Dunkin’ Donuts opens 400th Saudi store

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


Bahri strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region

Khalid Al-Garawi, senior manager, Bahri Chemicals.
Updated 21 April 2019
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Bahri strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region

Saudi logistics and transportation company Bahri has announced the expansion of its market presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region’s maritime industry. The stronger presence will help the company gain deeper insights into market trends as well as customer needs in chemicals and logistics sectors in Singapore and the wider APAC region.
The announcement took place at a ceremony held on April 5 at Regent Hotel in Singapore, in the presence of Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, and senior executives of the region’s oil majors, petrochemical trading companies and ship brokers.
The expansion will also enable Bahri Logistics and Bahri Chemicals, two of five business units of the company, to market their offerings, acquire new clients, serve existing clients, and channelize the communications. Bahri has plans to expand the services of its other business units to the APAC region in the future.
Bahri CEO Aldubaikhi said: “In our efforts to deliver on Bahri’s vision of connecting economies, sharing prosperity, and driving excellence in global logistics services, we have been actively pursuing the company’s ambitious long-term strategy to drive sustainable growth and expand its market footprint. As a result, we have established a solid presence regionally and globally. Our expansion in the Asia-Pacific region represents a key milestone in our journey, and with this, we have come even closer to our customers, allowing us to serve them better offering a wider range of industry services and unprecedented value.”
Over the past 41 years, Bahri has steadily expanded market presence to cement its position as a global leader in the maritime industry. The company currently has offices in Saudi Arabia, UAE, US and India, in addition to a vast network of agents across the Middle East and Africa, US, Europe, and Asia.
Bahri Chemicals is the largest owner and operator of chemical carriers in the Middle East, serving 150 ports worldwide. It owns and operates 36 chemical/product tankers with a capacity of 1.1 million DWT designed to the highest specifications, capable of carrying a wide range of chemical cargoes. The first business unit within Bahri, Bahri Logistics, is one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world and operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels with 26,000 DWT each on a regular liner schedule.