Duty Free contracts for Midfield Terminal awarded
The MTB will feature a total of 28,000 sqm of duty free space, comprising of 18,000 sqm of retail and 10,000 sqm for food & beverage outlets
Abu Dhabi Airports awarded contracts to two Duty Free operators, Aer Rianta International and Lagardère Capital, to provide duty free concessions in the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB).
The Aer Rianta International group (ARI) will design and operate duty free space dedicated to perfumes, cosmetics, skincare, sunglasses and jewelry, while Lagardère will oversee the tobacco, confectionery, and fine foods categories, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Capital Group.
The tender process started in February last year. Retail operators were asked to submit concepts which would capture the essence of Arabian hospitality, combined with retail execution that would offer shopping experiences to the 30 million passengers who are expected to use the MTB when it opens.
HE Ali Majed al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Offering an unrivalled, sensational travel experience to passengers sits at the heart of everything we aim to deliver at the Midfield Terminal Building - the future gateway to the capital city. We received several very strong bids for these contracts, but Aer Rianta International and Lagardère Capital came up with ideas that will set new benchmarks in airport retail. We selected these two companies as their technologically-advanced, unique concepts were perfectly aligned with our ambitions."
"With them both on board, we are confident that the MTB retail offering will impress travelers, creating a distinctive sense of purpose and sense of place that they will want to experience again and again.”
Commenting on the win, ARI CEO Jack MacGowan said “This is a very proud moment for ARI and its partners worldwide and I’d like to pay tribute to the entire ARI project team who worked tirelessly on this submission. I’d also like to commend the team at Abu Dhabi Airports for challenging the traditional conventions of the airport / retailer relationship."
Dag Rasmussen, chairman and CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail stated: “Lagardère Capital is extremely grateful to be awarded the Midfield Terminal Building Duty Free concession and is looking forward to creating the ultimate duty free experience for passengers. We have created for Abu Dhabi an innovative concept with the ambition to create a multi-sensory shopping experience that is an extraordinary fusion of iconic brands entertainment, technology and culture, with a unique Abu Dhabi touch. We are confident that the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal stores will no doubt set new benchmarks for the industry.”