A recent addition to the line up at T3 is Emporium, a swish cocktail bar and fine spirits and Champagne store, which is run jointly by Diageo, the owner of Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Baileys, Ketel One and countless other spirits, and Moët-Hennessy, the owner of Hennessy cognac, Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon. It aims to combine the sort of luxury service you’d find at a five-star hotel with the ultra-premium wines and spirits such as Hennessy Richard and Johnnie Walker Blue Label you would find at Selfridges or Harrods.
If you like fine French wine, head over to either of the two Le Clos stores in Terminal 3, which both sell arguably the best selection of wines available anywhere in travel-retail, including the most collected of Bordeaux names such as Château Margaux, Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Cos d’Estournel and Château Haut Brion. The stores also stock a great range of rare and aged single malt whiskies, cognacs, rums and tequilas.
If you are uncertain about which wine to opt for or need general advice, be sure to ask one of Le Clos’ highly-trained, multi-lingual sales staff for help. Alternatively, check out the retailer’s well-laid out website, www.leclos.net
before you travel. It allows you to pre-order wines and spirits online, and then collect them when you depart Dubai. Alternatively, those living in Dubai can choose and pay for their purchase on departure and then collect it on their return.
Dubai Duty Free’s general website, www.dubaidutyfree.com
has improved greatly in recent years. You are now able to download a full product listings guide complete with updated prices, which runs to an impressive 45 pages. There is also a much, shorter section on newly listed brands and special offers. You can also buy tickets for the retailer’s popular prize draws, which offer prizes such as sports cars and up to $2 million in cash.
Like the city it serves, Dubai international is also ready plotting the next chapter in rapid rise to global dominance. For instance, later this year the new Concourse 3 will open exclusively to handle passengers on A380 Superjumbo flights. Connected to Terminal 3 by an automated passenger mover, it will add yet another 11,000 square metres of shopping space, as well as two hotels and two food courts.
One thing is for certain, with all this expansion on the cards, Dubai Duty Free is unlikely to be relinquishing its position as the world’s largest duty-free operator anytime soon.
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