Golf in the Emirates

23.07.12 | By Semen Zaporozhets. Photo: Yevhen Kostyukov

One of the most popular resort destinations of the world, Dubai has decided to win over Ukrainian travellers with a new edge golf tourism. In order to show the emirate from this side in the best way possible, the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing of Dubais government has organized a tour for a group of Ukrainian journalists/golf enthusiasts. In the course of the tour, these fans of this gentlemens game visited four golf clubs, tried everything they had to offer, and now can claim that golfers of all skill levels can travel to Dubai with their families for a great holiday. The Ukrainian group was fascinated by the first facilities they visited Millennium Plaza hotel and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club golf club. The view on the bay and the worlds tallest building Burj Khalifa are beautiful in themselves. However, the high qualities of the greens and fairways as well as the amazing service overshadow all these delights.

Two 18-hole golf courses are open and both offer night play with artificial lighting. Golf carts come with a device that detects the distance to the hole and a mini-fridge.

Every 30 minutes a steward joins the golfers in action to offer yet another bottle of cold water, fruit and a cold towel, asks about how you feel and offers help. Rest areas abound, complete with shops, air conditioners and facilities for personal needs. Despite the heat, it is very pleasant to play and the time flies.

The Jebel Ali Golf & Spa resort offers all imaginable possibilities for a family vacation. There are two five-star hotels Palm Tree Court & Spa and Jebel Ali Hotel, 800 meters of private beach surrounded by palm trees, three swimming pools with water temperature regulators, spa center, international golf course with a game academy, diving center, shooting, horseback riding and childrens clubs. All this comes as All Inclusive. If your wife plays golf, you are lucky, but if she doesnt, we will find something to keep her busy while you play, says general director of the resort Frederick Rainish with a smile.

Major events are already being lined up. Next winter the Ukraine Golf Cup Discovery Tour 2013 will be held in Dubai. Tourists should follow very soon.