Four-time champion admires iconic Dubai landmark ahead of tournament

© Dubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsRoger Federer visited the spectacular Dubai Fountain
© Dubai Duty Free Tennis ChampionshipsRoger Federer visited the spectacular Dubai Fountain

World No. 2 Roger Federer arrived in the city ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and visited the spectacular Dubai Fountain.

Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 150 metres, equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The 16-time Grand Slam winner admired the 275-metre long fountain designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.

“The fountains here at Burj Khalifa are absolutely incredible. It’s great to be back in Dubai. I was very disappointed not to be able to play here the last two years because I have had some great results here over the years,” said the four-time Dubai champion, who last claimed the title in 2007. “I’m looking forward to playing at the Dubai Tennis Stadium again and hopefully doing well,” he added.

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“Roger is one of the real icons of the game and it is an honour to have him back in Dubai,” said Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of tournament owners and organisers Dubai Duty Free.

“We have missed him the last few years and it is wonderful to be able to welcome him back – giving Dubai fans the opportunity to witness true greatness in action,” he added.

Tickets to see the action on most days are still available from both the Stadium’s Box Office and online at For further information about the tournament, visit or phone the call centre on +971 4 358 9797.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Play began on February 14th with the WTA Tour event and continues with the ATP tournament from February 21st that includes Australian Open and reigning Dubai champion Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko and Tomas Berdych.