The division closed the year at AED 1.009 bn, representing a rise of 10.5% versus 2013 (AED 912.9 million).
Several new retail stores opened in 2014, including two new multi-category duty free stores, a new fragrance boutique in Terminal 3, refurbished core duty free stores on the Terminal 1 upper level, and several initiatives including a new wellness spa and minimart outlet.
Beauty and fragrance was the biggest selling product categories in 2014 with a 31% share of duty free turnover increasing sales by 9.7% over 2013. Indian, Chinese and Emirati passengers continued to account for highest share of sales at the airport (36%). In addition, passengers spending registered an increase throughout the year.
The growth was across all categories with perfume and cosmetics at 9.7%, watches at 15.5%, cigars with 13.2% and food and confectionery at 8.4%.