All-American Johnny Rockets Comes to Abu Dhabi

All-American Johnny Rockets Comes to Abu Dhabi

Recently, Johnny Rockets franchise partners Wael and Zaher Samman opened their seventh restaurant in the United Arab Emirates. The new 7,000-square-foot restaurant is located at Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island, 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi and at the heart of this vibrant motorsports, entertainment and meeting complex.

Long-time Johnny Rockets franchisees, the Samman brothers opened their first Johnny Rockets in the United Arab Emirates in July 1996. Since then, they have opened five additional Dubai locations, and plan to open two more restaurants in Abu Dhabi and another location in Dubai by the end of the year.  The Sammans also recently acquired rights to the Oman market, with their first location in Masqat slated for early 2013.

With Guest seating for 200 inside and 200 on the outside patio, the restaurant is well suited to serve this bustling entertainment venue. “We’re thrilled to introduce our unique, all-American Johnny Rockets dining experience to everyone visiting Yas Island,” explained Wael Samman. “Our delicious food, friendly service, and classic, feel-good ambiance are the perfect way to start off or end a day of golfing; visiting the waterpark; driving at the Yas Racing School, Drag Racing School or Yas Kartzone; or attending a special event at the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit F1 racetrack.”

Added Steve Devine, President of Johnny Rockets International, “The Sammans are superb franchisees, solid operators, and savvy businessmen. We look forward to their continued expansion throughout the Middle East.”

The new Johnny Rockets restaurant offers traditional Johnny Rockets favorites including Hamburgers, American Fries, Shakes and Sandwiches. It is open seven days a week from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

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