Golf Lights Are On In United Arab Emirates

Meydan City imagines a new future for development in the UAE (Concept drawing)
Meydan City imagines a new future for development in the UAE (Concept drawing)

Starting this month there will be a new trend in golf in the United Arab Emirates.  Troon Golf, a top firm when it comes to management, development and marketing for upscale golf developments have reached an agreement to manage  Meydan Golf, a new Peter Harradine-designed, nine-hole floodlit course alongside the Meydan Racecourse and The Meydan Hotel.

Meydan will operate as a daily-fee facility uniquely positioned as an accessible and player-friendly option for golfers in the region, catering to every type of golfer. Included in the facilities will be a floodlit driving range and Academy by Troon® aimed at both inspiring new golfers and developing current players looking to hone their skills. Open until midnight, the nine-hole course stretches over 3,600 yards from the back tees, and works its way between a series of natural lakes.

“This is certainly a bold and exciting move from Meydan Group and we are positive that this type of golf option will be embraced in Dubai,” said Bruce Glasco, senior vice president, managing director, International Operations. “Fresh initiatives are key to growing the game and we are confident Meydan Golf will attract new players and gain the attention of those visiting the region.”

Meydan Golf is located next to The Meydan Racecourse, home to Thoroughbred racing and the Dubai World Cup (the world’s richest horserace), as well as a tennis academy, making it one of Dubai’s most cherished sporting and leisure destinations. A soft opening of the course is planned for late March 2012, in time for the Dubai World Cup.

“This project is a key strategic initiative in the overall development of Meydan as a center for leisure and business,” said Meydan chairman of the board and CEO Saeed H. Al Tayer. “The developments of Meydan complement one another to feature an enticing alignment of work, leisure and lifestyle. We are pleased to showcase this development to coincide with our internationally famous signature event – the Dubai World Cup.”

A fully equipped clubhouse will complete what is without doubt one of the finest new additions to golf in the Middle East. The clubhouse will feature a boutique golf shop, full locker room facilities, and multiple dining options including a family-friendly restaurant and a lively sports bar. Just a 10-minute drive from the Downtown Burj Dubai area and a 20-minute drive from most areas of Dubai and the international airport, the unique city location offers guests unforgettable views of the Dubai city skyline and iconic Meydan Racecourse facility.

Meydan City is the brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. It is the culmination of his vision to create not just the ultimate venue for horseracing, but also an integrated city that is sustainable, environmentally responsible and also one that positions Dubai at the center of the competitive global business stage. Meydan City will feature four distinct sub-districts – Meydan Racecourse; where the Meydan Grandstand takes center stage and is home to the Dubai World Cup; Meydan Metropolis, a series of state-of-the-art business parks; Meydan Horizons, where residential and business towers intermingle with luxury waterfront developments; and Meydan Godolphin Parks, a shopping destination, featuring a signature mall.

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