Brand News 2

2018-06-06

JLT Opening

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JLT was opened on June 6 in Almas Tower ground floor

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2018-05-27

Springs Souk Opening

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The springs souk was opened on May 27, at Level 1

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2018-02-17

ZAATAR W ZEIT’S 17TH OUTLET LAUNCHES ON THE PALM JUMEIRAH

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Cravia, the parent company of Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Zaatar w
Zeit and Five Guys, has launched Zaatar w Zeit’s 17th branch by opening
the doors of a new outlet on the Golden Mile Galleria in Building 9, a
street-facing location. The branch is now welcoming guests to enjoy
Zaatar w Zeit’s beloved menu in a brand new two-floor seating area with
an atmospheric terrace.

Mahmoud Harb, Director of Operations at Cravia, commented: “Zaatar w
Zeit has become a household name and we are proud of its ongoing
success. We are determined to meet the growing demand from our customers
and will be launching up to four more new Zaatar w Zeit outlets in 2018
to achieve this. We look forward to welcoming our customers to enjoy a
new Zaatar w Zeit experience on the Golden Mile.”

The newly opened branch features modern decor characterised by sleek
French oak and steel interiors, and can accommodate over 80 people.
Zaatar w Zeit’s fans will now be able to enjoy the restaurant’s
light-hearted Lebanese street food menu, including its signature.

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2017-11-16

Zaatar w Zeit’s first branch in Jeddah

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After a long wait! Cravia opened the 1st branch of Zaatar w Zeit in Red Sea Mall, Jeddah on November 16, 2017. ZwZ fans were anxiously waiting to experience the best wraps, manakeesh, salads and all the different menu items.
This is Zaatar w Zeit’s 1st branch to open at a mall. The new branch can accommodate 124 people, and all the team members are ready to help all customers so they can have the best experience while visiting ZwZ.
In 2018, Cravia is looking forward to opening additional ZwZ branches in KSA, where we will strive to ensure experience excellence in service and taste to all ZwZ lovers across the Kingdom.

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2017-06-19

The beginning of a brand New Jorney: ZwZ Ibn Battuta

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United Arab Emirates, – On the 19th of June at 6:00 pm we all gathered at Ibn Battuta Mall for the opening of a Zaatar w Zeit outlet. Despite the humble inaugural, it nonetheless marked a historic moment for the brand, because this is the first outlet in the UAE to display the new brand identity adopted by ZwZ. Located in the China Court, opposite Grand Megaplex Cinema, the simple yet important opening saw many attendees from Cravia’s Head office as well as senior people from Ibn Battuta Mall Management. During the opening, Mr. Walid Hajj and Mr. Louay Ghandour gave a small but thoughtful speech, thanking everyone for all the efforts and recognizing a number of people who stood out and helped in making this a reality. Mr. Louay presented three awards to Mr. Mahmoud Harb, Ms. Souraya Halloway and Mr. Ahmad Said, thanking and distinguishing them for their hard work and commitment. Later on in the ceremony, they cut a delicious and beautiful looking cake representing the new logo of Zaatar w Zeit. Everyone attending the opening had the chance to be the first to taste all the mouthwatering food ZwZ had to offer. ZwZ Ibn Battuta brings forth an urban Lebanese experience; inviting customers to bask in a friendly and cozy atmosphere. This is yet another step in Zaatar w Zeit’s continuous path to provide customers with world class dining – whether it comes to quality, service or overall ambiance, every step is taken to ensure that the experience is one that will never be forgotten.

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2017-05-16

Zaatar w Zeit opens 7th branch in KSA

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We’re proud to announce that ZwZ has taken over a new spot on the map by opening its 7th branch in KSA and 6th in Riyadh, on the 16th of May 2017. The new ZwZ branch is located on King Abdullah Road, a prime location that is always buzzing with life and ready to satisfy those hungry tummies with a unique capacity to host up to 230 customers at once, between family and singles sections.
With this new location, now much more people can enjoy our highly sought-after, consistent fresh food quality and excellent service staff. The outdoor signage is hard to miss by commuters, so be sure to stop by and grab your delicious fresh meal on your way.
Zaatar W Zeit will continue to spread across the Kingdom and reach out to its fans and followers.

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2017-02-06

Zaatar w Zeit Al Khobar branch

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On 6th of February 2017, Zaatar w Zeit opened its 1st branch outside Riyadh and number 6 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The long awaited restaurant finally opened its doors to the customers that were waiting anxiously waiting for this moment, since ZwZ 1st opened in Riyadh in 2013.
Zaatar w Zeit Al Khobar branch is the 1st in the Eastern Province. It opened on a prime location on Prince Faisal bin Fahd Street, also known as Pepsi Street. It has 180 seats, and more than 50 team members working in it to help satisfy the cravings of all ZwZ lovers.
In 2017, Zaatar w Zeit is looking forward to stretch its wings and open 4 more branches between Riyadh and Dammam, in order to ensure fresh wholesome goodness in every bite for every ZwZ fan

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2016-01-19

Zaatar w Zeit Opens Up in Dubai Festival City

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Dubai, UAE, January 19, 2015 – Cravia, the parent company of Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Zaatar w Zeit, The Steak Bar and Five Guys, has announced the opening of a new Zaatar w Zeit outlet located at Dubai Festival City. The latest addition to the popular Lebanese urban eatery’s portfolio is its fifteenth in the UAE.
“The popularity of Zaatar w Zeit continues to grow and we are delighted to be able to extend the very best in urban Lebanese dining to customers at Dubai Festival City. With this opening of our fifteenth outlet in the UAE, we are now more than just a high quality food and beverage offering in Dubai, we are a recognised lifestyle brand that is an essential part of the community. Our mission is to continue introducing Zaatar w Zeit into neighbourhoods and to bring the brand’s unique dining experience to even more customers,” said Mahmoud Harb, Director of Operations at Cravia.
Located facing the cinema, Zaatar w Zeit’s new Dubai Festival City outlet has capacity for 100 customers. With spacious and comfortable seating set in the brand’s new stylish revamped décor with modern wooden and metal interiors, Zaatar w Zeit’s enthusiastic staff members serve up a variety of signature wraps, delicious salads, platters and desserts in a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere.
Zaatar w Zeit’s impressive growth has been underpinned by increased recognition from industry accolades that include BBC Good Food Awards for ‘Best Middle Eastern Restaurant’ and a Retail Me Award for ‘Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Food Service’. In September this year the company was awarded the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification, meaning that its operations fulfil the most stringent of standards relating to food safety.

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2014-10-02

Zaatar w Zeit Unveils New Outlet in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi, UAE, 02 October 2014: Cravia, the parent company of Zaatar w Zeit, Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best Coffee and The Steak Bar, has recently opened a new Zaatar w Zeit branch in Abu Dhabi, its third in the capital.
Zaatar w Zeit’s new outlet is located on the Corniche area and has been established to extend the famous Lebanese urban eatery experience to residents and visitors to the emirate. The company’s three outlets in Abu Dhabi now complement its 14 existing branches in the UAE.
“Abu Dhabi is one of the fastest growing cities in the region – the emirate has continued to show growth in all sectors over the past few years,” said Mahmoud Harb, Director of Operations at Cravia. “This has encouraged us to open our third outlet in Abu Dhabi to serve customers in the area with the very best Zaatar w Zeit experience.” he added.
Zaatar w Zeit’s new branch serves up its renowned menu of signature wraps, delicious salads, and a selection of desserts. In addition to the perfect service and convenient take out options, Zaatar w Zeit provides the fastest delivery service in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“Our new Abu Dhabi store reflects the modern look and feel of our brand. We are keen to satisfy everyone’s craving in this city. We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our loyal customers when they visit our new Corniche outlet,” said Harb.

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2014-04-09

Zaatar w Zeit UAE Adds Lighter Items to its Menu

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Visitors to Zaatar w Zeit outlets across the UAE can now enjoy lighter versions of their favorites. While there has always been something for everybody, the new light menu is a special treat for those looking for lighter dining options.
The new light menu options include Chicken Light, Guiltless Kafta, Low-cal Turkey & Cheese, Oil-free Zaatar, Brown Baked Falafel and Light Halloumi, wrapped in wholesome multi-grain dough wraps.
Now everyone can enjoy the same great taste, only lighter!

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2014-02-09

Zaatar w Zeit has proudly been announced as the Best Middle Eastern Restaurant by BBC Good Food

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Zaatar w Zeit has been named the best Middle Eastern restaurant at the 2013 BBC Good Food ME Awards for the second year running. The award ceremony took place at The Address, Dubai Marina, on the 29th of January.
We would like to dedicate this award to all Zaatar w Zeit fans who voted us to the top spot for the second year in a row! We would also like to thank the Zaatar w Zeit team for their hard work and efforts that continue to make this an award-winning brand!

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2013-07-22

Zaatar w Zeit opens fifths outlet in KSA

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Following the successful opening of four outlets in KSA, Zaatar w Zeit has now opened its fifth in Riyadh.
Zaatar w Zeit’s new outlet is designed with the brand’s stylish new décor and is located on Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Awwal, Boulevard. Here, customers can enjoy a variety of signature wraps, delicious salads, platters and desserts in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The location features a spacious and comfortable seating area that can hold up to 132 customers and includes two sections, one for families and one for single men.

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2013-07-22

Zaatar w Zeit Sheikh Zayed Road gets a make over

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On the 22nd of July, the Zaatar w Zeit branch on Sheikh Zayed Road opened its doors after being renovated. In 2005, this Zaatar w Zeit branch began serving the UAE modernized mankousheh and people have been fond of the great flavors offered ever since. Being one of the most visited branches, people were eager and excited to see what the restaurant would look like after the renovation. The new, refreshing atmosphere embodies the ultimate urban Lebanese wrap experience, keeping it edgy, contemporary and fun. With more seating and modern interiors, it is now the perfect setting for customers to enjoy their food and have a good time.

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2013-07-11

Zaatar w Zeit’s new home in Tecom

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Now Tecom has its very own Zaatar w Zeit, in the Al Thuraya Tower. The new branch showcases slick and modern interiors, along with soft, ambient lighting and enthusiastic staff members. It is the perfect backdrop for the Tecom community to relish the fresh, delicious food offered, and sit back while relaxing after a busy day.
Visitors can dine in or pick up their meals up until 3:00 am. Zaatar w Zeit Tecom offers a 24/7-delivery service as well.

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2013-05-15

Zaatar w Zeit at The Mobies!

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Zaatar w Zeit recently won the Best iPhone Application award at one of Dubai’s biggest electronic events – The Mobies!
Taking place at The Address in Downtown Dubai on Wednesday 15th May, the awards dinner was hosted by Samsung, and featured some of the most renowned names in the Emirate. In addition to winning best iPhone application, Zaatar w Zeit was also nominated in the Best New Blackberry App, Best New Windows Phone App and Best Tablet App categories!
The award and nominations once again shows our excellence in many diverse fields. A big congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped achieve this.

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2013-05-07

One good deed deserves another

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Zaatar w Zeit picked up an appreciation on the 7th of May 2013 for the brand’s participation in the World Down Syndrome Day Walkathon held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Majid Bin Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
27 Zaatar w Zeit team members joined the walk and offered volunteers 100 Zaatar w Zeit vouchers.

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2013-04-20

Zaatar w Zeit Motor City

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The Zaatar w Zeit Motor City branch is now open and ready to satisfy customer’s cravings with dine in, take away and delivery options! The results are great, with the store going above and beyond expectations.
Congratulations to the team – keep up the good work!

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2013-03-23

World Down Syndrome Day Walkathon

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March 14th saw the opening of Mushrif Mall’s Cinnabon and Carvel stores – meaning more happiness is being spread through Abu Dhabi!
Special recognition must go to  the Team in Abu Dhabi for the hard work and long working hours. This includes Yunus, Hem, Nemencio, Ferdinand, Islam, Fahd and Mustafa – you are all great assets for Cravia. Keep up the hard work!

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2013-01-30

Best Middle Eastern restaurant in the Casual Dining category

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Team ZwZ was recently awarded Best Middle Eastern restaurant in the Casual Dining category at the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards.
The BBC awards are the region’s most prestigious culinary prizes, and celebrate the best restaurants and food brands in the UAE. All winners were decided by the public, and proves once again we’re our customers’ favorite choice.
The good news follows a Retail ME Award for the same category in December.

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2012-12-05

Zaatar w Zeit: “Best Retailer of the Year” Award

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ZwZ, Retailer of the Year
Zaatar w Zeit has recently won the award for “Best Retailer of the Year” under the food category at the Retail ME Awards. The award ceremony was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai at the beginning of December. “We are very proud of this achievement and we only have you to thank for making this possible through all of hard work, dedication and support.”

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2012-10-06

ZwZ Abu Dhabi Mall Award

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ZwZ was ONE of only four restaurants in Abu Dhabi awarded Grade A by “The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority”. The Achievement was due to consistency in food safety practice excellence!

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2012-05-21

30 million Riyals Investment in Saudi Arabia

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World’s largest Zaatar w Zeit (ZwZ) to open its doors in Al Tahlia Street, Riyadh later this year
57 ZwZ restaurants are planned to open in the Kingdom over the next 10 years
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 21 May 2012 -UAE-based Cravia Holding, parent company of the highly popular franchises of Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Zaatar w Zeit (ZwZ), is expanding its operations into Saudi Arabia (KSA).
The company has signed joint venture agreement with Rawabet Elokhowa Company (part of Al Rajhi Group), one of the Kingdom’s foremost conglomerates operating in the fields of real estate, banking, manufacturing, as well as food and beverage. The agreement will result in a SR30 million investment in the establishment of Wraps Arabia, which will be responsible for ZwZ’s growth and expansion in KSA.
The strategic partnership kicks off immediately with the opening in September in Al Tahlia Street, Riyadh, of what will be the largest ZwZ outlet in the world.
Cravia Holding CEO, Walid Hajj commented; “Building on the enormous success we have enjoyed in the UAE over the last decade, we are now ready to take our brands further afield.  As the largest market in the region, our entry into Saudi Arabia represents immense growth potential, which we hope to achieve through our partnership with one of the most respected companies in the Kingdom and indeed the whole region.”
After the debut of ZwZ in Riyadh, the company will embark on an aggressive expansion plan with 57 additional outlets scheduled to be opened over the next few years.
“This ambitious expansion programme is a testament to the demand forecast for the brand,” says Hajj. “The introduction into the Kingdom comes in parallel with that of a new brand identity for ZwZ. The enhanced new identity is modern and reflects a more international brand appeal.”
 
With these new developments, Cravia will leverage its existing infrastructure to manage operations in the Kingdom, benefitting largely from the economies of scale in terms of, among others, purchasing and manpower.
Hajj adds, “Expansion into Saudi Arabia is a natural progression for the group, given the history of our parent company, United Group, which has its roots in the Kingdom, and our vast experience in that market. We go forth with fortitude and a mind-set to be as successful in Saudi as we have been in the United Arab Emirates.”
Al Tahlia Street was chosen for the ZwZ launch due to its prime location as an important fashion, shopping and commercial street – one of the most prestigious and popular in the capital.
“Its strategic location is ideal as it is a major destination made up of a vibrant mix of cafés and international cuisine,” Hajj adds. “This is symbolic of the way we operate – strategic and efficient. We pinpointed where the brand needed to be in order to create awareness, brand recognition and exposure.”
The record-breaking 420 square metres venue will seat about 200 across two separate dining areas – one for families and the other for singles. Delivery service will also be available.
“When entering into any new territory, it is important to understand the distinct requirements of your new audience. And while changes will be made to accommodate cultural differences, the outlet will mirror all aspects of service excellence and food quality found in every other ZwZ restaurant.”
Cravia Holding’s foray into the Kingdom will significantly boost sales and help fuel further expansion plans. 
“Our achievements have been, and will continue to be, our greatest marketing tools. They reflect our excellence in operations, which is essential before we step foot anywhere,” concluded Hajj.

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2012-05-09

The Social Interactive Award

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Zaatar W Zeit; a Big Hit with Fans on Facebook
If Facebook were a popularity contest, than ZwZ is doing something socially right, picking up the ‘Social Interactive Award’ in the restaurant category at the Pan Arab Academy Awards 2012.
In the who’s who in social media event of the season held at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, the award was presented by Ms. Elizabeth Linder of Facebook Europe, Middle East & Africa to Cravia’s CEO Walid Hajj and Manuel Wazen, Communication Manager from ZwZ Lebanon.
Mr. Hajj commented, “We have always been close to our fans, as they are our number one brand ambassadors. Their constant support, love and feedback regarding the brand has encouraged lively discussions and awesome competitions that continue to draw in new followers.”
“We are honored to have been recognized for our efforts, but humbly accept, as all we have done is stayed true and connected to our fans.”
Beyond having an unprecedented amount of followers on the Facebook page, ZwZ continues to interact and engage with its avid fans.
The awards gathered Facebook representatives, specialists and a list of notable people from all over the MENA region to award success in social media application.

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Zaatar w Zeit – Business Bay

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Now Zaatar w Zeit fans in Business Bay can enjoy the famous Lebanese urban eatery experience. Zaatar w Zeit’s latest branch, located in Bay Avenue, serves up its renowned menu of signature wraps, delicious salads and scrumptious desserts in a vibrant atmosphere. With a modern, inviting interior and outdoor seating, Zaatar w Zeit’s friendly staff ensure a warm welcome and the highest standard of service. Zaatar w Zeit Business Bay is open for dine in or takeaway and also offers delivery service.

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