Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 13 May 2018 – Global brand wagamama has opened its first restaurant in Sharjah bringing the popular London eatery to the only emirate outside of Dubai.
Located in Al Juraina District within newly opened mall Zero 6 (home to the UAE’s largest IMAX theatre), the debut restaurant offers seating for 110customers within a contemporary dining space spanning 180 square metres including wagamama’s trademark communal dining tables and outdoor terrace area.
wagamamapresents its signature menu consisting of a variety of noodle, rice and salad main courses, side dishes, desserts and fresh juices all prepared in an open kitchen. The brand’s positive eating philosophy combined with fresh food that’s cooked to order opens just in time for Ramadan offeringa menu to nourish, soothe, sustain and inspire for dine-in and takeaway.
It brings the number of wagamamalocations across the UAE to six, with wider expansion taking place in 2018 within Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The first wagamama restaurant opened at Crowne Plaza on Sheikh Zayed Road in 2004 whilst early 2018 saw the arrival of the largest venue to date within The Dubai Mall.
Elias Madbak, Managing Director at RMAL Hospitality, franchise partner for the brand in the UAE remarked: “We are excited to launch wagamama in another emirate bringing fresh Japanese-inspired cuisine to diners in Sharjah for the first time”
The opening signifies the wider expansion plan of RMAL Hospitality, the franchise partner for the brand, to deliver world-class experiences to the UAE residents and visitors.
wagamama is a Japanese-inspired pan-asian restaurant combining fresh and nutritious food with friendly service and value for money. With the opening of its first restaurant in London’s Bloomsbury in 1992, wagamama unleashed a new dining experience. Now, wagamama operates in 26 countries including four additional markets in the GCC territories (Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia).
wagamama has received a string of awards, most recently the awards for most admired company and best company in the 2017 CGA Peach Hero and Icon Awards, a prestigious British accolade.
wagamama has also been awarded the 2017 multiple casual dining brand of the year award, 2015 CGA Peach Honours Award for the best evolutionary brand, as well the 2014 consumer choice award (voted for by over 20,000 UK consumers) for the number one brand in the UK in the CGA Peach’s brand-tracker survey, based on customers’ ‘satisfaction’, ‘intention to revisit’ and ‘would you recommend to a friend’. wagamama was runner up in the ‘best brand’ category at the Marketing Society Awards 2015, plus the coveted ‘London’s favorite chain restaurant’ award in the 2013 London Zagat guide. wagamama was also highly awarded as one of the best places for kid’s meals in the Soil Association’s 2013 “out to lunch”
About RMAL Hospitality
Launched by the Al Fahim Group in 2007, RMAL Hospitality is a restaurant and hotel development business with extensive experience in the local and international F&B industry. RMAL Hospitality is committed to the development of world-class hospitality, asset management, and real estate products.
RMAL Hospitality currently holds franchise rights to Wagamama and Trader Vic’sin the UAEalong withcelebrity chef Marco Pierre white’s restaurant’s worldwide except the UK and channel islands.