Global supremacy

Dubai Duty Free was announced as the largest single airport retail operation in the world based on its all-time high 2013 sales of U$1.8 billion. The stunning result marked the fourth time the Middle East travel retail giant has reached this position.

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, is greeted by Mona Al Ali, Manager – HR Administration Services, Dubai Duty Free, when he visits the operator’s stand at the UAE Career Fair.

US$1.9 billion

Dubai Duty Free’s annual sales

The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins with Colm and Breeda McLoughlin.

Dubai Duty Free's Colm McLoughlin reflects on the Travel Retail Village in Sri Lanka, an outstanding pan-industry CSR initiative.

Rallying support: The packed Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium sees an exciting semi-final between superstars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Swiss timing reigns supreme: Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with his trophy after defeating Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. inaugurates the extension of The Irish Village, which is part of Dubai Duty Free’s Leisure portfolio. He is accompanied by Dubai Duty Free and The Irish Village officials as well as His Excellency Patrick Hennessy, Irish Ambassador to the UAE.

Scaling new heights: Dubai Duty Free ambassadors Rosalyn Ranido and Jerome Esgana at the summit of Mount Toubkal after completing the six-day trek, The High Atlas Challenge, in Morocco. As part of its support for the non-profit organisation Gulf For Good, Dubai Duty Free raised almost AED60,000 (US$16,300), which was donated for the Education For All campaign in Morocco to help build the fifth boarding facility for girls in the High Atlas Mountains.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Colm McLoughlin with the Frontier Award for Airport Retailer of the Year in a Single Location.

Holding out a hand for the children of Haiti: The Dubai Duty Free Foundation donated US$500,000 of the US$1.5 million needed to finance a sports complex at the Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable, near the city of Saint Marc, Haiti, in support of the travel retail industry-led Hand in Hand for Haiti initiative following the devastating earthquake in the country in January 2010.

The US$1.5 million Dubai Duty Free Sports Complex includes a football pitch with artificial turf, a basketball court, two volleyball courts and a 400-metre six-lane running track.

The Dubai Duty Free management and staff at the launch of the Plastic Recycling Drive, which aims to encourage the operation’s 6,000 staff members to recycle plastic waste and turn it into useful products, therefore collectively focusing on the 4Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Reinvent and Recycle. The event coincided with a special screening of the film Trashed held at the Dubai Duty Free Auditorium.

Colm McLoughlin, George Horan, Salah Tahlak and Olympia Pineda, Manager – Corporate Responsibility, hand over a ceremonial cheque for AED2 million (US$545,000) to Mohammad Amin Al-Emadi, Director General, Dubai Autism Centre, and Farhan Shahid, Events and Project Manager. The donation supports the construction of a new 91,000sq ft facility in Garhoud as part of the centre’s Build A Difference campaign.

Serena Williams and the Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci pose with their Year-End No. 1 trophies with Salah Tahlak and Stacey Allaster, Chairperson and CEO, WTA.

Homecoming: Colm and Breeda McLoughlin with the Ballinasloe Fair Queen Averal Smyth at the opening of the 2014 Ballinasloe Horse Fair and Festival in St Michael’s Square, Ireland. The nine-day extravaganza of all things equestrian is one of Europe’s oldest horse fairs. Colm McLoughlin hails from Ballinasloe in County Galway.

Dubai Duty Free celebrates the UAE’s 43rd National Day with grand festivities at its head office.

Dubai Duty Free staff pose for a picture during Unleashed, the operator’s in-house literary-music festival featuring talent from across the company.

Dubai Duty Free senior management and staff celebrate the retailer’s 31st anniversary. A -25% discount on a wide range of items over the anniversary weekend prompts an extraordinary shopping frenzy, with sales for the 72-hour period reaching US$51.74 million

Star quality: Dubai Duty Free ambassador Caroline Wozniacki at the red carpet of the Dubai International Film Festival with Ramesh Cidambi.

The Moodie Davitt e-Zine | Spotlight Series – Special Report | 20 December 2018