The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre (formerly The Aviation Club) has been home to The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships since its inauguration in 1993. Now in its 25th year, the tournament owners and organisers Dubai Duty Free are rightly proud of one of the most popular and competitive events on the world circuit.
Staged at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Garhoud, the tournament will run from the 19th February to February 25th with the non-stop action commencing with the $2,5 million WTA Premier 5 Event, followed on 27th February by the 25th staging of the $2,5 million ATP 500 tournament.
Spectators are welcome to enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, that include the hugely popular Irish Village (voted best pub by What’s On! magazine) and Century Village that offers a vast variety of dining options.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
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. The stadium comprises a 5,000 seat centre 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, Boy Zone, Maxi Priest, Big Mountain and Bally Sagoo.
Walk through the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships exhibition area and you will find a host of products displayed by many of the sponsors who are supporting the tournament this year. The Tennis Village is to be found on the South side of the stadium.