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Al Fares Restaurant Group, Esteemed International Johnny Rockets Franchisee, Opens 11th Johnny Rockets Restaurant In The United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Centre Restaurant Is in The Coastal City’s New Premiere Location

(Aliso Viejo, Calif.) Dec. 30, 2013 – Long-time franchise partners Al Fares Restaurant Group, LLC, operated by Wael and Zaher Samman, have unveiled the newest Johnny Rockets restaurant in their impressive portfolio – the 1,300 square-foot eatery with indoor and outdoor seating in the popular Jumeirah Centre shopping mall in the coastal residential area of Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE. The term Jumeirah, which literally means “beautiful” in Arabic, is primarily an upscale residential area frequented by locals, expatriates working in the emirate and tourists visiting Dubai. Al Fares Restaurant Group debuted their flagship UAE Johnny Rockets restaurant in 1996 in Jumeirah at Jumaa Al Majid complex on bustling Beach Road, which closed at the end of its lease in August 2013.

Like the ten that preceded it, the new location in Jumeirah brings the concept of Americana to the UAE with the same flavorful food, friendly service and fun, timeless ambiance that residents and area visitors have enjoyed for the past seventeen years. The all-American menu features made-to-order burgers, American fries served with the signature ketchup smiley face, hand-spun shakes and classic sandwiches. Dancing servers, twirled straws and upbeat tunes from the past eight decades round out the unique interactive guest experience.

“The thrill of re-opening Johnny Rockets in beautiful Jumeirah proves our commitment to the development of this area and our passion for the brand,” said franchise partners Wael and Zaher Samman. “We take pride in having delighted Johnny Rockets guests in the UAE, since 1996, and we look forward to delivering on our Guest Promise for many years to come.”

The new Johnny Rockets is located on the prime Jumeirah Beach Road strip in Jumeirah Centre, the first mall to be built along Beach Road.  The two-story shopping and entertainment center services all corners of Dubai, including the surrounding communities of Jumeirah, Al Wasl and Umm Suqeim. The mall boasts almost 50 retail outlets, many of which provide one-of-a-kind retail concepts not found elsewhere in the city.

“The inherent value of Johnny Rockets as a brand is evident by how strongly the UAE has embraced our all-American experience,” said John Fuller, CEO of Johnny Rockets. “Wael and Zaher have proven their expertise and the fact that we continue to maintain success in the federation for almost two decades, is a testament to their business acumen and the area’s affection for classic Americana.”

Longtime Johnny Rockets franchise partners, Wael and Zaher Samman received the company’s International Award for Outstanding Development in 2012 and now operate 11 restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Ras Al Khaimah.  In June, they introduced Johnny Rockets to the Corniche waterfront area, which marked their second Abu Dhabi restaurant since opening Yas Marina Circuit in August 2012. Dubai locations include Dubai Marina, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, The Village in Dubai Mall (2), Mirdif City Centre, J3 Royal Mall and Jumeirah Centre, as well as Al Hamra Mall In the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, which opened last month. Three more restaurants in the UAE are scheduled to open within the next two months, and their first restaurant in Oman, in the capital city of Muscat, is slated for mid-2014.

The new Johnny Rockets restaurant in Jumeirah seats approximately 55 people in its 1,300 square-feet of indoor and outdoor retail space. Jumeirah Centre is located at Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1?Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Johnny Rockets is open seven days a week from noon to 2:00 a.m.

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