Lebanese F&B concept Barbar continues its bold expansion across the Middle East

Lebanese F&B concept Barbar continues its bold expansion across the Middle East

The renowned Lebanese restaurant Barbar is continuing its expansion in the Middle East, with a special focus on the UAE market following the success of its first branch on Hessa Street. The second Dubai branch, located at Bay Avenue, is a two-story retail promenade near the Executive Towers complex in Business Bay.

The restaurant, which has successfully established itself on the Lebanese market for over 40 years after starting out as a small bakery in Hamra Street in the heart of Beirut, looks forward to replicating this experience in the UAE. Since its opening in Dubai, Barbar’s varied menu has been a huge hit, with thousands of diners flocking to the restaurant day and night to enjoy authentic Lebanese flavors.

In a statement, Mohammad Al Ghaziri, founder of Barbar, said: “It has been incredible to see Barbar’s expansion, from our humble beginnings in Beirut to an established and favorite casual eatery for both the Lebanese and multi-cultural diners of Dubai. This new opening is a truly exciting time for Barbar, as we open for the second time in under a year right here in Dubai. Our expansion in wider Arab region means that the Lebanese community will be able to cherish the nostalgic flavors of home, while local citizens and residents alike will explore a taste of Beirut.”

The Business Bay branch opening is part of the brand’s ambitious expansion plans, with further regional openings slated for: Riyadh, Tahliyah Street; Qatar’s new Place Vendome Mall and Al Sadd District; and in New Cairo, Egypt. These new branches are set to launch in the coming few months.


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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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