Jamie’s Italian, the casual dining chain spearheaded by Jamie Oliver, will open its first sites in Ireland and Russia, and its second in Dubai, before the end of the year, M&C Report understands. The group has signed a franchise deal to open its first site in Dublin city centre this September, with a further site set to follow in the Irish capital if the initial launch is successful. The group has also signed what it likes to call a “partnership” agreement with the Ginza Project to open its first sites in Moscow and St Petersburg this November. The launch of a second site in Dubai is also planned for near the end of the year. The group, which earlier this year formed a new company, Jamie’s Italian North America, to oversee its launch and growth in the US and Canada, is also believed to be targeting Germany and Sweden as future destinations for the brand. It is understood that the group has no target set down on how many restaurants it could eventually operate worldwide under the brand. However, it is thought that the group is looking for partners that are in a position to open at least three Jamie’s Italians in their respective region in the next five years. The group, which already operates a site each in Dubai and Australia, plans to open a further six sites in the UK this year taking its estate to 30. The chain currently operates 26 sites in the UK, but is set to open in Gatwick Airport, Edinburgh, Norwich and York before the end of the year.