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Singapore's Changi Airport houses 230 airport stores, from duty-free outlets to flower shops
Singapore's Changi Airport houses 230 airport stores, from duty-free outlets to flower shops
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Dubai (DXB)

Dubai Duty Free, or DDF in short, opened its shiny glass doors in Dubai's International Airport (DXB) in 1983, and is the world’s single largest duty-free operation. The 24-hour tax-free mecca houses nearly 30 superstores offering a range of quality brands at discounted rates (shoppers can expect to pay anywhere between 10 and 50 percent less here than at city retailers), while its multi-lingual staff and sleek glass-and-steel design have garnered over 70 international awards. The contemporary space is easy to navigate though it spans a whopping 193,000 square feet across three terminals (imagine an additional 86,000 square feet when the airport’s new concourse opens in late 2012). Expect the best in designer fashion – Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Hermès, Cartier – and wine by way of Emporium, a plush lounge and liquor store in Terminal 3. Although international fragrances are DDF’s top sellers, local Middle-Eastern perfumes like the woody Amouage, packaged in ornate bottles, are climbing the ranks as hot-ticket items. Gold is also extremely popular with airport shoppers who take advantage of the value pricing for pieces like 20-karat chain necklaces and bracelets. Lucky spenders may also leave with up to $2 million or a pricey sports car, thanks to the airport's famous monthly drawings and giveaways. The more travelers spend airport shopping, the more raffle tickets they receive (raffle tickets may also be purchased individually). DDF stores accept Euros, United States Dollars, British Pounds, GCC Dinars, and Arab Emirates Dirhams. www.dubaiairport.com
 
                                                                            — Trips Reddy

See our Dubai Travel Guide for more trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find flight, hotel, cruise, and more travel deals.

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