December 17 2018  |  Retailers

Dubai Duty Free scoops two Global Traveler awards

By Mary Jane Pittilla


H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, and Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, with the two Global Traveler GT Tested Awards

Dubai Duty Free received two awards at the Global Traveler – GT Tested Awards, winning Best Duty-Free Shopping in the World for the 12th consecutive year and Best Duty-Free Shopping in the Middle East for the second consecutive year.

The awards were held on December 12 at The Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Voted by the readers of Global Traveler, the monthly magazine for frequent, luxury business and leisure travelers, Dubai Duty Free topped the publication’s 15th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey Awards conducted between January and September 2018 with more than 22,000 people responding to the survey.

Commenting on the award, Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin said: “It is a great honor to be recognized as the leading duty free, not just in the Middle East but more so in the world. These accolades are based on the opinions of discerning travelers and are an important way of gauging what our customers value the most.

“As an airport retailer, we remain committed to offering our passengers not only a diverse range of product, but also the very best shopping experience.”

Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President for Marketing of Dubai Duty Free, accepted the award on behalf of the operation.

With nearly 300,000 readers, Global Traveler connects US-based frequent affluent international travelers.

Each year, the GT Tested Reader Survey Awards are based on an independently verified online survey of Global Traveler magazine readers, representing frequent travelers who average nine international and 11 domestic round-trip flights as well as 60 nights in hotels per year, with 72% regularly traveling in first and business class.

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