Dubai International Airport has a new purpose-built A380 facility, Concourse 3 and the airport hopes it will become a destination in its own right with the introduction of leading food and beverage concepts.
Ranging from Giraffe – the popular international family restaurant which will open its first outlet in the Middle East at Dubai International – to trusted brands such as Paul, Dubai Airports has assembled a portfolio of 16 public food outlets and bars.
“As the quality and choice of food and beverage outlets is an increasingly important measure of any airport’s overall reputation, we considered it essential to provide the right mix of trusted brands appropriate to Dubai International’s diverse passenger base,” said Eugene Barry, Senior Vice President Commercial at Dubai Airports.
“We believe that we have come up with a portfolio that will not only ensure high standards of quality, value and service, but will also inject excitement into a very special terminal. We hope that our customers’ experience on-board the Emirates A380 will be reflected through the environment on the ground.”
Selected through a highly competitive process which involved local and global operators, the successful brands have been challenged to deliver outlets which exceed the norm. This has resulted in new design standards which will deliver functional but visually appealing outlets, bringing Concourse 3 in line with the cosmopolitan profile of passengers expected to use the facility.
In addition to Giraffe, there are also several new brands to Dubai, including Umaizushi Bistro and Picnic, managed by HMS Host International, as well as Costa Metropolitan – a more urban version of the already popular Costa Coffee managed by Emirates Leisure Retail across Dubai International. It also includes popular UAE brand Wafi Gourmet, which will add local flavour and hospitality to an international environment.
The full list of concessions includes Paul, Umaizushi Bistro, Picnic, Wafi Gourmet, Carluccio’s, Cho Gao, Pulp Juice Bar, McDonalds and McCafe, Shake Shack, Costa Metropolitan, Starbucks, Le Pain Quotidien, Giraffe, Heineken Lounge, Jack’s Bar & Grill and Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar. In addition, the facility will have a non-branded food court, to cater for all budgets and tastes.
Concourse 3 is on track to open in the first quarter of 2013. The facility, which will cater solely for Emirates flights, is spread over 500,000m² and 10 levels. Concourse 3 will increase the airport’s total capacity from the current 60 million passengers per annum to 75 million passengers and meet the demand for more gates able to accommodate Emirates’ growing fleet of A380 aircraft. The new building will have entire floors dedicated to business and first class passengers, allowing them to board directly from the lounge facilities.