The world's top players headed to Dubai for competition in January
The world's top darts players are poised to visit Dubai for a tournament in January, according to a story in The National today.
It's all part of plans to increase the sport's popularity in the region, Barry Hearn, chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC, told the newspaper yesterday.
Hearn, who is manager of the world champion Phil Taylor, is confident an event will be staged in Dubai in conjunction with the broadcaster Showtime Arabia, who would televise a two-day event shortly after the PDC World Championship concludes at the Alexandra Palace in London.Hearn is involved in discussions with "three or four" possible venues.
He said there was a strong interest in the Emirates to stage a tournament as part of a tour that will also take in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines.
Taylor - a 14-time world champion, and one of the most iconic players in the game - and fellow multiple world champions Raymond van Barneveld of Holland and Canada's John Part are expected to feature alongside the Premier League champion James Wade.
"We're talking to a number of people at the moment about coming out in January," said Hearn.
"It has not been signed off yet, but it is certainly on our radar. The Middle East and Far East are really top of our agenda.
"We're trying to take the game all over the world. We're very happy with the growth of the sport, and in the next month to six weeks, we should have everything tied up. It's exciting times for darts. Everything is going so well.
"The players are making lots of money, and the crowds are fantastic. I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in Dubai to watch Phil and his crew."
The Las Vegas Desert Classic is this week in its eighth year in the USA, while the PDC have also held events in China and South Africa. "We've had very good feedback. I'm always loathed to commit 100 per cent until I can say agreements are in place, but I'm 85 per cent certain we will be there in January," added Hearn.
"We are hoping it would be the top four in the world coming over to play some local guys then playing a tournament themselves."
Taylor is widely regarded as the greatest player the game has seen.
He has recorded several nine dart finishes, a perfect game, live on TV. He is looking forward to a visit to the Emirates.
"The professional game is spreading around the world and I've been to China, Japan and South Africa in the past few years, so Dubai would be another good step," he said.
"That would be very exciting and I'd love to be a part of that."
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bill fleming Feb 07, 2011 11:39 pm
darts are coming to dubia .
at the end of may 1911there will 4 dart players from the bdo.
all 4 have played for england.
more details later tell all fowlers of darts in the emmirits.
robotox94 Dec 19, 2009 04:41 am
i am a big fan of Phil Taylor and the others guys, a good news if they come to dubai, looking forward to it. hope its a reality hehehehe.
to the organizer of this top player of darts coming to dubai....make it a REALITY pls.....
stephan de man Dec 06, 2009 06:30 pm
Any news already bout this event?
Is there also anybody who can tell me if there is a dartstournament in dubai in the period of 20 december 009 and 16 januari 2010. Where i can participate? If anyone know this please tell me.
Juliet Marcos Aug 11, 2009 06:37 pm
That would be a very exciting and great idea, we look forward and eager to see the World Top Four Greatest Players to visit here in Dubai next year in January. We would appreciate your kind attention if you could inform us the details in this regards.