Indian tourists don’t need to convert the Indian rupee for shopping at Dubai Duty-Free airports because the currency is now accepted in all three terminals of Dubai International Airport and at Al Maktoum Airport.
“Yes, we’ve got started accepting the Indian Currency,” a Dubai duty-free employees told Gulf News on Wednesday.
Nearly ninety million passengers traveled through Dubai airports last year. Of them, 12.2 million were Indians. Most of them came from the Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, and Cochin.
Earlier Indian travelers had to convert the rupee into USD, Dirham or Euro before they might buy at Dubai duty-free outlets. “This could be a nice move and can profit us vastly,” said an Indian tourist.
With this move, the Indian rupee has become the sixteenth currency to be accepted for transaction at Dubai duty-free since its opening in December 1983.
Dubai duty-free has grown up into one amongst the largest travel retail operators within the world. Last year was a milestone year for Dubai duty-free which celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary on December 20th, 2018, and crossed the $2 billion mark on December 29th.
Dubai duty-free presently operates some 38,000sqm of the retail house at Dubai International airport and 4,000 sqm at Al Maktoum International which will grow in line with the huge development plans of Dubai South.
Now employing over 6,100 people, the operation has consistently raised the benchmark for airport shopping and it continues to grow. Of the first 100 staff who joined in 1983, 25 are still in active service and stated as “Pioneers”.