Duty Free Retailing in the Middle East and Africa, 2015-2020; Market Dynamics, Retail Trends, and Competitive Landscape

Published: June 2016
No. of Pages: 78


The Middle East and Africa duty free retail market recorded CAGR of 4.2% during 2010-2015. Over the next five years, growing tourism, expansion of duty free retail space, upcoming airport development projects and entry of international players will provide impetus to the market. The UAE is the largest duty free market in the region but suffered from decrease in Russian duty free spending due to devaluation of Ruble which affected their purchasing power. However, increasing tourist influx from Asian countries such as China and India will offset this decline to some extent. Considering the long-term growth potential in the region, duty free operators are entering the market, at the same time existing duty free operators are expanding their duty free presence. Digital duty free will gain popularity in the region with the launch of innovative multi-channel mobile applications and inflight duty free services.

Key Findings

  • The Middle East and Africa will grow at a CAGR of 4.9% during 2015-2020 to reach US$5.1 billion by 2020
  • The UAE is the largest and fastest-growing market in the region which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1%
  • Health and beauty will be the fastest growing category in 2015-2020 growing at a CAGR of 7.0%
  • Duty free retailers are leveraging technology to provide innovative digital shopping and promotional services
  • Saudi Arabia duty free market is at nascent stage with attractive growth potential


The "Duty Free Retailing in the Middle East and Africa, 2015-2020" report, published by Verdict Research, provides analysis of current and forecast market data for retail sales in different product categories sold through duty free channel in the Middle East and Africa.

What else does this report offer?

  • Current market sizes and forecasts to 2020 by country and category; covers five countries in the Middle East and Africa and 20 categories, including clothing, consumer electronics, drinks, footwear, homewares, jewelry, watches and accessories, luggage and leather goods, packaged food, health and beauty, photographic equipment, printed media, sports equipment, tobacco, toys and games, and others
  • Market insights based on consumer trends and changing economic and demographic factors on a regional and country basis
  • International arrivals by country and top 10 source countries for international arrivals in each country
  • Retail sales and fastest-growing markets for duty free channel
  • Category level retail sales and forecast growth rates for each country
  • Competitive landscape covering market share of major duty free operators in the region and their five year duty free sales and trading update analysis, duty free location wise latest developments, recent key events, and outlook

Reasons To Buy

Get immediate access to:

  • Get reliable duty free retail sales data on five countries in the Middle East and Africa for 2015 with forecasts for 2020, and identify the largest and fastest-growing markets to inform market expansion and to manage risk
  • Explore an in-depth analysis of duty free retail sales data by country and categories to spot and target key categories in each country, and use to plan growth opportunities and develop strategies for each
  • Learn from duty free retail trends and market drivers to customize your entry/expansion approach depending on the duty free retail landscape
  • Make country level comparisons to effectively target new revenue streams and align marketing strategies with the crucial trends influencing duty free spending in the region
  • Choose partners , understand the competition, with data and analysis of major duty free operators in the region, including market shares, trading performance, locations, latest developments, and the outlook for each

Companies Mentioned

  • Dubai Duty Free
  • JR Duty free
  • Dufry
  • Egypt Air Duty Free (EADFS)
  • DFS Group
  • Aer Rianta International
  • LS travel retail

Published By: Verdict
Product Code: Verdict214

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