A group of us went there in 2003 ..... I think. As was typical of the Arabs, they organised a world class tournament, paid the top tennis players a fortune to take part, but unfortunately overlooked one little detail. The locals had no interest in tennis and the ex-pat population was very limited. It was being beamed out over the world, so it wouldn't look good for them if the stadium was empty. So one of the Sheiks bought all the tickets......and gave them out for free! Happy days. That is why we made the hour's trip from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.
I'm loving the lady in the front wearing the veil...and the jeans!
The top seed was of course Roger Federer. He was last onto court that evening.
Hence the grainy picture!