800PIZZA signs an agreement with Kitopi

“It’s been an incredible journey,” says Alessandro D’Ubaldo, Italian entrepreneur, CEO and founder of the company.

“We have run the business through thick and thin and have become extremely resilient over time. Our resilience was tested with the Covid-19 outbreak. It was extremely difficult to adapt and operate during the global pandemic, but we were blessed with an amazing performance throughout.

Alessandro moved to the United Arab Emirates in 1999 as a cabin crew member of Emirates Airline, aged twenty-four. In 2003, he ventured into the booming real estate market by launching Dubai Furnished Apartments, a short-term rental platform before the days of AirBnB.

However, it was in 2007 that his entrepreneurial spirit led him to embark on the hotel business with the creation of 800PIZZA. Alessandro’s hands-on approach and obsession with hard work were instrumental in the company’s rapid success during its formative years; his experience in the real estate sector has also been instrumental in the growth of 800PIZZA to identify the perfect catchment areas, strategic locations and efficient layout.

In 2011, 800PIZZA partnered with the Dubai-based Belhasa Group, a major contributor to the growth of the UAE over the past fifty years. With subsidiaries in 30 sectors, including hospitality, Belhasa’s regional strength has helped the company expand, growing the 800PIZZA company to 12 stores across the UAE with local and international franchises.

The rapid success of 800PIZZA inspired Alessandro to strengthen his business portfolio and create the PINSANITY and CLUKRS brands in 2020. PINSANITY expanded into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through a strategic partnership with Kitopi. With its recent Series C funding led by Softbank and its track record of helping brands grow and expand across borders, Kitopi is perfectly positioned to take 800PIZZA to the next phase of growth.

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