Key Facts

  • Business: Food and beverage franchise operator
  • Established: 2001
  • Shareholders: Fajr Capital and the Hajj Family
  • Brands: Zaatar w Zeit, Five Guys, Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Carvel Ice Cream
  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Founded in 2001, Cravia is the parent company that operates some of the MENA region’s most successful food and beverage franchises, including: Zaatar w Zeit, Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Carvel ice cream.

Cravia also recently started operations for the U.S.’s number one better burger brand, Five Guys (Burger and Fries), in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar. The newly-opened Five Guys outlet in Khobar, Saudi Arabia is one of the burger chain’s largest branch worldwide and broke the record for the highest performing store by sales in the global network.

Within fifteen years, the company has expanded its presence across the MENA region, operating over 85 restaurants with more than 1,500 employees. Cravia also forms part of a case study program offered to MBA students at the prestigious Harvard University.