Fast growing donut chain Duck Donuts has signed two master franchise agreements as part of the continuation of its international expansion, with locations set to open in the countries of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the next several years.

Anjal Arabia Trading & Contracting Co. is set to open 10 locations throughout Saudi Arabia over the next five years. The first location, expected to open early 2020, will be in the country’s capital, Riyadh. Gold Peak Coffee Shop LLC has also signed a master franchise agreement to sub franchise and bring Duck Donuts locations to the UAE, with the first store planned for the city of Dubai.

“We are delighted to enter into this relationship with Anjal Arabia Trading & Contracting Co. and Gold Peak Coffee Shop LLC, expanding our Duck Donuts brand to countries that demonstrate a strong family culture and an enjoyment for coffee and sweets,” says Russ DiGilio, Duck Donuts founder and CEO. “Through this master franchise agreement, we believe this will continue to generate interest in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), giving us the opportunity to further enhance the Duck Donuts presence in the Middle East.”

“We believe in the idea that a visit to Duck Donuts is about having a unique experience in addition to consuming an excellent quality product,” says Mohammed Alshehri, Duck Donuts Kingdom of Saudi Arabia general manager. “The fact that the donuts are made to order in front of you makes them the ultimate in freshness and deliciousness.”

“We love the always fresh and customizable approach,” says Mohammed Albaqami, Duck Donuts master franchisee of UAE. “This will be a totally new concept for the Saudi and UAE consumer and one we’re sure will become a major success within the region as well as a chief competitor in the donut and coffee industry.”