Muscat: Oman Sales and Services (OSS) has appointed ODG to design and project-manage the entire duty free section of the new Muscat International Airport.
OSS, a joint venture between Oman Air and Aer Rianta International Middle East, successfully won the 10-year duty free management contract from among seven other international duty free operators.
ODG was previously known as Open D Group, Retail Access and Sparkle.
The new Muscat International Airport, which is still under construction, is expected to have a capacity for handling over 12 million passengers each year within the first phase of construction.
This figure is set to reach 48 million passengers once completion of the four-phased construction of the mega-project is complete, as was recently confirmed by Oman’s Minister of Transport and Communications.
The first phase is set to span 580,000 square metres (sqm), with 7,000 sqm of retail space comprising of 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 that were 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 into reality,” said Philip Eckles Global Implementation Director, ARI.
The design concept took inspiration from the unique Omani landscape and culture. Passengers will also enjoy several interactive features and experiences that will enhance their journey from the 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’ for travellers around the world,” said Hugo Vanderschaegh, general manager, ODG.