Mechanicsburg-based Duck Donuts about to Debut in Dubai

The sweet smell of success for Duck Donuts!  The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania based business will open its first location in Dubai, Thursday, Sept. 10. Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of Duck Donuts, Betsy Hamm, COO, and Mohammed Albaqami, Duck Donuts UAE Franchise Owner, will celebrate with an official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow.

“We are delighted to bring Duck Donuts to the beautiful city of Dubai and expand our brand to a city that demonstrates a strong enjoyment for coffee and sweets,” said DiGilio. “Having a presence in an international hub for tourism such as Dubai, will open up opportunities as we continue to strategically grow and develop the brand in international areas of interest.”

In Dubai, customers will experience the same warm, made-to-order donut process and availability of coatings, toppings and drizzles, including traditional favorites like chocolate icing with sprinkles and maple icing with turkey bacon. There’s also a viewing area where children and adults can watch their donuts being made.

Located in the Dubai Marina near Pier 7, this is the first Duck Donuts store for Gold Peak Coffee Shop LLC, a local establishment focused on providing superior service through the creation of various types of handcrafted coffees and foods. In October 2019, Albaqami signed a master franchise agreement to open five units and begin sub-franchising throughout the United Arab Emirates over the next 10 years.

“This is a project my team and I have been working on for over a year, and despite all the challenges we have faced as a result of COVID-19, I am beyond excited to introduce the UAE to the Duck Donuts’ made-to-order concept,” said Albaqami. “Pairing fresh and delicious donuts with the unique experience of customizing and watching your donut being made from scratch to finish, is the perfect combination of food and fun for all ages. I am very happy to be bringing the brand 7,000 miles from its origins to offer the UAE a taste of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.”

The Dubai location reflects the franchise’s iconic beach theme.  Duck Donuts was founded in 2006 in Duck, North Carolina.  Duck Donuts now has franchises in 26 states and four countries.