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03 March 2024

Abu Dhabi Airports invites retailers

By Wam

The spectacular new international airport project – Abu Dhabi Airports’ Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) – is inviting bids from potential commercial partners to deliver "the jewel in the crown" of global aviation.

Abu Dhabi Airports on Wednesday announced that its subsidiary company, Abu Dhabi Duty Free, has launched its commercial process to attract global bidders to move into the new airport.
Retailers, food and beverage operators, and leading brands from all around the world are being invited to submit bids for commercial opportunities for the MTB which is due to open in July 2017. The process offers commercial partners the challenge of providing a sensational experience for travellers who are increasingly making the UAE an ever-more important destination.
Encased within a spectacular design, a total of 28,000 square metres of space will be available, comprising 18,000 square metres of retail and 10,000 square metres for food and beverage outlets.
As a completely new commercial development, bidders will have the opportunity to build and brand their chosen space from a blank canvas, rather than work under the constraints of an existing outlet. The commercial space offered represents a rare opportunity for outlets, as it will expose them to the 30+ million passengers who are forecast to pass through the Midfield Terminal Complex in a few years’ time.
Abu Dhabi Duty Free will allow successful bidders from the retail and food and beverage sectors to work with international consultants to optimise allocated space and create them to their own bespoke designs.
The overall objective is for the MTB to be the most modern, attractive and innovative airport terminal in the world, while offering passengers an abundance of choice and a memorable travel experience.
This in turn will help further promote Abu Dhabi as a global transport hub, persuading passengers to make it their preferred destination or transit route. The opportunity for successful bidders – whether high-end luxury brands or those providing every-day essentials – is to become an essential ingredient in what will become an iconic landmark.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, "Abu Dhabi Airports is calling on ambitious, innovative retailers, food and beverage operators, as well as leading brands from all over the world, to participate in this commercial process. Few opportunities like this exist to take advantage of such a unique and extensive commercial space, whose size and footfall make it so compelling. Abu Dhabi Airports looks forward to working with such partners to make Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal Building the jewel in the crown in the UAE’s transport infrastructure."