Colm McLoughlin named MENAA Best Business Leader in Retail

Colm McLoughlin MENAA Best Business Leader AwardDubai Duty Free’s executive vice chairman Colm McLoughlin won Best Business Leader in Retail at the inaugural Middle East, North Africa & Asia (MENAA) Best Business Leaders Awards. The ceremony took place at a special gala on 10 December at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai.

The event, which was organised by MENAA Award Organisation, was attended by over 200 senior regional executives and aimed to celebrate the achievements of the top leaders in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Attendees were from a wide range of sectors, including hospitality, healthcare, industry, aviation, technology, IT, marketing and banking.

The winners were shortlisted for the award by the MENAA committee based on the following criteria:

  • awards and achievements (both national and international)
  • business turnover
  • customer satisfaction
  • number of years in the business
  • past positions held
  • popularity

The shortlist was evaluated by a jury of leaders who have in-depth knowledge of the industry. They then marked potential awardees against the criteria set out by the committee.

Commenting on his win, Colm McLoughlin said: “I am delighted to accept this award and dedicate it to our Chairman, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum who is an excellent leader. I have been involved in the retail business for over 45 years, including 32 at Dubai Duty Free, and I am as enthusiastic and excited about this business as ever.

“I would like to thank all of the management and staff at Dubai Duty Free, who work hard to ensure the operation’s on-going success.”