American retailer Gap Inc. is going to expand its brand division Old Navy via store-openings in six Middle Eastern countries with franchisees Fawaz A. Alhokair & Co. and Azadea, from spring 2015 onwards. Old Navy vends fashion apparel and accessories with more affordable prices than the other brand divisions of Gap Inc. “Entering the Middle East is an important milestone in our strategy to share Old Navy with a broader, global customer base,” said Robert Frank, executive vice president of Old Navy International. The first markets encompass U.A.E., Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

First Old Navy franchise-operated stores were opened in the Philippines in March 2014. Other Gap Inc. brands Gap and Banana Republic have been operating in the Middle East market since 2007. Recently, Gap Inc. has also reported that it has surpassed 100 Gap branded stores across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.