DUTY FREE SHOPS
Duty-free shopping is synonymous with visiting the UAE. All of the airports have duty-free shops: two of the largest, at Abu Dhabi and Dubai are particularly famous. Gold and jewellery are still the most popular consumer items, but a wide array of goods are on sale, including leather goods, electronic and photographic equipment, toys, perfumes and cosmetics, luxury gifts, clothing and sporting equipment. Prices are extremely competitive and duty-free promotions with significant sums of money and luxury cars as prizes are commonplace.
Dubai Duty Free is currently the single largest airport retailer in the world, with retail outlets in all terminals, including the enormous T3. Perfume, liquor and gold remain the most sought-after items. Other popular goods are watches, cosmetics and cameras.
ADDF, which has won numerous awards since opening in 1986, runs a 24-hour retail operation in all three terminals. The list of items stocked includes gold, pearls and precious stones, cosmetics, perfumes, souvenirs, books, cameras, mobile phones, electronic items, music, tobacco goods, high fashion, food and drink.
The duty-free shop at Sharah Airport offers travellers a comprehensive duty-free shopping experience with all goods, including alcohol, available at very competitive prices.
Ra’s al-Khaimah Airport Duty Free is also a good place to shop on entry to or exit from this popular tourist destination.
The duty-free shop at Fujairah International Airport stocks a wide range of products, including alcohol, perfumes and gift items, at very favourable prices.