DUBAI DUTY FREE CELEBRATES MILESTONE 40 YEARS OF RETAILING SERVICE

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ANNOUNCED WINNERS IN THE DUBAI DUTY FREE MILLENNIUM MILLIONAIRE AND FINEST SURPRISE AND OTHER ANNIVERSARY PROMOTIONS

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.

Sophia Rasundra winner The Dubai Duty Free Shopping List radio promotion with Colm McLoughlin and Sinead El Sibai with Dubai 92 hosts Jono and NatsSophia Rasundra winner The Dubai Duty Free Shopping List radio promotion with Colm McLoughlin and Sinead El Sibai with Dubai 92 hosts Jono and Nats

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.

The Dubai Duty Free executive team along with H.E. Major General Ali Atiq Bin Lahej, Director General - Department of Airports Security conducting the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire drawThe Dubai Duty Free executive team along with H.E. Major General Ali Atiq Bin Lahej, Director General – Department of Airports Security conducting the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire draw

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.

The Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise draw for 5 luxury vehiclesThe Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise draw for 5 luxury vehicles

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.