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Irish firm lands Abu Dhabi retail contract

By John Mulligan

Aer Rianta International (ARI) has won a major 10-year retail contract for Abu Dhabi Airport's new terminal. The Irish company will be responsible for the retail of perfume, cosmetics, skincare, sunglasses and fashion jewellery at the Midfield terminal.

The contract begins in December 2017, when the terminal is due to open.

ARI, a subsidiary of the Dublin Airport Authority, is the second Irish company to benefit from the construction of Midfield.

Cavan-based insulation maker Kingspan was responsible for supplying insulated wall panels for the terminal that could withstand harsh desert conditions.

ARI was awarded its contract by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company.

The Abu Dhabi Airport is the second largest airport in the United Arab Emirates after Dubai, and is also the home base of Etihad Airways.

The Abu Dhabi airport handled just under 20 million passengers last year, including 12 million transfer passengers.

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