Homegrown Akiba Dori expands beyond the GCC

Homegrown Akiba Dori expands beyond the GCC

Dubai homegrown Japanese concept Akiba Dori has kicked off its fifth anniversary with a franchise development agreement for 30 locations in India. Following the restaurant’s successful expansion streak, with five branches launched in the GCC within the last five years, Akiba Dori’s modern Japanese street food and Tokyo-style pizza have been enjoyed over the last five years in the UAE and, most recently, Saudi Arabia.

As Akiba Dori is a part of the “Made in Dubai” initiative developed by Dubai Tourism to support and promote homegrown F&B brands in the city and beyond, H.E. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented on the expansion: “2022 was a key milestone for Dubai’s culinary scene, as it officially became part of the MICHELIN Guide family, in addition to Gault&Millau’s and The World’s Best 50 Restaurants. What makes Dubai’s culinary landscape so distinctive is its reflection of the 200-plus nationalities that call the city home, delivering an epicurean kaleidoscope that is both incredibly rich and varied but also fresh and energizing. Seeing homegrown brands like Akiba Dori, a successful and affordable eatery that started out in the heart of Dubai Design District going global is a testament to the strength of Dubai’s gastronomy scene, and I would like to share my sincere congratulations on Akiba Dori’s expansion”. 




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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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