Memories of a dazzling Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup

Courtesy, commitment and customer service: The simple principles that have underpinned Dubai Duty Free’s remarkable story over the past 35 years were demonstrated in full last week to 100 golfing guests from around the world of travel retail. Those lucky enough to be invited to the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup once again experienced the superb professionalism and people skills of the retailer’s staff and management over two days of play.

For those who take part, this event is the social highlight of the year in travel retail, from the moment you step off the plane to the moment you depart, from the warm welcome at Dubai International to the on-course hospitality and the Gala Dinner each year at The Irish Village.

Here we present pictorial highlights of the 26th hosting of the tournament, won by long-time Dubai resident Cees van Dooren. For our web story on the event, click here.

For our full on location coverage, click here.

Classy winner: Cees van Dooren accepts the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup trophy from Dubai Duty Free officials headed by Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin; also present were (from left) Executive Vice President – Corporate Services Salah Tahlak, COO Ramesh Cidambi, Irish golf pro Des Smyth and Senior Vice President – Marketing Sinead El Sibai.

Dermot Davitt takes another big prize at the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup, this time for best overseas player over the two rounds, with rounds of 34 and a very impressive 41 on the second day.

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin welcomes guests to a memorable Gala Dinner.

Blue is the colour: Preparing to tee off on day one with Dubai Duty Free’s ambassadors were (from left) Colm McLoughlin, Niall McLoughlin, Martin Moodie and Mohamed Mounib, with golf pro Des Smyth, centre.

With Des Smyth and Dubai Duty Free’s ambassadors on day two were John Boland, George Horan, Dermot Davitt and Francisco Giles.

A nice moment with Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice President of Corporate Services Salah Tahlak. What does the three fingers sign mean? “Win, victory and love”, a gesture started by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in February 2013 during the Government Summit in Dubai. What a fine sentiment.

Dermot Davitt at the prize-giving night with Paul & Shark Travel Retail Director Catherine Bonelli and Carmel Horan, wife of former Dubai Duty Free President George Horan.

Among the playing guests were King Power Group (Hong Kong) Managing Director Antares Cheng, pictured with Colm McLoughlin and his wife Breeda.

Winners in the various women's categories salute each other on prize-giving night

The Moodie Davitt e-Zine | Issue 253 | 3 December 2018