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Emirates Golf Club named Amongst the world’s finest

Emirates Golf Club named Amongst the world's finest

-Majlis Course ranked as the leading course in the Middle East by Golf World-

Dubai ,August 2010: The Majlis Golf Course at the Emirates Golf Club (EGC), the UAE's premier golfing destination, has been officially ranked amongst the 'World's Top 100' golf courses by internationally acclaimed golf magazine 'Golf World'.

The home of the European PGA Tour's legendary 'Dubai Desert Classic' is the highest ranked course from the Middle East to feature amongst the world's finest courses by 'Golf World', confirming its position at the forefront of golf regionally and globally.

This latest accolade adds to a long list of prestigious awards the club has claimed since its introduction as the first grass course in the region in 1988 through the inspired vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

"Over the years the Emirates Golf Club has received many awards by continually setting the standard for golf in the region. It has without doubt developed into an iconic sporting venue recognised globally and celebrated locally as a much loved symbol of Dubai," commented Chris May, General Manager, Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

"However, to be officially recognised amongst the very best courses in the world by an independent panel of experts is very special. We are rightly proud of this achievement but it has only been possible due to the foresight, commitment and tireless efforts of those associated with the club over the years. The flourishing golf industry in the Middle East with Dubai clearly positioned as a truly world-class golfing destination can be directly attributed to those who established the Emirates Golf Club", he continued.

The rankings produced by 'Golf World' are amongst the most respected lists compiled having previously completed the 'Top 100 courses in Great Britain & Ireland' (2008) and the 'Top 100 courses in Continental Europe'. Now for the first time using the largest independent panel assembled for such a ranking, experts from all corners of the world have considered the merits of the very best courses, judging upon design, conditioning, history, memorability and reputation.

"The Emirates Golf Club has a rich golfing heritage with a strong appreciation for the traditions of the game. Yet at 22 years old we are relatively young compared to the vast majority of those on the list, suggesting the Emirates Golf Club has a very bright future ahead. Our position challenging amongst the very best only goes to prove that our constant pursuit of the very highest standards across golf, recreation and hospitality has been globally recognised. I believe there can be no greater endorsement than to gain the respect of those from within the industry as this ranking has proved," stated May.

Steeped in history having warmly welcomed legends of the game such as Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Ernie Els, Seve Ballesteros, Rory McIlroy and Annika Sorenstam, as host of the Dubai Desert Classic and the Dubai Ladies Masters, the 7185 yard par 72, Karl Litten designed championship Majlis Course, affectionately known as 'The Desert Miracle', has matured into a modern day classic. Located in the heart of the city with its distinctive natural features and rolling desert terrain, the course has been long admired and loved by the world's best players, visitors and local members, having previously been named the 'Best Golf Course' on the European PGA Tour.

Eager to constantly improve the world-class offering a range of subtle upgrades have recently been proposed for the Majlis Course as Andrew Whitelaw, Club Manager at the Emirate Golf Club, commented upon;

"In the summer of 2011 we plan to introduce a new fully automated irrigation system to reduce water consumption, new and renovated bunkering, additional landscaping and an extension of the cart path. Our intent is not to significantly alter the course layout but to enhance existing features, ensuring the course stands the test of time and remain a fitting challenge for the modern golfer in the years to come."

"To be featured amongst the World's Top 100 courses as the Middle East's highest ranked course following the launch of Night Golf on the Faldo Course, it is a particularly exciting time for the Emirates Golf Club. Yet we remain focused on bringing the enjoyment of the game to even more people. We will continue the hard work that has got us amongst world's best and aim to improve upon our existing world class golf, recreational and hospitality facilities."

Away from the golf course a series of significant investments have been announced including the complete renovation 'iconic 'Bedouin Tent' clubhouse due for completion in October 2010, an upgrade to the swimming pool area, the introduction of an on-site spa and a boutique events venue, the Royal Majlis.

The significant investments which also include extensive enhancements to the Faldo course and the Academy have only been made possible due to continued support and expertise of the Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC) who assumed complete responsibility for the management of Dubai Golf in early 2009 through subsidiary, wasl as the direct parent company of Dubai Golf LLC.