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Dubai Duty Free leverages Alipay+ solutions

Dubai Duty Free, one of the world’s largest travel retail operators, today announced its partnership with Alipay+ to power a seamless travel and checkout experience for international visitors.Consumers from South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Mongolia, Italy as well as Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao are now able to access promotions and pay with their home digital apps at duty-free stores at Dubai and Al Maktoum International airports.Dubai Duty Free is among the latest retailers and tourism facilities that leverage Alipay+ cross-border payment technology and marketing solutions to boost convenience and efficiency for international visitors.Through simple integration, Alipay+ e-wallet and bank partners that are accepted across the UAE include Alipay, AlipayHK, MPay (Macao SAR, China), GCash from the Philippines, Kakao Pay?Naver Pay and Toss Pay from South Korea, OCBC from Singapore, TrueMoney from Thailand, Hipay from Mongolia and Tinaba from Italy.In Dubai, the vast majority of international tourists are now able to pay for their taxi fares, and shop cashless at big malls in downtown and at airports with their home e-wallets and banking apps, in home currencies. Upon scanning the QR code at merchants’ end or pulling out their individual QR code to be scanned, the purchase would be completed within seconds, with transaction details displayed at their home digital app in real time.The partnership also comes as Dubai Duty Free celebrates its 40th Anniversary in December by unveiling a series of promotions and pre-Christmas deals for major categories including perfumes, cosmetics, liquor, watches, jewelry, confectionery, and leather goods.Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin commented: “"At Dubai Duty Free, we strive to provide a convenient and excellent shopping experience for our customers. We are therefore very excited about this partnership with Alipay+ to provide a seamless travel and checkout experience for them. For key travelers from Asia and Europe, it is of great advantage to be able to use their choice of payment, which they already use at home, without any exchange of cash.”Guoming Cheng, general manager of Ant Group in Europe and Middle East“We are thrilled to launch Alipay+ cross-border payment technology and marketing solutions at fast-growing global retailers like Dubai Duty Free to support convenient digital payment options so that international passengers can enjoy a seamless experience just the same way they do at home. From Dubai taxis to Dubai Duty Free and more tourism facilities, we are looking forward to upgrading the checkout experience across the region and support the growth of smart travel.”
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Dubai Duty Free’s milestone 40th anniversary sales reach AED54.2mln in 24 hours

Dubai Duty Free sales on its milestone 40th anniversary topped Dhs54.2 million (US$14.8 million) supported by a special 25% discount on a wide range of merchandise for 24 hours.The anniversary sale, which was also extended to its Home Delivery and Click & Collect offer resulted in a spending spree at Dubai International and Al Maktoum International airports with sales 53% higher than December 20th last year.From a category point of view, Perfumes was the highest-selling category, with sales of Dhs12.4 million (US$3.4 million) during the anniversary day sale, followed by Watches with sales of Dhs7.5 million (US$2.1 million), while ticket sales for Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire reached a staggering Dhs6.6 million (US$1.8 million). Liquor took the fourth spot with sales of Dhs6.4 million (US$1.8 million), followed by Cosmetics with sales of Dhs4.3 million (US$1.2 million).Commenting on the success of the 40th anniversary sale, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free said: “We are very pleased with the positive result of our 40th anniversary sales across all Concourses within 24 hours. There was huge excitement amongst our customers and staff on the day and I would like to thank everyone for contributing towards our milestone anniversary celebrations.”Meanwhile, online sales topped Dhs7.5 million (US$2.1 million) with a total of 5,815 combined orders received through Click & Collect and Home Delivery service as well as tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotions purchased online.During the 24-hour anniversary sales, the cash registers recorded a total of 79,812 sales transactions while the Dubai Duty Free's Distribution Centre issued 800 pallets of merchandise and the total number of picks in the warehouse was 8,041 for 265,799 units of merchandise.The Dubai Duty Free anniversary promotion is now a highly anticipated event with many travelers choosing to travel on the day when the 25% discount is offered. The Dubai Duty Free Anniversary offer was first introduced when the airport retailer marked its 20th Anniversary in 2003 and continues to be popular over what is traditionally a busy travel period.
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Dubai Duty Free celebrates milestone 40 years of retailing service

Dubai Duty Free marked its milestone 40th anniversary today as it welcomed passengers travelling through Dubai International and Al Maktoum International airports with a special 25% discount on a wide range of merchandise for 24 hours.The anniversary discount for 24 hours saw a spending spree at the two airports as well as online and is sure to signal a good end to the year.Commenting on the success of 40th anniversary, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Dubai Duty Free said: “The anniversary celebrations are a good way of saying thank you to our customers, our employees and our partners. I join our Chairman, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in marking this special occasion and wish everyone a great end of year celebrations. 2023 has been a great year and this is a great ending for us.”The milestone anniversary also saw a series of celebrations in various locations over the past few days with the Dubai Duty Free executive team, led by Colm McLoughlin, marking the occasion in Terminal 2, Al Maktoum International Airport as well as its Head Office in Ramoul, Terminal 3 Concourse A, Hatta Border Shop and Terminal 1 Concourse D in Dubai International Airport.To mark the anniversary day itself (20th December), the Dubai Duty Free team kicked off the celebration at The Irish Village in Garhoud with the announcement of the winner of The Dubai Duty Free Shopping List radio promotion with Dubai 92 to win AED40,000 Dubai Duty Free Gift Card.Ms. Sophia Rasundra, an Indian national based in Dubai, was the sole winner of the Dhs40,000 DDF gift card, announced by the Dubai 92 FM Breakfast team of Jono and Nats. The promotion ran over the past 2 weeks and there was a total of 11 shortlisted participants who were invited to The Irish Village, along with their families for a special breakfast. The 10 runners-up did not walk away empty handed however, as they received consolation prizes of a Dubai Duty Free Gift Card for Dhs400 each to spend next time they travel.The celebration continued in Dubai International Airport when the Executive team, led by Colm McLoughlin, headed to Terminal 3’s Concourse C and Control Tower for a traditional cake cutting ceremony before proceeding to Concourse B for another celebration where they conducted the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draws.To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, prior to the cake cutting and draws, the Dubai Duty Free Nightingales choral group sang some Christmas carols to the delight of the staff and passengers.Two draws were conducted in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion with Series 443 and 444 being drawn.Mr. Bishoj Pilavilthazha, a 36-year-old Indian national based in Dubai won a US$1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 443 with ticket number 1074, which he purchased online on 5th December.A resident of Dubai for 11 years, Mr. Pilavilthazha shared the ticket cost with his nine other friends, who started participating in the Dubai Duty Free promotion in October after being a long time participant in a similar promotion without any luck.Mr. Pilavilthazha is a father of one and works as an accountant.“Thank you Dubai Duty Free! This win will collectively change our lives,” he said.Mr. Pilavilthazha who hails from Kerala is the 221st Indian national to have won US$1 million in the Millennium Millionaire promotion since in 1999 and Indian nationals are the biggest buyers of tickets.Joining Mr. Pilavilthazha as a fellow US dollar millionaire is Mr. Khaled Al Adib, a 47-year-old Syrian national based in Dubai who was also announced the winner of US$1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 444 with ticket number 0076, which he purchased online on 2nd December.A regular participant in Dubai Duty Free's promotion for 10 years, Mr. Al Adib, is a father of two boys and owns a construction company in Abu Dhabi.“Thank you so much, Dubai Duty Free. I’m so happy and glad that I never lose hope that I will win one day in your promotion,” he said.When asked about his initial plan with his win, he said, “I will buy a new house in Dubai, travel and do some charity work."Mr. Al Adib is the 9th Syrian national to win the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion since its inception in 1999.Today's draw was conducted by Dubai Duty Free's Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, Salah Tahlak, Joint COO, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Dr. Bernard Creed, SVP – Finance, Mona Al Ali, SVP – Human Resources, Michael Schmidt, SVP – Retail, Sharon Beecham, SVP – Purchasing, Zayed Al Shebli, SVP - Loss Prevention and Corporate Security along with H.E. Major General Ali Atiq Bin Lahej, Director General - Department of Airports Security.Following the Millennium Millionaire, five luxury vehicle winners were also unveiled at the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise draw.Mr. Adinath Renjithnathan, a 13-year-old Indian national based in Kerala, India won a Bentley Bentayga V8 (Glacier White) car, with ticket number 0928 in the Finest Surprise Series 1859, which he purchased on 15th November on his way to Thiruvananthapuram, India from Dubai.A first-time ticket buyer, Mr. Renjithnathan is a grade 8 student who persuaded his mom to purchase the ticket when he saw the car in Dubai Duty Free on their way back to India after celebrating his birthday in Dubai.“It has always been my dream to own a Bentley car. I’m grateful to Dubai Duty Free for this amazing win.,” he said.Mr. Muhannad Al-Qaddomi, a 43-year-old Jordanian national based in Dubai won a Mercedes Benz S500 (Diamond White) car, with ticket number 0257 in the Finest Surprise Series 1860, which he purchased online on 17th November.A resident of Dubai since 2010 and a regular participant in the Dubai Duty Free promotion, Mr. Al-Qaddomi is a father of three and works as management consultant for PwC in Abu Dhabi.Speaking on his way to board the plane back to Dubai, Mr. Al-Qaddomi said, “This is unbelievable! I’m coming back to Dubai today with a brand new car waiting for me. Thank you so much, Dubai Duty Free.”Mr. Prasanth Krishna Pillai, a 47-year-old Indian national based in Dubai won a Mercedes Benz G 63 (Obsidian Black) car, with ticket number 1688 in the Finest Surprise Series 1861, which he purchased on 30th November on his way to Thiruvananthapuram, India.Another first-time ticket buyer, Mr. Pillai, is a father of two and works as a manager for a car showroom in Ras Al Khor.“Thank you Dubai Duty Free. I cannot believe I won with my first ever ticket to your promotion,” he said.Mr. Basheer Ahamed, an Indian national based in the UAE won a BMW R 1250 GS (Black Storm Metallic) motorbike, with ticket number 0200 in the Finest Surprise Series 559, which he purchased online 27th November.Mr. Ahamed is currently uncontactable, but will no doubt be delighted to learn of his win.Lastly, Mr. Naveen D’Souza, an Indian national based in Sharjah won an Indian Chef Dark Horse (Sagebrush Smoke) motorbike, with ticket number 0263 in the Finest Surprise Series 560, which he purchased on 11th December on his way to Mangaluru, India from Dubai.Mr. D’Souza is also not available for immediate comment.Directly after the Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draws, the team announced the winners in other Anniversary promotions including the DDF 40th Anniversary Shop & Win Gold, DDF 40th Anniversary Surprise and DDF 40th Anniversary Staff Surprise.In the "Shop & Win Gold" promotion, which ran for 4 weeks from 20th November to 17th December announced the last 40 winners of a special Dubai Duty Free 40th Anniversary 10-gram gold bar.While five names were announced in the last five series, 006 to 010, in the Dubai Duty Free 40th Anniversary Surprise. The online promotion offers 1000 ticket buyers, with tickets only AED 40, the chance to win a AEDD 40,000 Dubai Duty Free Gift Card in each series. The winners are Mr. Venkata Krishnan Modukuru Ramaiah (Indian), Mr. Zhen Li (Chinese), Ms. Mary Grace Luciano (Filipino), Mr. Amit Saraf (Indian), and Mr. Salu Alamittath (Indian). The two latter winners are both Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire winners in Series 348 and Series 365 in 2021, respectively.Lastly, with three winners of AED40,000 cash in the DDF 40th Anniversary Staff Surprise promotion.Thirty-seven Dubai Duty Free staff also enjoyed a special 'Staff Surprise' raffle draw with a total of Dhs 85,000 in cash prizes given away.
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Dubai Duty Free announces the first 40 winners of Shop & Win Gold promotion

To kick off the Dubai Duty Free 40th Anniversary celebrations, the airport retailer has announced the first 40 winners of its Shop & Win Gold promotion at a draw held yesterday, 29th November in Concourse B of Dubai International Airport.The ‘Shop & Win Gold” promotion, which is running for 4 weeks from 20th November to 17th December 2023 offers departing and arriving passengers travelling through Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International airports, as well as online buyers at dubaidutyfree.com a chance to win a Dubai Duty Free 40th Anniversary 10-gram gold bar. Dubai Duty Free has released a commemorative gold bar to celebrate its milestone 40th anniversary. Exclusively designed and produced for Dubai Duty Free by PAMP Swiss, the limited-edition gold bar weighs 10 grams and features the 40th anniversary logo with the years 1983–2023 on the front side and the Dubai Duty Free logo on the reverse side. The special Swiss-made bars are limited to only 888 gold bars.For every AED 400 spent at Dubai Duty Free, a customer will receive an e-coupon to enter the draw. Customers with multiple transactions accumulating to AED 400 are also entitled to participate in the promotion. Customers must scan the unique QR Code on the receipt(s) and follow the steps for registration.For the first week, the promotion attracted 13,801 registered customers, equivalent to 63,320 e-coupons that were entered into the draw.The draw was conducted by Dubai Duty Free’s COO Ramesh Cidambi, JCOO Salah Tahlak and several Dubai Duty Free managers.All the winners will be notified via the email address registered with Dubai Duty Free.The next draw dates are 6th, 13th and 20th December.
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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.
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Dubai Duty Free wins two at The Trazees Awards

Dubai Duty Free was presented with two awards in its Head Office yesterday, 10th October, that were won earlier at the 9th annual ceremony for the Trazees Awards held in Texas, USA. The awards included “Favorite Duty-Free Shopping” and “Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East”.Voted by the online readers of Trazees Travel, Global Traveler’s sister online publication, which is the must-visit online resource for travelers aged 25–40 offering travel tips, reviews and the latest travel trends. Dubai Duty Free came out top in the online readers survey conducted between December 2022 to May 2023.Haley Fogarty, Advertising Manager for Global Traveller and Trazees Travel traveled to Dubai to personally hand over the trophies to Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin, and Ramesh Cidambi, COO.Commenting on the two awards, Colm McLoughlin said, “We are delighted to be named "Favorite Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East" for the third time and "Favorite Duty-Free Shopping" for the second time. We are thrilled that we are appealing to the millennial traveler, the most sought-after travel demographic. My thanks to the online readers of Trazees Travel magazine and to the organisers.”Trazeetravel.com conducted a survey of its readers for the best in many categories important to the millennial travel market (under 40 years of age). The survey was conducted online at trazeetravel.com and email, with only those questionnaires with more than 50 percent of the questions completed were counted. Those with less than 50 percent answered were discarded.
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Dubai Duty Free annual sales reach Dhs6.339bln ($1.74bln) in 2022

Dubai Duty Free ushered in the new year by announcing annual sales of Dhs6.339 billion (US$1.74 billion) in 2022, representing a 78% increase over the previous year.A sign that the operation was on track for a strong recovery after two challenging years was evident in August, when it recorded a 104% increase in sales for the first eight months of the year, when sales reached US$1.06 billion.December sales were further fueled by Dubai Duty Free’s 39th anniversary celebrations when the operation offered a 25% discount from the 18th - 20th December, which resulted in a shopping spree of Dhs107.3 million (US$29.4 million) during the 72-hour period.Reflecting on the year at Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, said: “We are thrilled to announce such a positive year as travel returns, during which the operation went from strength to strength. I would like to thank our Chairman, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, for his ongoing support and I join him in thanking our great team of staff, our suppliers and of course our customers, who are fundamental to our continued growth and success.”The operation recorded over 17.3 million sales transactions throughout the year, or an average of 46,912 sales transactions per day, while a staggering 47.302 million units of merchandise were sold.With sales of Dhs1.134 billion (US$310.66 million), Perfume, which contributed 18% of total sales retained its position as the top selling category. It was followed by Liquor, Gold, Cigarettes & Tobacco, and Electronics. Sales of Liquor reached Dhs1.021 billion (US$279.84 million) and accounted for 16% of the total annual sales. Meanwhile, Gold recorded sales of Dhs629.292 million (US$172.41 million) and contributed 10% towards total revenue. Cigarettes & Tobacco came in fourth place with sales amounting to Dhs562.347 million (US$154.07 million) and accounted for 9% of total revenue while Electronics came in fifth place with sales of Dhs502.201 million (US$137.59 million) and accounted for 8% of total annual sales.Online sales accounted for 2.54% of the overall sales tally for 2022 and reached Dhs161.200 million (US$44.16 million).Sales in Departures across the operation totaled Dhs5.57 billion (US$1.53 billion) representing 88% of total annual sales, while Arrivals sales totaled Dhs573.385 million (US$157.092 million), representing 9% of total annual sales.Meanwhile, in line with the growth of the operation, rehiring and recruitment continued with the total employee count now standing 4,663. Throughout the year, the operation received a total of 19 awards, including its 21st consecutive Business Traveller Middle East Award for "Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East", the Gulf Business “Retail Company of the Year” award and the sixteenth consecutive Global Traveler Award for "Best Duty-Free Shopping in the World.”. Colm McLoughlin was also the recipient of two personal awards including being honoured with the inaugural Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) Lifetime Achievement Award and being named the "Most Inspiring Leader - Retail (UAE)" at the Global Brand Awards.Looking ahead, Dubai Duty Free will continue to maintain its busy events and promotional calendar which includes the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to be staged at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium from the 19th February – 4th March.