Paris Gallery, the UAE-based luxury retailer has entered Iraq via franchise route. It has signed a franchise agreement with the Al Handal International Group to launch five stores in the country in the next three years. The first Paris Gallery outlet will be opened in Baghdad. With one more store planned in Baghdad, Al Handal will open two stores in Erbil and one in Basra. Paris Gallery is expanding and strengthening its presence in the GCC countries. Moreover, the retailer is also expanding into countries like Azerbaijan and Oman and also eyeing several other markets in the world. In 2013, it is looking forward to launch a number of stores internationally. With a broad multi-brand retail portfolio of international brand names, Paris Gallery’s experience in the luxury segment spans more than four decades.