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T.G.I. Friday's to Add 30 Additional Restaurants in the Middle East. - T.G.I. Friday's and Americana Group today announced that they have renewed the development agreement to build upon the success of the T.G.I. Friday's brand in the Middle East. ... [more] 30 Dec, 2010
Burgerfuel a Middle East hit. - Chris Mason uses a line that New Zealanders in other companies echo when he explains why the Burgerfuel fast food brand he founded is taking on the Middle East. ... [more] 28 Dec, 2010
Iranian ice cream goes to Green Zone. - Iranian ice-cream chain Ice Pack is to open a branch in Baghdad's Green Zone, which is considered the most secure area in war-battered Iraq. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2010
Burger Fuel chain to open 15 outlets in UAE. - New Zealand's Burger Fuel chain of restaurants, known for its grass fed halal meat, will open 15 outlets in the UAE, within the next five years. ... [more] 30 Nov, 2010
Subway growth targets Saudi Arabia. - Subway is spreading throughout Saudi Arabia, footlong by footlong. Shamel Food Company, master franchisee of the chain in the country, has opened nine new outlets this year, and plans to open two more... [more] 29 Nov, 2010
Budget Rent-a-Car plans expansion in Dubai. - Budget Rent-a-Car, one of the world's leading car and van rental companies, is set to boost its presence in Dubai by opening three new branches before the end of the year. ... [more] 28 Nov, 2010
Malaysia to open 11 chain stores in Iran. - 11 huge new chain stores called 1MDS will be opened in the next 5 years in Iran to promote Malaysian goods in the Islamic Republic. ... [more] 23 Nov, 2010
Love of burgers fuels Middle East stores. - Gourmet burger chain Burger Fuel announced yesterday it had secured its fifth site in the Middle East, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 11 Nov, 2010
MBRE for SME Development strengthens cooperation with Franchising and Licensing Association of Singapore FLA. - Mohammed Bin Rashid Est. for SME Development, an agency of Dubai Economic Department, have strengthened its cooperation framework with Singaporean companies during a delegation visit... [more] 8 Nov, 2010
Quiznos Inks Expansion Plan for Kuwait. - Quiznos today announced that a master franchise agreement has been signed to open the first Quiznos locations in Kuwait as part of the company's recently announced initiative for international development. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2010
Saudi Arabia's franchising industry set to grow 12% - The country's franchising industry, estimated to be worth SR3.75 billion, is expected to grow at an annual rate of 12 percent. ... [more] 28 Oct, 2010
Dubai rejects ‘N_K_D’ Pizza? - An editorial from Dubai's online business magazine,, has taken Naked Pizza to task for changing its name for the market to N_K_D. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2010
Kuwaiti Retailer Alshaya Seeks to Increase Stores, Chairman Says. - M.H. Alshaya Co., a Kuwaiti retailer with Middle East franchising rights for companies including Starbucks Corp. and Hennes & Mauritz AB, plans to open 1,250 new stores over the next five years. ... [more] 27 Oct, 2010
Franchising can create jobs for Saudis: Official. - A high-ranking official of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry has dismissed concerns that international franchise businesses in Saudi Arabia are having a negative impact on Saudi society and... [more] 26 Oct, 2010
Homegrown UAE retailers going global. - As the local retail scene begins to mature, it is increasingly spawning brands and chains of its own, which are now setting up shop in nearby Gulf countries, and even in Europe and North America. ... [more] 20 Oct, 2010
Darden expands to Middle East with franchise deal. - Darden's Restaurants Inc. is working with Americana Group to develop and run its Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse brands in the Middle East. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2010
SUBWAY Opens 100th Outlet in UAE, 44th in Kuwait, and 41st in Saudi Arabia. - SUBWAY restaurant chain today announced the opening of its landmark 100th store in the UAE, 44th in Kuwait and 41st in the Kingdomof Saudi Arabia (KSA). ... [more] 18 Oct, 2010
Edible Arrangements Signs Master Franchisee Agreement in Jordan. - Edible Arrangements announced today the signing of a Master Franchisee agreement with Raed Al-Mustafa for the development of six stores throughout Jordan. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2010
Budget Rent-a-Car Expands in Dubai. - Budget Rent-a-Car, which is one of the leading car and van hire companies in the world, is set to increase their presence in Dubai with the opening of another 3 branches by the end of this year. ... [more] 14 Oct, 2010
biz-events launches first team building company in Qatar. - biz-events, the Middle East's largest corporate team building company, has awarded its first regional franchise contract to Creative Careers Consultancy in Doha, Qatar. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2010
Caffe Nero Opens Three Stores in Dubai. - Caffè Nero, the premium Italian-style coffee house brand has opened three new stores in Dubai, which join 11 existing outlets in the UAE. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2010
Coffee concept sold to Saudis. - Kiwi coffee chain Esquires has struck a "dream" deal with a Saudi Arabian sheikh in which its concept will be exported to the Middle East. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2010
Bagel Bar eyes big bite of Middle East franchise market. - Bagel Bar, the Irish food company founded in 2001 by former banker and IT executive Ray Cowzer, is hoping that a push into the Middle East will help revive fortunes at the company as it weathers... [more] 7 Oct, 2010
BBI brings donut concept to Egypt. - Beautiful Brands International has gone from chicken to donuts. The company has signed an agreement with Vision Brands to franchise 25 Dixie Cream Donut Company stores in Egypt throughout the next 15 years. ... [more] 5 Oct, 2010
Better Homes opens its franchise to UAE. - With franchise offices across the Region and multiple offices here in the UAE, Better Homes has made the decision to franchise locally with the long-term goal to give its customers an even greater property choice. ... [more] 3 Oct, 2010
Landmark Group Acquires MENA Franchise of Fitness First. - Landmark Group, the leading retail and hospitality Group based in Dubai with a turnover of US$3.8 billion, has acquired the Fitness First franchise business in the MENA region, through its investment arm... [more] 3 Oct, 2010
40 Schlotzsky's Stores Slated for Egypt. - Schlotzsky's inked a 40-store agreement in Egypt, a move that will nearly quadruple the company's international presence in years to come. ... [more] 29 Sep, 2010
Aldo plans 50 more UAE stores in five years. - After experiencing steady growth in sales in recent years, Aldo, the shoe and accessory brand, says it has plans to open 50 new stores across the UAE in the next five years. ... [more] 28 Sep, 2010
Fresh plus opens new franchise at The Galleries. - Fresh Plus, part of the Emarat petrol station chain has opened a 1,500 square feet standalone convenience store at The Galleries at Downtown Jebel Ali. ... [more] 27 Sep, 2010
Jamie Oliver to open first restaurant in Dubai. - Jamie’s Italian - a 290-seater restaurant complete with a pasta bar and mezzanine - will open in Dubai Festival Centre in late November. ... [more] 16 Sep, 2010
Marks & Spencer to open first store in Egypt. - Marks & Spencer today announces plans to open its first store in the Dandy Mega Mall in Cairo later this year - the first time the retailer will enter into the Egyptian market, in conjunction with its franchise partner... [more] 24 Aug, 2010
California Fresh Heads To Middle East. - A California Fresh, patterned after the famous California Fresh located in Santa Maria, CA, will be opening in Doha, Qatar in the Fall of 2010. ... [more] 23 Aug, 2010
Kuwait, Jakarta Included in Fatburger Expansion. - Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc.'s Fatburger restaurant unit announced the opening of its first store in Kuwait City, to be followed by its second Jakarta, Indonesia, location. ... [more] 18 Aug, 2010
Coffee Bean ordered shut amid legal morass. - Israel's 14 branches of the Coffee Bean chain were ordered closed by the international franchise as of yesterday, after local franchise holder City Food violated their agreement and fell behind in payments. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2010
Fast-food chain outlet at Al Rayyan. - Burger King has opened a new outlet in Al Rayyan, an official said yesterday. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2010
Coffee Bean roasts local franchisee. - The multinational Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain has given its Israeli concessionaire City Food until Sunday to close down all 11 branches in Israel, because of alleged violations of their franchising agreement. ... [more] 5 Aug, 2010
Saudi's franchising market reaches $1bn. - The franchising market of Saudi Arabia has been estimated to be worth SR3.75 billion ($1 billion) and is expected to grow by up to 12 per cent annually according to recent industry figures. ... [more] 28 Jul, 2010
Canadian burrito chain to expand in Middle East. - The Canadian burrito chain Mucho Burrito will open its first location in the Middle East later this year in Oman. ... [more] 26 Jul, 2010
Extreme Pita and Purblendz Look to Put a 'Wrap' on the Middle East. - A revitalized take on the 2,000-year-old staple bread – the pita – will soon wrap up the Middle East, as Extreme Pita and Purblendz announce the signing of its first international agreement in Musca. ... [more] 21 Jul, 2010
BurgerFuel opens in Dubai. - New Zealand gourmet burger chain operator BurgerFuel has opened its second store in the Middle East, with the new Dubai location expected to provide more scope than the less tourist-oriented Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 7 Jul, 2010
Hershey's Chocolate to open first store in Dubai. - The Hershey Company, a manufacturer of chocolate and sugar confectionery products, has appointed Retail Is Detail to open its first Middle East Hershey's Chocolate World store at The Dubai Mall. ... [more] 6 Jul, 2010
Orkin Expands to Turkey. - Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company, announced today that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, will begin providing pest control service in Turkey... [more] 29 Jun, 2010
Du awards its first franchise. - Du has awarded its first franchise licence to a UAE-based company, AST Telecomm LLC, owned by two Emirati entrepreneurs and brothers, Ali Sulaiman Al Taheri and Shahin Sulaiman Al Taheri. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2010
French jewellery brand plans ME expansion. - Akillis, a top luxury French jewellery manufacturer, is planning expansion of its distribution network throughout the Middle East. The first phase of its expansion will include opening of boutiques... [more] 19 Jun, 2010
Dairy Queen Expands in the Middle East. - Dairy Queen has signed an agreement with franchisee Al Safwa Food Group to open multiple locations in Saudi Arabia. The move into Saudi Arabia marks the 17th country outside of the U.S. and Canada... [more] 14 Jun, 2010
Arby’s expanding in Turkey. - Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc. is planning to add 100 Arby’s roast beef outlets in Turkey over the coming decade. ... [more] 3 Jun, 2010

Safadi predicts great future for franchise industry in Lebanon. - The budding Lebanese franchising industry has reached a turning point and is set to expand beyond the country’s domestic market, Economy and Trade Minister Mohammad Safadi told The Daily Star... [more] 28 May, 2010
Middle East International Franchise Food Forum has that exclusive edge. - Middle East investors, financiers, food & retail developers and franchisors will be strongly represented at the International Food Franchise Forum (IFFF) being held in Dubai on June 8th. ... [more] 23 May, 2010
Destination Maternity opens first stores. - Maternity apparel retailer Destination Maternity Corporation has opened its first three stores in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new locations new locations are part of a deal with franchisee Multi Trend... [more] 21 May, 2010
Burger King branches to be rebranded as Burger Ranch. - Israel's Burger King chain is to be rebranded as Burger Ranch. The decision to rebrand comes 18 months after the Orgad Brothers, who own the Burger King franchise in Israel, acquired Burger Ranch after... [more] 10 May, 2010
Kapoor in deal to open restaurants in Saudi Arabia. - Sanjeev Kapoor, the celebrated TV host of India's best cookery show, has entered into a business agreement with the Riyadh-based Catering Services Corporation (CSC) to open 11 top-class restaurants... [more] 9 May, 2010
Saudi families queuing up for Kiwi burgers. - Saudi families hungry for New Zealand-style gourmet burgers have been so enthusiastic in their turnouts that they have to wait in their cars until a security guard advises they can enter, says the NZ BurgerFuel... [more] 3 May, 2010
UAE's Grooming leader to launch franchise program. - The Grooming Company (TGC), the founding company of the increasingly popular grooming concepts - N.Bar, 1847, JetSet & Tilia & Finn - will soon launch a franchise program to export its home grown... [more] 22 Apr, 2010
Maui Wowi Says Aloha to Kuwait. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies has signed a new Master Franchise Agreement for the country of Kuwait with Global Franchising Group (GF Group) to be the second Master Franchisee for... [more] 20 Apr, 2010
Gold's Gyms plans clubs on Arabian Peninsula. - Gold's Gyms, a fitness club franchiser that is part of Irving-based TRT Holdings, Inc., has reached a 10-year agreement with an Abu Dhabi company to open 26 clubs in four countries along the Arabian... [more] 15 Apr, 2010
Garage Opens First Store in Dubai, UAE. - Garage, a Canadian apparel brand, which has been delivering affordable casual fashion to teens in Canada and the United States, announces the opening of its first international store outside North America. ... [more] 13 Apr, 2010
Burger King franchisor in Turkey is planning to open 70 new restaurants this year. - Having opened its 300th restaurant in Turkey, fast food restaurant chain Burger King has reached the highest growth figures after its home country, the USA. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2010
Local Turkish furniture firm moves up in the world. - Vanucci, a kitchen and bathroom furniture company which was founded by Sinpaş Group’s subsidiary Prodek in 2005, has signed franchising agreements aiming at becoming a global player. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2010
Launch of Boots retail brand into Saudi Arabia with first store opening. - The first Boots branded store in Saudi Arabia officially opened this week at Mall of Arabia, Jeddah. ... [more] 31 Mar, 2010
Second Cup steams into Abu Dhabi. - Second Cup, the specialist coffee house with branches across the Middle East, has expanded into Abu Dhabi. For the first time, a young UAE national has been chosen to sub-franchise one of the... [more] 29 Mar, 2010
Moe's signs first international development deal. - Moe's Southwest Grill has sold a master franchise agreement to develop the concept in Turkey with master licensee David Ergisi. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2010
Gourmet Gulf to open 3 major franchise outlets at Mirdif City Center. - Gourmet Gulf announced the opening of three franchise stores YO! Sushi, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) and California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) in the 2.1-million square-foot Mirdiff City Centre. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2010
Crate and Barrel opens first store. - Al Tayer Trends opens the first Crate and Barrel store in the Middle East in Dubai, also the brand's first venture outside North America. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2010
Franchising Middle East achieves huge success. - The seventh annual edition of Franchising Middle East (FME), the region's leading exhibition for the franchise sector, proved a huge success for those exhibiting local brands at the show. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2010
Pizza Inn Opens New Restaurant in Kingdom of Bahrain. - Pizza Inn, Inc., an international pizza restaurant chain with more than 300 restaurants in 12 countries, announces the opening of its newest location in the Oasis Mall in the Kingdom of Bahrain. ... [more] 15 Mar, 2010
American Eagle heads to the Middle East. - American Eagle Outfitters is bringing its T-shirts, jeans and belts outside of North America for the first time, the teen clothier said Thursday, opening a pair of flagship stores in the Middle East. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2010
Fat Expansion for Burger Chain. - Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc.'s Fatburger restaurant unit this week announced its latest Middle East launch scheduled for mid-March in Dubai. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2010
NexCen Brands to Expand Within Middle East. - Marble Slab Creamery franchised stores to open in Egypt; Great American Cookies stores to open in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2010
Food franchising proves tasty business. - Food franchising options hit the spot with investors attending the Franchising Middle East (FME) exhibition this week, as local brands and international names looked to expand into new markets. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2010
Franchise consultancies eye ME expansion. - Two of the leading franchising consultancies, Francorp and MEFranchising, are taking part in the ongoing Franchising Middle East (FME) in line with their regional expansion plans. ... [more] 4 Mar, 2010
Abdullah Tayyeb Qassem opens Franchising Middle East exhibition. - Mr. Abdullah Tayyeb Qassem, Senior Vice President Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre opened Franchising Middle East (FME) this morning at Dubai International Exhibition Centre. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
Boardwalk Burgers & Fries to expand to Middle East. - Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries has signed a multiunit franchising deal with Future Kid Entertainment Co. for 50-plus units throughout the Middle East region, starting in Kuwait. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2010
Realty Executives franchises to open in Middle East. - Phoenix-based Realty Executives has awarded franchising rights in the Middle East, according to a written statement released Monday. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2010
Malaysian franchise systems aim to raise the stakes in the Gulf. - Malaysian franchise systems, fast expanding their footprint into major consumer markets worldwide, are sensing further opportunities in the rising brand consciousness among the multinational Gulf communities. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2010
Cafe Ceramique opens in Bahrain. - The award-winning family restaurant adds another feather on its cap as it opens its first outlet in Bahrain. ... [more] 25 Feb, 2010
Burger King opens call center in UAE. - As part of its continuing efforts to better serve customer needs, Burger King today announced the opening of the BK Call Center, a centralised service point that allows customers in the UAE to... [more] 24 Feb, 2010
Carrefour outlet to be opened in Iraq. - The UAE company with the licence to operate the Carrefour franchise in the Middle East is looking to open its first store in Iraq as part of a wider expansion plan in the region. ... [more] 19 Feb, 2010
BurgerFuel opens first store in Saudi Arabia. - New Zealand gourmet burger chain Burger Fuel Worldwide Ltd has opened its first store in Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 11 Feb, 2010
Dairy Queen Keeps Shuffling Across the Globe. - Dairy Queen announced plans for international expansion in 2010 that will include the opening of its first locations in Macau and Egypt. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2010
Elevation Burger signs international franchise deal. - Elevation Burger has signed a multiunit franchising deal with investment banker, businessman, entrepreneur, and Kuwait native Ali Ashkanani. ... [more] 9 Feb, 2010
Gloria Jean's further expands its reach. - International Franchisor of the Year for 2009, Gloria Jean's Coffees, has continued its expansion and opened its first coffee house in Lebanon. ... [more] 8 Feb, 2010
IKEA plans ME's biggest store in Abu Dhabi. - IKEA UAE, an affiliate of the Al-Futtaim Group, broke ground in the capital for the biggest IKEA store in the Middle East on Wednesday, and said it will seek further expansion in other untapped Gulf markets... [more] 4 Feb, 2010
WSI, internet franchise, launches a master franchise in the UAE. - A Master Franchise operations have been launched today in the UAE by WSI, the world's #1 Internet services franchise, according to industry leading Entrepreneur Magazine. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2010
Hamleys to expand further into Middle East following solid 2009 festive-season sales. - Hamleys, the world-famous toy retailer, intends to broaden its reach into the Middle Eastern markets to sustain a record year-end festive-season performance... [more] 1 Feb, 2010
Nestle Opens Cafe in Lebanon. - Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, a premiere dessert café, announced the opening of its newest franchised café in ABC Dbayeh located in Beirut, Lebanon. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2010
Baja Fresh opens first international location. - Baja Fresh Mexican Grill has announced the grand opening of its first international location at the entrance of the world famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 21 Jan, 2010
Freshii to land in the Middle East. - Entrepreneurs Michael Boocher and Jennifer Ridgway have signed a multiunit franchise deal to open five Freshii restaurants in Dubai, with the first set to open in mid-2010. ... [more] 20 Jan, 2010
South Africa's famous restaurant Spur Steak Ranches opens in Dubai. - At last, the UAE will have the opportunity to experience 'the vibe' of South African's old and loved steakhouse, Spur Steak Ranches. AMA General Trading has secured the GCC franchise for Spur. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2010
FreshBerry Opens Cafes in Middle East. - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced today the opening of its first four locations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2010
California Pizza Kitchen Expands Middle East Franchise Deal. - California Pizza Kitchen, Inc today announced the expansion of their original agreement with Gourmet Gulf Company, an existing franchise partner. ... [more] 13 Jan, 2010
Orkin Launches Lebanon Franchise. - Orkin Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based pest control company Rollins Inc., has established a franchise in Lebanon, its 13th overseas and sixth in the Middle East. ... [more] 7 Jan, 2010
IKEA Israel reports sales near NIS 500m. - IKEA Israel today reported an 8% growth in sales at its Netanya store in 2009 to NIS 496 million. 64% of turnover was from furniture sales, and rest from sales of housewares and other items. ... [more] 6 Jan, 2010
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