Are you travelling to Dubai from India anytime soon? If yes, then you have more reasons to rejoice this time as Dubai Duty Free has started accepting payments in Indian currency starting July 1. By Kumar Shree
Travellers from India will get more value for rupees (INR) as they wouldn’t have to exchange currency for shopping at the Dubai Duty Free. With nearly 90 million passengers passing through Dubai airport in 2018, around 12 million were Indians. Most of these travellers came from Mumbai, Delhi and Cochin. This much-welcome move will facilitate a smoother shopping experience for Indian travellers, who accounted for nearly 18 percent of the total annual sales (USD 2.015 billion) at Dubai Duty Free last year.
Indian rupee has become the sixteenth currency to be accepted at all three Dubai Duty Free stores at the Dubai International Airport and the Al Maktoum Airport. These stores will accept the new denomination currency notes of 100, 200, 500 and 2,000. Do carry the same for a hassle-free experience. However, shoppers will receive change in Dirhams (AED) only, as for now the Dubai Duty Free exchanges only US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR) and Pound Sterling (GBP) in the same currency.
This move seems to be in sync with Dubai’s advanced growth plans, where the country is aiming to be a preferred transit destination for international flyers, and this added ease is expected to boost the numbers.
Dubai Duty Free is operating since 1983 and is considered as one of the largest travel retail operators with employee strength of over 6,000 people.