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 on 10th September.
Organized by Motivate Publishing, 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.
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.