Freedom Pizza To Kick-start Franchising

by Mahak Mannan | 15 Oct 2018

Freedom Pizza, a UAE-based organic pizza food concept, has announced its plans to participate in the International Franchise Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, from 16-17 October, this year. The brand’s leadership team are set to meet with potential franchisees at the event to expand its national footprint under the Freedom is Going Places Franchise Programme, which

Eggspectation teams up with Francorp Middle East

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Jun 2018

The Canadian casual restaurant has partnered with Francorp Middle East, a US-based franchise consulting firm in Dubai, to develop their franchise system. As per the agreement, Francorp is entrusted with the full design and development of the Eggspectation franchise program, whose vision is to expand their unique food concept globally. A concept that originated in

800PIZZA Announces UAE Franchise Deal

by Mahak Mannan | 19 Apr 2018

The new franchise in The Sustainable City is set to open in June 2018. Adding to its portfolio of twelve outlets currently in operation across the UAE, 800PIZZA has announced its newest outlet in line with achieving its goal of having 15 outlets in operation by 2020. The single unit agreement was made with FIA

Arby’s opens first of 25 restaurants in Kuwait and KSA

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Oct 2017

American sandwich restaurant brand, Arby’s, has opened its first restaurant in Kuwait, as part of plans to roll out at least 25 restaurants across Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The new restaurant is owned and operated by Al-Kharafi Global for General Trading & Contracting Company-WLL (Kharafi Global). Paul Brown, chief executive officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group

AlJeel Capital to bring 10 Shakey’s restaurants to UAE

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Jul 2017

AlJeel Capital has signed an exclusive franchise deal to open 10 Shakey’s outlets in the UAE. First founded in 1954 in California, the American brand and pizza chain was adopted in the Philippines following a joint venture deal with Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures in 1975 and now has 200 stores in the country. AlJeel Capital’s

Alshaya to roll out 100 Blaze Pizza restaurants in Middle East

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Jul 2017

US fast-casual artisanal pizza chain, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, has entered into an exclusive development agreement with the Kuwait-based M.H. Alshaya Co. to build and operate multiple Blaze Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa. The agreement will see the development of 100 restaurants in 11 countries including the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon,

Coffee Planet signs franchise deal for 70 outlets in Saudi Arabia

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Jun 2017

Dubai-based coffee roaster, Coffee Planet, has signed a 10-year franchise agreement with HB Brands to open 70 outlets across Saudi Arabia. Coffee Planet, known for its 100% Arabica specialty coffee, recently launched a new franchise concept with the aim of increasing its global presence with franchise partners. The brand currently has franchise outlets in the

Sumo Sushi & Bento to open 20 outlets with Apparel Group

by Crystal Chesters | 24 May 2017

UAE-based Sumo Sushi & Bento has signed a franchise agreement with Apparel Group to open 20 Sumo Sushi & Bento outlets across the GCC region. Founded by Nilesh Ved, Apparel Group has over 75 global fashion and lifestyle brands in its portfolio and will utilise its relationships in the retail sector to bring the brand

Russo’s unveils aggressive growth plans for Middle East

by Crystal Chesters | 26 Feb 2017

Russo’s Restaurants will expand throughout the Middle East over the next 10 years with an aggressive multi-unit franchise growth strategy. Russo’s UAE franchise partner, Prime Hospitality, will open the region’s first Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen concept at The Pointe in Dubai in Q3, which has a new prototype designed exclusively for Middle East development. This

EXCLUSIVE: Aleph Hospitality launches in Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Mar 2016

Earlier this week, Aleph Hospitality announced the debut of the third-party hotel management company founded by ex-Wyndham Hotel Group senior executive Bani Haddad and headquartered in Dubai. A regional first, the white label company will operate assets on behalf of hotel owners under franchise agreements from international brands. Speaking exclusively to Hotel News Middle East,

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