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German Doner Kebab signs an agreement with Franchise Arabia to expand presence in MENA

01 Aug 2017 7433 Views

Imran Sayeed, CEO GDK International (Left), and Omar Alhaza’a, Founder & CEO of Franchise Arabia.


Dubai, UAE, 1 August 2017 - German Doner Kebab (GDK), the leading Doner Kebab brand, has entered into an agreement with Franchise Arabia Group to expand presence in the Middle East North Africa region.

GDK is an international franchise phenomenon with 50 stores worldwide. The brand was established in Germany in 1989, with a vision to create classic, authentic and healthy kebabs, combining high quality produce with excellent customer service.

The brand operates currently in UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah), Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Pakistan, Egypt, Sweden and the UK.

Imran Sayeed, CEO GDK International, said: “We’re very excited to team up with Franchise Arabia to expand our presence in MENA. We expect our current success in the UAE, Qatar, Oman & Bahrain to act as a catalyst for further expansion across the Middle East. GDK brand has taken the Middle East by storm with its healthy, nutritionally balanced approach to the traditional kebab and we are already seeing an incredible response in the UK in just one year. We are also about to enter KSA with a strategic and robust development plan to penetrate within the KSA region with the help of our master franchisee in the kingdom.”

“We came across German Doner Kebab on a business trip to Dubai just over four years ago, and were blown away with the quality it provided, so we decided to investigate the company further. We visited the HQ in Dubai and discovered they had over 40 stores globally,” added Imran Sayeed.

Omar Alhaza’a, Founder & CEO of Franchise Arabia, said; “This agreement presents us with a tremendous opportunity to get involved with an established industry leader that has a proven track record for success. We are thrilled to embark on this partnership and begin marketing the GDK brand across MENA.”

The German Doner Kebab franchise was introduced to the UK and Ireland by United Brands who acquired the master franchise. The Sarwar family operates one of Scotland’s most successful business groups. The £350m empire encompasses a wholesale cash and carry business, 532 franchised Convenience Stores, Asian Restaurants and a Pharmacy Group as well as a Soft Play Centre and Bowling Alley.

GDK has franchises in 10 countries in Europe and the Middle East with plans to open in the US in early 2018. GDK UK (United Brands) has already signed up over 150 franchise locations, with experienced franchise operators of other major franchise brands, 11 of which are now open and operating within the UK.

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