Wingstop is spreading its wings into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) thanks to an exclusive multiunit deal with AWGAL Investments. The first Wingstop restaurants will open in mid-2014.

Under the leadership of chairman Abdul-Wahab Galadari and president and CEO Zubair A. Razzaq, AWGAL Investments will open a minimum of 15 restaurants in the UAE over the next few years.

"AWGAL Investments is proud to launch Wingstop in the UAE,” Razzaq says. “Wingstop stands out as a superior investment thanks to its strong concept, great-tasting product, and experienced management team, which were all key factors in our selection of the brand.”

Wingstop already has international commitments for 190 locations in Russia, Mexico, and Singapore. The 590-unit chain has 18 restaurants open in Mexico, and an additional five international restaurants are scheduled to open this year.

“This development agreement marks our first expansion into the Middle East,” says Dave Vernon, chief development officer for Wingstop. “AWGAL Investments is an ideal partner to introduce Wingstop in the UAE. We are excited about the continued strong interest in the Wingstop brand overseas and look forward to celebrating our first opening in 2014.”

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