The partnership proposes to open 7 new stores at the new airport
Seven stores are planned to be opened by WHSmith in the new Muscat International Airport passenger terminal, in partnership with the Ajit Khimji Group from Oman, adding 5,972 square feet to the chain's footprint outside the UK. Aimen bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) said: "This announcement comes as part of a series of previous announcements by the company about the institutions that will be present at the new airport."
The opening and operation of the new airport is anticipated to have a significant impact at both international and local levels helping elevate the Sultanate to among the best international airports worldwide and contribute to both commerce and tourism. With the intention of contributing to the country's strategy of economic diversification, the company was keen to establish and build effective cooperation relations with a variety of different types of local and international companies.
"We are delighted to be able to expand our business in Muscat International Airport, bringing new concepts and formats to the region,” said Louis de Bourgoing, WHSmith International Director. Muscat was our first overseas business in our recent international expansion and is special to us. Oman is a country we particularly like and we have a terrific partner in the Ajit Khimji Group, with whom we intend to build yet stronger ties."
“We have a long standing association with Oman Airports Management Company and this win is a reiteration of their faith in our ability to deliver world class products and services to the discerning travelers in Oman. WHSmith is one such sterling example,” said Rishi Khimji, Managing Director of Ajit Khimji Group. PWKD12052017