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
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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]


Mastercard: Smart cities key to a more connected MEA

Mastercard was a sponsoring patron at the recent World Cities Summit in Singapore.
Updated 23 July 2018
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Mastercard: Smart cities key to a more connected MEA

Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, continues to champion the fundamental role of smart cities in enabling a more connected and inclusive future for the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The company reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the development of smart cities through meaningful partnerships with both the public and private sectors at the recent World Cities Summit in Singapore, where Mastercard was a sponsoring patron.
Markets across the region are already heavily investing in the future of cities, with figures from the International Data Corporation forecasting that spending on technologies that enable smart city initiatives will reach $1.26 billion in MEA in 2018.
Commending the exceptional efforts of regional governments in implementing smart city initiatives and creating more opportunities for their cities’ transformation into vibrant hubs for innovation, Mastercard experts at the summit shed light on the significance of a “public-private-people (3P)” model and data analytics as key enablers of the technologies that will open doors to the cities of the future.
“An inclusive future for all is a shared responsibility and we believe that effective collaborations hinged on a dynamic public-private-people model is the way forward if we want to unlock the full potential of our cities. Mastercard is focused on making cities more efficient and inclusive by enabling ecosystems that benefit residents, visitors and local businesses. The key to the success of these cities is partnerships, and we will continue to engage with governments, NGOs and leaders in innovation to enable a smarter and more connected future for all,” said J.K. Khalil, cluster head, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Mastercard.
As part of its participation at the summit, Mastercard welcomed a delegation of the region’s most prominent journalists and influencers, where it facilitated in-depth discussions with industry experts and showcased the latest technologies to demonstrate and build advocacy for smart and connected cities.
With two billion adults around the world still lacking access to financial services, Mastercard is helping advance inclusive communities globally through its collaborations. The company has partnered with over 60 governments globally to deliver more than 1,600 scalable programs in various cities and communities around the world.