DXB is number one For the fourth year in a row, Dubai International (DXB) has retained its position as the world’s number one airport for international passengers, with annual traffic for 2017 reaching 88.2 million travellers.
Last year, the airport reduced waiting times and enabled smartgates for UAE residents, as well as launched the world’s fastest free airport wi-fi (WOW-Fi) and free streaming movies with ICFlix.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, adds: “With passenger traffic expected to reach 90.3 million in 2018, our focus in the new year will be on the DXB Plus programme, which aims to expand the airport’s annual capacity to 118 millions passengers.”
Pros to host Dubai Duty Free Irish Open from 2019 Some of Ireland’s golfing greats will annually host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open from 2019 onwards, beginning with pro Paul McGinley. This year, from July 5-8, the event takes place at Ballyliffin Golf Club in County Donegal, hosted by the Rory Foundation, as part of the Rolex Series on the European Tour.
Rory McIlroy said: “I am thrilled by what we have achieved with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open over the past four years... I look forward to collectively building on the current platform in the years ahead.” www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com.
Eco-friendly campaigns For seven years now Dubai Duty Free has been supporting the Dubai Municipality Car Free Day initiative, which aims to inspire people in the city to think more carefully about their modes of transportation. It all comes as part of Dubai Duty Free’s aim to reduce its carbon emissions, which sees 92 percent of its workforce use a carpooling system, and a fuel-efficient delivery fleet.
The Car Free Day campaign, specifically, encourages residents and motorists to give up their vehicles for a day to use the city’s metro, buses and abras (water taxis), or simply walk and cycle instead. So, while you’re visiting the city, why not take a leaf out of the Dubai Duty Free team’s book and use the broad network of public transporation yourself? You can traverse the emirate by road, rail or water, or even rent out a bike for the day (www.bykystations.com) – there are plenty of ways for you to cut back on your own carbon footprint, too.
Duty Free dollars to be won Toms Arackal Mani, an Indian national based in Bangalore, became one of Dubai Duty Free’s dollar millionaires after the 38-year-old executive bought his ticket in December last year. “I am lost for words,” he said when his ticket number 2190 in Series 263 was drawn. “Thank you Dubai Duty Free for the greatest news of my life.” A Porsche car and BMW motorbike were also won in the Finest Surprise draw.
The Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion has been running since 1999. Mani joins a long list of lucky winners. Is it you next? Buy tickets at Dubai Duty Free or online. www.dubaidutyfree.com.