November 29 2021  |  People

Colm McLoughlin receives Gulf Business Lifetime Achievement Award

By Wendy Morley

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Colm McLoughlin was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gulf Business Awards 2021 held on November 23 at the Central Park Towers in Dubai International Financial Centre.

Organized by Motivate Publishing, the annual Gulf Business Awards recognize the most successful companies and industry leaders across different sectors in the GCC.

The special recognition acknowledged McLoughlin for his outstanding contribution to the travel retail industry and his strong leadership of Dubai Duty Free since 1983.

Commenting on the award, McLoughlin said: “I am thrilled and delighted that I have been selected to receive this special award. I attribute it absolutely and totally to our team of staff and the effort they make in making our business successful and, of course, to our Chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who was also honored with the same award in 2017.”

McLoughlin follows in the footsteps of other UAE luminaries who have won the award, including H.E. Mohamed Alabbar, H.E. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg and Sir Tim Clark.

Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President - Corporate Services of Dubai Duty Free accepted the award on behalf of McLoughlin. He was joined by other Dubai Duty Free officials including Sinead El Sibai, SVP - Marketing, Bernard Creed, SVP - Finance, Mona Al Ali, SVP - Human Resources and Zayed Al Shebli, SVP - Loss Prevention & Corporate Security.

The awards were judged by the Gulf Business team and an independent judging panel that included industry and business leaders.

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