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MOOYAH opens in Bahrain. - MOOYAH Burgers has opened its first restaurant in the Middle East's Kingdom of Bahrain. ... [more] 31 Dec, 2013
French retail brand opens second UAE supermarket. - Retailer Fucom has announced the opening of its second Geant supermarket in Abu Dhabi as part of plans to launch more than 30 stores in the UAE. ... [more] 20 Dec, 2013
Thomas Cook boosts Dubai presence, names franchise. - Travel Corporation India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thomas Cook India Ltd, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Dubai-based TravTips as its franchisee partner in the emirate. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2013
CaliBurger's Middle East units opening first half of 2014. - CaliBurger announced this week that it will open five restaurants in the Middle East in the first half of 2014. ... [more] 19 Dec, 2013
Custom sushi shop rolls into Middle East. - How Do You Roll? is entering the Middle East; it recently partnered with Al Safar Group Holding to develop 40 units throughout the area. ... [more] 12 Dec, 2013
Wasabi Warriors to head to Dubai in 2014. - Pacific Retail's Wasabi Warrior brand will be expanding internationally next year with an outlet opening in Dubai and at home the chain will continue to grow across the metro areas of Sydney and Perth. ... [more] 5 Dec, 2013
Slapfish Reels In International Franchise Deal. - Slapfish, the California-based sustainable seafood brand, is setting sail for the international franchise market. ... [more] 3 Dec, 2013
Julie’s Bakeshop to open branch in Abu Dhabi in 2014. - After its expansion in Tangerang, Indonesia last month, neighborhood bakeshop chain Julie’s Bakeshop is opening another branch in Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2014. ... [more] 27 Nov, 2013
Cali-Based Slapfish Heads to the Middle East. - Orange County’s award-winning, fast-casual sustainable seafood restaurant, Slapfish, is expanding with a new franchise program starting with a 75-unit deal for the entire Middle East. ... [more] 13 Nov, 2013
Sub Zero Ice Cream Opens Its First International Store. - Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, based out of Provo, Utah, will open its first international store in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this week. ... [more] 30 Oct, 2013
The Coffee Club: 100 stores in Middle East in 10 years. - The Coffee Club has plans for 100 stores in the Middle East by 2023 and has signed a licensing agreement across six territories in the Gulf Cooperation Council region... [more] 28 Oct, 2013
Second Cup is expanding where Starbucks can't follow: Pakistan. - In June, Second Cup launched its first café in Islamabad, Pakistan, with 20 more locations planned to open in the next three to five years. ... [more] 23 Oct, 2013
Fatburger Opens Second Location in Istanbul. - Fatburger, the Hollywood-based burger joint, opened its second location in one of Istanbul’s main business districts, Levent. ... [more] 21 Oct, 2013
Quiznos Pens Franchise Agreement in UAE. - Quiznos, the toasted sandwich quick-service concept, announced a master franchise agreement with Royal Bun Café in the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 17 Oct, 2013
Enterprise growing brand with franchise deal in Israel. - Enterprise Rent-A-Car has signed a new deal with a franchisee in Israel as part of a push by its parent company to grow internationally. ... [more] 15 Oct, 2013
Sbarro Expands Presence In The Middle East. - Sbarro announced today that it has formalized a multi-location franchise partnership agreement with Casual Restaurants, LLC that will grow the brand's presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ... [more] 11 Oct, 2013
Pie Face signs agreement to open 100 stores in Middle East. - Australian bakery-café chain Pie Face has signed an agreement with Foodmark, the hospitality division of Landmark Group, to open 100 outlets in the Middle East. ... [more] 10 Oct, 2013
Spicy Pickle opens in Middle East. - Cibus International, a Colorado-based, fast casual franchising company, opened a Spicy Pickle restaurant in Doha this week, the first of seven new locations in the Middle East. ... [more] 9 Oct, 2013
Cafe2go, the first UAE-born café franchise its fast-growing coffee brand through Francorp Middle East. - Cafe2go and Francorp Middle East joint hands to promote the first ever UAE born café in its endeavor to meet the ever increasing customer base and demands of the unique Emirati cuisine blended with the... [more] 2 Oct, 2013
Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans To Develop Restaurants In Turkey. - Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, every day stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced plans to develop restaurants in major metropolitan areas across Turkey. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2013
Smallcakes plans to open cupcake shops in the Middle East. - Kansas City-based Smallcakes A Cupcakery plans to put shops in the Middle East. In a press release, Smallcakes said it has signed an agreement with Glee Hospitality Solutions in Dubai to open the shops. ... [more] 2 Oct, 2013
Franchise show opens in Dubai. - The 5th Franchise UAE Expo opens its doors on Wednesday at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai. ... [more] 24 Sep, 2013
GRANO Coffee Expanding Through Franchising. - GRANO Coffee, a unique concept has announced that they are expanding through franchising. ... [more] 19 Sep, 2013
Franchise UAE Expo lines up top experts to discuss direction and potential for franchising in Middle East. - The 5th Franchise UAE Expo, the region's leading franchise, retail and SME trade event, Sep 25-26, has lined up top local and international experts to provide new insights into franchising in the Middle East. ... [more] 18 Sep, 2013
Wingstop signs deal for United Arab Emirates. - Wingstop is headed to the United Arab Emirates thanks to an exclusive multi-unit deal with AWGAL Investments. The first Wingstop restaurants will open in mid-2014. ... [more] 12 Sep, 2013
US pizza giant to open 100 GCC restaurants. - US pizza chain Papa Murphy’s will open 100 of its restaurants across the GCC, the company’s CEO told Arabian Business. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2013
100 franchise brands to feature at Dubai meet. - Over 100 regional and international franchise brands will be showcased at the upcoming fifth edition of the World Franchise Convention in Dubai next month. ... [more] 9 Sep, 2013
Landmark Hospitality acquires Middle East franchise of UK-based Candy Cakes. - Candelite, a leading specialty confectionery concept and a division of Landmark Hospitality, has entered into an exclusive franchise agreement with the UK-based cupcake specialist, Candy Cakes. ... [more] 7 Sep, 2013
800PIZZA franchising in Middle East. - Dubai-based 800PIZZA will start its franchising operations in the Middle East. ... [more] 6 Sep, 2013
OFM plans franchise of 70 bakery outlets. - Oman Flour Mills Co (OFM) has signed a contract with an international consultancy group to develop a franchise model for about 70 outlets and cafes scheduled to be established all across the Sultanate. ... [more] 1 Sep, 2013
BurgerFuel opens tenth store in UAE. - NZ-based franchise BurgerFuel has opened its second store in a month in Abu Dhabi, taking the total in the United Arab Emirates to ten. ... [more] 29 Aug, 2013
World's leading franchisors eye UAE and Middle East as 'must-be-present' markets. - Some of the world's topmost franchise brands have confirmed their participation in the 5th Franchise UAE Expo, the region's leading franchise, retail and SME trade event, which will be held in Dubai, from Sep 25-26. ... [more] 24 Aug, 2013
Superdry lands in Turkey with franchise deal. - The owner of the Superdry fashion brand has signed a deal with a franchise partner to launch stores in Turkey, becoming the latest UK retailer to open in the country. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
New Miami Subs Grill Heading to Jordan. - The New Miami Subs Grill announced that it has inked a deal with AlSiham Foods, a corporation that specializes in equity ownership of international and regional franchises. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
Ponderosa Steakhouse To Make A Mark in Egypt. - Ponderosa International Development announced an agreement granting franchise rights in Egypt to Kareem Awny Abdel Dayem. ... [more] 22 Aug, 2013
CaliBurger to open in Bahrain. - CaliBurger recently signed a major master franchise deal for all of the Middle East, including a 5-unit sub deal for Bahrain. ... [more] 16 Aug, 2013
Franchise UAE Expo gets further support. - The 5th Franchise UAE Expo, which is being organized by Franchise Middle East at Bustan Rotana, Dubai, from September 25 to 26, has further boosted its standing with the prestigious... [more] 10 Aug, 2013
Tossed signs 30-unit deal for Middle East. - Tossed has signed a 30-unit franchise development agreement with Al Sayegh Brothers Trading Company, a multinational conglomerate based in the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 30 Jul, 2013
MTY Food Group to franchise Sushi Shop in Kuwait. - Franchisor and operator of quick service restaurants, MTY Food Group, is making inroads into Kuwait with its Sushi Shops set to open in the country. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2013
Fatburger debuts 1st Turkey location. - Fatburger has opened its first location in Turkey's economic and cultural center, Istanbul. ... [more] 24 Jul, 2013
Steak n Shake to open 40 restaurants in the UAE. - Steak n Shake, announced its first international development agreement, which will bring this notable "better burger" chain to the Middle East. ... [more] 19 Jul, 2013
MTY to franchise Sushi Shop in Kuwait. - MTY Food Group Inc. announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc., has signed an area master development agreement to develop Sushi Shop in Kuwait. ... [more] 10 Jul, 2013
Dubai pizza chain begins Middle East franchising. - Dubai-based Italian restaurant chain, 800PIZZA, is starting franchising operations in the Middle-East. ... [more] 8 Jul, 2013
Ace Is the Place With the Afghan Hardware Man. - Ace Hardware has become the first American business to announce a partnership with an Afghan corporation to open a franchise in the war-riddled country.. ... [more] 5 Jul, 2013
Esquires opens first Kuwaiti coffee house. - Kiwi coffee company Franchise Development Ltd (FDL) has opened its first Esquires Coffee House in the Gulf state of Kuwait, bringing the brand’s Middle East presence to 12 stores. ... [more] 3 Jul, 2013
Children's Place signs franchise agreement. - Children's apparel retailer The Children's Place is to open stores in Israel under a ten-year franchise agreement with Fox-Wizel as part of its international growth strategy. ... [more] 2 Jul, 2013

Dunkin' Brands plans up to 100 new MidEast outlets. - US-based Dunkin' Brands Group, which operates the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, is planning to open up to 100 new franchise outlets in the Middle East by 2018. ... [more] 30 Jun, 2013
McDonald's extends partnership with 'Reza Food Services' at MEA Franchise Summit. - McDonald's Middle East and Africa Development Company, the corporation representative responsible for the growth and development of the McDonald's business and brand, announced an extension to... [more] 30 Jun, 2013
Magiff offers franchising schemes in Saudi. - Global personal care brand Magiff has launched new business franchising schemes in Saudi Arabia, targeting the kingdom’s growing retail beauty sector. ... [more] 28 Jun, 2013
McDonald's Israel rejects West Bank branch proposal. - McDonald's has refused to open a branch in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank in a move that swiftly prompted calls from settler organisations for a boycott of its restaurants. ... [more] 27 Jun, 2013
Plan Ahead Events Signs Master Franchise Agreements for Largest Global Expansion Ever for Brand. - Full-Service Event Management Franchise to Expand in 14 Countries in the Middle East & North Africa. ... [more] 25 Jun, 2013
Russo's New York Pizzeria plans international franchise growth. - On the heels of its first set of international locations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first half of 2013, Russo's Restaurants announced plans for further global growth... [more] 24 Jun, 2013
American Burger Franchise Bites Into 28 Country Deal. - Jake's Wayback Burgers just announced an exciting new deal with Topaz MENA LLC to expand the brand into 28 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). ... [more] 19 Jun, 2013
Wrapt signs franchise agreement in Kuwait. - Wrapt, the premium, fashion-based gift wrapping and packaging services brand, has signed a franchise agreement to open in Kuwait in 2013. ... [more] 16 Jun, 2013
Cold Stone Creamery Continues International Growth With Entrance Into Turkey. - The international development of Cold Stone Creamery® continues to accelerate in 2013 with its growth into Turkey. ... [more] 11 Jun, 2013
Doner Kebab announces signing of KSA Master Franchise Agreement. - International franchise Doner Kebab's expansion plans continue with the announcement of the first in a series of master franchise signings beginning with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). ... [more] 8 Jun, 2013
Fatburger Bringing Burgers to Egypt. - Fatburger, the famous American burger franchise, has opened its first location in Africa’s largest city, Cairo. ... [more] 7 Jun, 2013
Magiff launches new business franchising schemes. - The evolving personal care brand from SPRET Retail, Magiff announced the launch of new business franchising schemes that would transform the local retail practices. ... [more] 29 May, 2013
Green Motion Car Rental Sells Master Franchise for the Middle East. - U.K.-based Green Motion announced today the sale of its regional master franchise territory to Jordan-based Sadeen Rent A Car. ... [more] 21 May, 2013
Franchising in the UAE. - Since 2008, the Franchise UAE exhibition has been held in Dubai and reports that the franchising market in the Middle East is worth USD 30 billion. ... [more] 21 May, 2013
3 fast casuals selling the Middle East. - Executives of several America-based chains pitched their business models to a room filled with possible franchisees last month at the International Franchise Forum in Dubai. ... [more] 7 May, 2013
Berlitz hosts franchising convention. - Berlitz UAE recently hosted the third Worldwide Franchising Convention in Dubai, gathering members from over 70 countries. ... [more] 5 May, 2013
Creating jobs for nationals will be game-changer in franchising. - Yousif Abdulghani, Managing Director of McDonald's Middle East and Africa, said that creating jobs and driving nationalisation programmes across the Middle East region will be the game-changer that drives... [more] 1 May, 2013
1847 Men's Salon Dubai opens doors for franchising in UAE through Francorp. - Dubai based men's grooming lounge 1847 is now ready to offers its franchises in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and across all emirates through Francorp Middle East... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Focus on delivery, social media contributes to Naked Pizza Middle East success. - Naked Pizza, known as N_K_D Pizza in Dubai, is thriving since Ian Ohan opened the chain's first international and Middle Eastern location there in 2011. ... [more] 25 Apr, 2013
Cold Stone Creamery expands into Saudi Arabia, Pakistan. - Less than two weeks after announcing international expansion plans into the Philippines and Bangladesh, Cold Stone Creamery has signed a 10-year master franchise agreement with Venus Pakistan Private Ltd... [more] 24 Apr, 2013
McDonald's Middle East teaches restaurant franchisees how to succeed internationally. - Delegates at the International Franchise Forum Tuesday heard about how McDonald's is succeeding in the Middle East from Yousef Abdulghani, the chain's managing director of McDonald's Middle East... [more] 23 Apr, 2013
Fatburger to open in Lebanon. - Fatburger has announced its newest location in Beirut, Lebanon. The owner of the newest location, Vetra Investments, LLC, is a hospitality and food service specialist based in Dubai and has been a... [more] 22 Apr, 2013
Lebanese franchisors tap emerging markets. - Lebanese franchises are gradually expanding throughout MENA as food and beverage companies tap emerging markets, officials and experts said at a Beirut forum Wednesday. ... [more] 18 Apr, 2013
Perky's Pizza adding 15 new Middle East locations. - Al-Hokair Group and Perky's Pizza have signed an agreement to further develop the Perky's Pizza brand in Saudi Arabia and the UAE by adding 15 new locations between the two countries. ... [more] 12 Apr, 2013
Burger King Qatar achieves highest growth in Middle East in 2012. - Burger King Qatar achieved the highest annual comparative sales growth, making it the best performing Burger King franchisee in the Middle East in 2012. ... [more] 9 Apr, 2013
Russo's New York Pizzeria debuts in Dubai. - Russo's New York Pizzeria recently marked its debut in Dubai at the Jumeirah Center Dubai. The opening is Russo's first outside of the United States. ... [more] 8 Apr, 2013
QSR International expands Quiznos' presence in Latin America. - QSR International has signed a 15-unit Quiznos development agreement for the country of Panama with Franquicias Premium Corporation. ... [more] 5 Apr, 2013
Pizza Fusion expanding further throughout the Middle East. - Pizza Fusion Master Franchisor, Samir Group Inc., has signed an agreement with Food Fusion Est. to open up to 25 locations throughout the United Arab Emirates. ... [more] 2 Apr, 2013
Caliburger to franchise in Kuwait, Iraq. - CaliBurger announced this week that it has signed a franchise agreement to begin opening CaliBurger restaurants in Kuwait and Iraq. ... [more] 27 Mar, 2013
Gulf family firms eyeing overseas franchise deals. - Up to 150 regional family-owned companies may franchise their brand outside of their home market in the next three years as they look to grow their regional footprint, a leading franchising consultant said. ... [more] 22 Mar, 2013
Ensuring franchising is not a one-way street. - Whereas it has traditionally been a channel for bringing global brands to the region, today, there is an emerging trend of homegrown companies expanding regionally — and globally — through franchising. ... [more] 18 Mar, 2013
Dubai Chamber working on franchising law in UAE. - While there is no law for franchising in the UAE, Dubai Chamber is collecting efforts with the legal firms in the emirates to put down the right legislations to protect this business in the UAE. ... [more] 16 Mar, 2013
Franchising consultancy opens Middle East base. - MSA Worldwide, a franchising consultancy headquartered in the US, has established a Middle East office in Dubai. ... [more] 14 Mar, 2013
Sub-franchising throws up new growth options. - A burst of new sub-franchising opportunities could generate its own momentum in the local retail and service sectors. ... [more] 11 Mar, 2013
Lufian launches 3 UAE stores in 5 months. - H2 Fashion, one of the leading fashion retail groups based in Dubai, has launched three stores of the Turkish fashion brand Lufian in Abu Dhabi and Dubai over a period of five months. ... [more] 9 Mar, 2013
Dubai Chamber seeks to revise franchising law. - Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry attempts several endeavours to revise the franchising law with the aim of easing business and protecting brands and investors in the UAE market. ... [more] 3 Mar, 2013
South African pizza chain eyes UAE expansion. - Debonairs Pizza, a pizza franchisee from South Africa, has announced its expansion plans for the UAE retail market. ... [more] 1 Mar, 2013
Krispy Kreme's largest stockholder cashes out. - The largest stockholder of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. apparently has cashed out its investment, selling an estimated 6.71 million shares, according to a regulatory filing Monday. ... [more] 12 Feb, 2013
MTY to franchise La Crémière in Saudi Arabia. - MTY Food Group Inc. announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc., has signed an area master development agreement to develop La Crémière in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ... [more] 7 Feb, 2013
Pizza Fusion grows Middle East presence. - Parent company Unique Pizza and Subs Corp. today announced its Pizza Fusion brand has opened its eighth restaurant in the Middle East via the Samir Group, its Middle East master franchisor. ... [more] 6 Feb, 2013
Middle East target for franchise group. - Norwich-based Franchise Development Services (FDS) is expanding its global reach by opening new offices in Lebanon and Iraq. ... [more] 30 Jan, 2013
Nestlé Toll House Cafe by Chip Ups the Ante in Saudi Arabia. - Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, a premium dessert destination franchise concept, announced the grand opening of its second café in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.. ... [more] 17 Jan, 2013
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