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Oman: ODG wins duty free design contract for Muscat Int’l Airport

OSS has awarded the design contract for duty free areas within Muscat International Airport’s new terminal to Dubai-based consultancy, ODG

ODG will design the duty free areas within Muscat International Airport’s new terminal.
ODG will design the duty free areas within Muscat International Airport’s new terminal.

ODG has secured the design contract for duty free areas within Muscat International Airport’s new terminal.

The contract was awarded by Oman Sales and Services (OSS), a joint venture between Oman Air and Aer Rianta International Middle East.

OSS saw off competition from seven other operators to win a 10-year duty free management contract at the airport.

ODG said that its duty free design concept takes inspiration from the Omani landscape and culture, and includes interactive features to enhance the passenger experience.

Commenting on the contract award, Hugo Vanderschaegh, general manager of ODG, said: “Winning the bid with OSS was a great success for ODG, and we thank them for trusting us in the development of the project.

“With the launch of our new Intelligence and Digital divisions, we look forward to […] delivering inspired designs that work to travellers around the world.”

Philip Eckles, global implementation director at Aer Rianta International, said: “ODG supported OSS during the request for proposal (RFP) bid phase of the Muscat Duty Free tender by developing outstanding design. The world-class duty free store concepts developed were instrumental in our winning bid.

“Since the contract award, ODG has worked diligently and professionally with our project team to turn those concepts into a reality,” he added.

Phase 1 of Muscat International Airport’s expansion programme is expected to result in an annual capacity of more than 12 million passengers.

Ultimately, the four-phase megaproject will see the facility’s capacity increase to approximately 48 million passengers per year, according to Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC).

In February, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, told Times of Oman that the delayed terminal project would commence operations before the end of 2017.

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