Saudi Arabian fashion operator Saudi Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair is reportedly opening five outlets of the Gap Inc brand in the country over the next two weeks.

It will open two stores in the Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh, two in Jeddah and one in Dammam, reported the Saudi Arabian News Digest citing a weekend stock exchange statement.

It follows news in June that had Gap had arranged a series of franchise deals with retailers in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, in combination opening approximately 90 Gap stores and 20 Banana Republic stores by 2012.

"Both Saudi Arabia and Turkey represent natural markets for Gap to expand its international presence," Ron Young, senior vice president of international strategic alliances for Gap, said at the time.

"Each of these countries has a strong, steadily growing economy, and consumers in these markets have a great interest in iconic apparel brands such as ours."

Fawaz also represents Zara, Celio, Massimo Dutti, Promod, Marks & Spencer, Adams, Nine West, Aldo and Monsoon in the country, it was reported.

Gap currently operates branded stores in six countries and Banana Republic stores in three countries.

It also has franchise agreements for Gap and Banana Republic stores in Bahrain, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.