The Dubai Desert Classic is an annual professional golf tournament that takes place every year at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament is a part of the PGA European Tour schedule since its inauguration in 1989 and Dubai has the privilege of being the first European Tour to be held in the Middle East. The tournament is regularly played on the ‘Majlis’ golf course, which is one of the two courses, at the Emirates Golf Club, and is more famous as the ‘Desert Miracle’. The event is normally hosted in the months of February and March every year.
The Dubai Desert Classic attracts many of the famous players from the world of golf due to the popularity of the tournament and also due to the generous appearance fees. Ernie Els has so far been very successful in this tournament, having won the championship on three occasions, while Tiger Woods has won the event twice. Some of the important and prominent sponsors of the Dubai Desert Classic are Dubal, Omega, National Bank of Dubai, Jumeirah Golf Estates, CNN, Enaar, Emirates Airlines, and Gulf News.
The Dubai Desert Classic Executive Committee promotes the Dubai Desert Classic tournament every year. The Majlis Golf Course, where the tournament is played, is surrounded by beautiful villas and palatial houses. Dubai is a place where many prestigious sports activities take place, and golf is especially popular here. Dubai has some of the best golf courses in the world and this accounts for the growing number of golf enthusiasts to Dubai each year. The popular six day tournament attracts visitors, golfers and non-golfers, from all the over the world.
The Dubai Desert Classic is an event that rightfully belongs to the people of Dubai. The tournament has been recognized as one of the finest sporting events of the Middle East, and Dubai has become famous as the ultimate golf destination. The event has come to be recognized as the richest professional golfing event in the region and carries prize money of $2.5 million.
Dubai succeeds in bringing top ranking international golfers and golf fans from around the world on to a single platform through the Dubai Desert Classic every year. The tournament has become famous as the ‘crown jewel’ of the European Tour’s three-stop Desert Swing. The event which not only attracts golf fans from all over the world but also provides the spectators and fans the opportunity to see their idols in action from close quarters.
Sporting events such as the Dubai Desert Classic have put Dubai on the world map and made it quite popular which is the reason that Dubai has become one of the prominent tourist destinations – be it sports, business, or pleasure. Such events, which project Dubai as being a place that is lively and vibrant with culture, attract tourists from all over the world. Dubai has earned an international reputation as a top-class destination for leisure, entertainment, and shopping.
The Dubai Desert Classic 2011 is fast approaching – so make plans for your travel and accommodation. Ensure that you do it soon, or you will be disappointed. It is an event that is worth waiting for and worth seeing. So, do not miss it!