Dunkin’ Donuts opens 400th Saudi store

The celebratory event was attended by senior representatives from the companies.
Updated 23 January 2019

Dunkin’ Donuts opens 400th Saudi store

Shahia Food Company, master franchisee for Dunkin’ Donuts in Saudi Arabia, along with Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, recently celebrated the opening of its 400th store in the Kingdom in Riyadh’s Al-Hamra district. The new location features seating for more than 250 guests, including an outdoor seating area. 

The event was attended by senior representatives from the companies, including David Hoffmann, CEO of Dunkin’ Brands; Kate Jaspon, chief financial officer of Dunkin’ Brands; John Varughese, senior vice president of Dunkin’ Brands International; and Saud Abdullah El-Athel, general manager of Dunkin’ Donuts Saudi Arabia.

“Dunkin’ Donuts has a rich heritage here in Saudi Arabia, where Shahia Food Company opened the brand’s first location more than 30 years ago,” said Varughese. “The opening of Dunkin’ Donuts’ 400th location in the Kingdom is a significant milestone for our brand here, and we’re pleased to celebrate the occasion with the Shahia Food Company team.”

Varughese added: “The Dunkin’ Donuts brand is known around the world for high-quality coffees and espresso drinks, delicious donuts, great value and fast speed of service. We remain committed to further innovating both on our products and the service we offer, and we look forward to continuing to grow our presence here in Saudi Arabia over the years to come.”

El-Athel said: “We’re very pleased to open our 400th Dunkin’ Donuts location so we can serve even more guests the brand’s delicious range of coffees, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, donuts and sandwiches. We’re proud to serve the local community here, and local communities throughout the Kingdom.”

Shahia Food Company currently operates more than nearly 400 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across Saudi Arabia. The restaurants offer a range of hot and iced coffees, cold brew coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, sandwiches, donuts and other baked goods. 

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 12,700 restaurants in 43 countries around the world.

Oman’s SalamAir marks 2 years of affordable travel

Updated 19 February 2019

Oman’s SalamAir marks 2 years of affordable travel

SalamAir recently celebrated two years of affordable travel to a growing range of destinations. This landmark occasion sees the airline mark various milestones, including the growth of operations and expansion of fleet and destinations.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said: “Our success so far has been built on the promise of offering a different proposition to travelers locally and regionally. We have been focused on providing guests with affordable, flexible and rewarding travel options across our expanding network. We have also been focused on optimizing our operations, while looking into the future by investing in one of the most in-demand aircraft, the A320neos, a model that promises to improve our passenger experience and efficiency. With the first one already delivered and flying, we will be adding five more A320neos taking our fleet size to nine, compared to three when we started two years ago.” 

Since its inaugural flight from Salalah to Muscat on Jan. 30, 2017, SalamAir has carried over 1.4 million passengers. The airline enjoyed a steady rise in passenger footfall powered by its expanding route network currently standing at 14 destinations, competitive price offers, as well as the customer-centric loyalty program “More on Air.”

The program rewards guests with a one-way airline ticket in exchange for 10 boarding passes collected within a year. The airline has three “easy fare” options: Light, Friendly and Flexi, as well as a fairly priced menu of extras, such as extra luggage allowance, seat selection and priority check-in options. The airline recently introduced a new meal menu onboard.

CEO Ahmed added: “With the arrival of the new fleet, we will open up new destinations, some of which will be the first time connecting through direct flights to Muscat like Alexandria in Egypt, plus some unique summer destinations. We will connect the rest of the GCC and increase the frequencies in many of our current destinations where we have seen increased demand.” 

SalamAir also offers its guests a selection of promotions, such as the “Tempting Tuesday” weekly deal on all fares.