England's Toby Penty, the seventh seed, admitted that nerves got the better of him as he lost out in the men's singles final of the YONEX Estonian International on Sunday.
If 2014 was the year that English badminton saw gold gleaned in Glasgow, then 2015 heralds the start of the long road to the Rio Olympics.
Abby Kumar describes his week in the emirate as Line Judge Coordinator at the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals.
On and off court we have had a terrific year: from the Commonwealth Games to more people playing badminton than ever before.
Badminton England toasts the best moments of 2014, a year which included gold in Glasgow, first senior success in Hungary and participation levels on the rise.
Chris and Gabby Adcock's bid for year-end glory ended against China's world number one pair at the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals.