This chapter includes the following articles.
Dubai is one of the world’s leading shopping capitals, and the retail and wholesale sector is the biggest single contributor to the economy. Local iconic malls are constantly reinventing themselves, searching for new brands and experiences to attract global consumers to spend on fly-and-buy excursions. The relationship between retail, real estate, air transport and tourism is key to the emirate’s value proposition for consumers and investors. The market’s ecosystem is driven for the most part by the franchise model, which integrates global brands and privately owned family firms to represent their interests in the country and region. The emirate also serves as the base of operations for regional retail and wholesale giants that may have started with a single small shop in Damascus, Basra or Manama, while local brands are using the location to spread across the region.
This chapter contains an interview with Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO, Dubai Duty Free.