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SPORT & LEISURE - GOLF

World's first 'The Els Club' Launched at Dubai Sports City

Posted on 29/01/2008

Golf legend Ernie Els - the world's current number five ranked golfer and former British and US Open champion - today officially inaugurated the world's first The Els Club at Dubai Sports City alongside a host of VIP attendees and leading figures from the world of sport. While Els has designed courses in North America, Asia, and Africa, only a select number of developments worldwide will bear The Els Club name, the hallmark of facilities which will benefit substantially from direct and ...  >>MORE

Duke of York salutes Abu Dhabi's golfing ambitions

Posted on 20/01/2008

As the third annual Abu Dhabi Golf Championship reaches its crescendo - and with the recent announcement that golfing legend Gary Player's Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, the Arabian Gulf's first ocean course, will open next year - HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, has voiced his support for the UAE capital's golfing ambitions. With a star studded field including over a third of the world's top 25 names - such as Australia's Adam Scott (8), Ireland's Padraig Harrington (9), Swedish number one, ...  >>MORE

Etihad to bring world's best Golfers to UAE

Posted on 26/12/2007

Etihad Airways has reaffirmed its commitment to bring the world's top sports stars to the UAE with the announcement that it will be a lead sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (ADGC) for the next three years. As the official airline of the 2008-2010 ADGC, Etihad will be involved in a series of promotional activities surrounding the tournament as well as flying the players, officials and their equipment to the UAE. Next year's tournament, taking place between 17 and 20 January 2008, is ...  >>MORE

Jumeirah Golf Estates wins prestigious international property award

Posted on 06/08/2007

Jumeirah Golf Estates was informed today it has won an award in the Best Golf Development category of the prestigious CNBC Arabian Property Awards 2007, held in association with Al Qudra Holding. The full extent of its success will be revealed at a gala dinner at the Madinat Jumeirah five-star hotel in Dubai on Tuesday, 23rd October. The CNBC Arabian Property Awards 2007 recognise the highest levels of achievement in a range of fields in the Arabian residential property industry. Entries ...  >>MORE

Golfing legend Gary Player to design Saadiyat Island signature course

Posted on 24/07/2007

Golfing legend Gary Player is to design the first of two championship golf courses planned for Saadiyat Island - the 27 square kilometre island offshore Abu Dhabi city which is being transformed into a world-class tourism, culture and residential destination. The Saadiyat course will be the first in the Arabian Gulf with several beach-front holes. It is also the first in the UAE to be designed by the South African who is acknowledged as the most successful international golfer of all time, and ...  >>MORE

The Tiger Woods Dubai breaks ground

Posted on 21/06/2007

The Tiger Woods Dubai broke ground yesterday on its private residential golf community and resort that will include Al Ruwaya, the world's first golf course designed by Tiger Woods. The Tiger Woods Dubai, a member of Tatweer, will be located on 55 million sq ft in Dubailand, the region's largest tourism, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle destination. Expected to feature one of the best golf courses in the world, The Tiger Woods Dubai is slated to open in September 2009. Saeed Al ...  >>MORE

Dh220m to drive home golf tourism

Posted on 11/02/2007

An estimated Dh220 million is being invested in golf courses in the UAE, as the sport rakes in profits on the back of strong demand from the tourism sector. According to KPMG Golf Benchmark Survey Summary report, the Middle East is turning out to be golf's international hot spot, with courses in the region averaging 45,000 rounds per year, compared to the 26,000 rounds played on courses in Great Britain and Ireland. Currently, the UAE has 13 golf courses and the influx of expats and ...  >>MORE

Unlikely duo steal show

Posted on 02/02/2007

If ever a show was stolen, it was in yesterday's first round of the Dubai Desert Classic when Britain's Graeme McDowell and Ross Fisher upstaged all of Europe's big names, along with world number one Tiger Woods, to share the lead on seven-under-par 65. Teeing off in mid-afternoon, McDowell, from Northern Ireland, and Surrey man Fisher, proceeded to play some flawless golf at the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis course even as Woods was struggling with his game after having his concentration ...  >>MORE

Classic competition is on the cards

Posted on 01/02/2007

The Tiger Woods v Ernie Els rivalry is expected to hold golf fans captive over the next four days as the 18th Dubai Desert Classic unfolds at the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course. Most expect these two giants of the game to be battling it out on Sunday but a group of hungry Europeans can ruin the script, should they perform up to expectations. World number one Woods has endured the long haul flight from the West Coast in America to take on his traditional rival Els in a tournament where ...  >>MORE

Another star golf course designer swings into Dubai

Posted on 30/01/2007

Sergio Garcia is the latest addition to a star-studded list of professional golfers who have built or are building signature golf courses in Dubai. The Spaniard will join forces with former world number one Greg Norman and course architect Pete Dye in designing the Wind golf course - the fourth course in the multi billion dirham Jumeirah Golf Estates project. "No course in the world has been able to bring together three such major talents," said David Spencer, CEO of Jumeirah Golf Estates. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Golf event beats attendance target

Posted on 23/01/2007

Over 23,000 spectators turned out for last weekend's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship - the UAE capital's largest sporting event - substantially exceeding the organisers' target of 20,000 and notching up a 30 per cent increase on last year's inaugural tournament attendance of 17,787. In all about 23,040 spectators attended over the four days of the Championship, which is owned by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. "This is an excellent result and is proof positive that the Championship has a solid ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed attends Golf Tournament

Posted on 22/01/2007

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces yesterday attended the final day of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. Accompanied by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Economic Zone Corp., Sheikh Mohammed watched the final rounds and also toured the stands of sponsors of the tournament. Curtains came down this evening at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship which drew over 120 golfers. Following a thrilling ...  >>MORE

It’s plane sailing for Stenson as he claims record mark

Posted on 18/01/2007

Dubai-based Stenson talked to the ball and then unleashed a massive drive of 721 yards to set a new record in Etihad Airway's "Swing on the Wing” contest. The Swedish star fired his effort from the wing of an Etihad plane to beat Ian Poulter's drive of 696 yards last year. Stenson said: "This was just unbelievable. I saw pictures of Poulter and Paul Casey from last year. I am just glad I was able to sneak past him (Poulter).” (Emirates Today) ...  >>MORE

US$2m Abu Dhabi Golf Championship tees off today

Posted on 18/01/2007

Some of the world's top golf players will be in action at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 2007 which tees off on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. In the second edition of the tournament, hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, US$2 million will be awarded in prizes. Each player will not only be vying for the first prize of US$333,330, but also the chance to win free rooms for life at Emirates Palace Hotel and a Nissan 350Z --the prizes for making the championship's first hole-in-one. ...  >>MORE

Virtual reality to liven up TV coverage of Abu Dhabi event

Posted on 14/01/2007

Abu Dhabi-based ALDAR Properties will propel a global TV audience of millions into the thick of the action at this month's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. A cutting-edge virtual reality technology will be added to the television coverage of the US$2 million (Dh7.35 million) European Tour event. ALDAR's 'Virtual Eye' will show the Championship course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in a mix of real life and graphic simulation, providing TV viewers in 120 million homes across 30 countries with real-time ...  >>MORE

Bjorn returns for Abu Dhabi Championship

Posted on 11/01/2007

Thomas Bjorn, the Danish number one and UAE resident, is hoping 'local knowledge' will help him lift the 2007 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship - to be held at the capital's Golf Club from the 18th to 21st of this month. The 35-year-old Dane, twice a Ryder Cup winner and current world number 48, is aiming to eclipse the joint 24th finish he secured at last year's inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship - where he was nursing a foot injury that severely restricted his game. The nine-time European ...  >>MORE

Golfing greats ready to showcase their talents

Posted on 10/01/2007

Tiger Woods faces a tough challenge this month when he attempts to retain his Dubai Desert Classic title from a hungry field swollen with some of golf's biggest names. Dubai perennial and three-time winner Ernie Els, Ryder Cup hero Darren Clarke, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood are all primed to steal the giant coffee pot trophy from beneath Wood's nose when the Gulf News-sponsored competition starts at Emirates Golf Club on January 30 to February 4. And golf in DUBAI ambassadors Colin ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi eyes larger slice of golf tourism market

Posted on 11/12/2006

The travel, tourism and leisure sectors in Abu Dhabi are poised to seize a potentially large slice of the US$17.5 billion global industry in golf tourism. "In the US alone, golf contributes an estimated US$60 billion to the economy, which is around six per cent of GDP, while the global market for golf tourism is worth more than US$17.5 billion. As an international destination with a major European Tour event, world-class facilities and infrastructure, Abu Dhabi is perfectly placed to ...  >>MORE

Etihad Holidays announces exclusive guest deals for Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Posted on 10/12/2006

Etihad Holidays, a division of Etihad Airways, has unveiled a series of special holiday packages for sports fans looking to visit the UAE and experience the excitement of the 2007 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. Taking place between 18 - 21 January 2007, the Etihad Airways-sponsored ADGC will see many of the world's top golfers coming to Abu Dhabi for the second edition of the European Tour event. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Woods inks Dubai deal

Posted on 04/12/2006

Tiger Woods, the world's number one golfer, yesterday said he will design a world-class golf community - The Tiger Woods-Dubai - with Tatweer, part of the Dubai government's investment arm Dubai Holding. The Tiger Woods-Dubai, scheduled for completion in late 2009, will cover an area of 25.3 million square feet at Dubailand. The Tiger Woods-Dubai will be an exclusive golf community that will include Al Ruwaya - a Tiger Woods designed Golf course, professionally-staffed golf academy; a ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid attends prize ceremony of Dubai Ladies Masters

Posted on 30/10/2006

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai attended yesterday part of the prize ceremony of Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament which saw a tough competition by 12 of the world's top seeds. Sheikh Mohammed crowned the top - ranked Swedish star Annika Sorenstam as the winner of the tournament. The ceremony was attended Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority and other ...  >>MORE

ADTA unveils ambitious plans to expand Golf tourism

Posted on 14/09/2006

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has unveiled an ambitious long-term plan to expand golf facilities as part of its efforts to boost golf tourism in the emirate. The move comes in the wake of the tremendous success of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship which was held in January this year. "The First Abu Dhabi Golf Championship was a tremendous success. We are looking forward to an even greater success for Abu Dhabi Golf Tournament in 2007. We are now on the process of building ...  >>MORE

Al Abbar among top 10 of the golfing industry

Posted on 24/04/2006

Dubai's position as a key player in the global golfing community received a massive boost when the Golf World, the No 1 golf magazine in the world, named Mohammad Al Abbar among the 10 'powerbrokers' controlling the purse strings of the game's multi-billon dollar industry. The magazine praised Al Abbar, chairman of golf in DUBAI, the promoters and organisers of the Dubai Desert Classic, for his role in turning the UAE into the latest "must-play destination." Mohammad Buamaim, vice-chairman ...  >>MORE

Nakheel and Al Naboodah Pair Up for Jumeirah Golf Estates

Posted on 09/02/2006

Nakheel has confirmed the award of the first construction package on their prestigious Jumeirah Golf Estates development to Al Naboodah Contracting with work set to begin at the 1,119 hectare site at the end of this month. This Enabling Works package comprises initial earthworks to rough grade the first section of the site and the Greg Norman designed Fire and Earth golf courses, together with provision of site office accommodation and associated utilities. Located off the Emirates Road ...  >>MORE

Tiger Woods triumphs at Dubai Desert Classic

Posted on 06/02/2006

It was fought out in cold, brutal but stirring fashion and in the end, Tiger Woods clinched a thrilling shootout victory over defending champion Ernie Els to win the 2006 Dubai Desert Classic yesterday. Guided by his phenomenal ability and digging deep to find extra reserves of fortitude, Woods prevailed on the first extra hole after Els put his second shot into the lake protecting the 18th green. It was a finish that could not have been better scripted for a final day's play. The playoff ...  >>MORE

One-putt challenge gives Tiger chance to raise US$1 million

Posted on 05/02/2006

World number one Tiger Woods will throw his weight behind the development of a future Arab golf champion when he takes part in a unique US$1 million (Dh3.67m) putting challenge today at the close of the 2006 Dubai Desert Classic. Woods will join forces with the tournament winner – if it is not Woods himself – and Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Golf in Dubai, the event's promoters and organisers, to take part in the putting competition prior to the prize-giving presentation at the Emirates ...  >>MORE

Dubai Desert Classic - Goosen shares slice of lead

Posted on 04/02/2006

The unlikely trio of Richard Green, Retief Goosen and Jamie Donaldson powered their way into the lead after the opening round of the US$2.4 million Dubai Desert Classic yesterday to issue a timely reminder that the next three days' action will be as formidable and potentially hard to fathom. Australian journeyman Green, who won the event back in 1997 when it was held at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, was the early clubhouse leader when he returned an eight-under 72, a score that was later ...  >>MORE

DiMarco wins Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Posted on 23/01/2006

Curtains came down last night at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship with Chris DiMarco, the 37-year-old American golfer clinching the US$333,330 first prize after a thrilling final day's play at the immaculately presented Abu Dhabi Golf Club. DiMarco carded a final round 67 for a 20 under par total of 268 and a one shot victory over the gallant Henrik Stenson, who pushed the American all the way to the final green. The Swede began the day with a one shot lead but his closing 69 saw ...  >>MORE

Title has an open look as event enters home stretch

Posted on 22/01/2006

A look at the scorecard ahead of today's final showdown not only reflects how open the fight for the US$333,330 first prize is, but also the quality of contenders in the lead pack. More than a slice of the total prize money of US$2 million is at stake. The winner will long remember this Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority event being the first here, while the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship also kick starts the New Year for the professionals. More important for many is that this event counts for Ryder ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Golf Championship: Impressive show by Argentina's Gonzalez

Posted on 21/01/2006

Argentinean Ricardo Gonzalez led after morning's play on the second day of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship with eight-under-par. At the start of the afternoon, focus was on little-known South African Keith Horne who shot a course record 66 on Thursday to take a surprise first-round lead in the inaugural championship. Spectators were left wondering whether the continuing windy weather in Abu Dhabi would help Horne, who enjoys playing in the wind, regain his lead on the championship. ...  >>MORE

Golf Championship will promote Abu Dhabi as a top leisure, business and sports destination: Tahnoun

Posted on 20/01/2006

The inauguration of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, one of the most prestigious international sporting events ever staged in Abu Dhabi, constitutes a qualitative step in promoting Abu Dhabi as a top global leisure, business and sporting destination, said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. ”This tournament represents a flagship event in our promotional activity and the media coverage generated should play a key role in raising Abu Dhabi to its ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority unveils Golf Championship trophy

Posted on 18/01/2006

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) yesterday unveiled the Trophy for the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to be held this week from Thursday January 19, through Sunday January 22, at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The elegant silver and gold trophy incorporating a falcon, the national symbol of the UAE and of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, was specially commissioned from the renowned British silversmith Edward Asprey. Weighing in at 5.3 kilos, the 69cm high trophy was completed in just seven weeks, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to get a taste of big-time golfing action

Posted on 18/01/2006

Fans will get a taste of big time golf for the first time this afternoon when some of the world's top players line up in the Al Masaood Pro-Am event ahead of the US$2 million Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, which begins tomorrow. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has rolled out the red carpet for golfing greats such as Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia among others, all here to kick-start the year's European Tour. Twenty-eight of these professionals including world No 2 Vijay ...  >>MORE

Jimenez confirms for Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Posted on 15/01/2006

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) announced today that Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain will compete at this month's inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The tournament, which takes place from January 19 - 22 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, has attracted a first class field with Jimenez lining up against Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, John Daly, Chris DiMarco and Ian Poulter for the US$2 million prize fund. With three victories under his belt in 2004, forty year ...  >>MORE

Dubai Sports City awards Golf Course construction contract

Posted on 14/12/2005

Dubai Sports City, the world's first purpose-built integrated sports city, yesterday announced that UAE-based Septech and its joint venture partner, Turnpoint Australia, have been awarded the contract for construction of the Ernie Els Design golf course, The Dunes, located within Victory Heights, the 25 million square feet residential, gated golf community situated in the heart of Dubai Sports City. Construction of the golf course area that spans 86 hectares will begin at the end of this ...  >>MORE

Record prize-money for 2006 Dubai Desert Classic

Posted on 19/10/2005

The 2006 Dubai Desert Classic, the PGA European Tour event being staged at the Emirates Golf Club from February 2-5, will be the richest in the tournament's 17-year history. With a total prize-fund of US$2.4 million, the 2006 event - again sponsored by Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) - will also provide the 120 competing players with the chance to pick up the biggest winner's cheque ever offered for a golf event in the region. The 2006 champion will walk away with a cheque for US$400,000. In the 16 ...  >>MORE

Nakheel unveils Phase A of Jumeirah Golf Estates

Posted on 19/09/2005

Nakheel - the UAE's leading property developer - has joined forces with golfing superstar Greg Norman to launch the first phase of Dubai's premier residential golfing community - Jumeirah Golf Estates. Nakheel, famed for its iconic landmarks such as The Palm, and The World, is bringing the same pioneering ingenuity to the game of golf. Launched in September 2004, Nakheel Golf aims to raise awareness of golf in Dubai on a global platform by developing unique and unforgettable courses. ...  >>MORE

Dubailand to have world's most integrated golf city

Posted on 11/07/2005

BENAA and Dubailand have announced that a vast new complex housing a fully-integrated ‘Golf City' will come up at Dubailand. The agreement to set up the 'Dubai Golf City' was signed by Salem bin Dasmal, Chief Executive Officer of Dubailand with Abdulla Saeed Al Thani, Chairman of BENAA. More than Dh6.5 billion has been earmarked to be spent on creating the Dubai Golf City signature project at Dubailand. It will be built over more than 55 million square feet of land and it will house five ...  >>MORE

Al Badia clubhouse work on schedule

Posted on 11/07/2005

The construction work is on schedule for the clubhouse planned for the Al Badia golf course at Dubai Festival City, being built on the banks of Dubai Creek. The clubhouse, the design for which has been inspired by Dubai Festival City's logo will be completed in the first quarter of 2006. Taking shape overlooking the 9th and 18th greens of Al Badia is the main shell of the clubhouse and its amenity buildings. The starter and comfort huts, which will be the first facilities to open, are ...  >>MORE

Emirates Golf Club named among world's best in global poll

Posted on 30/05/2005

Dubai's Emirates Golf Club has been named among the world's top golf courses in a survey conducted by influential US-based magazine Golf Digest. The ballot, which included 1,005 of the best courses around the planet, was decided by a panel numbering over 800 course rating specialists, 22 editors of Golf Digest and its affiliates and an undisclosed number of other informed golf industry-related panelists. And the announcement that the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course has secured a place in ...  >>MORE

Eco-friendly golf

Posted on 01/05/2005

Golfers in the UAE can look forward to an enjoyable experience and some new and unique challenges at the new Tower Links Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah. Set against a backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, this golfing venue is the first golf course in the UAE to be built in and around a natural mangrove reserve. Mangroves border almost every hole on the 18-hole Par 72 course, but the treacherous bunkers and the extensive mangroves around the signature holes 5 and 13 make them particularly ...  >>MORE

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World's first 'The Els Club' Launched at Dubai Sports City


Duke of York salutes Abu Dhabi's golfing ambitions


Etihad to bring world's best Golfers to UAE


Jumeirah Golf Estates wins prestigious international property award


Golfing legend Gary Player to design Saadiyat Island signature course


The Tiger Woods Dubai breaks ground


Dh220m to drive home golf tourism


Unlikely duo steal show


Classic competition is on the cards


Another star golf course designer swings into Dubai


Abu Dhabi Golf event beats attendance target


Mohammed bin Zayed attends Golf Tournament


It’s plane sailing for Stenson as he claims record mark


US$2m Abu Dhabi Golf Championship tees off today


Virtual reality to liven up TV coverage of Abu Dhabi event


Bjorn returns for Abu Dhabi Championship


Golfing greats ready to showcase their talents


Abu Dhabi eyes larger slice of golf tourism market


Etihad Holidays announces exclusive guest deals for Abu Dhabi Golf Championship


Woods inks Dubai deal


Mohammed bin Rashid attends prize ceremony of Dubai Ladies Masters


ADTA unveils ambitious plans to expand Golf tourism


Al Abbar among top 10 of the golfing industry


Nakheel and Al Naboodah Pair Up for Jumeirah Golf Estates


Tiger Woods triumphs at Dubai Desert Classic


One-putt challenge gives Tiger chance to raise US$1 million


Dubai Desert Classic - Goosen shares slice of lead


DiMarco wins Abu Dhabi Golf Championship


Title has an open look as event enters home stretch


Abu Dhabi Golf Championship: Impressive show by Argentina's Gonzalez


Golf Championship will promote Abu Dhabi as a top leisure, business and sports destination: Tahnoun


Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority unveils Golf Championship trophy


Abu Dhabi to get a taste of big-time golfing action


Jimenez confirms for Abu Dhabi Golf Championship


Dubai Sports City awards Golf Course construction contract


Record prize-money for 2006 Dubai Desert Classic


Nakheel unveils Phase A of Jumeirah Golf Estates


Dubailand to have world's most integrated golf city


Al Badia clubhouse work on schedule


Emirates Golf Club named among world's best in global poll


Eco-friendly golf