Dubai Duty Free
Dubai Duty Free and the team behind the brand are known for their excellence standards and hence have been winning a number of accolades recently. Recently, the Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin has been honoured with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the prestigious CEO Middle East Awards held at Four Seasons Resort Hotel.
McLoughlin was singled out for the top award as an influential leader in the duty free business particularly in Dubai Duty Free for 34 years and in recognition of his achievements and exceptional performance demonstrated during the past year.
On receiving the award McLoughlin commented: ““I’m absolutely thrilled and humbled by hearing the names of the (Lifetime CEO Award winning) people that went before me. I feel honoured to be following them.
“Dubai Duty Free has done well and we’re very proud of it but mostly I’m proud of the freedom that we have been given to run out business by the government of Dubai and my own Chairman His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and by my team of staff who now number 5,900. I want to dedicate this lifetime achievement award to those people and, of course, my beautiful wife Breeda.”
An independent judging panel consisting of the editorial team and directors of ITP Executive Publishing, working across the CEO Middle East and Arabian Business brands, both in print and online, came together to select the CEO winners.
McLoughlin was accompanied by his wife Breeda, son Niall and his wife Sherly, along with senior executives from Dubai Duty Free including Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operating Officer, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services, Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President – Marketing and Saba Tahir, Senior Vice President – Purchasing.
In addition, for the second consecutive year, Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin was presented with the “Retail Business Leader of the Year” at the Gulf Business Awards held at the Fairmont The Palm Hotel.
The annual Gulf Business Awards recognize the most successful companies and industry leaders across nine categories including IT, banking, real estate, aviation, retail, media, tourism, healthcare and energy. The awards were adjudged by the Gulf Business team and a special independent panel of judges, as well as through public voting. This year also saw the introduction of the Happiness and Positivity Company of the Year award.
Commenting on the award, Colm McLoughlin said: “I am delighted to accept the Retail Business Leader of the Year award for the second time and dedicate this to our team of staff and to our Chairman, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his enormous achievements and ceaseless contributions to the growth of the UAE, especially in Aviation.”
Presenting the award to Colm McLoughlin in front of top-business executives in attendance was H.E. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Consul General of Canada to the UAE.
For the award ceremony, McLoughlin was accompanied by his wife Breeda McLoughlin and senior officials from Dubai Duty Free including Ramesh Cidambi, COO, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services, Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President – Marketing, Sean Staunton, Senior Vice President – Retail Sales and Michael Schmidt, Senior Vice President – Retail Support.