With three championship-standard courses within a 20-minute drive of the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi is abounding with world-class golfing opportunities for both experienced and amauters to the game.
Iconic shots of Tiger Woods hitting drives off the helipad of the world's tallest hotel, the Burj Al Arab, officially ushered in a new era for golf in the Emirate as one of the most in-demand and luxurious golf destinations globally. Some called the Woods shot miraculous, but the miracle actually arrived 15 years prior to 2004 when the first grass course, Emirates Golf Club, rose out of the desert to welcome members and their guests as well as host the European Tour's first foray into the Middle East with the annual Dubai Desert Classic. In more recent years new courses, hosting championships to promote Destination Dubai have sprung up simultaneously to create the "Desert Swing" and "Race to Dubai."
Dubai is the ‘sporting capital’ of the Middle East. Numerous international sporting events are hosted in the emirate every year, including the world’s richest horse race - The Dubai World Cup, the Dubai Desert Classic golf championship, the Dubai Tennis Championship, Dubai Rugby Sevens, UIM Class 1 World Offshore Powerboat Championship and Dubai Marathon to name just a few. World-class facilities, year round sunshine and fantastic infrastructure to host such events has earned Dubai this position of eminence. Golf courses offer some of the best golfing experiences in the world.
With fabulous courses carved out of the desert and along spectacular coastlines, diversity of experiences characterise Abu Dhabi’s great golf offering – you can play a different course for a totally different experience every day for six days. Whether it’s championship-ready parkland, ocean or Links facilities, a gentle urban centre course, the sheer uniqueness of a world-class ‘sand’ course, or an attempt at the emirate’s longest-hole on a country facility in our Oasis City heritage heartland – we’ve got compelling choices for you.