Businessman wins $1mln in Dubai duty free promotion

An Indian businessman from Sharjah has been added to the ever-growing list of Indian winners of US$1 million when the draw for the latest Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion was held today at Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport.Mr. Thakappan Chettiyar Ramakrishnan, a 65-year-old Indian national based in Sharjah won a US$1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 441, with ticket number 2130, which he purchased online on 6th November.A regular participant in the Dubai Duty Free promotion for four years now, Mr. Ramakrishnan is a father of two and ran his own company in Sharjah.“Thank you so much for this timely win, you’re the best Dubai Duty Free!”, he said.Mr. Ramakrishnan is the 220th Indian national to have won US$1 million in the Millennium Millionaire promotion since in 1999 and Indian nationals are the biggest buyers of the tickets.Today's draw was conducted by Dubai Duty Free Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Michael Schmidt, SVP – Retail, Sharon Beecham, SVP – Purchasing and Zayed Al Shebli, SVP – Loss Prevention & Corporate Security.

Dubai Duty Free named best global Duty Free at the 6th Burj CEO Awards

Dubai Duty Free was presented with the ‘Best Global Duty Free Award’ at its Head Office on 25th October, which was won earlier at The Burj CEO Awards held in Europe in August.Hosted by CEO Clubs Network Worldwide, the 6th edition of the award acknowledged remarkable individuals and organisations across a diverse array of over 50 categories.Dubai Duty Free earned the title of Best Global Duty Free for its exceptional performance in setting up the global benchmark for airport retailing with the success of Dubai Duty Free spanning four decades.Dr. Tariq Nizami, Founder and CEO of CEO Clubs Network Worldwide, personally presented the award to Dubai Duty Free executive team led by the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin.In addition, McLoughlin and COO, Ramesh Cidambi were also presented with a Medal of Honour from the CEO Clubs Network Worldwide.Commenting on the award, Colm McLoughlin said, “We are delighted to receive the Best Global Duty Free Award from the CEO Clubs Network. This is a strong testimony to our dedication to providing a world class retail experience to our customers We were unable to be present at the awards ceremony itself, so appreciate receiving the award in person.”Also present in the awarding are Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Mona Al Ali, SVP – HR, Michael Schmidt, SVP – Retail, Sharon Beecham, SVP – Purchasing and Zayed Al Shebli, SVP – Loss Prevention & Corporate Security.The Burj CEO Awards is an annual global business award ceremony hosted in different countries that was first launched in 2016 in Washington, D.C., and since then has been held in London, Shenzhen, Mauritius, and Dubai. Over the years, the BURJ CEO Awards have recognised and awarded more than 200 business leaders and organisations for their business success. In addition to the awards ceremony, the BURJ CEO Summit is designed for awardees and delegates to share knowledge and best practices and engage in discussions on future trends and challenges. It offers a positive impact on the opportunities for networking and collaborations.??????

Colm McLoughlin named Global Brand’s Most Inspiring Leader - Retail in the UAE

Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin was named the “Most Inspiring Leader – Retail (UAE)” at the recent Global Brand Awards held at the Waldorf Astoria, The Palm on 10th December.Organised by Global Brand Magazine, the Global Brand Awards celebrate and recognise excellence in performance from brands and leaders across a broad range of sectors.Mr. McLoughlin was acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to the duty-free industry spanning over 53 years and in particular in his role as head of Dubai Duty Free since 1983..Commenting on the award, Mr. McLoughlin said; “'I am delighted that I have been selected to receive this award which I attribute to our team of staff and the effort they make in making our business successful for 39 years. I would also like to thank my Chairman, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum who continues to inspire me and who does an absolutely incredible job.”Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President for Marketing of Dubai Duty Free accepted the award on behalf of M.r. McLoughlin.Global Brands Magazine is one of the largest brand publications providing opinions and news related to various brands across the world. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom. The magazine provides readers with up- to- date news, reviews, opinions and polls on leading brands across the globe