UAE. Dubai Duty Free has added two more accolades to its growing collection. The retailer picked up ‘Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East’ at the Business Traveller Middle East awards and was named ‘Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year’ at the DFNI Asia/Pacific Awards for Travel-Retail Excellence.

The Business Traveller Middle East awards were held on the eve of the Arabian Travel Market (24 – 27 April), at the Palazzo Versace Dubai. Dubai Duty Free, which achieved sales of US$1.85 billion in 2016, came first in the readers’ survey conducted by the magazine in the category ‘Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East’.

L-R: Dubai Duty Free Chief Operating Officer Ramesh Cidambi, Vice President –Purchasing Saba Tahir and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin accept the ‘Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East’ award

The award, won for the 16th consecutive time by Dubai Duty Free, was presented to Chief Operating Officer Ramesh Cidambi by Michelin-star chef Vineet Bhatia and Consul General at the US Consulate in Dubai H.E. Paul R. Malik.

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin said: “This award reflects the views and opinions of frequent travellers and to receive this for the 16th consecutive year is very special and reflects the hard work of all of our employees. I would like to thank H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, for his ongoing support and my thanks to those who have given us their vote.”

Dubai Duty Free was awarded ‘Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year’ for the 17th consecutive time at DFNI’s ceremony at last week’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition in Singapore.

The Dubai Duty Free team capture the Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year award for the 17th consecutive year

The DFNI awards are a celebration of the very best in the duty free industry in the Asia Pacific region and are based on votes received from industry partners. Online voting forms for the DFNI Asia/Pacific awards were sent to a special industry ‘academy’ of retailers, suppliers, agents and distributors serving the region. Forms were also distributed through DFNI’s international database.

McLoughlin said: “The DFNI awards recognise excellence in service, innovation and quality within the airport retail sector and as such it is fantastic to receive this recognition for the 17th time. We never grow complacent when it comes to our retail offer and our overall service and I would like to join our Chairman, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in thanking our team of staff and all of those who voted for Dubai Duty Free.”