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Casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. today announced the establishment of a Ruby Tuesday franchise in Saudi Arabia. The agreement with franchisee Marssana International Trading Co. includes four restaurants planned for the Central and Western provinces of Saudi Arabia.

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Ruby Tuesday, Inc., a publicly traded company, currently owns, operates and franchises more than 825 casual dining restaurants in the United States and around the world. This marks the company’s second venture in the Middle East. There are currently Ruby Tuesdays in Salmiya and Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Mark Ingram, President – Franchising, said: “Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest-growing casual dining destinations in the Middle East. Many companies have established regional headquarters there. Ruby Tuesday continues its efforts to expand its restaurants into increasingly significant and important market areas of that part of the world. This latest franchise development, added to the more than 800 restaurants currently operated by the company or its franchisees around the world, will allow us to offer complete dining services to one of the world’s most important business areas.”

Sheik Mohammed O. Balubaid, Managing Director of Marssana International Trading Co., and son of the founder of Omar A. Balubaid Co. Ltd., a well-known and diversified organization in Saudi Arabia with businesses in various industries, including automotive, real estate, manufacturing, trading and distribution, said “Ruby Tuesday is a promising concept for the Saudi market and opens great opportunities for customer enthusiasm and loyalty.”