Dubai Duty Free Wins Business Traveller M.E. Award for “Best Duty Free Shopping” for 13th Consecutive Year
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free receiving the Business Traveller M.E. Award for “Best Duty Free Shopping” from Heinz Beck, the award-winning Michelin-starred chef and Usman Arif, American Express VP UAE and Merchant/Strategic Partnership

For the 13th consecutive year Dubai Duty Free has named the ‘Best for Duty Free Shopping’ at the prestigious Business Traveller Middle East awards held on the eve of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM 5th – 8th May), at the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.


Dubai Duty Free, which achieved record sales of US$1.8 billion in 2013 and has been acknowledged as the largest single airport duty free operation in the world, came out tops in the readers’ survey conducted by the magazine within the category ‘Best Airport in the Middle East for Duty Free Shopping’.


With more than 300 travel industry executives in attendance at the newly opened Waldorf Astoria, the elegant gala dinner and awards ceremony was organized by Motivate and Panacea Publishing.


Commenting on this 13th consecutive award, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin said: “It is an incredible honour to receive this award for the 13th consecutive year. We never take these things for granted and sincerely thank those readers who have voted for Dubai Duty Free. Every award that we receive is a reflection on the hard work undertaken by all of our team and I join H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, in congratulating all of our 6,000 employees.”


The Business Traveller Middle East award is the third major award to be won by Dubai Duty Free this year. In April, the operation received two awards from Duty Free News International (DFNI) for Travel-Retail Excellence – “Best Airport Travel Retailer of the Year” and “Best New Shop Opening”. The latter was awarded for the January 2013 opening of Concourse A in Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3.

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