Fast rising donut chain Duck Donuts is continuing its growth with the opening of its first location in Dubai, one of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic markets and tourist destinations. The brand welcomed its newest store on Thursday, September 10 with a commemorative official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are delighted to bring Duck Donuts to the beautiful city of Dubai and expand our brand to a city that demonstrates a strong enjoyment for coffee and sweets,” said Duck Donuts founder and chief executive officer Russ DiGilio. “Having a presence in an international hub for tourism such as Dubai, will open up opportunities as we continue to strategically grow and develop the brand in international areas of interest.”

“This is a project my team and I have been working on for over a year, and despite all the challenges we have faced as a result of COVID-19, I am beyond excited to introduce the UAE to the Duck Donuts’ made-to-order concept,” said Mohammed Albaqami, Duck Donuts United Arab Emirates franchise owner. “Pairing fresh and delicious donuts with the unique experience of customizing and watching your donut being made from scratch to finish, is the perfect combination of food and fun for all ages. I am very happy to be bringing the brand 7,000 miles from its origins to offer the UAE a taste of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.”

The Dubai store reflects the franchise’s iconic beach theme and family-friendly atmosphere with limited indoor seating. In addition to donuts, the location will also serve coffee, espresso, donut sundaes, unique OBX Donut Breakfast Sandwich featuring turkey bacon, milkshakes, frozen beverages, select retail items and more.

Duck Donuts currently has 97 open US franchise locations, one international location and more than 145 additional contracts in 26 states and four countries.