Butlers Chocolate Café joins Abu Dhabi Terminal A confectionery line-up

By Kristiane Sherry |

Butlers Chocolate Café has joined the line-up at Abu Dhabi Terminal A.

Butlers Chocolate Café has joined the line-up at Abu Dhabi Terminal A.

Dublin-based Butlers Chocolates has partnered with SSP to open a Butlers Chocolate Café concept at Abu Dhabi Airport’s new Terminal A, spanning both retail and F&B.

The new space will serve as a major flagship for the brand in the Middle East. Butlers already enjoys a “strong” presence in the UAE, both in travel retail and domestic markets.

Modelled on the existing premium fit-out, the café will serve classic beverage accompanied by a complimentary chocolate.

Also on the menu are alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails from Bar 1661, each paired with chocolate. Morning goods and Butlers Chocolates are available for retail sale. 

“We are thrilled to open this store in Terminal A,” said Michelle Mc Bride, Retail Director at Butlers Chocolates.

“For many years we have been working in the Middle East, learning about this market, and understanding shoppers in the region. 

“To have the opportunity to blend this knowledge with our skills at running busy airport chocolate cafés is one that we cherish. 

“We are very proud to see our beloved Irish brand, which has been built over the years by a hardworking and loyal team, take its place in the window to the world that is Terminal A, Abu Dhabi. 

“We are very thankful to our partners SSP, ADAC and suppliers for all they have done to make this happen.”

Butlers Chocolate Café: An international concept

Butlers owns and operates 28 Butlers Chocolate Cafés in Ireland, in addition to international franchises across the Middle East and South Asia. 

Inside Butlers Chocolate Café, Abu Dhabi.

Inside Butlers Chocolate Café, Abu Dhabi.

A family-owned business, the company has a presence in over 30 countries, and marked its 90th anniversary in 2022. 

It has been a Gold member of Origin Green for four consecutive years, in line with its commitment to sustainability.

Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal A opened last month to much fanfare. One of the world’s largest airport terminals, it has the capacity to handle up to 45 million passengers a year, serving 117 global destinations. 

In June, Butlers Chocolates introduced a new collection of luxury assorted mini chocolate bars to travel retail, starting with an exclusive listing at Dubai Duty Free.


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