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: : 2011

MEFranchising to organize Abha Franchising Expo 2012.
ameinfo.com - MEFranchising, a franchise consultant announced it has entered a partnership with Abha Chamber of Commerce & Industry, to organize the Abha Franchising Exp 2012 in Asir. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2011
UAE's petrol station stores eye franchise deals.
arabianbusiness.com - Home-grown convenience stores in the UAE are eyeing overseas franchise deals in a bid to finance their ambitious expansion plans, franchise consultants have said. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2011
Tim Hortons eyes military bases in GCC expansion spree.
arabianbusiness.com - Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest restaurant chain, may open outlets in military bases under a plan to roll out 120 stores in the GCC over the next five years, the company’s chairman said Tuesday. ... [more] 7 Dec, 2011
Jashanmal in franchise talks with overseas retail brands.
arabianbusiness.com - Bahrain-based retailer Jashanmal Group is in talks with a number of overseas retailers to bring new franchises to the Gulf, its CEO has told Arabian Business. ... [more] 29 Nov, 2011
Jollibee to open branch in Kuwait next month.
zawya.com - Jollibee, the largest international Filipino fast-food chain, will open its first branch in Kuwait City next month. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2011
Budget UAE set for 25% growth in 2011.
ameinfo.com - Budget UAE, the leading car and van Rental Company, has set a growth target of 25% for 2011, as it continues its expansion plans across the country by investing in fleet expansion and staff training. ... [more] 22 Nov, 2011
Nanotek's Middle East flagship store unveiled.
franchise.net.au - Nanotek Car Cleaning has launched a flagship store in Saudi Arabia in the city of Al-Khobar after a year of planning and development. ... [more] 21 Nov, 2011
Hard Rock Cafe Dubai relocates to Festival Centre.
ameinfo.com - Rock has officially returned to Dubai! Today Hard Rock International opened its flagship Dubai cafe location at the heart of Festival Centre. ... [more] 19 Nov, 2011
BurgerFuel announces Abu Dhabi joint venture.
franchise.co.nz - Auckland-based BurgerFuel Worldwide today announced its latest development in the United Arab Emirates, where its Master Licensee for that region will operate BurgerFuel stores in Abu Dhabi. ... [more] 3 Nov, 2011
Subway Kuwait opens landmark 50th store in Kuwait.
ameinfo.com - Subway restaurants in Kuwait, part of the world's submarine sandwich franchise, achieved a milestone in Kuwait with the recent opening of its 50th restaurant at the Jahra Al Salam Complex. ... [more] 2 Nov, 2011
Qatar is Home to Latest Nestlé Toll House Café.
qsrmagazine.com - Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, the premium dessert destination, today announced the grand opening of its newest café in Doha, Qatar. ... [more] 1 Nov, 2011
Spicy Pickle takes on Middle East.
fastcasual.com - Spicy Pickle Franchising Inc. will open seven locations in the State of Qatar next year under the ownership of Salma Maher and Hanan El Basha, owners of Food Fabulous. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2011
Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons eyes 120 new stores across Arab Gulf states.
yahoo.com - Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons is looking to brew up new business across Arab Gulf states. The chain's local franchise partner, Apparel Group, confirmed Wednesday that it plans to open 120 shops... [more] 6 Oct, 2011
Alchemy Network launches first Middle East operations in UAE.
zawya.com - The Alchemy Network (Alchemy), an international business advisory franchise, has today launched its first operations in the Middle East. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2011
Falafel fast food chain to open more franchises in UAE and internationally.
zawya.com - Alternative Dining to open 35 outlets of authentic Falafel food chain Dukkan Falafel by 2012 Middle East's franchise market grows by 27 per cent annually. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2011
Franchising is ideal model for today's economy: Dubai SME.
zawya.com - The Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development (Dubai SME) has hailed franchising as the ideal model for today's economy and urged Emirati and expatriate entrepreneurs to take advantage... [more] 1 Oct, 2011
'Franchise UAE 2011' lines up 25 experts for 'Entrepreneurship Summit'.
zawya.com - Over 25 experts from the private and public sectors will present insights into new trends in franchising at 'Franchise UAE 2011', the second National Franchise and Trade Show taking place on October 1 and 2. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2011
Middle East is hotspot for Western fast casuals.
fastcasual.com - When the United States economy slowed a few years ago restaurant chains still needed a place to grow; they started looking overseas. ... [more] 21 Sep, 2011
Franchise UAE to attract major brands.
zawya.com - The second edition of Franchise UAE will be a key platform for Indian and international franchise brands looking to make forays into Middle East without risk and significant capital investment, according to... [more] 10 Sep, 2011
Edible Arrangements expands GCC presence.
zawya.com - Edible Arrangements, the pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh-fruit arrangements, today announced plans to open its first outlet in Muscat, Oman. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2011
Kuwait's Alshaya to launch MidEast's first Texas Roadhouse.
arabianbusiness.com - Kuwait's MH Alshaya Co has partnered with Texas Roadhouse to launch the US-based steakhouse chain into the Middle East market. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2011
Gaucho plans sizzling entry into Middle East market.
arabianbusiness.com - Gaucho, the upmarket chain of steakhouses, plans to spend as much as $120m on expanding its brand in the region as it looks to grow its business outside of its home market. ... [more] 8 Sep, 2011
Smashburger hits Middle East.
fastcasual.com - Smashburger today announced its first international development agreements to bring the "better burger" chain to the Middle East with locations set to open in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2011
Géant to open 35 stores in Gulf expansion spree.
arabianbusiness.com - Géant, the French hypermarket chain, plans to open 35 new stores across the Gulf within the next three years under an aggressive expansion drive, the firm’s Middle East managing director said. ... [more] 5 Sep, 2011
Baskin Robbins eyes 70 new outlets in UAE in 2011.
arabianbusiness.com - US ice cream retail giant Baskin Robbins said on Sunday it is set to open 70 more outlets in the UAE this year. ... [more] 4 Sep, 2011
2nd Franchise UAE 2011 to bring under one platform diverse entrepreneurs and SMEs.
ameinfo.com - The booming Middle East franchising market, currently valued at $30bn, is growing at 27% annually, and the region presents unparalleled opportunities for growth... [more] 3 Sep, 2011
Teavana announces Middle East expansion.
ajc.com - The tea retailer intends to more than double its number of U.S. stores by 2015, to 500 retail locations. It announced a franchise agreement to open stores in the Middle East in 2012. And it's hiring. ... [more] 2 Sep, 2011
McDonald’s eyes 100 outlets.
khaleejtimes.com - McDonald’s UAE is expected to spend around Dh30 million to achieve the 100-store mark in the country by the end of 2011, managing director and partner Rafic Fakih said. ... [more] 31 Aug, 2011
EBK looking for 100 new franchisors in 17 provinces.
todayszaman.com - The state-owned Meat and Fish Institute (EBK) announced on Wednesday it will franchise a total of 100 branches in 17 provinces. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2011
Benetton reopens in Israel after 10 years.
globes.co.il - Benetton has returned to in Israel after 10 years. The first store opened at Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv today. ... [more] 21 Aug, 2011
Fitness First to open nine new UAE clubs by Jan 2012.
arabianbusiness.com - Fitness First, one of the world's best know health and fitness club chain, on Tuesday announced plans to launch nine clubs across the Middle East by January 2012. ... [more] 9 Aug, 2011
In Abu Dhabi, lingerie reflects UAE's retail pull.
sacbee.com - It could have picked London or Hong Kong. Instead, the lingerie retailer that styles itself "the original sex symbol" chose the buttoned-down sheikdom of Abu Dhabi for the launch of its first international... [more] 5 Aug, 2011
Franchise UAE 2011 to present gamut of business opportunities.
ameinfo.com - Having witnessed the great response and success of its 1st edition, Franchise Middle East in collaboration with Indian Franchise Association (IFA) is all set to organize the 2nd edition of the largest... [more] 30 Jul, 2011
Subway plans to double Egyptian outlets.
qsrweb.com - Subway Restaurants in Egypt is on track to double its footprint in 2011 and to also open a network of 90 locations by 2017. ... [more] 13 Jul, 2011
Subway registers rapid growth in Jordan.
albawaba.com - Subway Restaurants in Jordan today announced it is inviting additional franchisee partners in a bid to expand the brand’s presence across the country. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2011
First overseas franchisee could be on the menu for Coco Cubano.
franchise.net.au - While Cuban bar chain, Coco Cubano hunts for a site for its first confirmed franchisee, it's also working towards signing up its first overseas franchisee in Lebanon. ... [more] 4 Jul, 2011
Franchising and entrepreneurship summit concludes in Abu Dhabi.
ameinfo.com - Franchise Middle East hosted an entrepreneur and franchising summit in UAE scheduled on 15th June 2011 at Aloft, Abu Dhabi Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE... [more] 25 Jun, 2011
Sub-franchising beckons the bold.
gulfnews.com - Wannabe entrepreneurs hoping to get into the F&B industry but do not have the necessary capital to do so on their own can still whet their appetites. Just serve them with a sub-franchising option. ... [more] 22 Jun, 2011
BurgerFuel chain to open two new outlets in Dubai.
ameinfo.com - BurgerFuel Worldwide Limited, the owner of the New Zealand's chain of BurgerFuel restaurants, is in final stage of opening two new outlets in Dubai Mall and Mirdif City Centre. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2011
Joe’s Expands its Retail Strategy to the Middle East.
yahoo.com - Joe’s Jeans Inc. announced today that it has expanded its retail store strategy through the opening of its first store in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2011
IHOP to expand in the Middle East.
sacbee.com - DineEquity Inc. said Monday it plans to open 40 new IHOP stores in the Middle East with Kuwait-based franchiser M.H. Alshaya Co. in its first major expansion outside of the U.S. ... [more] 20 Jun, 2011
Domino's Pizza strengthens presence in Ahmedabad.
indiaretailing.com - Domino's Pizza, one of the market leader in the organised pizza home delivery segment in India, has launched its new outlet at Wide Angle Multiplex in Ahmedabad. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2011
Dairy Queen Opens First Locations in Saudi Arabia.
businesswire.com - Owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the DQ® system has opened its first three locations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. These openings mark the DQ system’s presence in 16 countries outside the U.S. and Canada. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2011
First El Chico Restaurant Opens in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
sunherald.com - Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. and Safari Group of Companies jointly announce the grand opening of the first El Chico restaurant in the city of Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 6 Jun, 2011
Laura Ashley opens in Dubai Mall.
ameinfo.com - Dubai-headquartered Al Aqili Retail, the master franchiser of UK-based Laura Ashley has opened the brand's second home furnishings outlet in Dubai at The Dubai Mall. ... [more] 5 Jun, 2011

MACAU - Franchise Expo to be held in July.
macaudailytimes.com.mo - The Macao Franchise Expo 2011 (2011MFE) will be held between July 8 and 10 at the Venetian, providing record high exhibition area of 5,000 square metres to international brands to promote... [more] 18 May, 2011
Kidville plans to open 10 centres across UAE by 2015.
khaleejtimes.com - Kidville UAE, the unique early childhood development franchise from New York, on Tuesday said it would invest up to $9 million to expand its facilities in the UAE. ... [more] 18 May, 2011
Dunkin’ Donuts continues UAE growth.
qsrweb.com - Dunkin' Donuts has opened its 63rd location in the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 11 May, 2011
AZERBAIJAN - First restaurant of KFC network opened in Baku.
abc.az - A restaurant of known American fast food KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) has started operating in Baku. ... [more] 11 May, 2011
Burger Fuel moves into Iraq.
nzherald.co.nz - BurgerFuel will soon be available in Iraq after the New Zealand-listed company sold its first Master Franchise to the country in a bid to expand across the Middle East. ... [more] 6 May, 2011
The REDTAG Group Franchisee for Jordan.
zawya.com - The REDTAG Group (Dubai) and MATAJIR General Trading (Jordan) today released a joint statement confirming the signing of an exclusive Master Development Agreement for Jordan. ... [more] 2 May, 2011
Dubai Exports holds seminar to boost UAE Exports.
zawya.com - The Dubai Exports, an agency of the Dubai Department of Economic Development and SME Advisor Middle East have organised a hugely successful seminar entitled "Success Through Exports". ... [more] 20 Apr, 2011
FRANCHISE UAE 2011 opens at Business Village.
zawya.com - The franchising industry in the UAE is largely untapped because of the Asian mindset of reluctance to sharing of business expertise and practices, according to Abdulbasit Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME. ... [more] 14 Apr, 2011
ME franchising market valued at $30 billion.
khaleejtimes.com - The booming Middle East franchising market, currently valued at $30 billion, is growing at 27 per cent annually, and the region presents unparalleled opportunities for growth because of the presence of... [more] 13 Apr, 2011
First Turkish Carl's Jr. Opens in Istanbul.
qsrmagazine.com - Andrew F. Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., announced the opening of the first Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2011
Subway targets more than 200 restaurants.
zawya.com - Subway restaurants has announced their ambitious plan to double their number in the UAE from 104 restaurants, defining the brand as the largest restaurant chain in the UAE, to more than 200 by 2015. ... [more] 30 Mar, 2011
Dixies Goes to Saudi Arabia.
qsrmagazine.com - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced an agreement with Khalid Al-Sudairy to franchise and open at least 40 Dixie Cream Donut Company stores in Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 25 Mar, 2011
Business success at franchising expo.
zawya.com - Last week's Franchising Middle East (FME) exhibition saw local and international brands maximising on new business opportunities in the region. The show concluded on March 16 after providing three days of... [more] 23 Mar, 2011
Sub-franchising on the up.
hoteliermiddleeast.com - Sub-franchising, wherein a locally present master licensee signs up multiple franchise partners, is catching up with franchising as the most popular way for regional entrepreneurs to take on an... [more] 20 Mar, 2011
Food and beverage brands see franchising success.
zawya.com - Some of the world's most renowned international food and beverage brands have been actively seeking regional franchisees across the Middle East this week... [more] 16 Mar, 2011
Region's dedicated Franchising expo prepares to open.
zawya.com - The Middle East & North Africa's (MENA) only dedicated trade exhibition for the franchise industry, Franchising Middle East (FME), opens at the Dubai World Trade Centre tomorrow. ... [more] 13 Mar, 2011
Franchising expands in service sector.
ameinfo.com - The Middle East's franchising sector is diversifying into new business fields, with a distinct move away from food and beverage brands, International Expo-Consults (IEC) reveals. ... [more] 8 Mar, 2011
ZOOM and Pronto to expand Middle East footprint through franchises.
zawya.com - ENOC Retail Systems Holding L.L.C, the retail division of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), announced plans to expand its presence in the Middle East by franchising... [more] 7 Mar, 2011
12 FreshBerry Units Open in Middle East.
qsrmagazine.com - Beautiful Brands International (BBI) announced the opening of 12 new FreshBerry stores in the Middle East. It’s the biggest overseas expansion for the Tulsa, Oklahoma–based company. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2011
Local brands to lead franchising in Middle East.
zawya.com - The Middle East's franchising industry offers huge scope for growth, but not from the traditional influx of international brands; home grown brands are poised to take to the global market according to FranCorp. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2011
Jumeirah to use its noodle in China.
thenational.ae - A restaurant chain based in Dubai plans to sell noodles back to the Chinese. Noodle House, well known for its noodle-shaped pens, could also soon be springing up in Saudi Arabia and Russia. ... [more] 2 Mar, 2011
Pizza Fusion eyes Middle East expansion.
pizzamarketplace.com - Florida-based Pizza Fusion, which opened its first international unit in 2009 in Saudi Arabia, is looking to expand throughout the Middle East. ... [more] 28 Feb, 2011
World Franchise Forum heads to Dubai.
zawya.com - Dubai-based international franchise marketing and consultancy firm FranExcel is to organise the third annual World Franchise Forum to complement this year's Franchising Middle East (FME) exhibition, taking place... [more] 27 Feb, 2011
US$30 billion franchising industry continues to grow in Middle East.
zawya.com - The Middle East & North Africa franchise industry is worth an estimated US$30 billion, that's according to International Expo-Consults, organisers of the upcoming Franchising Middle East exhibition. ... [more] 24 Feb, 2011
Anytime Fitness to flex its muscles in the Middle East.
finance-commerce.com - Anytime Fitness LLC, a leading franchiser of neighborhood fitness clubs, soon will pump up its presence in an unusual location. ... [more] 15 Feb, 2011
Batelco opens franchise outlet.
gulf-daily-news.com - Batelco has opened its first franchised outlet in a partnership agreement with telecom market resellers Lazim Communications. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2011
McDonald's to open five new outlets in Oman.
ameinfo.com - McDonald's franchisee in Oman, Al Daud Restaurants, has unveiled plans to open five new restaurants in 2011, as the Quick Service restaurant segment in the Sultanate continues to grow. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2011
Tim Hortons to open 120 outlets in Middle East.
thestar.com - Pretty soon you’ll be able to roll up the rim in Dubai. Tim Hortons has signed a deal with a Dubai-based company to open up to 120 outlets in the Middle East, starting with five this year. ... [more] 4 Feb, 2011
MEFranchising To Support IEC in Executing Franchising Middle East Exhibition 2011 in Dubai.
zawya.com - MEFranchising will be working with International Expo-Consults to raise awareness for the largest franchise event in the MENA region. ... [more] 3 Feb, 2011
Hardee's restaurants looted, closed in Egypt.
bizjournals.com - A Hardee's franchise in Cairo, Egypt, has closed its 32 locations there after some restaurants were damaged and looted in the political protests. ... [more] 1 Feb, 2011
Elevation Burger Signs Multi-Unit Agreement in Bahrain.
restaurantnews.com - Elevation Burger recently signed a multi-unit agreement with Burger Concepts, WLL a Bahrain based company. ... [more] 29 Jan, 2011
Emarat became a Member of the International Franchise Association.
ameinfo.com - Emirates General Petroleum Corporation "Emarat", represented by its trade names "Bakeria", "Freshplus" and "Cafe Arabicca", became a member of the US based International Franchise Association (IFA). ... [more] 16 Jan, 2011
UAE fast food chain rolls out expansion plan.
arabianbusiness.com - After selling over a million falafels in the UAE in 2010, franchise firm Just Falafel says it is aiming to become the biggest restaurant of its type in the world. ... [more] 15 Jan, 2011
Franchise India now in Middle East.
franchiseindia.com - Franchise India, India’s 360° Franchise Solutions Company, announces the launch of its Middle East operations in Dubai with Franchise Middle East. ... [more] 15 Jan, 2011
Starwood plans to add 25 hotels.
gulfnews.com - Starwood Hotels, international owner and operator of brands such as Sheraton and Le Meridien, plans to expand in the Middle East with 25 new hotels in the pipeline representing 50 per cent growth by 2015. ... [more] 14 Jan, 2011
Fast food chain McDavid to reopen in Israel.
globes.co.il - Kosher fast food chain McDavid is returning to Israel. The chain operated in Israel in the 1980s and 1990s, before competition from MacDonald's and Burger King forced it out. ... [more] 11 Jan, 2011
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