By Gavin Gibbon
South African restaurant chain has 22 outlets throughout the UAE but is targeting more
Nando’s opened its flagship store in Dubai Mall this week and immediately targeted more new outlets in the emirate.
Almost four years since the South African restaurant chain left the food court area of the mall, it has returned in a prime location facing the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Fountains.
Nando’s managing director, George Kunnappally, told Arabian Business: “This is a massive milestone for the brand that it has reopened at one of the most sought after locations in the mall and in probably the world’s largest and most successful shopping destination and dining destination. For us this is a massive achievement.”
Founded in Johannesburg in 1987, Nando's operates over 1,000 outlets in 35 countries, specialising in Portuguese food such as peri-peri style chicken dishes.
Kunnappally revealed further expansion plans for Dubai to add to the portfolio of 22 Nando’s restaurants in the UAE.
This includes an opening in Mall of the Emirates next month in the area overlooking Ski Dubai, next to Butcher Shop & Grill and Chili’s. And a restaurant in Dubai Hills Mall to launch in September 2020 with the opening of the new mall at the junction of Umm Suqeim Street and Al Khail Road.
Kunnappally said they were also currently in negotiation with a community mall in Dubai.
“We are regularly in touch with landlords and looking at opportunities. From a brand perspective we’re always looking at new opportunities but we are not forced or constrained by any requirements to open other mall locations,” he said.