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Dubai Airports invites bids from retailers for Terminal 1

Move linked to a major refurbishment project underway at the facility

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Dubai: Dubai Airports has begun inviting bids from retail companies for the awarding of the official service concessions in the arrivals area of Terminal 1 at Dubai International, it said in a statement on Thursday.

The move by the airports body is a part of a major refurbishment project at Terminal 1 over the next year.

“As one of the busiest airports in the world, and given the global attention generated by the recent opening of Concourse A, Dubai International offers potential bidders a very attractive proposition,” Eugene Barry, Senior Vice President, Commercial Unit at Dubai Airports, said in a statement.

Tender document for the retail bids will be available from March 1, 2013 between 8am – 2pm, at the Dubai Airports’ Commercial Unit, which is based at Dubai International’s Terminal 1, according to Dubai Airports.

The airports body further stated that the opportunity is available to telecommunications retail outlets, car rentals, currency exchange, hotel, tour operators, pharmacies, convenience stores, restaurants and coffee shops, adding that retail forms an important part of its non-aeronautical revenue.

It added that the refurbishment of Terminal 1 will pave the way for work to begin on a new elevated train system which will link the facility to Concourse D, currently under construction. Upon completion Concourse D will become the new home of more than 100 international airlines that fly to and from Dubai International when it opens in 2015.