Panda Express Opens First GCC outlet in Al Ghurair

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Panda Express, America’s favorite Chinese restaurant, opens its first GCC outlet in Al Ghurair Centre this October. The fast, fresh and family owned casual-dining establishment is expanding quickly with a second store at The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence scheduled to launch later this year.

Located outside Al Ghurair Centre, al Rigga road, Deira, the restaurant has a seating capacity of 90 people. The fun opening celebration was made even more exciting with the arrival of the Panda and a film showing of its first adventures in the colorful city from walking along Sheikh Zayed Road to giving people free hugs at the Kite Beach. (Panda in Dubai)

“We are overwhelmed that people from various parts of Dubai who know the brand have visited our first branch and loved it. We hope to reach out to more customers very soon with the opening of our second store in JBR,” says Sami Daud, Executive Chairman of Gourmet Gulf, the company behind this project.

The signature entrée Orange Chicken has proven to be an instant favorite at the Al Ghurair branch. While many have attempted to replicate it, none measure up to the original. The Honey Walnut Shrimp, Shanghai Angus Steak, Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli Beef, and Chow Mein, all prepared on site and served hot, fresh and fast also are also becoming increasingly popular.

Panda Express is part of a leading food and beverage restaurant company, Gourmet Gulf. Operating for more than eight years, Gourmet Gulf holds exclusive development and franchise rights for 20 F&B outlets of top-tier brands such as YO! Sushi, California Pizza Kitchen, Morelli’s Gelato, Azkadenya, Dalloyau and Hummingbird Bakery.

About Gourmet Gulf:

Gourmet Gulf currently operates restaurants in the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. Its portfolio of brands includes California Pizza Kitchen, Morelli’s Gelato, Azkadenya, Dalloyau, YO! Sushi and Hummingbird Bakery. Gourmet Gulf employs more than 1000 people and is expected to double its restaurant base in the next 2 years.

About Daud Arabian

Daud Arabian is part of the Oman-based Daud family of companies, a diverse, Gulf focused group of companies engaged in industrial, oil & gas, building materials, retail and property sectors.  With over 50 years of group business experience in the region, Daud Arabian has a unique understanding of the markets and opportunities afforded. In support of its business objectives, Daud Arabian enjoys extensive business and finance relationships throughout the MENA region, Europe and the United States.

Daud Arabian was set up to look after the UAE headquartered retail and restaurant businesses. Its first venture was the setting up of Gourmet Gulf Company in 2006 and which it has been successfully leading since inception.

In 2008, Daud Arabian set up its retail focused arm, Retail Arabia International. Retail Arabia International is today the regional developer/owner of the world famous, Hamleys toy store, House of Fraser department store and Oscar de la Renta to name a few.

Daud Arabian has additionally set up a separate India specific food & beverage subsidiary and partnered with JSM Corp to own and operate Hard Rock Café, California Pizza Kitchen, Shiro, Trader Vic’s, and Pinkberry across India.

About Majid Al Futtaim Ventures

Majid Al Futtaim Ventures LLC is responsible for developing and managing new enterprises that complement and reinforce Majid Al Futtaim Holding’s leadership in shopping, retail and entertainment. The Company’s expertise spans across a complementary collection of wholly-owned businesses that mark Majid Al Futtaim Ventures’ dedication to delivering superior customer experiences.

Majid Al Futtaim Ventures is responsible for all leisure, entertainment and cinema facilities at Majid Al Futtaim malls in addition to expanding its brand portfolio within third-party malls region-wide. Concepts include the region’s first indoor ski slope at Ski Dubai and the region’s first indoor waterpark, Wahooo! in Bahrain from Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment to premiere viewing experiences with VOX Cinemas from Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas. Other strategic businesses include Majid Al Futtaim Fashion, which represents key brands such as Juicy Couture, Halston Heritage, Hoss Intropia and Abercrombie & Fitch; and Majid Al Futtaim Finance, which offers practical money solutions with the Najm Visa and JCB credit cards. The newest addition to the Majid Al Futtaim Ventures portfolio is Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare, which aims to provide advanced care across the region.

Majid Al Futtaim Ventures has extended its expertise to include first-class multi-technical and energy management services through a strategic joint-venture with industry leader Dalkia Group, to form MAF Dalkia

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