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 36,000 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.
Dubai boasts a year-round calendar of activities and one of the premier dates in the diary is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (main picture), which is taking place from 19 February to 3 March 2018. Marking the 18th anniversary of the WTA women’s event and the 26th anniversary of the ATP World Tour men’s event, spectators will witness some of the biggest names in tennis battle it out for the coveted title.
Staged at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Garhoud, the tournament is flawlessly organised and has a family-friendly vibe. Last year, Andy Murray became the first British champion, defeating Fernando Verdasco, and we can expect more nail-biting action at this year’s installment.
Beyond the tennis championships, the 5,000-seat centre court is a leading concert venue that’s played host to top acts such as Sting, Bryan Adams and Enrique Iglesias, so be sure to keep your eyes open for upcoming events.
Join the fun seekers letting off some steam at the nearby The Irish Village. A little piece of Ireland in the heart of Dubai, it is 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 the place to go for traditional Irish fare, live music, and service with a smile. Indeed, it’s so popular that a second location is now open at Riverland Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts. Boasting great views of the parks and all their thrilling attractions, this latest outpost retains the carefree vibe of the original and is home to a quirky collection of yesteryear memorabilia. Before you leave, treat yourself at the 350-square-metre Dubai Duty Free shop.
Whether you’re planning to stay for just one night, or want to make a holiday out of it, there are plenty of hotels to choose from in the emirate. We recommend Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, which is set in lush, landscaped grounds overlooking Dubai Creek. Owned by Dubai Duty Free, the contemporary property offers its guests access to the award-winning Akaru spa and the private beach at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, along with complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for an activity-packed holiday you’ll remember forever.