Dubai insider: Duty Bound

WT Writer
Mar 5, 2019
Experience the best of the emirate through the eyes of its homegrown success story, Dubai Duty Free

The thrill of shopping at the airport never loses its shine and Dubai Duty Free, one of the biggest travel retail operators in the world, is an authority when it comes to providing a retail experience to excite even the most seasoned shopper. Offering some 38,000 square metres of retail space at Dubai International Airport and 2,500 square metres at Al Maktoum International, Dubai Duty Free has an impressive list of luxury brands under one roof, at great prices. Whether you have your heart set on a new watch, want to treat yourself to the latest perfume, or find the perfect gift for a loved one, the expertly trained staff are on hand to guide you. Plus, be sure to check out the new store within the chic shopping arcade at the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2), which is docked at Port Rashid.


There are plenty of hotels to choose from in the emirate, but the Dubai Duty Free owned Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is a stand-out choice. Set in lush, landscaped grounds overlooking Dubai Creek, the contemporary property is home to the award-winning Akaru spa. What’s more, all guests are invited to use the private beach at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, and receive complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for an activity-packed holiday to remember.

Join the fun seekers letting off steam at The Irish Village. A little piece of Ireland in Dubai, these popular destinations at Al Garhoud and Riverland Dubai are built to resemble an authentic community setting, with charming features such as the telephone box, carts and barrels and even the lampposts shipped direct from the Emerald Isle. It’s your go-to for traditional Irish fare, live music, and service with a smile. Keep your eyes peeled for the third Irish Village opening at Studio One Hotel in Dubai Studio City in 2019.  

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Dubai boasts a year-round calendar of activities. Among the premier dates in the diary is Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which takes place annually in February at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Garhoud, and lures the biggest names in tennis to battle it out for the coveted title. Bookworms can meet leading authors at the 11th Annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (1-9 March 2019) while, later in the year, the citywide shopping event Dubai Summer Surprises (21 June to 3 August 2019) gives rise to lots of fun activations at malls and the airport. There are plenty more events in the pipeline that’ll make you want to plan your next trip to Dubai.