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SSP joins list of concessionaires set for Abu Dhabi's new Midfield Terminal

SSP today became the latest concessionaire to be awarded a contract to provide F&B services for Abu Dhabi's new Midfield Terminal Building.

It has been awarded a contract to operate three F&B units and a substantial food court featuring a range of brands, in the International Departures Lounge in the new complex.

The deal, which is valued at approximately £280 million, will run for between five and ten years, depending on the unit.

The new Midfield Terminal Building will play an important role in raising the profile of Abu Dhabi as a world-class travel hub.

The deal will see SSP introduce a total of 17 brands, including a blend of prestigious local and international names as well as themed, bespoke, and uniquely designed concepts.

Each unit is designed to fit the overall environment of the iconic new Midfield Terminal Building, and to help Abu Dhabi International Airport achieve its vision of offering passengers a world-class passenger experience.

The food court, named the Food Park, is said to be inspired by Abu Dhabi’s Umm Al Emarat (Mushrif Central Park), one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the city and a hub for socialising and family fun.

The concessionaire promises that it will off a vibrant destination for foodies, and celebrates the culture and cuisine of 21st century Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the award, His Excellency, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports says: “The F&B offering at the Midfield Terminal Building will challenge the very perception of F&B retailing in an airport environment thus far and will set the benchmark for dining concepts moving forward.

"Bearing in mind the wide demographic that we will be catering to, we are thrilled with the pioneering, avant-garde approaches that we have been able to gather together under one roof.”

Nick Inkster, chief executive officer, SSP WEMEAP, notes: “We always aim to exceed passengers’ expectations and we thrive on being a part of the ever-changing culinary scene, adapting our offer to shifting tastes and trends. Having had the privilege of being a significant F&B provider at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) for nearly a decade, we are delighted to be building on this important partnership.

"This deal will also pave the way for further development of our business in the wider Middle East region.”

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