Recently-listed UK retailer Supergroup has signed a franchise deal with Al Khayyat Investments LLC to open 13 Superdry stores across the United Arab Emirates.

The Superdry operator will roll out the new stores over the next three years, with the first to open in Dubai's Deira City Centre complex in July 2010.

Two more stores are scheduled to open before the end of the year in Mirdif City Centre and Mall of the Emirates.

Theo Karpathios, CEO of Supergroup's wholesale & international division, said: "This is a key milestone in our international roll out and we are delighted to have signed this agreement with Al Khayyat Investments. 

"We believe this deal will significantly increase our footfall in one of the world's most dynamic and vibrant regions.

"It underlines the truly international appeal of the Superdry brand and we look forward to working with Al Khayyat Investments going forward."