Ramesh Cidambi is the Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Duty Free and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operation, reporting to the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO.
His responsibilities include both the retail and leisure business of Dubai Duty Free.
Prior to his promotion to his current role, Ramesh has held a variety of senior positions in the company with responsibility for areas such as Information Technology, Logistics, retail development in both Dubai Airport’s covering over 40,000 square metres of retail space and the Dubai Duty Free Leisure business through the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and The Irish Village Bar and Restaurant (in two locations). He has been with Dubai Duty Free for over thirty years, during which time it has grown to be one of the world’s largest airport retailers in a single location with sales of US$2.029 billion in 2019.
He also maintains his links with the domestic retail market through the chairmanship of the Merchants Advisory Board and as a board member of Dubai’s Retail Business Group. His primary leisure interests are sailing (with his wife Alpana) and the practice of Iyengar Yoga.