Managing director and partner
Rafic Fakih has been responsible for the enormous growth of Quick Service Restaurant McDonald’s in the UAE since its first store opening in 1994.
Originally from Lebanon, his in-depth knowledge of the region and long-term commitment to the brand has made him an industry expert, and has enabled him to contribute to McDonald’s becoming a household name in the country.
Today, Rafic handles over 164 restaurants across the UAE.
He has also driven McDonald’s UAE’s involvement in the community, overseeing various initiatives to promote an active lifestyle and humanitarian and environmental causes. Some of these initiatives include the McDonald’s Biodiesel project, a partnership with the Emirates Environmental Group, McDonald’s yearly Ramadan Book Campaign and a recently formed partnership with Emirates Red Crescent.
He began his career as a civil engineer before establishing his own business within the food and beverage industry and eventually launching McDonald’s in the UAE.