The franchise comes from Korean restaurant chain Sun at Foods, which partnered with UAE-based Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG) to introduce the eatery to the region.
'As part of AAHG’s strategic growth and diversification plan, we are extremely delighted to have signed up with Korea’s Sun at Food to set up multiple outlets for ‘Mad for Garlic’ across UAE and the Middle East region in a franchised format,' said AAHG CEO Mohammed Khammas.
So far, the outlet has 39 domestic branches and two others in Singapore and Indonesia.
It received recognition as the best performing Italian concept in Korea by The Korea Times and Korea Herald.
Earlier last year, AAHG announced another first in the Middle East: a Filipino-themed restaurant called Little Manila.
It will include several brands like Binalot, Jay-J’s, Fruitas Group, Mochi Crème, Zagu and Fiftea, in addition to two in-house brands, Little Manila bakery and Kwekie Bites.
AAHG is an international corporation with numerous diverse business activities including real estate, construction, retail, technology, and entertainment.