The world’s best squash players will face off in Dubai in May, in a season-ending tournament that will take place at a spectacular purpose-built venue at the foot of the Burj Khalifa
The PSA Dubai World Series Finals, which will be staged between May 24 and 28, will feature the top eight-ranked male and female players in the world. Matches will take place in a glass court at Burj Park in Dubai’s Downtown district, with the world’s tallest building and also The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain, in the background.
After the venue was unveiled, two of the world’s leading players – men’s world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy and women’s world number five Nicol David – entertained fans by playing an exhibition match on the site where the finals will be held.
“This venue will provide a fantastic and unique sporting arena for the athletes who have worked so hard to qualify for this event,” said His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council. “Hosting the PSA Dubai World Series Finals further strengthens Dubai’s position as a leading sports destination, and we are delighted to add squash to our already impressive portfolio of world-class sport finals.”
The President of the UAE Squash Association, Major General Abdul Aziz Al Bannai, noted that Dubai has emerged as a centre for world class sporting facilities and events. “The UAE Squash Association has been involved in organising international tournaments since the early 1970s,” he said.
“At that time in the whole country we had four or five squash courts; today we have around 2,000. We are always looking to build on the already strong presence of squash in the country and increase our reputation as an international home for racquet sports, and we are in a great position to further promote squash and encourage even more people in the UAE to start playing this fantastic sport.”
Ziad Al-Turki, Chairman of the Professional Squash Association (PSA), the global governing body responsible for the both men’s and women’s sports, said that the PSA World Series Finals marked the most high-profile event on the tour calendar. “This tournament is set to be an exhilarating occasion and the perfect close to months of elite competition,” he said. “Every major sport is here in Dubai and I think this will be a really important moment for squash, one that could propel the sport to a whole new level.”
The World Series Finals will take place in Dubai following an agreement between the PSA and Dubai Sports Council, facilitated by Falcon and Associates. Tickets can be purchased here.