Dubai Masters

Big time darts heads to the Middle East for the first time ever in May, as the world`s elite top eight players battle it out in the all-new Dubai Darts Masters.

Reigning and 16-time World Champion - Phil Taylor - will head the field of eight players who will compete in the knock-out event, the first-ever professional darts tournament to be held outdoors in the growing darting province of Dubai.

Taylor will be joined by seven of the game's biggest names in competing in the two-day event at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, which will boast $250,000 in prize money, with $50,000 awarded to the winner.

Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, is joined by seven-time major title winner James Wade, World Grand Prix champion Michael van Gerwen, European Champion Simon Whitlock, two-time major finalist Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton and five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld in challenging for the title.

The players will initially compete in four knock-out quarter-final matches on Thursday May 23, before the semi-finals and final are held on Friday May 24 to determine the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters champion.

The exclusive invitational event looks to be the first in a 'World Series' which will see the top eight players taking the sport around the world in a road-show style series.

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