The flagship Caramel at DIFC. The flagship Caramel at DIFC.

The operator of DIFC eatery Caramel Restaurant & Lounge has tied up with Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) to expand the brand in Abu Dhabi.

The second Caramel is scheduled to open at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort’s retail and dining complex, called The Collection, in Q3 2012.

Owner and founder of UAE-based firm Caramel Group Mohammed Al Hashimi commented: “We are delighted to be bringing Caramel Restaurant & Lounge to The Collection is on offer at this retail complex complements the Caramel brand. Our restaurants are opulent and luxurious, providing clientele a warm inviting ambiance with exceptional customer service. The location of Saadiyat is therefore a perfect captive market for the clientele we intend to reach. We are thrilled to be opening later on this year”.

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In a statement, Caramel Group said it would open more outlets after the Abu Dhabi launch.

It said the group was “already at advanced stages of an aggressive expansion strategy that will see the announcement of more venues regionally as well as internationally”.

Currently, Caramel Group operates its flagship Caramel Restaurant & Lounge in DIFC, Dubai.