains, to enter the West Asian market. .... [more] 5 Oct, 2007
Franchise Excellence to hold seminar and franchise opportunities in Dubai. Franchise Excellence (FranExcel), backed by franchise executives with more than 50 years combined franchise experience will host a one day seminar and franchise business opportunities showcase in Dubai on 26th November 2007. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2007
Curves for Women of Cairo are helping fight breast cancer. Curves For Women of Cairo today announced it will be teaming with The Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt and WAFI Women and Fetal Imaging center for fundraising and free breast cancer screening during October. .... [more] 3 Oct, 2007
Second international franchisee for Gourmet Burger Kitchen signed. A deal has been struck with a local partner in Turkey, which will see at least 11 GBKs opened in the country during the next four years. .... [more] 28 Sep, 2007
Coffee Republic to enter Bahrain. Bahrain's competitive coffee shop market is braced for another entrant after the UK-based Coffee Republic franchise announced its plans to open several outlets in the kingdom next year. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2007
Franchising and nouveau-consumerism in Middle East. Over the next decade the introduction of hundreds of fresh, locally-nurtured franchise concepts emerging within Dubai and the Gulf States will set the stage for a great revolution of nouveau-consumerism. .... [more] 25 Sep, 2007
CRO Signs 24 Restaurant Expansion in Middle East. Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc., which operates and franchises 114 full-service restaurants encompassing seven different brands, has executed a 24 restaurant franchise agreement for the Silver Fox Steakhouse brand spanning 10 countries over seven years. .... [more] 17 Sep, 2007
Ruby Tuesday restaurants to open in Egypt. Ruby Tuesday, a US-based operator of casual dining restaurants, has announced that its new international franchisee, United Food and Beverage Company, will develop and operate six restaurants in Cairo, Egypt, over the next four years. .... [more] 10 Sep, 2007
T.G.I. Friday's Opens 300th International Restaurant. With recent T.G.I. Friday's restaurant openings in Amman, Jordan, Tallinn, Estonia and its recent opening in Barbados, T.G.I. Friday's announced it has opened its 300th international restaurant. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2007
Port City Java Continues Expansion in Middle East. Port City Java today announced it has signed a development agreement with the Almahmoud Group, a Dubai-based company, to develop the Port City Java Brand in U.A.E., Jordan, Kuwait & Qatar. .... [more] 30 Aug, 2007
Sumo Sushi & Bento to launch first franchise outlet in Dubai. Sumo International, the holding company for Sumo Sushi & Bento, one of Dubai’s favourite Japanese restaurant chains, has announced that it will open its first franchised location in the Garhoud area as part of its global franchise scheme. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2007
Dixy Chicken hopes to spread wings in Brunei. Dixy Management Brunei plans to open a further eight stores in Brunei over the next five years, in hopes that the rest of the Asean region will follow suit. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2007
Jumeirah division to open 150 new restaurants. Jumeirah Branded Restaurants, a division of the Jumeirah luxury hotel chain that manages the Burj Al Arab, plans to open 150 restaurants within five years in several countries as it seeks to grab a slice of the growing causal dining business. .... [more] 13 Aug, 2007
Mandarina Duck sets sights on Middle East. Avant-garde Italian hand baggage designer, Mandarina Duck, has opened the first of its distinctive mono brand stores in the UAE at Dubai's Wafi City, bringing a full range of functional yet original luggage, handbags and accessories to the Middle East. .... [more] 9 Aug, 2007
mOre Cafe plans regional expansion. The owner of Dubai's successful mOre Café chain has set his sights on his most ambitious project yet: to take the concept across the Gulf. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2007
McDonald's to remodel UAE restaurants. The UAE has become the latest country to join McDonald's mission to defend vilification with revamps to sites and menus. .... [more] 8 Aug, 2007
Franchises are booming. Tzion Basheshet, owner of Coffee Time Bagels in Zion Square, keeps a watchful eye on the competition that moves into his territory, wary of the increasing number of big chains encroaching on his small business. .... [more] 2 Aug, 2007
Hamleys toy store in Dubai. London toy store Hamleys will open a branch in Dubai through a franchise deal with Daud Investments. .... [more] 18 Jul, 2007
Juiceland expands across the US. Yellow Cup Franchise Ltd., the owner of the "Juiceland" chain of fresh fruit drinks stands, has signed an agreement with US security company Arocon, under which the latter will invest $40 million in the launch of 500 Juiceland branches across the US. .... [more] 16 Jul, 2007
Restaurant chain to open Doha outlet. Aryaas, one of India’s oldest and vegetarian restaurant chains, is set to open early next month first of its five franchisee outlets in Doha. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2007
No place for Hooters in Dubai. Dubai has poured cold water on a reported plan by an American restaurant famous for dressing its waitresses in revealing clothes to open in the city. .... [more] 26 Jun, 2007
Hooters for Dubai. Hooters, the US restaurant chain famous for its scantily clad waitresses, may open a branch in Dubai, according to Dow Jones. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2007
Legal framework urged for UAE franchises. Laws on property ownership, stock market trade and company formation, which took hundreds of years to shape in some countries, have sprung up in the UAE in a fraction of the time. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2007
Gap to expand in Saudi Arabia, Turkey. Clothing retailer Gap Inc. Wednesday said it struck a deal with two franchisees to open 90 Gap stores and 20 Banana Republic outlets in Saudi Arabia and Turkey over the next five years. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2007
Chester's Signs Deal for Middle East. Chester's International announced today that it signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Alghanim Sons, a business development group with a focus in Kuwait and the surrounding Gulf Region. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2007
Domino's Pizza Turkey: Best Franchisee In World. Domino's Pizza Turkey has won the "Gold Franny Award 2006" as the best Domino's Pizza franchisee. .... [more] 19 May, 2007
Honour for McDonald’s Qatar employee. McDonald's Qatar employee Salinda de Silva has been awarded the President’s Award, the highest honour McDonald’s Corporation bestows on an employee. .... [more] 17 May, 2007
Franchises growing at 27% in region. Industry analysts estimate the Middle East region generates franchise-driven revenues of $30 billion and that the franchising sector is experiencing a 27 per cent annual growth rate. .... [more] 15 May, 2007
UAE's Al Islami in US$21 MLN Egyptian Fast Food Venture. Consolidating its presence in the Middle East, UAE-based Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer, has signed a joint venture agreement with Egypt's fast food giant Mo'men Group. .... [more] 11 May, 2007
EZ Energy buys 13 US gas stations for $12.7m. EZ Energy Ltd. is expanding its business in the US. The company has signed a contract to buy 13 gas stations and convenience stores in the US for $12.7 million plus an as yet undecided amount for inventory. .... [more] 11 May, 2007
FranExcel Chosen to Organise World Franchise Forum. Franchise Excellence (FranExcel), backed by franchise executives with more than 50 years combined franchise experience, have been chosen to organize the World Franchise Forum, which will take place in Dubai in May 2008. .... [more] 1 May, 2007
Quiznos Names Overseas President. Sandwich chain Quiznos said Friday it named Andrew G. Skehan as president for its Europe, Middle East and Africa operations. .... [more] 6 Apr, 2007
Mideast franchise industry touches $14b. The franchise industry responsible for bringing the world's top brands to the Middle East is said to have touched $14 billion and is growing at 27 per cent per year. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2007
Bubba Gump Signs Franchise Agreement With Mubarak Al-Hassawi. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants, Inc. recently signed a letter of intent to grant franchise rights to operate Bubba Gump restaurants with Mubarak Al-Hassawi Restaurant Development Group, a Middle-East-based, globally-renowned business organization. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
Burger King to Expand in Egypt. Burger King Corp., operator of the world's second-largest hamburger chain, said Thursday its European division reached an agreement to open restaurants in Egypt and other countries in north Africa. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2007
Former franchise owners fight back. Two Dubai-based entrepreneurs who lost their business "without good reason" could net up to US$36.1m in damages if they win their upcoming court case. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2007
Mohammed Bin Rashid Est. for Young Business Leaders organises training. Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders is organising two training programmes for UAE - based entrepreneurs on identifying new business opportunities and benefits of franchising for small and medium enterprises. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2007
Ruby Tuesday plans 25 more restaurants in the Middle East. Casual dining restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday Inc. said Thursday it plans to develop 25 restaurants in the Middle East that will open over the next seven years. .... [more] 22 Mar, 2007
Hooters gambles on Tel Aviv perch. Hooters, the popular US restaurant chain known for its attractive waitresses' low-cut T-shirts, is set to open its first branch in Israel this summer. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2007
Coffee Republic signs Turkey franchise deal; Istanbul store due July. Coffee Republic PLC said it has signed an agreement with Turkish company Ada Kahve Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi to develop the chain in Turkey. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2007
Krispy Kreme outlet opens tomorrow. US doughnut and coffee chain Krispy Kreme will open its first UAE outlet in the Deira City Centre shopping mall tomorrow, the first of seven stores planned for the country this year. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2007
Burger King - Qatar tops Mideast growth for second year in a row. Doha Burger King-Qatar for the second year in a row has now achieved the highest comparative growth sales in the Middle East. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2007
Papa John's Opens Restaurant in Egypt. Papa John's International continued its global expansion with the recent opening of the first Papa John's restaurant in Egypt. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2007
EasyGroup targets Mideast hotels. EasyGroup, which owns low-cost airline easyJet, said on Sunday it planned to expand its budget hotel franchise into the Arab world and South Asia with a unit of Dubai investment agency Istithmar. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2007
Ice-cream giant opens first 'new design' outlet. Ice-cream giant Baskin Robbins has opened its first 'new design' store in Riffa. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2007
Subway seeks 500 new franchisors across the Middle East. Franchising Middle East show is yet again poised to serve as a gateway to the regional markets as Subway plans 500 new outlets across the Middle East. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2007
New Look signs new Middle East franchise deal. New Look, the privately-owned UK fashion retailer, said it has signed a new Middle East regional franchise deal with the Landmark Group that will see 40 stores opened over the next five years. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2007
Liberty Investment Company appointed UAE Master Franchisee by Budget. With the growing car rental market in the UAE, Budget Rent-a-Car and Dubai-based Liberty Investment Company have recently signed a landmark agreement in Dubai. .... [more] 19 Feb, 2007
Marks & Spencer opens its largest overseas store in Dubai. British retailer Marks & Spencer opened the doors to its largest store outside the UK in Dubai Festival City (DFC) yesterday, following a Dh30 million investment. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2007
Matajer to enter UAE franchise sector. Matajer, a new company, has formally announced its entry into the flourishing UAE franchise sector. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2007
Riva targets Franchising Middle East show for GCC expansion. Riva - one of the most successful local fashion brands whose roots were established in Paris, intends to invest significantly across the GCC in the next five years. .... [more] 11 Feb, 2007
Home-grown eateries taking bite out of top name brands. Dubai-based Hotbrands International is leading the way for local food-service firms and plans to more than double its presence by the end of the year to more than 100 outlets around the world. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2007
Muslim countries interested in franchising Israeli organization. Senegal and Mauritania are interested in franchising Yad Sarah in their countries. Yad Sarah is an Israel-wide network of volunteers aiding disabled, elderly, housebound people. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2007
Franchise Excellence launches turnkey franchise development programs. Franchise Excellence has announced the launch a portfolio of turnkey franchise development programs, which will be marketed through its six international offices. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2007
Cold Stone planning 40 locations throughout Middle East. Cold Stone Creamery Tuesday announced it has reached an agreement with an international retail firm to open more than 40 stores in the Middle East over the next five years. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2007
Kuwaiti retailer plans to open 10 Starbucks outlets in Russia. M.H. Alshaya Co., a Kuwaiti retailer, plans to open Starbucks Corp.’s first 10 Russian stores this year. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2007
GICC unveils expansion plan for Baskin Robbins. Galadari Ice Cream Company (GICC) has aggressive plans to expand its exclusive Baskin Robbins franchise across the Gulf on the back of the first major rebranding exercise by Baskin Robbins in more than 25 years. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2007
Franchise Excellence opens three international offices. Recently launched Franchise Excellence, backed by franchise executives with more than 50 years combined franchise experience, has opened three new branch offices - in Malaysia, Kuwait and Egypt. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2007
Sharaf Group signs a Master Franchise Agreement with Japan's top automotive accessories retailer. Sharaf Group, a UAE based business conglomerate has recently signed a long term Master Franchise Agreement with Japan's top automotive accessories retailers Yellow Hat Ltd. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2007
Franchise business in Mena valued at $14b. The franchise industry in the Middle East and North Africa is valued at about $14 billion and growing 27 per cent each year, according to the organisers of a Dubai trade show. .... [more] 6 Jan, 2007
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