His Highness Sheikh Saeed Bin Hasher Al Maktoum (Chairman) together with Mike and Alex Gallemore (Directors) establishes WSP Global and launches the Middle East’s first ever golf magazine, Worldwide Golf. Offices in Dubai and the U.K are opened simultaneously.
At a time when there were only four golf courses in the UAE many people questioned the need for a local golf magazine but over time the region would become one of the most important golf destinations in the world and Worldwide Golf would firmly establish itself as the No.1 golf magazine in the Middle East.
Alongside the launch of Worldwide Golf, WSP Global’s contract publishing division is established and begins publishing official tournament magazines for the European Tour and the European Senior Tour.
WSP Global begins publishing official tournament programmes for the US PGA Tour winning contracts for the prestigious World Golf Championships events and THE PLAYERS Championship – the biggest events in world golf outside the Major championships.
WSP Global opens an office Hong Kong and begins publishing Chinese golf event programmes including the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions and the
WSP Global launches Sport & Fitness Middle East magazine (SFME), which becomes the region’s leading all-sports publication.
WSP Global takes its first steps into PR by handling the official press unveiling of former World Footballer of the Year, Fabio Cannavaro for Dubai’s Al Ahli FC.
WSP Global expands its PR Division and becomes the Middle East’s leading golf PR agency handling major accounts for the European Tour, Challenge Tour and European Senior Tour including the Race to Dubai, the prestigious DP World Tour Championship and host of other events including the Challenge Tour Grand Final, the Oman Open, the Qatar Masters and the Sharjah Senior Golf Masters.
WSP Global establishes an in-house Arabic editorial and PR division which boasts over 40 years’ worth of combined journalistic experience working for some of the region’s biggest titles and servicing the requirements of the European Tour in the region as well as working across WSP’s consumer and contract publishing divisions.
WSP Global’s events division, in partnership with Sixteen10, begins organising, hosting and promoting the Swing Against Cancer Golf Series which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local cancer charities and has featured some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.
WSP Global is selected by the Dubai Sports Council to publish the prestigious Dubai Sports Events Guide in English and Arabic.
WSP Global is selected by the European Tour and the Ryder Cup Committee to be the official publisher of the 2018 Ryder Cup, one of the biggest team events in world sport. As well as the official tournament programme, WSP is also responsible for publishing the media guide and spectator guide.