Bo’s Coffee expands Middle East presence with UAE launch

The Filipino coffee chain has made its debut in the United Arab Emirates, its second Middle East market after Qatar where it operates eight stores 

Founded in 1996, Bo’s Coffee currently operates approximately 100 outlets in the Philippines | Photo credit: Bo's Coffee


Filipino coffee chain Bo’s Coffee has expanded in the Middle East with its first store in the United Arab Emirates. 

Located in Dubai’s Burjuman Mall, the outlet has been launched with UAE-based franchise partner Al Mulla Business Group.  

Founded in 1996, Bo’s Coffee currently operates approximately 100 outlets in the Philippines. The company also operates eight outlets in Qatar via franchise partner Al Majed Group. Qatar was previously the coffee chain’s only international market. 

The brand joins a multitude of café operators in the Burjuman Mall. The shopping centre hosts over 40 cafés and restaurants, including Café 302, Caribou Coffee, Costa Coffee, Dunkin’, Gloria Jean’s, J Café, Krispy Kreme, Paul, Starbucks and Tim Hortons. 

Bo’s Coffee is also among an increasing number of international chains seeking to expand in the UAE this year. Danish coffee and juice chain Joe & The Juice opened its first Dubai location in September 2022 while US specialty coffee chain and roaster Peet’s Coffee will debut an outlet in the UAE by the end of the year. 

Additionally, Paris-based boutique café group Café Kitsuné is to debut in the United Arab Emirates in the first quarter of 2023. 

World Coffee Portal research estimates the total UAE branded coffee shop market as comprising nearly 1,400 outlets. Project Café Middle East forecasts the market to grow at 4% over the next five years to exceed 1,680 outlets by 2027.  

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