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AWARD WINNING FRANCHISE SEEKS PARTNERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Posted on August 25, 2016

AWARD WINNING FRANCHISE SEEKS PARTNERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Winner of this year’s British Franchisor of the Year Award, Water Babies, is looking for franchise partners in the Middle East Region.  Water Babies is the biggest and most professional baby and toddler swimming programme in the world. With international success in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and now China, the company is experiencing phenomenal growth globally. Established in 2002, the company’s 65 franchise business partners teach some 47,000 babies and toddlers every week! Babies are taught to swim from birth and it is the only baby swim programme with a nationally recognised diploma for teachers, endorsed by the UK’s national governing body for swimming. To expand in the Middle East region, the company is looking for experienced and successful individuals or companies preferably with franchise experience and connections or direct business interests in the leisure sector. Master Franchise or Regional Developer partnerships are sought in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Co-founder Paul Thompson said: “This is an ideal opportunity for someone who may already be operating franchise brands in the Middle East and looking to expand their portfolio. Or it may suit someone already in the children’s activity market or indeed those running a leisure complex with excellent swimming pool facilities with the ambition to maximise the many additional revenue streams available to a Water Babies Master Franchisee – swimming lessons, merchandising and underwater photography.” He added: “Our franchisee package is second to none and provides a turnkey business with fantastic business management systems, high levels of training and support and marketing resource from the UK headquarters. If you have the drive to succeed, the business connections, are passionate about swimming and want to help children and their families learn a valuable and life saving skill, then this is the master franchise opportunity of a lifetime.” Paul said, “We are incredibly excited about Water Babies international journey and none more so than the potential we can see in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar – they could be some of the most incredible Water Babies centres anywhere in the world!” All franchise enquiries should be directed to our franchise recruitment consultant Suzie McCafferty at suzie@platinumwave.co.uk or call +44(0) 7793 054 233....

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MENAFA in the Global Franchise Magazine, Europe

Posted on July 3, 2016

MENAFA in the Global Franchise Magazine, Europe

The Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) is featured in the latest issue of the Global Franchise Magazine, Europe. The article tells information about the 3rd Middle East Franchise Expo & Forum – Dubai and enumerates the benefits of joining the premier franchise exhibition in the MENA region. DUBAI MEANS BUSINESS Seminars, franchise workshops and networking opportunities galore at the Middle East’s premier franchise event The third Middle East Franchise Expo & Forum takes place this year at the Convention Centre, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October. Organised by the Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA), the Expo takes place under the patronage of MENAFA Honorary Chairman, His Highness Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khaled Al-Saud. The Event is also supported by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, the Khalifa Fund, Dubai SME, Dubai Events and Federation of the GCC Chambers of Commerce. The annual expo has grown rapidly since its inception three years ago, attracting more exhibitors, delegates and visitors with every new show. With many regional and international brands coming together to showcase their products and services, the event represents prime opportunities for attendees to meet serious investors, to speak at the Expo and to present brands to the MENA markets. As the Middle East’s premier franchise event, the Expo also receives wide media coverage throughout the region. BENEFITS As well as exceptional opportunities for networking, seminars and franchise workshops, benefits of attendance include: exposure to large number of serious investors over two days; engagement with visitors from the GCC, Levant, North Africa, CIS countries, Far East, Europe, and USA; one-to-one business meetings; speakers, seminar and franchise workshop opportunities; the chance to nominate your company for the MENAFA Awards for the Franchise Excellence; and extensive PR and marketing exposure across the Middle East. To make the most of the experience, attendees can arrange meetings in advance with exhibitors through the Expo team. For those looking for accommodation, there are many hotels to choose from in Dubai, with rates to suit various budgets, and transport options to the venue include Metro and...

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WE NOW CATER TO THE WHOLE G.C.C – Mandilicious

Posted on June 23, 2016

Mandilicious appoints a new franchisee in Bahrain FIRST OUTLET OPENING IN BAHRAIN Following a vastly region-wide success we’re more than happy to introduce The Cuisine of Arabia to Bahrain. Mandilicious will become THE WORLD’S FIRST MANDI DRIVE THRU outlet making an astonishing design become a reality! Apart from being able to service 150 persons at a time in our dine-in Restaurant, we offer all other services such as delivery, and catering for the whole region with Bahrain added to our map. RAS AL KHAIMA We are extending our services to Ras Al Khaimah. Al Hamra mall, one of the best malls in Ras Al Khaimah will host all Cuisine of Arabia lovers to experience our authentic Arabic hospitality. Mandilicious will open in the food court of Al Hamra mall in August 2016. The outlet will also offer catering service for corporate and private events. ENOC Being the world’s first Mandi restaurant to operate express outlets in gas stations, Mandilicious is venturing into the most prominent ENOC station namely on Sheikh Zayed Road in ­­­Dubai with only 26m2...

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Dubai-Based Food Truck Firm Roundup To Launch Saudi Operations

Posted on June 19, 2016

Dubai-Based Food Truck Firm Roundup To Launch Saudi Operations

Roundup, a 54° East company will expand its food truck operations into Saudi Arabia after Ramadan. The 15-month old business has signed a deal with a Saudi partner and has opened an office in Riyadh, which will have full authority over legislation for the Saudi operation of Roundup trucks. More offices will open throughout the Kingdom over the next year, including one in Jeddah. Al Mulla estimates that there will be between 45 – 75 trucks in Saudi Arabia by the end of the first year of operations in the country. Some of the food truck concepts in Saudi Arabia will be duplicates of the Dubai trucks, however brands are still to be confirmed. There are currently two Roundup trucks operating in Saudi Arabia: a grocery truck and a pet grooming truck, with between six and seven F&B trucks to be confirmed next month. According to Al Mulla, Roundup is looking for expansion opportunities around the world, with the first step to be GCC expansion. She commented: “We have some early stage discussions with GCC partners but nothing is confirmed. We’re still in early stages and we’re more than confident that by next year we’ll be all over the GCC with our shawarma or hot dog trucks. “We’re looking at Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. We have already exported some food trucks to those regions but we’re looking for partners and as soon as we find them, all of the food truck orders will come through them.” Al Mulla says that the company is also hoping to secure a partner in the USA, and is exploring opportunities in Europe and Asia. Roundup currently has 27 trucks and operates from six international factories. Each truck has the capacity to cater for more than 5,000 people per day. The company can deliver trucks within two to six weeks after an order is placed....

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1st MENAFA Chapter to be established in Bahrain

Posted on June 16, 2016

1st MENAFA Chapter to be established in Bahrain

A Chapter Affiliation Agreement has been signed between Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) Chairman Dr. Khalid Alsharfa and Mr. Saeed Al Majed at MENAFA head office in Dubai. This agreement shall establish the very first Chapter Affiliate in the MENA region and its office will be based in Bahrain.   The main objective of MENAFA Chapters is to support and strengthen the franchise sector in the regional markets, promote franchise business owners with a platform to explore a wider range of franchise opportunities and learning experience.   A Local Chapter is a group of Franchisors, Franchisees, Service providers & individuals who live or work in a particular locality and who, as a matter of geographic convenience, organize themselves to promote the goals of the association cooperatively.   If you are ready to form a chapter in your area, contact MENAFA Regional Office at...

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DESITA GELATO AWARD 2016

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DESITA GELATO AWARD 2016

“DESITA Gelato Award 2016” is the first international Design Contest aiming to innovate the gelato shop experience. The contest is an idea of DESITA and it is dedicated to designers under 35 from all over the world. The designers’ mission was to rethink and enhance the “gelato shop experience” in terms of functionality, aesthetic, technologic and sustainability, with new ideas dedicated for both customers and operators. The winner can choose between a reward of 1000€ or a paid internship with a partner company. Sponsors: Sigep, Carpigiani, Ifi, Fabbri, Grottini, Tostini, Retail&food. The contest has the patronage of Iref italia and MENAFA. The prize-giving will be on June 18th at 11:00 AM, at the Carpigiani Gelato University, Bologna, Italy. For more info visit the new website...

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MANDILICIOUS opening soon in Qatar, Ibn Battuta Mall-Dubai, and Ras Al Khaima

Posted on May 16, 2016

QATAR Mandilicious has joined hands with Hala Catering in Qatar to open outlets nationwide. Very  soon Mandi lovers in Qatar will be able to experience authentic Arabic Cuisine Dine-in  experience in Mandilicious Gourmet at Salwa Road, which will be serving to 200 guests at a  time. EXPANDING FURTHER IN DUBAI – IBN BATTUTA One of the cultural monuments in Dubai, Ibn Battuta Mall is going to be the new home of the Arabian Cuisine Fine Dine-in experience, in the new metro link in Mandilicious. Our loyal Mandilicious lovers will be able to have all our delicacies at this famous mall.   RAS AL KHAIMA We’re expanding our services even further in the U.A.E, with our branch in Ras Al Khaima.      We’ll be able to reach and satisfy more Arabian cuisine admirers from the food court in Al  Hamra Mall and through the delivery services we’ll offer from there. That’s the 1st branch in  North...

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Mandilicious signs a master franchise agreement in Canada

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Mandilicious signs a master franchise agreement in Canada

1ST OUTLET OPENING IN TORONTO BEFORE SUMMER 2016 Mandilicious as part of their successful growth strategy has signed up for a master a franchise agreement with a reputed organization in Canada. The updated franchise models and the attractive business opportunity that Mandilicious has to offer has caught the attention of the many. With the strong development plans Mandilicious hopes to build on the brand and expand in the entire region. Mandilicious have confirmed the opening of its first outlet before summer 2016 in Toronto, and 2 outlets by the end of 2016. The taste of Arabia that’s gaining a huge popularity globally has definitely helped Mandilicious to be the brand that it is today. The traditional touch of Arabian architecture infused with modern design will provide the customers a wonderful experience coupled with rich delicacies from the Arabian Peninsula. MandiliciousTM  looks forward to serving its exceptional “slow cooked” Arabic cuisine too people in...

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The Legal 500 EMEA – Leading Firm Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Posted on May 15, 2016

The Legal 500 EMEA – Leading Firm Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

We are pleased to announce that MAK Law Firm continues to achieve prominence as a full service law firm in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and for another successive year has been listed in the renowned The Legal 500 EMEA directory for the 2016 edition. The directory continues to distinguish and recommend MAK Law Firm among the strongest legal advisers in key practice areas and recognizing the firm’s professional reputation and achievements. In particular, MAK Law Firm was listed as a leading firm for 2016 in the following three categories: Commercial, Corporate and M&A; Real Estate & Construction; and Banking and Finance. For over three decades The Legal 500 conducts a study of the legal services markets in over a hundred countries worldwide. Its impeccable reputation and its recognition by professional community derive from the complexity of selection procedure which includes a comprehensive study of each candidate and a thorough analysis of the quality of their services. When putting together the ranking the agency takes into consideration not only the customer reviews, but the opinions expressed by representatives of competing firms. It is the combination of these factors that creates the impeccable reputation of the directory of the market. The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 is now available to view online For further information on our services click...

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MENAFA attends Business Community Engagement by Department of Economic Development

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MENAFA attends Business Community Engagement by Department of Economic Development

Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) has participated the launch of Business Community Engagement (BCE) by the Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai held on 24th of April 2016 at The Ritz Carlton, DIFC. The primary goal of this initiative is to add and create value in Dubai’s economy by bringing the public and private sectors closer to work together in co-investing and co-developing economy in a sustainable way. This event was attended by Representative Entities including business councils, business groups, associations and societies in the economic/business...

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AWARD WINNING FRANCHISE SEEKS PARTNERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST · MENAFA in the Global Franchise Magazine, Europe · WE NOW CATER TO THE WHOLE G.C.C - Mandilicious · Dubai-Based Food Truck Firm Roundup To Launch Saudi Operations · 1st MENAFA Chapter to be established in Bahrain · DESITA GELATO AWARD 2016 · MANDILICIOUS opening soon in Qatar, Ibn Battuta Mall-Dubai, and Ras Al Khaima · Mandilicious signs a master franchise agreement in Canada · The Legal 500 EMEA – Leading Firm Kingdom of Saudi Arabia · MENAFA attends Business Community Engagement by Department of Economic Development