ODG to design Muscat International Airport’s entire Duty Free

Muscat - 

The newly re-branded award winning Dubai-based consultancy and design agency ODG (previously Open D Group, Retail Access and Sparkle), has been appointed by Oman Sales and Services (OSS) (a joint venture between Oman Air and Aer Rianta International Middle East) to design and project manage the entire duty free at the new Muscat International Airport.

OSS successfully won the ten year duty free management contract amongst seven other international duty free operators. The new Muscat International Airport, which is still under construction, is expected to have a capacity of handling over 12mn passengers each year within the first phase of construction. This figure is set to reach 48mn passengers once the four-phased construction mega project is complete as recently confirmed by Oman’s Minister of Transport and Communications.

The first phase is set to span 580,000 sq m with 7,000 sq m of retail space comprising perfume and cosmetics, liquor and tobacco, confectionary, fashion and accessories departments as well as a market and several exclusive speciality stores.

“ODG supported OSS during the RFP bid phase of the Muscat Duty Free tender by developing an 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 in to reality,” said Philip Eckles, global implementation director, ARI.

The design concept takes its inspiration from the unique Omani landscape and culture. Passengers will also enjoy several interactive features and experiences that will enhance their journey in Muscat International Airport.

“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 continue delivering ‘inspired designs that work’ to travellers around the world,” said Hugo Vanderschaegh, general manager, ODG.

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