DUBAI: Yousif Abdulghani, Managing Director of McDonald’s Middle East and Africa, was presented last Wednesday with a CEO Middle East Award at a gala dinner attended by more than 200 of the region’s most prominent businesspeople. Abdulghani was recognized for his commitment to the outstanding growth of the McDonald’s franchise across the Middle East and Africa over the past 20 years. Commenting on the award, Anil Bhoyrul, Editorial Director, ITP, praised Abdulghani’s noteworthy contribution to the region’s franchising industry. He said: “Throughout his tenure, Abdulghani has exhibited exceptional insight into the rapidly evolving Middle East franchising industry. Contributing to the success of one of the world’s largest Quick Service Restaurant brands, Abdulghani has set the stage for good business practice in the region, and raised the bar for the sector at large. This award reflects the passion, hard work and commitment he has put forth over the past two decades.” Of his achievement, Abdulghani commented: “I am humbled by this recognition, which I truly believe is a testament to the great work and focus of all our stakeholders; namely our DL partners, our corporate staff, and our suppliers, who build the brand and allow us to grow organically.
While global brands like McDonald’s may enter the market with a long history of successful operations on an international level, our ultimate success relies on local talent, and a solid understanding of what is taking place on the ground with local stakeholders.” Abdulghani was singled out from peers across the franchising industry, and was recognized based on his outstanding success, innovation and ethics across Middle Eastern Business. The award also publicly acknowledges the vital contribution made by both Abdulghani and McDonald’s, to the vibrancy of business across the region. “We opened our first restaurant in Riyadh in 1993, and are now well on track to opening our 1000th restaurant in the region later this year. From there, we are committed to more than doubling that number by 2020.It is a bold plan, and one that will rely heavily on the efforts and local knowledge of our committed partners and franchisees across the region,” he concluded. McDonald’s operates more than 970restaurants in the Middle East, all of which are locally owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. McDonald’s is the world’s leading food service organization serving 69 million people each day at more than 34,000 restaurants in 119 countries.
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