Dubai Duty Free prepares to welcome 100 guests to 29th Golf World Cup

By Charlotte Turner |

Marius Fouche last year winner of the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup with Salah Tahlak, Sinead El Sibai and golf pro Des Smyth.

Marius Fouche (centre) was last year’s DDF Golf World Cup winner. 

Close to 100 executives from the international duty free industry will descend on Dubai to compete in the 29th Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup, taking place over two days at the Emirates Golf Club on 24 November and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club on 25 November, respectively.


The popular invitational golf tournament kicks off ahead of the Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) conference which is taking place in Bahrain this year (27-29 November).


Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Dubai Duty Free described this year’s participation level as ‘excellent’ and expressed his delight that some of the players are returning having participated in the tournament almost every year since 1993.


“The response to this year’s tournament has once again been very good and we are delighted to welcome these key industry figures back to Dubai,” he said.


“We are also happy to welcome back Des Smyth, a well-respected Irish golfer, who is our golf pro for the tournament.”


Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.

The tournament is open to all male and female amateur players with a valid handicap of 28/36 or less. A special seniors categories was also introduced to make it more interesting and they are from age 50+, 65+ and 70+.


The past champions of the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup include Steve Flanagan (1993/1996); Raimund Legnar (1994); Brendan O’Shea (1995); Noel Fox (1997- 2000); Jan Baljet (2001); Ulrik Moller (2002); Adel Zarooni (2003-2004); Art Miller (2005); John Kammerman (2006); Nayma Maya (2007); Mark Van Huesden (2008); James Kfouri (2009); Gurbax Singh (2010); Clark Francis (2011); Rabih Sfeila (2012); Dermot Davitt (2013); Denise Kennedy (2014), Bayer Khan (2015), Scott Campbell (2016), Clark Francis (2017), Cees van Dooren (2018), Richard Lombard-Chibnall (2019) and Marius Fouche (2021).


Following the first day of golf on 24 November, guests can take advantage of Dubai Duty Free’s customary hospitality at The Irish Village in Garhoud, with special entertainment lined up for the evening.


In recent days DDF has supported the DP World Tour Championship – Race to Dubai and will soon be hosting the Dubai Duty Free Sailing League Regatta and the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7’s.


These events culminate in DDF’s 39th anniversary on 20 December when the operation celebrates with its customers and staff.

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