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CNBC Arabia Exclusive Interview with Dr. Khalid Alsharfa at #MEFE2017

Posted on November 9, 2017

CNBC Arabia Exclusive Interview with Dr. Khalid Alsharfa at #MEFE2017

Dr. Khalid Alsharfa, Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) shares his views in franchising and the annual flagship event – the Middle East Franchise Expo and Conference....

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The 1st Bahrain Franchise and Dine Expo were officially inaugurated

Posted on November 8, 2017

The 1st Bahrain Franchise and Dine Expo were officially inaugurated

After the much success 4th Edition of Middle East Franchise Expo in Dubai U.A.E. The 1st Bahrain Franchise and Dine Expo were officially inaugurated by HE Sheikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Capital Governor and Dr. Khalid Al Sharfa, Chairman of Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) at Crowne Plaza Bahrain.      ...

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Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) reports exceptional result in the 4th Middle East Franchise Expo

Posted on October 21, 2017

Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA) reports exceptional result in the 4th Middle East Franchise Expo

Dubai, 21 October 2017. The Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association reports exceptional results at the recently concluded 4th Middle East Franchise Expo held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, UAE, on 18th and 19th October 2017. The opening ceremony was lead by Dr. Khalid Alsharfa, Chairman of MENAFA, Mr. Atiq Juma Faraj Nasib, Vice President, Commercial Services of Dubai Chamber, and Mr. Abdullah Al Ghamdi representing Federation of GCC Chambers.   MENAFA recorded over 50 brands engaged in the two-day event coming from the UAE, other parts of MENA region, Asia, Cyprus, Croatia, US, Canada, and UK.   Over a thousand visitors from different industries and private and government sector has attended the exhibition to meet their right partner, and to gain insights in franchising from franchise professionals and experts in the conference.   On  the sides of the Expo, MENAFA has announced the winners of the prestigious MENAFA Franchise awards in 8 Categories: Best International Franchise Brand – Vapiano,  Best MENA Franchise Brand – Zataar W Zeit, Best MENA Multi-Brand Operator – Al Madani Group of Companies, Best Saudi Franchise Brand – Burgy and Steaky by Dar Juwanah Group, Best Service Franchise Brand – ASTECO, Best Franchise Media Coverage – CNBC Arabia, Best Franchise Magazine – Al Franchise Magazine, and Best Franchise Consultant –  Mr. Murad Al Nasur.   Special Award of Appreciation has also been awarded to Realty One Real Estate Development as Best Environment Friendly Project, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Federation of GCC Chamber of Commerce for supporting the annual franchise expo.   Dr. Khalid Alsharfa, said, “the Middle East Franchise Expo – an annual flagship event of MENAFA has grown tremendously during the last 4 years which has been continuously patronized and supported by local and international brands. We are also grateful of the support we are receiving from various government bodies – Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Association Center, and Dubai Tourism, and the Federation of GCC Chamber of Commerce.”   “We are certain that the franchising industry has a great potential not only in the UAE but also in the entire MENA region, hence we organize the 4th Edition of the premier franchise expo to encourage companies and investors to expand their business through franchising and we are pleased with the feedback from both exhibitors and visitors alike”, Dr. Alsharfa added.   For more update, visit our website at www.menafaexpo.com   About MENAFA MENAFA – Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association is a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers. MENAFA works to build strong franchise businesses in every Middle Eastern and North African country with the goal of delivering comprehensive resources for effective franchise...

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The 4th Middle East Franchise Expo attracts international and national brands

Posted on October 2, 2017

The 4th Middle East Franchise Expo attracts international and national brands

The 4th Middle East Franchise Expo attracts international and national brands with key interest in the Franchise Awards for Excellence The Convention Centre of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, UAE will be the focal point for the 4th Edition of the region’s premier franchise exhibition on 18 to 19 October 2017. The event brings together local and international brands with products and services from over 85 companies alongside workshops and networking opportunities with special stands designed for ‘Meet the Buyer’ meetings. The Middle East Franchise Expo is the annual flagship event which is organized by the Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA). This event started on October 2014, and is the first franchise exhibition being organized in the region. A major highlight of the event will be the presentation of the ‘MENAFA Awards 2017′ by His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Saud Al-Saud, Honorary Chairman of MENAFA. Award categories will include Best ME Multi-Brand Operator, Best ME Master Franchisee Operator, Best MENA Franchise Brand, and many more. Speaking as Chairman of MENAFA, Dr Khalid AlSharfa said, ‘It is important that MENAFA is a trade body protecting the interest of the franchise industry not only in the UAE, but also in the MENA region. We are therefore able to demonstrate both national and international experience with local faces and a strong presence to give credibility to the markets and investors. The exhibition space is nearly sold and majority of the space has already been allocated to national brands such as Desert Chill Ice Cream (UAE), Blends and Brews Coffee Shop (UAE), Freshplus (UAE), Bakeria (UAE), Glee Hospitality (UAE), Under500 Restaurant (UAE), Reidel Law Firm (USA), Museum of Illusions (Hungary), World Franchise Associates (UK), Goodcents Deli Fresh Sub (USA), Nhance (USA), Chemdry (USA), Deek Duke (Lebanon), Roadster Diner (Lebanon), Truck-A-Licious (UAE), Moti Mahal (India), Etisalat (UAE), Franacess (KSA), Yasalam (Bahrain), and many others. Though almost half of the exhibitors are coming from the Food and Beverage sector, other businesses with unique concept are also participating such as Law Firms, Management Consultancy Firms, Home Goods, Entertainment, and Education. ‘Over the two days, we will provide a unique platform for the region’s dynamic franchise industry. Prospective investors will be able to engage with a wide variety of brands interested in building successful international and national networks. Home-grown and international Exhibitors will be able to showcase theirown brands and meet with serious investors and potential franchisees, added Dr AlSharfa. In addition, the Middle East Franchise Conference will be held simultaneously during the two-day event which aims to provide real depth and diversity through high-level brand presentations and workshops to ensure that every participant benefits and gain more knowledge in the field of franchising. Topics covered by the conference’s program include: Going globally without losing your soul,Women in Business Start-ups; Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs, Elements of Successful franchising, Setting the right legal footprint, Choosing the Right Franchise, Technology In Franchising, The role of Banks/Financial Institution in SME franchising, and Legal Challenges within the MENA Region The organizers have urged registered visitors to sign up for one to one meetings with franchisors and senior Brand representatives to discuss their investment and business aspirations.   Source...

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Global brands line up for top ME franchise expo

Posted on October 1, 2017

Global brands line up for top ME franchise expo

Leading local and international brands from over 85 companies will be showcasing their products and services at the 4th Middle East Franchise Expo which opens in Dubai, UAE, next month. The annual flagship event being organised by the Middle East and North Africa Franchise Association (Menafa) will also feature workshops and networking opportunities with special stands designed for ‘Meet the Buyer’ meetings. It will be held from October 18 to 19 at the Convention Centre of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, UAE. A major highlight of the show will be the presentation of the ‘Menafa Awards 2017’ by Prince Bandar bin Saud Al Saud, the honorary chairman of Menafa. The categories for the award include Best ME Multi-Brand Operator, Best ME Master Franchisee Operator and Best Mena Franchise Brand. “Menafa is a trade body protecting the interest of the franchise industry not only in the UAE, but also in the Mena region,” remarked its chairman Dr Khalid AlSharfa. “We are therefore able to demonstrate both national and international experience with local faces and a strong presence to give credibility to the markets and investors,” he noted. The exhibition space is nearly sold and majority of the space has already been allocated to national brands such as Desert Chill Ice Cream; Blends and Brews Coffee Shop; Freshplus; Bakeria; Glee Hospitality; Under500 Restaurant (all from UAE) besides US groups Reidel Law Firm, Goodcents Deli Fresh Sub, Nhance and Chemdry. Hungary-based Museum of Illusions (Hungary) will also be a star attraction at the expo along with UK-based World Franchise Associates; Deek Duke and Roadster Diner of Lebanon; Truck-A-Licious and Etisalat (UAE), Moti Mahal (India), Franacess of Saudi Arabia and Yasalam (Bahrain). Though almost half of the exhibitors represent the Food and Beverage (F&B) sector, the expo has drawn experts from other sectors as well such as law, management consultancy, home goods, entertainment and education. “Over the two days, we will provide a unique platform for the region’s dynamic franchise industry. Prospective investors will be able to engage with a wide variety of brands interested in building successful international and national networks,” remarked Dr AlSharfa. A key event at the expo will be the Middle East Franchise Conference aimed at providing real depth and diversity through high-level brand presentations and workshops to ensure that every participant benefits and gain more knowledge in the field of franchising, said the organisers. Topics to be covered include: Going globally without losing your soul; Women in Business Start-ups; Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs; Elements of Successful franchising; Setting the right legal footprint; Choosing the Right Franchise; Technology In Franchising; The role of Banks/Financial Institution in SME franchising and Legal Challenges within the Mena region, they added.-TradeArabia News Service source: Trade Arabia  Business News...

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BUYBRAND Expo – key franchise event for Eastern Europe

Posted on September 11, 2017

BUYBRAND Expo – key franchise event for Eastern Europe

Save the date! BUYBRAND Expo – key franchise event for Eastern Europe. September 27-29, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. 3 days of intense negotiations, over 200 international franchise brands, more than 7000 investors, entrepreneurs and franchisees from 25 countries with total investment potential over $70 mln. and unlimited possibilities to expand your brand to the markets of Russia and nearby countries – all this is about the 15th International franchise exhibition BUYBRAND Expo 2017. Don’t miss your chance to become part of the largest event in franchising sphere in Russia and neighboring countries! To learn more, visit the websit: http://www.buybrandexpo.com/en/expo/? , or contact the organizer: EMTG company, Tel. 007 (495) 249 11 09, e-mail:...

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Welcome aboard Reidel Law Firm!

Posted on September 8, 2017

Welcome aboard Reidel Law Firm!

Welcome aboard Reidel Law Firm! Meet them at the Middle East Franchise Expo 2017 for franchise opportunities. Reidel Law Firm aims to provide the best in legal and business solutions to our clients around the world through values of efficiency, accessibility, and excellence with 3 divisions to help build and protect your business: Texas Business Law, Franchise Law, and International Trade...

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We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to Franaccess Franchise Consulting Firm

Posted on September 4, 2017

We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to Franaccess Franchise Consulting Firm

We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to Franaccess Franchise Consulting Firm for their support as Media Partner in the Middle East Franchise Expo...

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We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to ZeroSei Event

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We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to ZeroSei Event

We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to ZeroSei Event Spain for their support as Media Partner in the Middle East Franchise Expo...

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The 4th edition of Middle East Franchise Expo to bring many high net worth investors and franchisors

Posted on September 3, 2017

The 4th edition of Middle East Franchise Expo to bring many high net worth investors and franchisors

The Middle East & North Africa Franchise Association, (MENAFA), a member of Dubai Association Centre announced the 4th edition of The Middle East Franchise Expo – the region’s premier franchising event, to be held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, UAE on 18th and 19th October 2017. The premier event is held under the patronage of MENAFA Honorary Chairman His Highness Prince Bandar bin Saud Al-Saud and supported by Dubai Association Center, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Tourism and Federation of GCC Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Showcasing local and international brands and products and services of over 80 companies, the two-day event will also cover workshops and seminars offering insights on legal, financial and entrepreneurial aspects. In addition, the annual franchise event will also offer networking opportunities and meet-the-buyer meetings. “The global franchising industry is set for a steady growth, and the market in the Middle East and North Africa is rapidly maturing too. The franchising industry in the GCC is a $30 billion franchise economy, with UAE alone commanding $18 billion growing annually at the rate of 35%. UAE is the second most popular country and with the increasing investment towards infrastructure projects and upcoming Expo2020, it will see a further surge in economic activity,” said Dr. Khalid Alsharfa, Chairman of MENAFA. “The UAE is home to several international brands, all major significant brands. The UAE not only has strong expat resident community but also a major tourist destination, attracting more than 15 million people in 2016 alone. This thriving market calls for best practices and encourages demand for novel concepts,” added Dr. Khalid Alsharfa. It has been noted that a growing number of international brands are expanding in the region through their franchise partners, with the UAE and the rest of the Middle East and African countries as their key targets. Major global companies have already established their market footprint in the region to take advantage of its booming population with high disposable income and growing affinity for luxury goods. Similarly, many local franchise brands are also now setting their eyes on the international market. With the franchising industry witnessing a surge, The Middle East Franchise Expo will enable visitors to connect with industry experts, and gain the latest knowledge and source from a range of franchising brands. Ideal for business owners, investors and potential franchisees, entrepreneurs, government organisations interested in supporting SMEs, franchise professionals and franchise service providers, the mega-event will showcase a power-packed Franchise Forum and will conclude with MENA Franchise Awards 2017. Read full article...

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