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Brief History of Professional Events in the Middle East
 
In the 1988/89 season an invitation event, the Dubai Masters, was held bringing top class snooker to the Gulf for the first time with sponsorship by Dubai Duty Free. Neal Foulds beat Steve Davis to take the £25,000 prize and the following year it was decided to stage a full ranking event, the Dubai Classic, there, from the last 32 onwards at least.
 
The event ran for six years with the first two going to Stephen Hendry. Then John Parrott won the next two continuing his tradition of success in overseas events, before Henry won for a third time. He had in fact featured in four of the five finals up till then.
 
The last running of the tournament in 1994 provided Alan McManus with his first ranking title before the Thailand Classic took over that spot in the calendar.

Top class snooker returned to the Middle East in 2008 when a new world ranking event, the Bahrain Snooker Championship, was inaugurated. As with most overseas events at the time there was a 'wild card' round where some of the local stars each played one of the qualifiers for a potential place in the last 32. The event got off to a great start with a maximum break by Marcus Campbell in the wild card round.


Roll of Honour

Dubai Masters             

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1988/9 Al Nasr Stadium Dubai Duty Free Neal Foulds Steve Davis 5-4 £25,000


Dubai Classic
Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1989/90 Al Nasr Stadium Dubai Duty Free Stephen Hendry Doug Mountjoy 9-2 £40,000
1990/1 Al Nasr Stadium Dubai Duty Free Stephen Hendry Steve Davis 9-1 £35,000
1991/2 Al Nasr Stadium Dubai Duty Free John Parrott Tony Knowles 9-3 £40,000
1992/3 Al Nasr Stadium Dubai Duty Free John Parrott Stephen Hendry 9-8 £40,000
1993/4 Al Nasr Stadium Dubai Duty Free Stephen Hendry Steve Davis 9-3 £27,000
1994/5 Al Nasr Stadium Dubai Duty Free Alan Mcmanus Peter Ebdon 9-6 £40,000


Bahrain Snooker Championship
Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2008/9 International Exhibition Centre, Manama none Neil Robertson Matthew Stevens 9-7 £48,000

Maximum Breaks
Final Stage
Marcus Campbell 2008 Wild Card rnd. v. Ahmed al-Khasaibi
Qualifying Rounds
Liang Wenbo 2008 Qual Rd 3 v Martin Gould

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