Dubai Duty Free’s Colm McLoughlin was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the annual CEO Middle East Awards, which were held at the Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah, last night in Dubai.
The mainstay of Dubai Duty Free since 1983, McLoughlin was part of a team from his native Ireland asked to set up the operation by the Dubai government.
During his 34 years in charge, he has built one of the world’s largest airport retail operations in the world in terms of turnover. By the year 2020 expects business in excess of $3 billion a year, with 10,000 staff.
McLoughlin also grew the company’s Leisure division, overseeing the Aviation Club, the Irish Village, Century Village, the Dubai Tennis Stadium and the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel.
(Source: ArabianBusiness.com YouTube channel)