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Blimpie Heads to Kuwait. - In partnership with International Famous Franchises Co. (IFF), Blimpie's parent company Kahala announced it entered into a licensee agreement aimed at opening 18 stores in Kuwait by 2014. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2009
Auntie Anne's celebrates opening in Bahrain. - Auntie Anne's, one of the largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchises in North America, announced that it is continuing its global expansion with the addition of stores in the Kingdom of Bahrain. ... [more] 16 Dec, 2009
Holiday Inn Express enters Saudi Arabia. - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Saudi-based investment holding company, Siraj Capital, today announced the locations of the first three Holiday Inn Express hotels to become operational in... [more] 8 Dec, 2009
Kidville to Open 11 Locations in the United Arab Emirates. - Kidville has announced that it will open eleven Kidville locations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first Kidville location will open in Dubai in Spring 2010. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2009
Leo Sterling offers new franchise program in Middle East, CIS UK and Europe. - Driven by strong demand from its network of close business partners, Leo Sterling, UAE's premier property portfolio managers, has announced that it has recently launched a new franchise program... [more] 5 Dec, 2009
Pizza Fusion Opens First International Franchise in Saudi Arabia. - Pizza Fusion announced the opening of its first international franchise in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia through a master franchise development agreement with Samir Food Co., Ltd. ... [more] 25 Nov, 2009
Dubai Chamber seminar provides potential franchising opportunities in key sectors of Dubai. - As part of its strategic objective of supporting the development of business, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry organised a seminar on 'Opening a Franchise in Dubai' at its premises on Monday. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2009
Dubai, Abu Dhabi Bringing In Tasti D-Lite. - Tasti D-Lite signed a master franchise agreement for the United Arab Emirates. The country's first Tasti D-Lite Center will open in Dubai in the first quarter of 2010. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2009
Destination Maternity opens a second Kuwait store. - The Philadelphia-based maternity-wear company opened a Motherhood Maternity store in the city of Fintas’ Al Bairaq Mall, which also has H&M, Guess? and Bodyshop stores. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2009
Aloft Makes Landmark Debut in the Middle East. - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and its new destination sensation brand, Aloft Hotels, today announce the opening of Aloft Abu Dhabi, the first Aloft to open in the Middle East. ... [more] 4 Nov, 2009
Krispy Kreme Awards Franchise Development Rights for the Dominican Republic. - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation announced today that it has entered into a franchise development agreement with Dominspec, S.A. for the development of 14 Krispy Kreme shops over the next five years... [more] 21 Oct, 2009
Al Islami Foods launches Mo'men chain of restaurant in UAE. - Following the signing of master franchisee agreement with the Mo'men Group, an Egypt based fast food giant, Al Islami today launched the Mo'men chain of restaurant in the UAE. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2009
Yellow Chilli set to open in Bahrain. - Bahrain-based SunCity Ventures hosted popular Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor and signed a franchisee agreement to open The Yellow Chilli outlet in the kingdom. ... [more] 7 Oct, 2009
Dubai's Gallery One signs Qatar franchise. - Dubai-based art group, Gallery One, has signed a franchise agreement with Al-Jaidah Brothers in Qatar to open two stores in the next 12 months. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2009
Edible Arrangements Signs Master Franchisee Agreement in Turkey. - Edible Arrangements announced today the signing of a Master Franchisee agreement with Kemal and Emre Aydin. The brothers plan to develop 15 locations throughout Turkey. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2009
Nordsee eyes massive Middle East expansion. - Europe's popular fish restaurant chain Nordsee opened its first outlet in the Middle East yesterday in Dubai Mall. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2009
Nordsee to open in Middle East. - German fast-food restaurant chain Nordsee is set to open its first outlet in the Middle East, at The Dubai Mall in association with Ocean Fresh Enterprises, the Nordsee master franchisee for the Mena... [more] 23 Sep, 2009
Krispy Kreme Opens Its First Store in Turkey. - Krispy Kreme today announced that its franchisee, Almana Yiyecek Ve Icecek San. Ve. Tic, Ltd, STI (part of the Almana Group) has opened the first Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Turkey. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2009
Office Depot opens in Kuwait. - Office Depot has opened its first store in the Middle East, as part of a planned expansion across the region. ... [more] 19 Aug, 2009
FROOTS to begin franchising in the UAE and Oman. - Froots, a rapidly growing quick service food and smoothies franchise, has added David Rodgers and Gourmet Food General Trading LLC as their Master Franchisee for the UAE and Oman. ... [more] 15 Aug, 2009
Ruby Tuesday expanding to Abu Dhabi. - Ruby Tuesday Inc. has secured rights to open restaurants in Abu Dhabi, the restaurant chain announced yesterday. Ruby Tuesday said its franchisee, Bin Hendi Hospitality, plans to open six new restaurants... [more] 14 Aug, 2009
Nestle Toll House Cafe views Canada, Middle East as priority growth markets. - Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, a dessert café and bakery, is offering exclusive master franchising opportunities and area developer franchise agreements in Canada and the Middle East. ... [more] 10 Aug, 2009
Index opens first Middle East franchise. - Index Living Mall, the leading manufacturer and exporter of furniture products in Thailand, has officially opened its first full-scale franchise in the Middle East in Dubai with an investment of $5 million. ... [more] 6 Aug, 2009
Sylvan Learning, Inc. Opens First Centers In Bahrain & Kuwait. Sylvan Learning, Inc., North America's most recognized provider of supplemental education, announced today the opening of centers in Bahrain and Kuwait. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2009
Sandella's Makes Plans for Middle East Move. Sandella's Flatbread Café partnered with master franchisee Abdulaziz Abdulhadi Aljudee & Sons Holding to develop Sandella's throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Turkey. .... [more] 15 Jul, 2009
Caribou Coffee announces five new Kuwait branches. Gulf Coffee Company which belongs to Al-Sayer Franchising Co. has launched five new Caribou coffee shops due to increasing customer demand. .... [more] 14 Jul, 2009
Franchising could lead retail recovery. Franchise options could prove the key to bolstering the region's retail industry, according to International Expo Consults, organisers of Franchising Middle East (FME). .... [more] 11 Jul, 2009
Steak Escape Moves into the Middle East. Steak Escape opened its second Middle East location in May, in the island country of Bahrain. The new restaurant opened in the Juffair Centre, an in-line center within walking distance of a U.S. Naval base. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2009
Laura Ashley returns to the Middle East. British fashion retailer Laura Ashley has returned to the United Arab Emirates following a two-year absence, after signing a master franchise agreement with the Dubai-based Al Aqili Group LLC. .... [more] 8 Jul, 2009
Dollar Thrifty plans expansion in region. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (DTG), the US-based parent company of the Thrifty and Dollar Rent A Car brands, is expanding operations in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena). .... [more] 28 Jun, 2009
Baskin-Robbins opens 450th store in Dubai. Baskin-Robbins opened its 450th store in the Middle East region at the Palm Jumeirah in line with its plan to reach close to 500 stores by end of the year. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2009
Dunkin' Donuts opens 55th store in UAE. Dunkin' Donuts UAE, the world's leading coffee and baked goods chain opened its 55th store in Al Bawadi Mall, Al Ain on June 15, 2009 at 3pm. This coincided with the international celebration of the 15,000th store opening of Dunkin' Brands in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2009
Payless ShoeSource Opens Its First Store in United Arab Emirates. Payless ShoeSource, the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the western hemisphere, and its franchisee partner, M.H. Alshaya Co., the leading retailer in the region, today announced the grand opening of the first Payless ShoeSource store in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). .... [more] 17 Jun, 2009
Wendy's/Arby's to Seed Middle East and North Africa with Cobrands. Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. today announced an agreement with Saudi Arabia-based Al Jammaz Group to build 135 dual-branded Wendy's and Arby's restaurants in nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa over the next decade. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2009
American Eagle signs franchise deal for Middle East. American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is taking its first overseas flight to the Middle East. The Warrendale, Pa.-based retailer signed a deal with Kuwait-based M.H. Alshaya Co. to take the teen-targeting chain to the Middle East. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2009
Dubai-based Al Aqili Group in Retail Push, Bags Master Franchise for UK-based Laura Ashley. The Dubai-based regional business conglomerate, Al Aqili Group L.L.C, today announced bagging the Middle East master franchise for the UK-based premium fashion and lifestyle brand, Laura Ashley. .... [more] 3 Jun, 2009
Ruby Tuesday to open restaurants in Abu Dhabi. Ruby Tuesday, Inc. says it has secured rights to open restaurants in Abu Dhabi, expanding its growth in the Middle East. The restaurant chain said its franchisee, Bin Hendi Hospitality, plans to open six new restaurants in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2009

First Cafe Del Mar in the region debuts at Nurai island. Zaya has signed an agreement with Utopia, master franchisee of Café del Mar to open in Zaya's flagship project Nurai, a spectacular private community of limited edition resort beach-front estates and water villas on a beautiful island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, UAE. .... [more] 25 May, 2009
Franchise show predicts success in 2010. International Expo Consults, one of the Middle East’s leading trade exhibition organisers, has announced that the seventh edition of Franchising Middle East (FME), the region’s leading exhibition for the franchise sector, will take place March 7-9, 2010. .... [more] 24 May, 2009
Smoothie King Expands to Turkey, Egypt. Smoothie King Franchises Inc. signed an agreement with the Amer Group to open at least 20 Smoothie King locations in Egypt and Turkey in the next few years. .... [more] 18 May, 2009
BreadTalk goes to the Mid-East. Homegrown company BreadTalk is all set for expansion, with plans to double the number of outlets it has from the current 250 to as many as 1,000 within four short years. .... [more] 18 May, 2009
KidzArt Partners with IKEA to Bring Art Enrichment to Children. KidzArt, an international children's art enrichment franchise company, announced its partnership with IKEA in Kuwait to help bring art education to children. .... [more] 15 May, 2009
From the Mid-West to the Middle East. Beautiful Brands International announced today a 120 unit agreement with Saudi based, United Food Company, to begin franchising FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Café to the Middle East and North Africa. .... [more] 13 May, 2009
Ikea plans expansion to Oman, Qatar. The Swedish furniture chain Ikea is going to expand in the Gulf region and plans to open two new stores in Oman and Qatar, the company's country operations and project manager in Dubai, Siddarth Bhide, told Gulf News. .... [more] 11 May, 2009
Subway to return to Israel. Subway Restaurants is returning to Israel after a hiatus of several years. The sandwich chain has rented a 130-square meter restaurant in Beit Corex on Maskit Street in Herzliya Pituah. .... [more] 10 May, 2009
Franchisee to close down three outlets. Cravia, the parent company of UAE franchises Cinnabon, Seattle's Best Coffee, Zaatar W Zeit and Roadster Diner, will be slowing down its expansion plans. .... [more] 10 May, 2009
Uhsna opens its first franchised unit in Abu Dhabi. The new Ushna Indian Restaurant was recently opened with a vibrant VIP reception at the acclaimed Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. .... [more] 5 May, 2009
Pizza Inn on expansion drive in ME. Pizza Inn, in defiance of the global recession and gloomy financial forecasts, has unveiled ambitious plans to open several new restaurants in the Kingdom as well as in the Middle East & North Africa and Asia regions. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2009
Sylvan Learning expanding in the Middle East. Sylvan Learning Centers will be cropping up in the Middle East. Mohamed A. Dobashi, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, purchased rights to open centers in seven areas throughout the Middle East. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2009
Round Table Pizza Expands Middle East Presence. Round Table Pizza, an American pizza restaurant icon known for quality and innovation, has signed a long-term development agreement with United Arab Emirates partner Ghassan Wehbe. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2009
Burger Fuel closing in on Dubai site. Burger Fuel hopes to nail down a site for an outlet in Dubai within the next six weeks, a year after announcing it had signed a deal in the emirate. .... [more] 14 Apr, 2009
Build-A-Bear Workshop to launch in the Gulf region. Build-A-Bear Workshop, an interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, announced plans to open its first location in the Gulf region. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2009
Dunkin' Donuts' expansion in UAE on track. Dunkin' Donuts, the world's leading coffee and baked goods chain's massive expansion drive remains on track despite difficult times with 16 new outlets in operation built at a cost of Dhs8m. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2009
Ikea Kuwait to hold 'Snap-and-Win' draw. Ikea Kuwait - the globally renowned Swedish home furnishings chain - has launched a 'Snap-and-Win' Draw as part of its ongoing 25th Anniversary celebrations. .... [more] 8 Apr, 2009
BurgerFuel puts pipeline into Saudi Arabia & Bahrain. BurgerFuel announced today that it has signed its second international master licensing agreement outside of Australasia, in the Middle East. The deal is for the two countries of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. .... [more] 2 Apr, 2009
Pizza Fusion Selects Saudi Arabia for First International Location. Pizza Fusion, pioneer of the environmental and organic restaurant movements, announced today that a master franchise development agreement has been completed for Saudi Arabia between Pizza Fusion Holdings Inc. and Samir Food Co. Ltd., a Samir Group company. .... [more] 31 Mar, 2009
Payless Shoesource opens its first store in Kuwait. Payless ShoeSource, the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the western hemisphere, and its franchisee M.H. Alshaya Co., the leading retailer in the region, today announced the grand opening its first Payless ShoeSource store in Kuwait. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2009
Cold Stone Creamery Announces Caribbean Expansion Plans. Cold Stone Creamery, world-renowned innovator of super-premium, personalized ice cream, has reached an agreement with Sundaes Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Flavorite Foods Ltd., to open up to 14 stores in the Caribbean over the next five years. .... [more] 27 Mar, 2009
Baskin Robbins opens first Café in Middle East. Baskin Robbins, the region's leading ice cream brand and the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty stores, today announced the launch of its first Café in the Middle East. .... [more] 25 Mar, 2009
UAE based Al Islami Foods enters into partnership with Intercol. Consolidating its presence in the GCC region, Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, today announced its re-launch in Bahrain and distribution agreement with the International Agencies Co. Ltd. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2009
Ruby Tuesday signs new franchise deal in Qatar. Ruby Tuesday Inc. said Thursday that the restaurant chain will continue expanding in the Middle East with a new franchise agreement with Global Brands Qatar. .... [more] 12 Mar, 2009
Region's first Caffè Nero store opens in Dubai. The premium Italian-style coffee house brand, Caffè Nero, has opened its first store in the Middle East, in The Dubai Mall. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2009
IKEA on sale: Group bid against itself - and won. Bronfman Fisher Investments, which owns the IKEA franchise in Israel, yesterday won a tender for the Rishon Letzion lot on which the chain's second outlet has already been built - it was the only bidder. .... [more] 11 Mar, 2009
Chili's Grill & Bar Opens First Location in Turkey. Brinker International today announced the opening of the first Chili's Grill & Bar location in Turkey. .... [more] 6 Mar, 2009
GFC opens second branch of Iranian soul food chain 'Naz' at Zahra. Gulf Franchising Company (GFC) opened the second branch of 'Naz' - the Company's first proprietary fine and casual dining chain specializing in authentic Persian cuisine - at the Zahra New Co-operative Society. .... [more] 4 Mar, 2009
$30bn franchise sector set to register steady growth in the UAE. The UAE represents $30 billion (Dh110bn) of the global $4 trillion franchise business, and the sector is expected to grow steadily in the region in 2009, said experts at the Franchise Middle East exhibition in Dubai yesterday. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2009
New food brands flock to Franchise Middle East exhibition. New food concepts are being introduced to the Middle East at the Franchise Middle East (FME 2009) exhibition, as brands look to expand their market share into the UAE and beyond. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2009
H. E. Sami Alqenzi opens Franchise Middle East exhibition. His Excellency Sami Alqenzi, Director General of the Dubai Economic Department, opened Franchising Middle East (FME), the region's leading exhibition for the franchise sector, this morning at Dubai International Exhibition Centre. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2009
Gap opens its second dedicated GapKids and babyGap store in Dubai. Discover the world of GapKids and babyGap with the opening of its second store in Dubai's Arabian Center, solely dedicated to children's fashion and accessories. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2009
Franchise demand in UAE to expand. The franchising industry in the UAE will continue to grow in the coming year as regional investors shift away from property and financial markets, and out-of-work executives seek new forms of employment, industry insiders say. .... [more] 2 Mar, 2009
Home grown businesses lead franchise growth. Non-retail and at-home business opportunities are set to shape the franchise market in 2009 and beyond as entrepreneurs and brand owners look for cheaper avenues to business success. .... [more] 1 Mar, 2009
Papa Bello Enterprises Debuts Franchise at Largest International Trade Convention in Dubai. Papa Bello Enterprises, Inc. makes a franchising debut at the largest food, drink and foodservice trade show in the Middle East and one of the most attended trade shows in the world: Gulfood 2009. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2009
Jumeirah Group Signs Restaurant Licensing Agreement in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Jumeirah Group's dedicated branded restaurant division, The Taste Department, has announced new licensing agreements to open 'The Noodle House' restaurant branches in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2009
Sandella's Flatbread Café Comes to Dubai. Sandella's Flatbread Café recently opened its first location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai, the most populous city in the UAE, has responded quite well to the new store. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2009
Zpizza Location in Saudi Arabia Doubles Normal Store Sales. zpizza opened its second international location in early February. With an open location in Mexico, the new store in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, marks the beginning of zpizza's journey into the Middle East. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2009
Restaurant Franchisors Remain Upbeat About Dubai. Dubai, despite the collapse of the real estate market, remains a viable market for American restaurant brands, franchisors claim. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2009
International franchise conference returns to Riyadh. Speakers and exhibitors from around the world will converge on Riyadh from 25-27 May to attend the second International Conference & Expo for Franchise (ICEF 2009). .... [more] 15 Feb, 2009
Atlanta fast-food chains make inroads in Mideast. While a recession has slowed overall U.S. restaurant growth, Atlanta food franchises are finding ample room for expansion in the Middle East. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2009
The original basket boutique Arrives in Dubai. The original basket boutique is open for business in Dubai, providing unique and convenient gift giving options to residents and businesses in the area. .... [more] 26 Jan, 2009
Franchise Arabia will provide a knowledge exchange for region's franchise related business leaders. The inaugural Franchise Arabia Conference and Exhibition will be held at ADNEC in capital city Abu Dhabi, on the 4th - 6th October, 2009. .... [more] 25 Jan, 2009
Camille's Sidewalk Café Expands its Middle East Presence. Beautiful Brands International announced today international growth of its Camille's Sidewalk Café brand with the opening of five new cafes in the Kingdom of Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2009
California Pizza Kitchen arrives in Dubai. California Pizza Kitchen, renowned international premium casual dining chain and home of the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, opened in Dubai Mall this week, introducing its astounding array of signature Californian cuisine and innovative hearth-baked pizzas to the Middle East for the first time. .... [more] 21 Jan, 2009
Baskin Robbins to open 100th UAE store. Ice cream franchise Baskin Robbins has opened its 100th store in the UAE in the Dubai Marina Mall. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2009
Noodle House launches new branches in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The Taste Department, the dedicated branded restaurant division within the Jumeirah Group, has announced new licensing agreements to open the Noodle House restaurant branches in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. .... [more] 19 Jan, 2009
Office Depot And M.H. Alshaya Co. Sign Franchise Agreement. Arrangement Includes Opening of New Office Depot Retail Stores in Several Countries Throughout the Middle East. .... [more] 8 Jan, 2009
Alshaya and Mothercare mark 25 years as partners. M.H. Alshaya Co., the Middle East's leading franchise operator, and Mothercare, the specialist retailer for mothers-to-be, babies and young children, recently celebrated a 25-year partnership within the region. .... [more] 7 Jan, 2009
Orkin Establishes International Franchise in the State of Kuwait. Rollins, Inc., a premier North American consumer services company, announced today that the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Orkin, has established a franchise in the State of Kuwait. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2009
Turkish garment major plans 8 new outlets. Turkish clothing major Koton has planned to open eight new shops in the GCC next year, a top company official said. .... [more] 5 Jan, 2009
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