New Jeddah airport receives ‘overwhelming response’ from F&B operators

Nearly 10,000 square feet at the new airport’s departure floor has been set aside for dining outlets.
Updated 14 February 2018

New Jeddah airport receives ‘overwhelming response’ from F&B operators

Changi Airports Saudi Arabia (CASA), the management company of the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, has received an overwhelming response in its call for proposals for food and beverage (F&B) concessions at the check-in hall of the new passenger terminal building.
More than 80 representatives from over 30 renowned local and global brands attended the briefing for the first tranche of the F&B concessions, which is for two restaurants and three cafes.
CASA will roll out other proposals for a wide range of concessions, including additional F&B offers in the near future.
Sher Khan, CEO designate of CASA, said: “We are looking at curating and introducing innovative and refreshing concepts that will excite our guests and enhance their travel experience at the new KAIA. The airport will host passengers and visitors from the Kingdom and all over the world. We want to offer them a wide range of choices, from the familiarity of international cuisines from fast food and gourmet food to Saudi delicacies. We want to showcase Saudi Arabia’s exquisite food culture alongside renowned international F&B names.”
Nearly 10,000 square feet at the new airport’s departure floor has been set aside to offer passengers an array of delectable dining options.
In addition to new F&B concepts, potential bidders were encouraged to consider value propositions that suit the needs of the diverse passenger profiles at the new KAIA. Other than business and leisure travelers, the airport will play host to a large number of pilgrims annually, due to its close proximity to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
This is the first tranche of concessions out of over 40 packages covering more than 100 locations in the new passenger terminal. The other concessions for offer will include duty free, duty paid specialty retail, car park, and passenger services such as telecommunications, financial services and car rentals.
The pre-proposal briefing for the F&B concessions, conducted in late January, also introduced the submission process to prospective tenants. The deadline for submission of proposals is 11:30 a.m on Feb. 22. For more information on the concessions, please write to [email protected]

Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Updated 20 February 2019

Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Saudi shipping company Bahri is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the growth of maritime industry and improving security in the logistics business at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defense and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).

The events are being held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE and supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi from Feb.17-21.

Khaled bin Hussain Biyari, assistant minister of defense — executive affairs; General Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director general of Saudi Arabian Border Guards; and other officials visited Bahri’s booth during the events.

As part of its participation, Bahri is showcasing its maritime capabilities and innovation-driven solutions at the largest defense expo in the Middle East. The company is also highlighting its unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at its booth. Powered by MAP Pro technology, which transforms any vessel into an autonomous one, Bahri’s USVs are capable of numerous applications, including gathering data, surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition, the vessels offer significant cost savings and reduce human workload in high-risk operations. 

Bringing together more than 1,310 specialized companies from 62 countries, both events offer a strategic business platform for exhibitors to present their latest naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts, and explore partnership opportunities with local and international companies. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “Events such as IDEX and NAVDEX provide a unique opportunity to gather new insights into new security technologies that can help companies thrive in a safe and secure trade. With Saudi Arabia being at the forefront of efforts aimed at maintaining stability and security in the region, maritime security is a key focus area for the Kingdom.” 

Aldubaikhi added: “Bahri’s presence at IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 is part of our strategy to further strengthen our offerings to enhance the Kingdom’s maritime capabilities and support its transformation as the world’s leading logistics hub. The exhibition also provides us with an excellent platform to connect with our customers and explore new partnership opportunities that will further drive our ambitious expansion plans.”

Bahri Logistics, one of the five business units within Bahri and one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels that are capable of carrying different types of cargo, including project, ro-ro, breakbulk, equipment, and container cargo.