The Back Story To How The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Was Created Is As Inspiring As You Would Expect

Colm Mc Loughlin

Most Duty-free shops' role is to cater to travellers who wish to shop at whatever airport they're at, tax-free. With HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision, back in 1983 was not just to have retail stores splashed across Dubai Airports but to use its platform to promote Dubai.

Dubai Duty-Free today, under the executive supervision of Colm McLoughlin, has exceeded this simple instruction since it is more than just any ordinary Duty-Free today.

If you've heard of the Irish Villages and the annual Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships and their success, then the efforts of McLoughlin and Dubai Duty Free shouldn't be inconspicuous to you at all. Since, both are a product of Dubai Duty-Free.

We spoke to Colm McLoughlin, CEO of Dubai Duty-Free, who discussed the history of Dubai Duty-Free

In this week's podcast, McLoughlin shares HH Sheikh Mohammed's vision which eventually led to the development of extracurricular organisations like the annual tennis tournament, that is one of the best in the world today.

The actions DDF have taken is, in part, what has lead to Dubai Open's success globally

Dubai Duty Free has contributed to many social events in the city, by bringing forth events that have enhanced the tourism industry of the Emirate.

Take Roger Federer’s visit and participation in this year’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship as a great example of this integration. Roger spent some time with Dubai Open’s Tournament Director, Salah Tahlak, at Burj Khalifa’s recently-launched The Lounge to recollect over Federer’s first win in Dubai back in 2003 on the Burj Al Arab’s helipad with Andre Agassi.

The two also discussed Dubai’s history, evolution and continuous growth.

Listen to the entire podcast here

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Shereen Ahmed

A heavily caffeinated 24-year old writer and blogger. Shereen enjoys traveling, attempting yoga poses and getting bullied by her Persian cat.