Dubai Duty Free has seen a big increase in its sales as more people travel to the emirate.

A strong increase in the number of Duty Free sales in Dubai has been recorded as more people visit the emirate.

Dubai Duty Free announced it had seen a 14 per cent increase in the first quarter of the year, with sales valued at 1.42 billion United Arab Emirates dirhams (£2.43 million), compared with the same time frame of 2011.

As a result of this increase, the group stated it was on target to see a total sales value of six billion dirhams to the end of the year.

“Terminal 3 continues to be the biggest in terms of accumulative sales and accounts for almost 58 per cent of our total turnover,” Colm McLoughlin, executive vice-chairman of Dubai Duty Free, said in a statement.

He added that the average spend for passengers in Terminal 1, which accounts for 35 per cent of sales, is higher.

Dubai Airport has also recently been seeing big changes to its impact on the environment, as it announced it had reduced its carbon emissions by 2,793 tonnes in 2011, as well as reducing its water and energy consumption.

Written by Ruth Norris

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