Malaysia Star:

Marrybrown Fried Chicken Sdn Bhd will have between 80 and 90 fast-food restaurants in the Middle East by year-end compared with 47 currently.

Managing director Nancy Liew said despite the uncertain global economy, countries in the region still offered good franchising business prospects.

She said the number of the group’s franchised outlets there would increase to at least 80 by year-end.

“The Middle East has one of the fastest growing economies in the world with disposal income levels generally much higher than other regions,’’ Liew told StarBiz in an interview recently.

She was speaking at the launch of the Prosperity Combo meal in conjunction with the Chinese New Year.

Presently, Marrybrown’s Middle Eastern outlets are in Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates.