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Sheikh Hamdan boost for Dubai Desert Classic

posted on 18/07/2013: 2394 views



Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, has granted his official patronage for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in a fitting recognition to the role played by the event in contributing to the Emirate's status as a global centre of sporting excellence.

The eyes of the golfing world will firmly be focused on Dubai early next year when an all-star cast, spearheaded by world number one Tiger Woods and second-ranked Rory McIlroy among other past champions, descend on the Emirate to vie for honours in the landmark 25th edition of the longest-running European Tour event in Asia and the Mena region at Emirates Golf Club from Jan.27 to Feb.2, 2014.

Since the inception of the tournament in 1989 when the European Tour visited the region for the first time, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, promoted and organised by golf in Dubai, has grown dramatically in size and stature, setting in motion a chain of events that were fundamental to the growth of the game in the region.

"We feel privileged and honoured to have received the official patronage of Sheikh Hamdan which underscores the importance of sports in the overall growth strategy for Dubai,” said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in Dubai.

"We sincerely thank Sheikh Hamdan and all contributing government entities, including the Dubai Sports Council, for their support and look forward to carrying on the journey to realise Dubai's goal of becoming a solid foothold for sports in the world,” he added.

The 25th anniversary edition of the tournament will host many of the world's most gifted golfers all of whom will be afforded the kind of welcome that makes them return to the outstanding Majlis Course year after year.

The US$2.5 million tournament will be preceded by the Champions Challenge, an 18-hole stroke-play showpiece, which will see former winners of the event contest for a share of the US$600,000 prize fund on the Majlis course on Tuesday, Jan.28. – The Gulf Today

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