By Andy Sambidge
Airport operator says it believes retail sale to be largest ever at any airport in the world
Abu Dhabi Duty Free said on Monday that it has just witnessed its single largest retail transaction which was more than $374,000.
It is thought to be the single largest airport retail sale in the world, officials said.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the operator of the UAE capital's international airport, and DFS Abu Dhabi said the transaction of $372,482 happened on Wednesday December 14.
No details were given about who the customer was other than it was a member of DFS' loyalty programme, Platinum Services Club. The details of the shopping list were also undisclosed.
Commenting on the sale, Mohammed Al Bulooki, chief commercial officer of ADAC, said: "This is a historic day in the history of Abu Dhabi Duty Free and our partnership with DFS."
Glen Morgan, Vice President DFS Abu Dhabi, said: "DFS Platinum Services Club is ideally suited to not only meeting, but exceeding these visitors' expectations as they travel through, and shop in Abu Dhabi International Airport."
With the new Midfield terminal due to open in 2017, exclusive retail facilities dedicated to the Platinum Service Club members are already being planned, he added.
Abu Dhabi International Airport said in August that its Duty Free sales for the first half of 2011 rose by 7.5 percent compared to the same period last year.
Total sales of AED293m were announced with shops in Terminal 3 seeing a 59 percent increase, driven by the excellent performance from its 19 luxury boutiques.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said in a statement that sales increases were expected to continue over the second half of 2011, as shops in Terminal 1 reopen following the terminal refurbishments.
I can't possibly think of what this person bought at the airport which was cheaper than what he could have bought outside of the airport. The only thing I could think of is something very small and valuable. The only reason one would possible want to do this is to get money into another country without carrying all that cash lol..
That's a lot of orange "Tang"
Andy, you are spot on.
This cannot be a spontaneous purchase and surely is with prior arrangement at purchase and at the destination. Something precious and compact which can be carried-on; obviously no questions asked at check-in/screening and no receipts needed on board. ! Check-out at desination is taken care of, duty-free. Bon Voyage!