Under the Patronage of H.h. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and takes place under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Duty Free is the permanent Title Sponsor of the tournament and this year the tournament celebrates the 27th year of the Men’s and 19th year of the Women’s Championships.
Founded in 1983, Dubai Duty Free recorded first-year sales of US$20 million and has grown into one of the biggest travel retail operator in the world with sales turnover of US$2.015 billion in 2018.
Now employing almost 6,200 people, the operation has consistently raised the benchmark for airport retailing and it continues to grow. Dubai Duty Free currently operates some 38,000sqm of retail space at Dubai International Airport and over 2,500 sqm at Al Maktoum International that will grow in line with the massive development plans of Dubai South.
In addition to its retail operation, Dubai Duty Free operates a Leisure Division which includes The Irish Village, both in Garhoud and Riverland Dubai, The Century Village, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium and The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel.
While the successful running of the shopfloor is a major focus for Dubai Duty Free, the operation is highly committed to promoting Dubai through a series of high level sporting events including the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
To date, Dubai Duty Free has received 700 awards including the Frontier Award for ‘Airport Retailer of the Year in Single Location’, which was won by the operation for a remarkable ninth time.
Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin was also presented with several awards including the “Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award” and the CEO Middle East Awards for “Retail CEO of the Year”. In addition, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of the University (DUniv) by the Middlesex University Dubai in 2017. In 2018, he was honoured with The BURJ CEO “Lifetime Achievement Award” in October and the MENAA “Best Business Leaders Award” for the third time in December.
Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Dubai Duty Free
Chief Operating Officer & Chairman of DDFTC
Executive Vice President – Corporate Services & DDFTC Tournament Director
Senior Vice President – Marketing
Sinead El Sibai
Tournament Project Manager
Head of Security
Zayed Al Shebli
Chief of Officials
Chief of Ballkids
WTA Player Relations
WTA Massage Therapist
WTA Primary Health Care Providers (PHCP)
WTA Chief of Umpire
Hany El Khafief
WTA Tour Chair Umpires
WTA IT Support
WTA Review Official
Hany El Khafief
ATP Tour Manager
ATP PR & Marketing
ATP IT Support
ATP Chief of Umpire
ATP Tour Chair Umpires
Mohamed El Jennati
ATP Review Official
Wilson- US Open
Dunlop – Australian Open
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel