Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship (Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, 31A Street, Garhoud, near Dubai International Airport, Dubai) – this is a world class tennis tournament that takes places in this arena every February, and regularly attracts the top names in the tennis world, such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Venus Williams, Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanovic, and Amelie Mauresmo, among others.
Officially inaugurated in February 1996, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium has been voted “Best Venue” by players on the ATP World Tour. The stadium has become a magnet for people seeking entertainment in Dubai. Located in the grounds of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, the stadium is completely self-contained– comprising of a 5,000 seat center court, VIP area and Royal enclosure, press office, press interview rooms, WTA and ATP World Tour offices, TV commentary boxes and changing rooms.
When not being used for the Dubai Tennis Championships, the stadium is also a leading concert venue, having played to acts such as Sting, Gerri Haliwell, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Gaynor, Coolio, Shaggy, Sash, Maxi Priest, Big Mountain and Bally Sagoo, while former world boxing champion, Chris Eubank, staged his first Middle East bout on center court in 1997.