Dubai: Airport retailer Dubai Duty Free has seen its Eid Al Adha sales increase by 70 per cent over last year, selling over $16 million in product in 48 hours, it said on Wednesday.

In sales figures shared with Gulf News, Dubai Duty Free said that it was happy with its earnings over the Eid holiday, a popular time for travel through Dubai’s two airports.

“We are pleased with the retail performance and have recorded Dh29.758 million ($8.15 million) sales on August 19, representing a 65 per cent increase over the same day last year,” McLoughlin said.

Meanwhile, sales on August 20 reached Dh30.9 million ($8.48 million), a 70 per cent growth on last year, he added.

“We expected that Dubai Airport would be very busy during the Eid holidays,” said Colm McLoughlin, chief executive officer of Dubai Duty Free, “as this is a very special time of the year when families travel together.”

To capture some of this business, Dubai Duty Free offered a 20 per cent discount, calling it a “good way of joining in the celebrations.”

The discount days’ promotion provided passengers travelling during the Eid holidays with an opportunity to shop for items including perfumes, cosmetics, and jewellery at a discounted rate.