By Andy Sambidge
Airport retailer says sales totalled more than $132m in the first six months of 2014
Abu Dhabi Airports has announced that Abu Dhabi Duty Free achieved record sales in the first six months of 2014.
Sales totalled AED487.9 million ($132.8 million), which represents a rise of 11.5 percent compared to the first six months of 2013, a statement said.
The total number of transactions in the period was just over two million, 12.8 percent higher than the first half of 2013, it added.
A number of new retail outlets opened in the first half of 2014, including two new multi category Duty Free stores in the newly opened Terminal 3 Bus gate facility & Pier, refurbished UAE Souvenir stores in both Terminals 1 & 3, and the introduction of a new Fragrances of the World store in Terminal 1.
WHSmith also opened their second store at Abu Dhabi International airport while Terminal 3 also added to its extensive F&B offerings in its T3 pier with international brands such as Lavatazza, Cinnabon, Flat White, Grab & Fly and Urban Food Market, illy Espressamente.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, Abu Dhabi Airports' chief commercial officer, said: "The continuing improvements and additions of new retail outlets at Abu Dhabi International Airport are clearly making their mark on the company's commercial revenues.
"It is very important that they are given the widest possible choice of activity when they are guests in the airport, and with passenger numbers increasing month by month, that requirement becomes more urgent."
During H1, Abu Dhabi Airports formally commenced the tender process for retail and F&B concessions at the Midfield Terminal Building, which is making rapid progress and will have an annual capacity of 30 million when it opens in 2017.
Most of the world's leading brands are expected to submit bids, the statement added.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.