UAE. HMSHost International yesterday officially opened its 170sq m Food Village at Dubai International (DXB).
Described as “the food court of the future”, Food Village combines franchise brands with home grown heroes and aims to take passengers around the world in ten plates.
“The addition of these 14 new food concepts supports our strategy to not only be the world’s busiest international airport, but also the world’s best for customer experience” – Dubai Airports EVP Commercial Eugene Barry
Traditional Middle Eastern features help create a Sense of Place, while a sense of theatre is captured through live cooking elements and a mobile food cart. Intelligent lighting design helps to direct passenger flow.
As reported, the opening of Food Village is part of a seven-year contract won by HMSHost International in July 2019, which is worth around €84 million.
The food court in Terminal 3, Concourse C features high-profile chains KFC, American Chinese restaurant Panda and McDonalds.
Local name Qfta (pictured below) offers ready-to-go wraps, while Taste of India serves Indian street food. Flat breads, tarts and other sweets are available at Flour & Stone, while Pop-top offers home-made gelato and Italian coffee.
“It’s a great achievement for us that we are rewarded for our brand offer, consumer insights and operational excellence,” said HMSHost International CEO Walter Seib. “We are proud of the cooperation, the trust and the performance of our partnership, and are looking forward to an even longer and more successful cooperation for many years to come. Together we make our guests feel good on the move.”
Dubai Airports EVP Commercial Eugene Barry commented: “Dubai Airports has enjoyed a successful partnership with HMSHost for a number of years, and our partnership has evolved as customer expectations and travel behaviour has developed. The addition of these 14 new food concepts supports our strategy to not only be the world’s busiest international airport, but also the world’s best for customer experience.”
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The company also organises the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards. FAB 2020 will be held in Istanbul on 23 and 24 June. Istanbul Airport will host the event, which will be a celebration not only of the best in international airport dining but also of Turkish cuisine and culture. FAB 2020 will be supported strongly by Tum & Ictur, the concessionaire managing 34,000sq m of food & beverage space at Istanbul Airport.