President’s Message
Sean Staunton
Vice President – Operations
Dubai Duty Free

“On behalf of my fellow Board members, I would like to welcome you to the official Middle East and Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) web site.

The Middle East is the fastest growing sector within the global duty free industry. A series of expansion programs within the airport sector across the region in the next few years will see the Middle East share continue to rise dramatically in the coming decade.

The Middle East Duty Free Association (MEDFA) was established in 2001 with the aim of ensuring the continued growth of the duty free business in the Middle East. During the Annual general meeting of 27th February 2013, the MEDFA members decided to embrace Africa. Members from Africa are now welcome to join the association membership. This involved a change in the name of the association from MEDFA to MEADFA.

MEADFA builds awareness with the public and the various government entities within the geographical area that it covers. MEADFA also aims to ensure that high standards continue to be maintained in the region’s airport retail operations. To be a member of MEADFA is a mark of quality and legitimacy of supply. Subscribers to MEADFA can never market counterfeit or expired products. MEADFA has adopted a code of conduct based on ethics; being a member of MEADFA is a gauge of quality.

The year-end MEADFA conference, which has been staged since 2002, attracts business and industry speakers from around the world and an audience of several hundred. ​This year’s MEADFA conference will take place in Dead Sea, Jordan on November 23-24, 2015. I wish to thank all contributors to MEADFA who brought the Association to where it is today and will contribute to its further development.”