DineEquity opens first IHOP location in Bahrain DineEquity announced the opening of the first IHOP restaurant in Bahrain on March 17. The restaurant, located in Bahrain City Centre, represents the sixth restaurant opening for the iconic IHOP brand in the region since 2012 under the multi-franchise agreement with M.H. Alshaya Co. This agreement allows for the development of 40 restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region. Locations have already been open and operating successfully in Dubai, Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with future locations expected to include Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and Egypt.