US-based food retailer Dunkin’ Brands Group has chalked out a massive Middle East expansion plan under which the company plans to launch 100 outlets over the next five years.

The proposed restaurants will be launched through franchise agreements under the company’s two brands doughnut-coffeehouse chain Dunkin’ Donuts and ice cream parlor brand Baskin-Robbins.

Commenting on the development, Dunkin’ Brands Group chairman and CEO Nigel Travis told Arabian Business that the Middle East has been a fastest growing region for the company since its launch in 1979.

"In terms of expansion, we expect to open between 75 and 100 new restaurants between the two brands in the next two to five years," added Travis.

"We have a lot of interest in the Middle East… We will be going into a new country soon this year."

Dunkin’ Brands currently operates 296 Dunkin’ Donut outlets in the region, operating in Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, while Baskin Robins has 650 stores across Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen.

Meanwhile, the company’s master franchiser Dubai-based Galadari Brothers is set to open nearly 200 Baskin-Robbins shops in Australia over the next ten years.