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Duty free shop

DUBAI DUTY FREE

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A GLOBAL LEADER

From humble beginnings, Dubai Duty Free has grown into one of the biggest travel retail operator in the world.

Founded in 1983, Dubai Duty Free recorded first-year sales of US$20 million and has grown into one of the biggest travel retail operator in the world with sales turnover of US$1.85 billion in 2016.

Now employing almost 6,000 people, the operation has consistently raised the benchmark for airport retailing and it continues to grow. Dubai Duty Free currently operates over 35,400 sqm of retail space at Dubai International Airport and 2,500 sqm at Al Maktoum International that will grow in line with the massive development plans of Dubai South, which ultimately cover some 80,000 sqm of retail.

In addition to its retail operation, Dubai Duty Free operates a Leisure Division which includes The Irish Village, Century Village, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium and The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Meanwhile, The Irish Village, which was named as the world's Best Irish Pub in 2016 (outside Dubai), opened its second home at Riverland located in the new Dubai Parks and Resorts.

While the successful running of the shopfloor is a major focus for Dubai Duty Free, the operation is highly committed to promoting Dubai through a series of high level sporting events including the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

To date, Dubai Duty Free has received over 550 awards including the "Brand of the Year" from the World Branding Awards in London, the "Retail Company of the Year" from Gulf Business Magazine, The Burj CEO "Best Global Services" (US) award, and the prestigious Global Traveler US Awards Hall of Fame for winning the "Best Duty Free Shops" for the 10th consecutive year held in Los Angeles, USA.

Dubai Duty Free's Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin, was also presented with several awards including the CEO Middle East Awards for "Retail CEO of the Year", "Business Leader of the Year – Retail" from Gulf Business Industry Awards, and the "Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award" presented by the Irish President Michael D. Higgins. More recently, he was also presented with the "Best Business Leader in Retail" for the second consecutive year by MENAA Awards.