Chalhoub Group launches new retail concept at Saudi Airport


Chalhoub Group has launched ‘The Visitor’, a new travel retail concept brand, with its first location at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

This launch marks the group’s first flagship in the landscape of travel retail in the Kingdom.

With an innovative retail space that merges luxury and travel, the new concept aims to deliver a unique shopping experience for passengers who pass through the airport each year.

The official opening was attended by Engineer Raed bin Ibrahim Al-Mudaiheem, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jeddah Airports Company, Ayman bin Abdulaziz Abo Abah, the CEO of Jeddah Airports Company, and other key figures from the airport’s security team and operational organizations.

The concept is designed to boost the travel experience and cater to the needs of younger generation of travelers.

It showcases over 200 luxury brands spanning fashion, beauty, fragrances, jewellery, eyewear, and electronics, including premium brands such as Carolina Herrera, Dior, Gucci, Jo Malone, La Mer, and Swarovski.

With the global travel retail market size valued at $55.74 billion in 2022 and projected to grow from $60.72 billion in 2023 to $117.18 billion by 20302, ‘The Visitor’ represents Chalhoub Group’s commitment to creating value for both the regional travel retail industry as well as consumers, as the Kingdom aims to attract 150 million annual visitors by 2030.

Mohammed Aldabbagh, KSA Managing Director at Chalhoub Group, said: “We are proud to introduce ‘The Visitor’ at King Abdulaziz International Airport. Our inaugural flagship travel retail store in Saudi Arabia seamlessly blends luxury with the excitement of travel.

“This new space reflects our dedication to excellence and consideration for the varied needs of each traveller. With a handpicked selection of over 200 distinguished brands from different cateogries, our objective is to offer a unique experience aligned with the values and aspirations of our customers.”

Paul Neeson, Vice President of Commerical at Jeddah Airport Company (JEDCO), added: “Paul Neeson, Vice President of Commerical at Jeddah Airport Company (JEDCO) commented: “The introduction of our new and unique retail experience, ‘The Visitor’, which has been meticulously crafted in partnerhip with Chalhoub Group, aims to offer a place where luxury meets convenience for our discerning travellers at King Abdulaziz International Airport.”

The Visitor’s full list of brands and categories include Confectionery including Ferrero, Mars, Mondelez, and Nestlé, Electronics by Dyson, Eyewear by Luxottica and other brands as listed below.

Beauty brands

  • Carolina Herrera
  • Dior, Givenchy
  • Gucci, Guerlain
  • Hermes
  • Jo Malone
  • Killian L’Occitane
  • MAC
  • Tom Ford
  • YSL

Fragrance brands

  • Burberry
  • Cavalli
  • Chloe
  • Chopard
  • Coach
  • Dunhill
  • Elie Saab
  • Hugo Boss
  • Prada
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Thierry Mugler
  • Valentino
  • Versace

Makeup and skincare brands

  • Makeup Forever
  • SCN
  • La Mer
  • La Prairie
  • Laura Mercier
  • Benefit
  • Clinique
  • Molton Brown

Fashion brands

  • Armani Exchange
  • Calvin Klein
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Guess
  • Michael Kors
  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Lacoste
  • Kids Around
  • The Giving Movement

Gifting and leather goods

  •  St Dupont
  • TUMI
  • U Boat
  • Albert M
  • Jewelry from L’Azurde
  • Swarovski
  • Bronzallure