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Bahrain Duty Free: business trades as usual despite unrest

BAHRAIN. Bahrain Duty Free Shops continues to trade “as usual” despite the political unrest that has hit the capital Manama. That’s according to General Manager Steve O’Connor, who gave an update to The Moodie Report today on the trading climate for the operation. As has been widely reported, protesters have been demanding wide-ranging political reforms in the country. They have been camped out since Tuesday in the city’s Pearl Square. Overnight police moved in to disperse thousands of the protesters, with clashes ensuing that have left several dead and many hundreds injured, according to international news organisations.

The unrest comes amid a wave of protests that has swept through several Arab nations. In recent weeks these have led to the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt resigning.

O’Connor said: “It is business as usual and we have not been disrupted. All schools were closed for holidays and many people already were away for these school breaks [when the unrest began -Ed].”

He added: “Presently there are some [air] traffic restrictions, which have created some delays for individuals. But flights are still operating on schedule.”

On a related note, experienced Aer Rianta International (ARI) executive Pat Molloy has taken over from Eamonn Carty as Head of Retail at Bahrain Duty Free. Molloy has previously worked in Egypt and Russia for ARI and ARI-Middle East.

Source: ©The Moodie Report

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