The Cheesecake Factory has opened its first International location in Dubai, Dubai Mall (partnership with Alshaya Trading Co., W.L.L.) on August 16, 2012. This opening marks the first location for the brand outside of the United States. The restaurant, occupying 13,851 square feet with 300 seats, and is located the opposite of the Dubai Aquarium.
Alshaya`s exclusive licensing agreement with The Cheesecake Factory provides for the development of its restaurants across the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The agreement also gives Alshaya the opportunity to expand The Cheesecake Factory into its other operating markets in the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe.