Sbarro has formalized a multiunit franchise partnership agreement with Casual Restaurants LLC that will grow the brand's presence in the United Arab Emirates. With a first location slated to open in Dubai this fall, the agreement includes the opening of 20 locations throughout the UAE throughout the next 10 years.

Sbarro's footprint throughout the Middle East includes Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

"Casual Restaurants are tremendous restaurateurs and will be terrific partners as we further expand Sbarro's presence in the Middle East," said Randy Jones, COO of Sbarro. "The UAE, in particular, is an area of opportunity for Sbarro and the team at Casual Restaurants is perfectly suited to help lead our continued growth in this region."

Within the past year, Sbarro has expanded its international presence in Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the Philippines. The company currently operates more than 1,000 eateries across more than 40 countries.

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