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FranExcel to host Singaporean franchisors Discovery Day. FranExcel, the Middle East region's leading franchise marketing and consultancy company, who will host a high-level trade mission of Singapore-based franchise companies in Dubai in January 2009, is offering interested potential franchisees free entry to its Discovery Day of Singapore franchise brands. .... [more] 29 Dec, 2008
Pizza in the Middle East. Papa Bello Enterprises Inc. announced plans for continued overseas expansion by entering a partnership with master franchise development company, Fusion Global Partners, LLC. .... [more] 17 Dec, 2008
Pizza Inn Announces Newest International Restaurant in Al Rai, Kuwait. Pizza Inn, Inc. today announced the scheduled opening of the first of 20 multiunit development agreements in Kuwait with Raja Company W.I.I. .... [more] 3 Dec, 2008
Supplyco plans franchise outlets. With Supplyco (Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation) planning to set up franchisee stalls, thousands of Keralites settled in various Middle East countries can now look forward to getting their favourite food items. .... [more] 2 Dec, 2008
Dubai Welcomes Fatburger. Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc.'s Fatburger unit has announced the opening of its first Middle East restaurant at The Dubai Mall in the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 1 Dec, 2008
FranExcel to host Singapore franchisor trade mission. FranExcel, the Middle East region's leading franchise marketing and consultancy company, is to host a high-level trade mission of Singapore-based franchise companies in Dubai in January 2009. .... [more] 29 Nov, 2008
Damiani opens a new flagship boutique at The Dubai Mall. Damiani S.p.A., the flagship company of the Group active in creating, making and distributing high-end jewels and designs in Italy and abroad, announces the opening of its boutique in The Dubai Mall. .... [more] 24 Nov, 2008
FranExcel helps Nina's Paris enter Middle East region. Nina's Paris, the French-based gourmet Parisian café company has signed a franchise agreement with Kuwait-based operator Al Recardo Trading, to develop their stores across Kuwait and Syria, with the assistance of FranExcel. .... [more] 19 Nov, 2008
FranExcel to organise World Franchise Forum in Dubai. FranExcel, the international franchise marketing, training and consultancy firm based in Dubai, and backed by franchise executives with more than 50 years combined franchise experience, is to organize the inaugural World Franchise Forum 2009, which will take place in Dubai in March 2009. .... [more] 13 Nov, 2008
Second Cup opens at Dubai International Airport. BinHendi Hospitality, the master franchisee of The Second Cup Coffee Company Inc. for the Middle East, is pleased to announce the opening of a Second Cup café at Dubai International Airport's Terminal Three in October 2008. .... [more] 12 Nov, 2008
Burger King opens 200th ME restaurant. Burger King opened its 200th restaurant in the region, at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 today (October 30). The restaurant was inaugurated by Samer Khawashki, vice president of Olayan Financing Company, whose subsidiary – Hana International Company Ltd, is the master franchisee for Burger King restaurants in Mena region. .... [more] 30 Oct, 2008
Papa John's Opens 500th International Store. The world's third-largest pizza company commemorated its 500th international restaurant with a grand opening celebration in Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday. .... [more] 14 Oct, 2008
Mothers Work Announces International Expansion with Franchise Agreement for Middle East. Mothers Work, Inc., the world's leading maternity apparel retailer, today announced its planned expansion into six key markets in the Middle East with its first international franchise agreement with Multi Trend, a member of the Al-Homaizi Group. .... [more] 13 Oct, 2008
Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen opens in Kuwait University. Multi-concept franchisor Villa Enterprises Management has announced it will continue strategic expansion into the Middle East with the opening of Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen on the campus of Kuwait University. .... [more] 26 Sep, 2008
Nokia's first franchise store in MENA opens. Nokia, a leading mobile brand, opened its first franchise store in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) at Riyadh's Kingdom Mall on Sunday. .... [more] 23 Sep, 2008
Major Expansion for Middle East Retail Group. The successful fashion franchising company, Alshamsi Holdings has begun its ambitious expansion plan to open a further 22 retail outlets in key malls across the UAE by 2010. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2008
Gap Inc. to open stores in Mexico, Egypt and Jordan. Gap Inc. is gaining international ground with new franchise agreements to open stores in Mexico, Egypt and Jordan. .... [more] 18 Sep, 2008
Schlotzsky's sending its sandwiches to Jordan. Schlotzsky's Inc. has opened a restaurant in the Middle East, but don't expect to pick up one of the chain's signature sandwiches there. .... [more] 12 Sep, 2008
Hardee’s opens in Saudi Arabia. CKE Restaurants Inc. said Thursday it opened a Hardee's in Saudi Arabia – making it the fast food chain’s 300th international restaurant. .... [more] 11 Sep, 2008
Coffee giants eye Gulf growth. Economic slowdown in the US and Europe is hurting big retail coffee brands as spending declines and customers look for a cheaper caffeine hit. But help could be at hand in the Middle East where consumers are thirstier than ever before and new retail outlets are mushrooming. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2008
Payless ShoeSource to Expand into Middle East. Topeka, Kan.-based Collective Brands Inc. and its Payless ShoeSource unit announced plans for international expansion into the Middle East. .... [more] 4 Sep, 2008
Kuwait’s Global takes over Saudi’s Al Sawani. The Private Equity Group of Global Investment House (Global), announced today the completion of the acquisition of a controlling stake in Al Sawani Food and Industrial Supply Company. .... [more] 27 Aug, 2008
Stelios plans easy invasion in Dubai. Business tycoon and easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has revealed plans to launch a budget office rental business in Dubai. .... [more] 24 Aug, 2008
Esquires Coffee Houses NZ Signs Major Deal. Middle Eastern coffee house habitués will soon be drinking beverages with New Zealand roots as the result of a deal struck between Esquires New Zealand Limited’s directors and Flamingo Restaurants and Catering Services LLC, a division of the Abu Dhabi-based Al Sayegh Brothers Group. .... [more] 21 Aug, 2008
H&M lands in the Kingdom of Bahrain this month. H & M, Hennes & Mauritz, the international fashion retailer, will soon be available to eager followers of fashion in the kingdom of Bahrain. .... [more] 19 Aug, 2008
Sandella's Flatbread Cafe Moves Into the Middle East. Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, the largest and fastest growing flatbread concept in the world sealed a master franchise deal with Dubai's premier foodservice management company Abela & Co. Sandella's newest franchisee will open 12 restaurants throughout the UAE over the next five years. .... [more] 18 Aug, 2008
Hard Rock Cafe brews plan to enter Doha. It has taken its time coming, but the city finally is going to get its very own Hard Rock Cafe. The well-known franchise is expected to open here late next year, according to the Hard Rock website. .... [more] 17 Aug, 2008
Krispy Kreme Expands to Turkey. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. announced today that it has entered into a franchise agreement with Almana Yiyecek Ve Icecek San. Ve. Tic, Ltd, STI (part of the Almana Group) for the development of approximately 25 Krispy Kreme retail locations over the next five years in Istanbul. .... [more] 29 Jul, 2008
Pizza Inn Announces Multi-Unit Agreement in Oman. Pizza Inn, Inc. today announced the signing of a multi-unit development agreement to open up to 12 new units in the country of Oman over the next 10 years in a continuation of the brand's expansion throughout the Middle East. .... [more] 28 Jul, 2008
Gaon Holdings to launch toy store chain. Sources inform ''Globes'' that B. Gaon Holdings Ltd. has signed a franchise agreement with Spanish toy retailer Imaginarium SA to set up branches in Israel. .... [more] 20 Jul, 2008
Quiznos to open locations in Middle East. Quiznos plans to open new restaurants in the Middle East this year as part of a push to sell its sub sandwiches in international and emerging markets. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2008
H&M to open first store in Saudi Arabia. Hennes and Mauritz (H&M), a Swedish clothing company, will open its first store in the Kingdom on Sept. 13 in Jeddah's Mall of Arabia. .... [more] 17 Jul, 2008
Maui Wowi Expands to Eurasia. Maui Wowi Hawaiian announced today that it has signed a master franchise agreement with ALOHA Danismanlik Hizmetleri, Insaat, Bilgisayar, Gida Turizm Ic ve Dis Ticaret Limited Sirketi ("ALOHA Limited Company"), an affiliate of TUNC Group. The move brings Maui Wowi to the Republic of Turkey. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2008
Saudi ALJCSP launches a new franchising support program. Abdul Latif Jameel Community Services Programs (ALJCSP) has launched a new franchising support program, which is aimed to create new job avenues by identifying franchising opportunities from international and local companies. .... [more] 10 Jul, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts 50th UAE store opened. Shaikh Mohammed Saud Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Government of Sharjah Finance Department and Proprietor of Continental Foods Est., owners of the Dunkin' Donuts Franchise in the UAE, has inaugurated their fiftieth store in the UAE at Uptown Mirdiff, Dubai. .... [more] 5 Jul, 2008
Port City Java Signs First Jordan Lease. Port City Java has signed its first lease in Amman, Jordan. The new Port City Java site is located in the high-end shopping district of Swafieh on Paris Street in Amman. .... [more] 3 Jul, 2008
Marble Slab Creamery Announces Opening in Kuwait. Marble Slab Creamery has announced the grand opening of a new Creamery in Kuwait. Located at Al Koot Mall Waterfront, the Creamery is owned and operated by Nejoud Boodai and is the first of its kind. .... [more] 2 Jul, 2008
Dunkin' Donuts opens region's largest production facility. The largest Dunkin' Donuts commercial kitchen in the region was opened in Sharjah recently by Shaikh Mohammed Saud Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Government of Sharjah Finance Department and Proprietor of Continental Foods Est. owners of the Dunkin' Donuts Franchise in the UAE. .... [more] 29 Jun, 2008
Mamas & Papas launches eighth international store in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mamas & Papas, the UK based designer nursery retailer, extends its international retail estate by launching its eighth store in Bahrain. This much anticipated store is the first of its kind to open in Bahrain and covers 8700 sq ft of retail space, making it one of the top quartile Mamas & Papas stores in the Middle East. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2008
Hamleys begins global expansion by opening first store in Jordan. The iconic toy retailer Hamleys opened its first international store in Jordan yesterday. The opening of the three storey store in Jordanian capital Amman marks the start of global expansion for Hamleys. .... [more] 19 Jun, 2008
Young entrepreneurs encouraged by franchise model. More and more young businessmen and women are starting up their own companies in the Middle East by taking on a franchise operation; this was the findings of the fifth edition of the Franchising Middle East (FME) exhibition. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2008
Landmark Gulf Group - Kurt Geiger open doors in Dubai. The unveiling of Kurt Geiger stores in Dubai will be followed by subsequent roll-out of stores in Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait this year. The deal is expected to open up 30 Kurt Geiger stores across the Gulf region within the next 5 years. .... [more] 15 Jun, 2008
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Furthers Its Middle East Presence with Saudi Arabia Master Franchise. Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the premier destination for authentic Hawaiian products on the mainland, today announced it has signed its second master franchise agreement in the EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) region with Takween Commercial Investments. .... [more] 12 Jun, 2008
Al Islami Cart offers low cost franchising to young entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Al Islami Foods, the leading halal food company in the Middle East, has offered low cost franchising opportunity to young entrepreneurs at the Franchising Middle East Exhibition, held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. .... [more] 8 Jun, 2008
Maui Wowi Expands into the United Arab Emirates. Maui Wowi Hawaiian announced today it has expanded into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through the signing of a new master franchise agreement with Dubai Enterprises LLC. The agreement extends the Maui Wowi Hawaiian brand to a new region of the globe. .... [more] 5 Jun, 2008
West Marine to Open First Franchised Store in Istanbul, Turkey. West Marine, Inc., the world’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announced a relationship with East Marine Denizcilik & Turizm A.S. to open its first franchise store in Istanbul, Turkey. .... [more] 21 May, 2008
Bin Hendi franchises Japengo Cafe. BinHendi Enterprises is franchising its Japengo Café chain, hoping to take it worldwide. It has been promoting the brand at the Franchising Middle East exhibition in an effort to find potential franchisees. .... [more] 19 May, 2008
Middle East franchise market to grow by 25% Seen as an ideal business model for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), the Middle East’s franchise industry is estimated to be worth $30bn, with an average annual growth rate of 25% .... [more] 14 May, 2008
UAE loves Big Macs. The fast-food chain McDonald's is cashing in on the region's booming growth, selling an average of 24 million sandwiches a year to the UAE population of 5.1 million residents plus tourists, reported Gulf News. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2008
Pizza Inn Announces Multi-Unit Agreement In Bahrain. Pizza Inn, Inc. today announced the signing of a multi-unit development agreement to open up to 20 new units in the country of Bahrain over the next 10 years in a continuation of the brand's expansion throughout the Middle East. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2008
California Pizza Kitchen Signs Franchise Deal with Gourmet Gulf Company of Dubai. California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. announced today an agreement with Gourmet Gulf Company, a new franchise partner for the restaurant chain. .... [more] 4 Apr, 2008
Arab World's first River Woods franchise opened in Dubai. Hashim Mustafawi, a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders, recently become the first franchisee in the Arab world for Belgium-based River Woods, a leading international casual sportswear brand. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2008
Tim Hortons franchise in Afghanistan a raging success. A newly arrived British soldier actually thought the hugely popular and profitable Department of National Defence-owned Tim Hortons franchise at this noisy airbase was a religious cult. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2008
Ruby Tuesday Announces Expansion in United Arab Emirates. Ruby Tuesday, Inc., a leading causal dining restaurant company, announced that Bin Hendi Hospitality, LLC, its franchisee in Dubai, will expand restaurant growth to six of the seven United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 26 Mar, 2008
Newly designed US Texas Chicken brand opens in the UAE. US quick service restaurant (QSR) Texas Chicken has been launched in Abu Dhabi with a new-look restaurant design, the first of its kind in the world. .... [more] 19 Mar, 2008
UAE Smes Explore Franchise Opportunities In Europe. Buoyed by a highly competitive business friendly investment climate and nurtured by government incentives, small and medium enterprises in the UAE are eyeing matured markets overseas for franchising opportunities to maximize their growth potential. .... [more] 14 Mar, 2008
ChicKing expands to EU and US markets. In a move aimed at preparing their restaurant for growth, Banquet Food International (BFI) has announced they are expanding in EU and US markets through franchising. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2008
Orkin Establishes International Franchise in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Rollins, Inc., a premier North American consumer services company, announced today that the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Orkin, has established a franchise in the Kingdom of Bahrain. .... [more] 10 Mar, 2008

Kim Pretty to develop stores in Saudi Arabia. Kim Pretty, the Malaysia based fashion footwear company has signed a letter of intent with a Saudi Arabia-based operator Fashion Base Trading, to develop their stores across the country, with the assistance of FranExcel. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2008
FranExcel completes Arabian Oud franchise development program. FranExcel has completed the complete franchise development program for Arabian Oud, the world's largest Oriental perfume company. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2008
Al Islami launches 'Al Farooj' franchise model. Al Islami Foods, the leading provider of halal food products, launched Al Farooj Fresh, the first fast-casual restaurant chain in UAE, in collaboration with Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2008
Franchise Expo Paris 2008 to deliver Middle East focus. Franchise Expo will be held in Paris from 14 to 17 March 2008 and will bring together key players from the franchising and networked commerce industry. Franchise Expo Paris is expected to attract more than 30,000 qualified visitors. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2008
The Athlete's Foot Opens in Doha, Qatar. The Athlete's Foot (TAF), a world leader in athletic footwear retail franchising, and its parent company NexCen Brands, Inc. announced the opening of the company's new store location, marking the entry into this country. The store is the 33rd TAF location in the Middle East; and the first in the nation of Qatar. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2008
Engel & Voelkers hosts seminar on franchise and real estate opportunity. Due to the rapid expansion of the Middle East market, Engel & Voelkers Middle East, one of the world's leading franchise brand for real estate, is hosting a seminar on franchise and real estate opportunities in the Middle East on February 18 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers. .... [more] 17 Feb, 2008
FOCUS Brands announces international developments. Focus Brands Inc. has announced the opening of several Schlotzsky’s locations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, South Africa and Jordan, set to take place throughout the year. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2008
Ruby Tuesday Announces a New Franchisee for the Development of Restaurants in Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon and Oman. Ruby Tuesday, Inc., a leading casual dining restaurant company, announced its international franchisee, Daliya Al-Wataniya for General Trading and Contracting W.L.L., will open nine Ruby Tuesday restaurants in Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, and Oman over four years and a tenth Ruby Tuesday in the Avenues Mall in Kuwait City. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2008
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Mubarak Al-Hassawi Restaurant Development Group Seal Middle East Franchise Deal. The deal, for a minimum of 12 units by 2020, is worth $50 to $60 million in projected revenue and covers an area including the U.A.E., Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Oman and Lebanon. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2008
Jaeger targets chain in the Middle East. Jaeger has signed a deal that will see the niche brand open stores in the Middle East as it looks to follow the likes of Burberry and Pringle into overseas markets. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2008
Orkin Establishes Two Additional International Franchises. Rollins, Inc., a premier North American consumer services company, announced today that it, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Orkin, has expanded its international presence through the establishment of franchises in the city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and for the country of Qatar. .... [more] 4 Feb, 2008
Franchise Expo 2008 - MEFranchising to provide A-Z franchising solutions to local entrepreneurs. Middle East Franchising (, leading franchising consultants in Middle East & North Africa, has confirmed its participation in the Franchise Expo 2008, organised by Oman International Trade and Exhibitions (OITE), and scheduled to be held from 13th to 16th February, 2008. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2008
Israeli Restaurant Workers Strike for Union Rights at Coffee Bean. Israel's national labour center Histadrut is giving full support to workers at Tel Aviv's Ibn Gvirol street branch of the international coffee roaster and restaurant franchiser Coffee Bean, where workers have been on strike since January 22 against a union-busting management. .... [more] 31 Jan, 2008
Figaro's Pizza expands business to Middle Eastern countries. Salem-based Figaro's Pizza now is an international company. A new shop opened this month in Abu Dhabi. .... [more] 30 Jan, 2008
TURKEY - KFC, Pizza Hut expansion to boost employment. The expansion of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut outlets in Turkey from 72 to some 130 over the next three years will create approximately 1,200 new jobs. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2008
Japanese motor accessories giant opens in Times Square Center, Dubai. Sharaf Group opened the region's first Yellow Hat store, one of the world's largest chains of auto accessory superstore and service centres, with over 500 stores throughout Asia. .... [more] 16 Jan, 2008
Coverall Cleaning Concepts Expands Franchising to Kuwait & Qatar. Coverall Cleaning Concepts, a leading provider of commercial cleaning services, today announced a Territory franchise agreement that will bring the company’s services to businesses in Kuwait and Qatar for the first time. .... [more] 15 Jan, 2008
Zpizza signs Middle East expansion deal. Zpizza has signed a master franchise agreement with Bohoor International to bring 34 restaurants to the Middle East. .... [more] 10 Jan, 2008
Dixie Lee Dubai to Open in 20 Days. Dixie Lee has announced its Master Franchisee in Dubai will be opening the first of five or more restaurants in Dubai during the third week of January. .... [more] 9 Jan, 2008
Nahar eyes Middle East. Nahar Retail, the wholly-owned arm of the Ludhiana-based Nahar Industrial Enterprises (NIEL), is planning to open its stores in the Middle East. .... [more] 2 Jan, 2008
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