Irish firm secures 10-year retail contact at Abu Dhabi International Airport

ARI will operate in the new Midfield terminal from December 2017

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Abu Dhabi International Airport | Image: DAA

The international retail arm of the DAA has won a 10-year contact at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

This will see the Aer Rianta International Group (ARI) sell the perfume, cosmetics, skincare, sunglasses and fashion jewellery categories at the airport's new Midfield terminal from 2017.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is the second largest airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and one of the biggest and fastest growing airport hubs globally.

It also serves as a base and hub to Etihad Airways, the national flag carrier of the UAE.

Development at Abu Dhabi International Airport includes a state of the art terminal building and support facilities - as well as duty free shops and restaurants that will cater for a capacity of 27.1 million passengers a year.

The new terminal will facilitate 28,000sq m of commercial space when it opens in late 2017, and the entire duty free area covers 7,500sq m.

Commenting on the win, ARI CEO Jack MacGowan said: "From the moment we started work on the bid submission we were energised by Abu Dhabi Airports' commercial vision 'to create the worlds' best, consumer and leisure experience at an airport'. It's an ambition that is very much in tune with our own company purpose to create outstanding shopping experiences every time".

"This focus on the customer experience defines us as a retailer and was central to every element of our proposal from concepts, through to merchandising, design and operations".

"This is a significant win for ARI, in what was one of the most competitive tender processes in recent travel retail history", Mr MacGowan added.