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Dubai Duty Free Celebrates 33 Years of Retailing Success Passengers to Dubai International and Al Maktoum International took advantage of a special 25 per cent discount at Dubai Duty Free in December, across three days that totalled more than Dhs161.817 million (US$44.33 million) in sales. The offers were in celebration of Dubai Duty Free’s 33rd anniversary and ran from midnight on December 18 to midnight on December 20. The annual celebration lined up well with the high passenger traffic over the pre-Christmas holiday weekend. On the first day alone, sales at Dubai Duty Free across both airports reached Dhs35.29 million (US$9.67 million), while December 19 clocked Dhs32.88 million (US$9.01 million). The anniversary day itself falls on December 20, which this year saw sales reach Dhs93.64 million (US$25.6 million). “The anniversary celebrations spread over three days were fantastic and received positive

results across all the concourses. The 25 per cent discount to our customers is our way of saying thank you for their support through the year.” commented Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin. Perfumes were the biggest selling category this year, with sales of Dhs25.30 million (US$6.93 million), followed by watches and cosmetics on December 20. The till transactions alone show how busy Dubai Duty Free was, with a total of 293,903 sales transactions over the three days.

As part of the celebrations, there were cakecutting ceremonies and two winners were announced when DDF officials, headed by McLoughlin and COO Ramesh Cidambi, and other senior officials conducted a Millenium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draw. Pakistani national Saad Khan won US$1 million in the draw, while Prajwal Raj Paudel from Nepal won a Ducati Monster 821 Star White Silk. Dubai Duty Free’s employees also enjoyed a special Staff Surprise draw, resulting in a total of over US$23,000 being won by employees.

Dubai Duty Free management and staff celebrate 33rd anniversary in Concourse C

A swinging success for the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup

Dubai Duty Free officials Colm McLoughlin, Salah Tahlak, Nic Bruwer and Sinead El Sibai, with golf pro Des Smyth and 2016 winner Scott Campbell

The 24th edition of the highly anticipated Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup teed off at The Address Montgomerie Dubai last month. More than 90 players turned out for the two-day event, that saw Scott Campbell crowned 2016 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup Champion. “I’m shocked to have won such a prestigious event,” Campbell commented. “It was an 38

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amazing two days and I’m looking forward to next year’s event already.” Campbell beat Niall McLoughlin, who was leading after day one on count-back after a better second round score, resulting in a twoday total of 84 stableford points. Runner-up McLoughlin prevailed in the Men’s Division to be named overall local champion after rounds of 47 and 37 points.

In the Ladies division, Naema Mayam was named overall local winner for the second year with two solid scores totalling 67 points. While Nancy Miller managed to secure victory in the overall visitor winner category for the third year in a row with a whooping 74 points. A total of 64 points saw Gunther Becker claim overall super senior title, while Clarke Francis took the senior winner with 77 points.


Dubai Voyager | January 2017