Golf in Dubai
According to a report published by Deloitte in 2015, the direct and indirect economic impact of golf in Dubai is a staggering $131m annually. In total, golf contributes 30 percent to sport’s total economic impact in the emirate. The estimated economic impact of golf tourism in Dubai is a further $38m.The game is experiencing a surge in popularity in the UAE with families coming to watch the games in big numbers.
A $1.8 billion project, Dubai Golf City covering an area of 55,000,000 square feet (5,100,000 m2) is also underway. The development, when completed, will feature golf courses, golf academies and convention centres. It is one of the largest projects at Dubailand.
Dubai almost bookends the European Tour season. European Tour pro golf in Dubai start out in February with what’s called the ‘Desert Swing’, which culminates in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, known as the major of the region, held at Emirates Golf Club. Then in November, the finale of the European Tour is held in Dubai. In fact, the entire season is referred to as the Race to Dubai. Held at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, the DP World Tour Championship is where the top 60 golfers of the Tour tee-off for big money and the prestige of being crowned the champion.
Dubai’s Creek Golf & Yacht Club is home to the Middle East’s first golf academy.