MMI & ELR Group CEO Andrew Day. MMI & ELR Group CEO Andrew Day.

Maritime Mercantile International (MMI) and Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR), Dubai-based subsidiaries of the Emirates Group, have launched six new travel retail outlets developed specifically for Dubai International Airport’s Concourse A.

All six outlets opened on January 2 2013, in time to greet passengers of the first flights into the new airport concourse in what the group claims is the most ambitious Food & Beverage (F&B) opening programme they’ve ever undertaken.

“The retail concepts are truly innovative and complement the ambitions of Dubai to create the world’s number one international airport – not just in terms of scale but, just as importantly, in terms of the quality of the experience and service delivered to passengers,” said MMI & ELR Group CEO Andrew Day.

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The new MMI-ELR outlets at Concourse A include the first Giraffe family restaurant outside of the United Kingdom, the Middle East’s first airport-based Costa Metropolitan, a Heineken Airport Lounge, as well as the world’s first Jack’s Bar & Grill and Le Lounge by Moet & Chandon champagne bar. In addition there is also an extension to MMI’s Le Clos finest wines and luxury spirits duty free retail concept.

MMI-ELR already operates a range of F&B outlets in airports and downtown areas in the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and Australia, including existing outlets at Dubai International. Currently, MMI owns and/or operates 30 outlets in the UAE, as well as international outlets in Oman, Tanzania and Thailand. ELR operates a portfolio of more than 170 outlets (including over 30 outlets in nine domestic and international airports).