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Fitness First Middle East rolls-out Running Club powered by adidas. - Fitness First Middle East, the world's number one health and fitness club chain and a franchise owned and operated under license by the Landmark Group in the MENA region, will roll out a Running Club in the... [more] 18 Dec, 2012
Accor inks deal for first Saudi Suite Novotel. - Accor Middle East said on Monday it has signed a franchise management contract to develop the first Suite Novotel hotel in Riyadh. ... [more] 17 Dec, 2012
New Domino's Pizza store in Riyadh serving tasty treats. - Alamar Foods, the Domino's Pizza master franchisee with operational rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP), has announced the opening of its 200th store in Riyadh. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2012
'Franchise UAE' ends on buoyant note, 90% of exhibitors keen to participate in next edition. - The 4th edition of Franchise UAE concluded in Dubai concluded on a buoyant note, with 90 per cent of exhibitors expressing their commitment for the next show. ... [more] 11 Dec, 2012
zpizza Opens its Doors in One of Dubai’s Busiest Locations. - zpizza, the worldwide leader of the better pizza segment for over 25 years with 100 stores open internationally, just opened its 5th Middle East location in Dubai. ... [more] 6 Dec, 2012
Franchise Missions Bring Economic Development to Critical Areas. - Members of the IFA are participating in Franchise Micro-Trade Missions in Afghanistan and Tunisia Dec. 1-8, introducing franchise brands and franchise legal and policy counsel by... [more] 5 Dec, 2012
4th 'Franchise UAE' opens with participation of over 100 local and international brands. - Over 100 franchise brands are participating in the two-day 'Franchise UAE' international franchise, retail and trade show which opened at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, today. ... [more] 4 Dec, 2012
4th Franchise UAE exhibition enlists support of world's largest sign franchisor and world's largest event management company. - The 4th edition of 'Franchise UAE', the international franchise, retail and trade show to be held on December 4 and 5, 2012, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, will see the participation of... [more] 24 Nov, 2012
ENOC to highlight retail franchising opportunities at SIAL Middle East. - Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) is showcasing its retail franchising opportunities at the SIAL Middle East exhibition to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company from Nov 26-28, 2012. ... [more] 24 Nov, 2012
Franchise UAE expo to run on December 4-5. - The fourth edition of “Franchise UAE”, the international franchise, retail and trade show, to be held on December 4-5 2012 in Dubai with over 100 local and international brands participating in the expo. ... [more] 14 Nov, 2012
Yogen Fruz launched in Pakistan. - Yogen Fruz, the world’s leading frozen yogurt chain opened its first outlet in DHA amidst much fanfare on Sunday. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2012
Tim Hortons opens in Oman. - Now you can grab a double double in Oman. Tim Hortons said Monday it has opened its first “café and bake shop” in what’s officially known as the Sultanate of Oman. ... [more] 12 Nov, 2012
Villa Enterprises plants flag in Egypt. - Villa Enterprises Management Ltd. Inc. has opened Villa Italian Kitchen and Bananas units at the American University (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2012
Middle East Domino's franchisee marks 200th unit. - Alamar Foods, the Domino's Pizza master franchisee with operational rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP), announced the opening of its 200th store this week in Riyadh. ... [more] 7 Nov, 2012
Australian Gelatissimo expands in Kuwait. - Just six months after the opening of the first Australian-owned Gelatissimo outlet in the Middle East, the local response has been so overwhelming that two more gelaterias have opened... [more] 1 Nov, 2012
Al Madani Group, Bagel Bar inks franchisee agreement. - Al Madani Group, a leading business conglomerate in the region, signed up as the master franchisee of "The Bagel Bar" coffee house concept for the UAE. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2012
Pizza Rustica eyes Middle East expansion. - Miami Beach, Fla.-based Pizza Rustica has signed its first two leases under a Master Franchise Agreement to open units in the Middle East. ... [more] 19 Oct, 2012
The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. Signs 12-Unit Franchise Deal for Middle East. - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. announces plans to bring its unique fondue dining experience to eight countries in the Middle East through a 12-unit franchise development agreement with HCS. ... [more] 16 Oct, 2012
Kingdom franchising sector most promising in Mideast. - Franchising is positioned for explosive growth in countries scattered throughout the Middle East, Francorp said in a report, with new franchise opportunities popping up throughout the region. ... [more] 13 Oct, 2012
Yum! Brands executive earns Pakistan Power award. - Yum! Brands' Irfan Mustafa, vice president and managing director of the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey business, has been recognized with the Pakistan Power 100 Award. ... [more] 11 Oct, 2012
Steak 'n Shake Develops First International Deal in UAE. - Steak ‘n Shake announced its first international development agreement, which will bring this notable “better burger” chain to the Middle East... [more] 9 Oct, 2012
BurgerFuel sells Kuwait franchise. - NZX-listed restaurant business BurgerFuel Worldwide is moving into Kuwait after selling the master licence for its branded restaurants in the country to Al Khayyat Investments. ... [more] 1 Oct, 2012
Pizza Rustica plants flag in Middle East. - Miami Beach, Fla.-based Pizza Rustica has signed an agreement with Kuwait International Franchise Company to expand the brand in the Middle East. ... [more] 14 Sep, 2012
Galvanni opens Gulf debut store in Dubai. - Italian fashion brand, Galvanni, has made its Gulf debut, opening its first outlet at Dubai Marina Mall following a franchisee agreement between the international company and Dubai-based fashion retail group... [more] 12 Sep, 2012
Papa Murphy's to Redefine Pizza in Middle East. - Papa Murphy's International today announced it has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with MAM Foodco LLC to open 100 Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza locations throughout the GCC. ... [more] 10 Sep, 2012
Abu Dhabi chosen for Marriot's 42 UK hotels. - Abu Dhabi has been named as the proffered bidder for 42 UK-based Marriott hotels after making an offer of USD973 million, British magazine Property Week reported. ... [more] 20 Aug, 2012
Cinnabon makes its debut in Libya. - Cinnabon Inc. is expanding its global footprint with the opening of a unit in Tripoli, Libya, earlier this month. ... [more] 25 Jul, 2012
BurgerFuel adds fifth Dubai store. - New Zealand burger chain BurgerFuel Worldwide has opened its latest store in the prestigious Mall of Emirates in Dubai. ... [more] 17 Jul, 2012
Body Shop launches first Pulse store in Jeddah. - The Body Shop officially opened the doors to one of the world's first Pulse boutiques at Aziz Mall, championing its ethical philosophy - Beauty With Heart. ... [more] 12 Jul, 2012
The Coffee Club opens in Egypt. - Australian cafe franchise The Coffee Club has expanded its global footprint with its first Egyptian store opening in tourist spot Tivoli Dome on the north coast. There are plans for 15 outlets to open in the country... [more] 5 Jul, 2012
Papa John's marks 100th Middle East unit. - Papa John's CEO/founder/chairman John Schnatter was in Dubai over the weekend to celebrate the Louisville, Ky.-based brand's 100th unit opening in the Middle East. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2012

Small U.S. Franchises Head to the Middle East. - The Middle East has long been a magnet for U.S. restaurant chains thanks to its wealth and large numbers of foreign workers—not to mention its malls, tax-free zones, and jet-setting elites. ... [more] 21 Jun, 2012
Freshi Signs Master Franchising Agreement to Develop in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain. - Freshi, the world's fastest growing Ice Sticks chain announced that the company has signed a master franchise agreement with Amer Group , to develop the brand in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. ... [more] 19 Jun, 2012
BFL gets franchise of 'Fatburger' in Pakistan. - BIL Foods Limited (BFL) has obtained franchise of "Fatburger" a North American multinational chain of gourmet burgers and plans to set up five restaurants in three major cities of the country at a cost of... [more] 6 Jun, 2012
Caribou Coffee opens 100th international location, plans to ramp up store count. - Caribou Coffee Co. said Wednesday it has opened its 100th international operating location, located in Istanbul, Turkey. ... [more] 30 May, 2012
Beirut International Franchise Forum to take place in Beirut on 23-24, May 2012. - Organizing committees of Beirut International Franchise Forum BIFEX, held a press conference at Phoenicia Hotel announcing forum's proceedings to take place on the 23rd and 24th of May 2012 at the... [more] 20 May, 2012
Franchise UAE 2012 opens with participation of 75 companies from region and globe. - Dubai is at the start of a new cycle of boom, powered largely by a dynamic private sector, said Farid Karmostaji, Director of Entrepreneur Development Division of... [more] 10 May, 2012
Kuwait lucrative for franchise business. - Kuwait is lucrative for franchise deals namely sales of trademarks in shadow of existence of hundreds of successful businesses with special national labels, according to an expert in the sector. ... [more] 9 May, 2012
Franchise UAE 2012 lines up franchising and SME experts at companion event. - The 3rd Franchise UAE trade exhibition, which takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, on May 9 and 10, 2012, will host an Entrepreneurship Summit featuring domestic and international franchising... [more] 6 May, 2012
Kiwi burgers fuel Middle East. - In January BurgerFuel opened its fourth store in Dubai, giving it a total of eight stores across the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Additional restaurants will soon open in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Qatar and Riyadh... [more] 5 May, 2012
Maui Wowi Opens Kiosk in Saudi Arabia. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies has opened a kiosk location in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, adding to its growing number of units in the Middle East. ... [more] 4 May, 2012
American franchise awareness meet to focus on SME financing. - The Muscat American Business Council is organising an information session on ‘How to Bring an American Franchise to Oman’ on May 6 at the Sultan Qaboos University. ... [more] 2 May, 2012
New-concept UAE and GCC brands to jostle for attention at Franchise UAE 2012. - The 3rd Franchise UAE trade exhibition, which takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, on May 9 and 10, 2012, will see aggressive participation by home-grown UAE and GCC... [more] 25 Apr, 2012
UK retail giant eyes Gulf expansion plan. - UK retail giant WH Smith has announced expansion plans in the Gulf region as it looks to offset weakness on Britain's high streets. ... [more] 21 Apr, 2012
Turkish Franchisee Opens Two Villa Enterprise Restaurants. - Villa Enterprises Management Ltd., Inc. announced today the grand opening of its first Villa Italian Kitchen and South Philly Steaks & Fries locations in Istanbul, Turkey. ... [more] 16 Apr, 2012
Toll House Takes The Middle East. - Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip has more than 100 locations serving upwards of 60 million customers per year in the U.S., Canada, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Dubai, with plans to open additional cafes in... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
Smashburger Announces Grand Opening of First International Restaurant in Kuwait. - Smashburger today announced the opening of its first international restaurant location in Kuwait. This restaurant, located at The Village, Abu Al Hasaniya, is the first of 23 franchise locations... [more] 2 Apr, 2012
First ever Abha Franchising Expo 2012 attracts over 50 businesses. - MEFranchising, a leading franchise consultant with operations in London, Kuwait, Riyadh and Morocco, has reported that the Abha Franchising Expo 2012 in Asir was a success with an estimated signing of... [more] 30 Mar, 2012
M&Co unveils plans for Gulf State franchises. - Scottish clothing chain M&Co is making a start on plans to franchise its stores internationally with four new outlets in the Middle East. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Burger Fuel to open in Libya. - Burger Fuel Worldwide, the local fast-food chain targeting franchises in the Middle East, has signed up a new franchisee in post-Gaddafi Libya. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2012
Kuwait's Alshaya inks deal with Japanese retailer. - MH Alshaya Co, the Kuwait-based retail franchise operator, said on Monday it had signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Japan's Muji. ... [more] 26 Mar, 2012
French Hypermarket Chain Géant Expands In UAE With First Supermarket In Abu Dhabi. - French hypermarket chain Géant has made a foray into Abu Dhabi with the opening of its sixth supermarket in the UAE under the Géant Easy banner, as part of an aggressive growth strategy that... [more] 21 Mar, 2012
Gelatissimo opens flagship store in Kuwait. - Australian gelato chain Gelatissimo has unveiled its most spectacular outlet to date, and its first Middle Eastern franchise, serving exotic new flavours to tempt local consumers. ... [more] 20 Mar, 2012
Franchise UAE set to return with its 3rd edition. - FME, the overseas arm of Franchise India Holding Ltd, along with Indian Franchise Association (IFA) and Dubai SME as a strategic partner is presenting third edition of Franchise UAE 2012. ... [more] 12 Mar, 2012
The Melting Pot Restaurants to enter Saudi Arabia with five-unit franchise deal. - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. announces plans to bring its unique fondue dining experience to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through a five-unit franchise development agreement. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2012
Is KFC Returning to Iran After Being Banned 33 Years Ago? - The appearance of a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Iran is the source of nationwide confusion. The chain had been banned from Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution, but a restaurant popped up in Karaj yest... [more] 28 Feb, 2012
BurgerFuel opens first store in Iraq. - BurgerFuel Worldwide has opened its first store for 2012 – in Iraq. The new store has opened in Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq, the Kurdish-speaking area known as Iraqi Kurdistan. ... [more] 26 Jan, 2012
Subway plans to open 120 outlets by 2017. - Shamel Food Company held its second annual Franchisee Meeting in Alkhobar. The event dubbed as “Moving Forward” has capitalized in its Global Strategic Plan of achieving 120 stores by 2017. ... [more] 23 Jan, 2012
Edible Arrangements officially open for business in Al Ain. - Edible Arrangements are officially open for business in Al Ain. The New store is located in the new extension of the prestige Al Ain Mall... [more] 22 Jan, 2012
Maui Wowi extends Saudi Arabia presence. - Maui Wowi Hawaiian has announced further expansion in the Middle East, with the opening of their newest retail location in Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 18 Jan, 2012
Tasti D-Lite Prepares for Expansion in Middle East. - Tasti D-Lite recently announced its next phase of expansion in the Middle East. Al-Himmah International Limited signed an international master franchise agreement to expand Tasti D-Lite into six countries... [more] 6 Jan, 2012
Anytime Fitness opens first Middle Eastern club in Qatar. - Anytime Fitness, the fastest-growing fitness club chain in the world, will soon open its first club in the Middle East. The first of several Anytime Fitness clubs in the State of Qatar opened on January 1, 2012. ... [more] 3 Jan, 2012
High-end brands more receptive to franchising. - Premium European and American brands are becoming receptive to the franchise model. "They want to move where their customer base exists and these days it is in the Gulf," said Duncan McLellan of Dubai... [more] 2 Jan, 2012
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