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Café Barbera partners with Big Apple Sweets LLC for Saudi Arabia expansion

The Italian coffee chain and UAE-based foodservice group are seeking to open 10 stores across the Kingdom this year – the first of which will open in Riyadh in March 2024

Café Barbera currently has approximately 40 outlets across 18 markets | Photo credit: Café Barbera


Café Barbera has announced plans to open 10 outlets in Saudi Arabia this year in partnership with Dubai-based foodservice group Big Apple Sweets LLC. 

The first store will open in Riyadh in March 2024. 

“We are delighted to introduce Café Barbera's rich heritage to Riyadh, offering a true Italian coffee experience that will resonate with the local community,” said Enrico Barbera, founder and CEO, Café Barbera. 


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Café Barbera began operations as a coffee roaster in 1870 and opened its first franchised coffee shop in Dubai in 2004. It currently operates approximately 40 outlets across 18 markets – including eight stores in the UAE and sites in Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan. 

Saudi Arabia is by far the largest branded coffee shop market in the Middle East and is forecast to exceed 5,350 outlets by 2027. Fellow Italian operators Segafredo Zanetti, Caffè Vergnano 1882 and illycaffè also operate stores in the country. 

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