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Bahrain Duty Free Clocks Up Another Milestone With Latest Opening

Dedicated premium watches boutique a timely addition to new-look departures retail footprint with collection of leading high-end international brands

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Bahrain Duty Free has unveiled the latest addition to its upgraded departures retail outlet at Bahrain International Airport, with the opening of a dedicated premium watches boutique.

The 64 square-metre space, which enjoys a prominent location on the main passenger promenade, is home to an exciting selection of international brands specifically chosen to appeal to both a travelling audience and collectors of luxury timepieces alike.

Brands on display include Rolex, Omega. Breitling, Hublot, Tudor, Tag Heuer, Longines, and Raymond Weil.

The store officially opened on Monday, 16th January 2017 with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Bahrain Duty Free General Manager, Bassam Al Wardi and Bahrain Airport Company CEO, Mohammed Al Binfalah.

“We continue to focus on enhancing the experience received by our customers in everything we do, and quality is a key pillar of Bahrain Duty Free operations. The addition of a dedicated personalised section for premium timepieces adds immensely to the value to the departures concourse offering,” said Bassam Al Wardi, General Manager, Bahrain Duty Free.

Commenting on the newest addition to the airport’s expanding duty free offering, Mr. Mohammed Al BinFalah, Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Airport Company said: “Bahrain Airport Company is proud of its association over the years with Bahrain Duty Free and are extremely pleased with the addition of this exciting premium watch store area. It is testament to Bahrain Duty Free continued efforts in contribute substantially to the passenger experience at Bahrain International Airport.”

According to Deloitte’s Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2016 report, the travel retail channel currently accounts for around 40% of total global sector spend, and with positive growth forecasts for international air traffic through to 2020 and beyond, luxury goods are retaining purchase appeal within the duty free trading environment.

“Luxury very much has its place at Bahrain Duty Free, and by showcasing the most sought after watch brands, we are fulfilling our commitment to delivering simply better retail experience to our customers at Bahrain International Airport,” remarked Al Wardi. The design of the new space combines sleek contemporary lines with a warm, inviting colour palette, which is designed to enhance the individual brand presence of the various watchmakers as well as support the customer journey through the departures retail experience.

High-tech digital screens are also strategically located at the entrance to enhance brand visibility and enhance the retail environment.

This latest opening follows on the heels of the success of the Q3 2016 departures concourse launch of Aer Rianta International’s award winning Candy Cloud confectionery concept and the Q4 unveiling of the Middle East’s first Johnnie Walker House.

“This enhancement to the premium watch offering, along with new upscale listings within the beauty category, we believe we have added a further layer of exclusivity for our customers. This also applies to Candy Cloud as a first-of-its-kind store for the region and the innovative Johnnie Walker House experience,” said Al Wardi.

Al Wardi confirms that the 1,500-square-metre phased upgrading of the departures retail area is in its final stages with the existing confectionery section set to be completed in Q1 2017.

Added on 16 January, 2017

Winner of the AUDI R8 Car Draw No. 297

Bahrain Duty Free congratulates the winner of the AUDI R8 – Mr. Seena Masood Kazrooni “Bahraini” ticket number – 491

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Pictured above (left to right) Ms. Maria Ivy (Sales Assistant), Mr. Bassam Al Wardi (General Manager), Mr. Seena Masood Kazrooni (Winner), Mr. Sujat Ameen (Head of Business Support), Mr. Hisham Al Saloom (Deputy Head of Operations)

Added on 25 December, 2016

Winner of the AUDI R8 Car Draw No. 297

Bahrain Duty Free congratulates the winner of the AUDI R8 – Mr. Seena Masood Kazrooni “Bahraini” ticket number – 491

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Pictured above (left to right) Ms. Sara  (Sales Assistant), Mr. Shibu Abraham (Head of IT & Logistics), Mr. Shane O’Sullivan  (Head of Purchasing), Ms. Jean Silveira (HR Manager), Mr. Sujat Ameen (Head of Business Support), Mr. Dominic Carroll (Head of Finance), Ms. Nonalyn Barnett (Passenger - who drew the winning ticket), Mr. Helal Al Saadoon ( BAC - Terminal Operations Manager), Mr. George Moore (BAC – Acting Chief Commercial Officer), Mr. Domnick O’Reilly (Head of Operations), Mr. Saad (Sales Assistant).

Added on 13 December, 2016

Bahrain Duty Free announces BD 5.4 Million Profits for the nine months ended 2016

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Bahrain Duty Free Complex announced at a meeting of its board of directors on Monday, 7th November 2016 the financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Mr. Farouk Yousuf Al Moayyed - Chairman of the Board stated that the company had achieved a net profit of BD 5,370,744 compared with last year's earning’s, which amounted to BD 7,108,907, down by BD 1,738,163 or 24.5 %. The main reason for the decrease relates to a fall in investment income where a one-off profit was realized last year on the disposal of an investment asset. Basic earnings per share amounted to 41.52 fils compared 55.1 fils last year.

Total sales for the nine months ended 30th September 2016 were BD 21,524,861 compared to BD 20,960,522 last year an increase of BD 564,339 or 2.7%. Shareholders Equity is BD 47,524,324 compared to BD 48,845,961 last year. The reduction in equity is mainly due to a dividend payment during the year.

In the three months ended 30th September, Sales recorded were BD7,667,795 compared to BD7,374,210 last year, an increase of 4%. Net Profits were BD2,031,696 compared to BD 1,904,121 an increase of 6.7%

Mr.Abdulla Buhindi added, Profit from Investments recorded an amount of BD 1,404,332 compared to BD 2,777,878 last year, representing a decline of BD 1,373,546 or 49.4% due to profits earned last year on the sale of an investment property. The Investment portfolio increased by 13.8 % to BD 31,007,676.

 He went on to say that the company has started the planned upgrading of all shops in the departures area in line with company’s strategy to provide the customers with a better shopping experience at the Bahrain International Airport. «Candy Cloud» the store which is a home to top toys and confectionery brands was opened in September.

Added on 08 November, 2016

Candy Cloud Helps Brighten Bahrain Duty Free

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On September 6th, Bahrain Duty Free launched the award winning Candy Cloud concept at Bahrain International Airport. The store is approximately 60 square meters, and is located on the main passenger walkway of the departures retail area. The store is home to top toy and confectionery brands, and the range is aimed at the young, and young at heart alike. Speaking at the launch event, Bahrain Duty Free General Manager Bassam Alwardi outlined his excitement about the store and how the location has been totally transformed to offer an even better retail experience for our customers. “As this location is in a prime location within the terminal it was important for us to ensure that we created something fun and innovative, and we believe that with Candy Cloud we have succeeded”. He went on to outline how this store was a sign of the customer-centric approach adapted by the retailer; and how this opening is the first of many openings scheduled by the retailer for the remainder of 2016. Bahrain Duty Free is currently refurbishing its 1,500 sqm departures outlet.

Added on 06 September, 2016

Winner of the Mercedes GTS Car Draw No. 296

Bahrain Duty Free congratulates the winner of the Mercedes GTS – Mr. Saad Al Kaabi  “Qatari” ticket number – 006

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Pictured above (left to right) Mr. Shane O’Sullivan  (Head of Purchasing), Ms. Jean Silveira (HR Manager), Mr. Mohamed Salman (Sales Assistant), Mr. Bassam Al Wardi (Deputy General Manager), Mr. Saad Al Kaabi  (Winner), Mr. Sujat Ameen (Business Support Manager), Mr. Dominic Carroll (Head of Finance), r. Domnick O’Reilly (Head of Operations), Mr. Shibu Abraham (Head Of IT & Logistics).

Added on 28 August, 2016

Winner of the Mercedes GTS Car Draw No. 296

Bahrain Duty Free congratulates the winner of the Mercedes GTS – Mr. Saad Al Kaabi  “Qatari” ticket number – 006

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Pictured above (left to right) Mr. Hisham Al Saloom  (Deputy Head of Operations), Mr. Shane O’Sullivan  (Head of Purchasing), Mr. Sujat Ameen (Business Support Manager), Mr. Bassam Al Wardi (Deputy General Manager), Mr. Wassim Aloid (Passenger - who drew the winning ticket), Mr. Helal Al Saadoon ( BAC - Terminal Operations Manager), Mr. Shibu Abraham (Head Of IT & Logistics), Ms. Jean Silveira (HR Manager), Mr. Dominic Carroll (Head of Finance).

Added on 22 August, 2016

Winner of the Lexus LX570 Car Draw No. 295

Bahrain Duty Free congratulates the winner of the Lexus LX570 – Mr. Ali  Makamel  “Bahraini” ticket number – 305

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Pictured above (left to right) Mr. Dominic Carroll (Head of Finance), Mr. Bassam Al Wardi (Deputy General Manager), Mr. Ali  Makamel (Winner), Mr. Sujat Ameen (Business Support Manager) & Ms. Jean Silveira (HR Manager).

Added on 31 May, 2016

Winner of the Lexus LX570 Car Draw No. 295

Bahrain Duty Free congratulates the winner of the Lexus LX570 – Mr. Ali  Makamel  “Bahraini” ticket number – 305

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Pictured above (left to right) Mr. Domnick O’Reilly (Head of Operations), Mr. Shane O’Sullivan  (Head of Purchasing), Mr. Sujat Ameen (Business Support Manager), Mr. Bassam Al Wardi (Deputy General Manager), Mr. Ali Bader (Passenger - who drew the winning ticket), Mr. Dominic Carroll (Head of Finance), Ms. Jean Silveira (HR Manager), Mr. Hisham Al Saloom  (Deputy Head of Operations).

Added on 29 May, 2016

Winner of the BMW i8 Car Draw No. 294

Bahrain Duty Free congratulates the winner of the BMW i8 – Mr. Ishaq Khalfan Salem  “Omani” ticket number – 0133

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Pictured above (left to right) Mr. Shibu Abraham (Head Of IT & Logistics), Ms. Jean Silveira (HR Manager), Mr. Bassam Al Wardi (Deputy General Manager), Mr. Ishaq Khalfan Salem (Winner), Sujat Ameen (Business Support Manager),  Mr. Dominic Carroll (Head of Finance).

Added on 21 April, 2016