Dubai has long been a hub for sports and entertainment, with events such as the Dubai World Cup and Dubai Rugby Sevens drawing in thousands of visitors each year. But one event that has played a significant role in the city’s success is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Established in 1993, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is one of the most prestigious tennis events in the world, attracting the world’s top players and fans from around the globe. The event has grown in popularity over the years, with the tournament now featuring a combined ATP and WTA event, offering a total prize money of $2.9 million.
Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, believes that the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has been a key contributor to the city’s success. In an exclusive interview, he shared his insights on the event and its impact on Dubai.
“The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has been a significant contributor to the growth of Dubai’s tourism industry,” McLoughlin said. “The tournament has put Dubai on the global map as a destination for sports and entertainment, attracting thousands of visitors each year and generating significant revenue for the city.”
McLoughlin emphasized the importance of the event in promoting Dubai’s image as a world-class destination. “The tournament has helped position Dubai as a global city, attracting top players and fans from around the world,” he said. “It has also helped promote Dubai’s reputation as a hub for sports and entertainment, and has contributed to the city’s growing tourism industry.”
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has also played a significant role in supporting the local community. The tournament has been a long-standing partner of the Dubai Cares charity, which focuses on providing access to quality education for children in underprivileged communities.
“Charity has always been a core value of Dubai Duty Free, and our partnership with Dubai Cares has allowed us to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children in need,” McLoughlin said. “Through the tournament, we have been able to raise significant funds for Dubai Cares and support their mission to provide education to children in disadvantaged communities.”
In addition to its charitable efforts, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has also been a pioneer in sustainability. The tournament has implemented several initiatives to reduce its environmental impact, such as reducing plastic waste and promoting energy conservation.
“The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is committed to promoting sustainability and protecting the environment,” McLoughlin said. “We believe that businesses have a responsibility to reduce their environmental impact, and we are proud to be leading the way in this regard.”
In conclusion, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has played a significant role in Dubai’s success, both as a destination for sports and entertainment and as a hub for charitable and sustainable initiatives. As the tournament continues to grow and evolve, it is sure to continue to make a positive impact on the city and its people.