Yearly Archives: 2016

4 years ago Newsroom


“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

4 years ago Newsroom

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

4 years ago Newsroom

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 Canada.

4 years ago Uncategorized

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


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. (more…)

4 years ago Newsroom

Roundup gears up for Its 3rd Food Truck Seminar

After the two successful seminars last March and April, Roundup is gearing up for  its 3rd “How to Run a Food Truck in UAE” seminar to be held at the Dubai Chamber this coming May 17th, 2016 from 10 AM – 12 PM. It is a two hour session where Roundup shares all the information about how torun a Food Truck in UAE and how Roundup is a one-stop shop for all Food Truck needs.

The free seminar will include presentations and question and answer portion with Roundup and invited Food Truck owners and discuss about the Food Truck and mobile food industry. This event is for those who are planning to enter the fast-paced, potentially lucrative Food Truck business. Roundup promises that all clients’ questions will be answered by the end of the day and they will leave confident and empowered to start theirownFood Truck business.

During the seminar, Roundupwill provide an overview in setting up a Food Truckand offer practical advice. The event is also a great opportunity to ask the industry experts regarding technical questions about permits, licensing and other types of applications, as well as what Roundup is willing to support to its clients. Attendees will meet Food Truck owners as well– those just starting out and established professionals who have successfully gone through the process.

Interested people who want to attend the free Roundup seminar can send their RSVP to

Roundup is open for all food service businesses – newly formed or established ones, to partner in food services for their specific customer groups. Interested businesses and individuals can visit the website or submit proposals of their respective business concepts at or call us at 04-514-9488, or contact Kris Haggie, Director of Roundup at +971 56440 9790  or email him at for more information.

4 years ago Newsroom

International Franchise Exhibition BUYBRAND Expo to take place on September 28-30, 2016 in Moscow, Russia

BUYBRAND Expo is N1 Franchise Exhibition for Russia and CIS countries. During 14 years over 27000 franchise units were opened due to the Exhibition.

BUYBRAND’2015 showed that the Russian market potential is huge. Total investment potential of the Exhibition visitors was $ 801 400 000. BUYBRAND Expo is an effective tool for foreign companies to enter the Russian market and for Russian companies to find partners not only all over the country, but also in CIS, Eastern Europe and Middle East.

Key figures of BUYBRAND Expo 2015

The Exhibition participants presented 165 brands from 12 countries. Among new companies there were Chicking (UAE), Wyndham Hotel Group (USA), Aptech (Great Britain), Star Kebab (Moldova), as well as the Russian brands.

Over 4,098 businessmen from all Russian regions, and also from 28 countries, like Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Uzbekistan, etc, visited the Exhibition.

The companies conducted hundreds of negotiations and highly evaluated the level of the Event.

“This year BUYBRAND Expo has become even more productive, we received numerous requests from representatives of other countries.” (Maksim Makshanov, General Director, COFFEESHOP COMPANY, Russia)

“After BUYBRAND 2014 we have signed contract with franchisor from Khabarovsk. In 2015 we met at the Exhibition investors from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Republic of Belarus, so we are setting the bar higher this year and hope to conclude even more contracts.” (Aleksey Shatalov, Head of Development, Hilton Worldwide for Russia and CIS)

Traditional International Forum “Russian franchising: map of the new time” was held during the Exhibition. It gathered several hundreds of participants and over 50 speakers — heads of franchising companies, Russian and foreign experts.

“We’ve got very interesting contacts, and a lot of ideas were generated that can be successful in the long-term perspective.” (Nadezhda Turbanova, Franchising Director, Papa John’s)

 “The demand for our franchises is really great at the Exhibition, and the demand is targeted. I’d say there is a real rush at our stand, so I hope that the Exhibition will boost the development of our brands.” (Yevgeniya Zyabkina, Franchising Director, Chaykhona No. 1)


Nearly 180 franchises are expected to present their brands at the Exhibition. Such companies as Hilton Worldwide, Wyndham Hotel Group, Invitro, Sportmaster, Shokoladnitsa, Mosigra, Weekender, Glance, TRAVELER’S COFFEE, Miniboss, Il Patio, etc. have already booked booths. Advertising campaign of the Exhibition will target all regions of Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Belarus, the Baltic States, Middle East and Eastern Europe to attract entrepreneurs and investors interested in buying a franchise or a master franchise.

The Exhibition will be accompanied by International Business Forum. For the first time “Start” area will be launched for beginners in franchising – both potential franchisors and franchisees.

For more information please visit:
To book a stand:, +7(495) 249 11 09

4 years ago Newsroom

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 domain.

4 years ago Newsroom

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 here.

4 years ago Newsroom

Ginza St. Bakery: A Posh Japanese Patisserie Worth Trying For

Ginza St Bakery reveals how a modern Japanese bakery should be with its eccentric selection of teas and desserts.

Named after a chic Japanese district, Ginza St Bakery is situated right in the middle of Galleria Mall, in between Valley Dez and SoH. The menu is filled with cakes and pastries that all sounded delicious, the store also highlights their green tea matcha delicacies that has become a crowd favorite.

Among the store’s famous and a must try desserts are the Ginza’s Chocolate Lovin’ Spoon cake, Raspberry Japanese Cake and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Stack – as recommended by some of the food bloggers. Super soft and crumby, the Raspberry Japanese Cake which is quite similar to a regular sponge cake. The raspberry spread on top had a slightly citrus taste, which gave some flavour to the cake and unique taste. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Stack is also delicious and is definitely worth it.

The sweet chocolate mixed with the slightly salty peanut butter and topped with crunchy pieces of more chocolate and peanuts was heavenly – a chocolate lover’s paradise.

Ginza St. Bakery also has a surprisingly large selection of teas and coffees, which all sounded great. If you are atrue fan of everything coconut, you will fell in love with its coconut milk Boba tea. A perfect combination of sweet that your taste buds will thank you after and will make you finished it to the very last drop.

Overall, Ginza St. Bakery is a nice little place to experience delicious selection of teas and dessertsespecially if you’re on the waiting list for any of the super busy restaurants at Galleria Mall.

Outlets: Now open in Galleria Mall, Dubai. To franchise email

4 years ago Newsroom

The secret to yummy ice cream: Liquid Nitrogen

Atomic Ice Cream is at once ice-cold and silky. But how does basic chemistry make this frosty, popular treat a hit all over UAE?


Atomic Ice Cream Labs is the true “made-to-order” ice cream parlor. The ice cream store has spanned to all over UAE including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and now, Bahrain. Part from having core signature flavors, the brand also brags that it uses a special ingredient to make their ice cream stand out in the market. Liquid nitrogen, also known as LN2, is an odorless, colorless, nonflammable element famous for its extremely low boiling point: –196 degrees Celsius. Because it vaporizes at such a low temperature, the gas it emits is frigid. Food-makers can therefore use the stuff to flash-freeze fresh items, such as herbs, which prevents water inside from forming large ice crystals that would damage cell membranes. It’s also used to give ice cream its velvety texture. With this kind of rapid freezing technology we use, the store can now change ingredients and adjust flavors every single day. We keep customers guessing and continually coming through the doors by introducing new and seasonal flavors weekly. Thanks to liquid nitrogen.

Atomic evokes a futuristic explosion of flavor, excitement and fun. The logo depicts the blast of an atomic cloud, shows the gust of Nitrogen as well as cleverly creates an ice cream cone. Atomic Ice Cream Lab’s idea revolves around the molecular gastronomy freezing concept, utilizing liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze fresh ingredients into ice cream. Once frozen, we can add virtually any ingredient to craft unique flavors. The true made-to-order ice cream does not need to be stored or prepared in large batch amounts, making each cup that much more fresh and helping save on inventory.

Within a few seconds, our state-of-the-art machines instantly freeze the organic liquid base in the bowl into ice cream. Customers are stunned as liquid nitrogen flows into the bowl, expands in the air as smoke, and then evaporates right in front of their eyes, leaving only a light grey fog show and fresh ice cream behind.

Taste our one of a kind ice cream by visiting our stores in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain. For franchise details and other information: email us at

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