Aéropostale Inc. cut the ribbon on its first overseas store, giving the teen retailer a foothold in Dubai and the beginning of what is expected to be a broader Middle East expansion.

The store at the Oasis Centre Mall is being operated by licensee Apparel Group LLC, which is expected to open more than 20 stores in the region with outposts in Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in the next few years.

“This region has become a major shopping destination with some of the best-known malls in the world,” said Julian Geiger, Aéropostale’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This new venture in Dubai will enable us to introduce the Aéropostale brand in new markets overseas and lay the groundwork for what we believe can be a greater expansion of the brand globally.”

The firm currently has 874 doors in the U.S. and another 29 stores in Canada.

For complete coverage, see Wednesday’s WWD.