A visiting delegation from the Starbucks Coffee Company visited deputy director of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Ahmen Abdul Rahman Al-Banna on Tuesday, January 20, 2004. The delegation was headed by chairman of Starbucks Howard Schultz and accompanied by CEO of MH Alsaya, the regional business partner for Starbucks, Mohammed Alshaya.
Al-Banna said that Dubai attracts at least one million tourists, from the 33 countries whose citizens can enter Dubai without visit visa annually. In addition Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) attracts 2.5 million visitors. This year, Dubai expects three million visitors to attend the event.
"The facts and figures you clarified represent positive information for businessmen in general and for us in particular,” said Shultz. “In fact, this encourages us to expand all over the world."
Established in 1987, Starbucks started as small chain in the US. It entered the Middle East market through a partnership with Al-Shaya Group in Kuwait in 1999. There are now almost 100 outlets in Lebanon and the Gulf, with a staff of around 1,000 employees. — (menareport.com)
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