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Qatar's Abu Issa launches first UAE eatery, more to follow

Abu Issa Holding announces opening of Divan Patisserie in Dubai Mall, says seeking further growth in UAE

Qatar's Abu Issa launches first UAE eatery, more to follow

Qatar-based Abu Issa Holding has expanded its operations in Dubai with the opening of its first restaurant in the emirate, and revealed plans for further growth in the city.

The company, which manages business interests in segments ranging from arts and photography to high-end retail, distribution and F&B, announced the opening of Divan Patisserie at Dubai Mall.

Divan Patisserie is a well-known Turkish brand, which started in 1956 with one shop in the Divan Istanbul Hotel and now has more than 200 restaurants throughout Turkey and greater Europe.

The new restaurant at Dubai Mall is only the second Divan Patisserie in the Middle East, following an opening in Doha in 2015.

Nabil Abu Issa, vice chairman, Abu Issa Holding, said: “Divan Patisserie is only the first of many retail and restaurant concepts we plan for the UAE.”

Other brands within the Abu Issa Holding portfolio include high-end fashion brands Brooks Brothers, Elie Saab, MCM, Cole Haan and Aigner.

In addition to international brands, the company manages its own lifestyle house brands focusing on jewellery, home furnishings, electronics and fashion.

“Dubai is the economic engine that fuels strong growth throughout the entire Middle East," added Fawaz Idrissi, CEO Abu Issa Holding. “As the fashion and retail hub of the Middle East, we see unlimited opportunity to bring the world’s best brands here.

"Paired with our company’s unique culture and commitment to the communities we serve, we know that our customers and stakeholders will greatly benefit.”

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