Dubai Moonlight Classic presented by EGA
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
The Dubai Moonlight Classic is a professional women’s golf tournament, the first full Ladies European Tour event ever to be played in the Middle East. It was founded in 2006 as the Dubai Ladies Masters, and it has typically been among the LET’s most valuable tournaments in terms of prize money, allowing it to attract some of the best players in the world.
Played under the floodlights of Emirates Golf Club’s Faldo Course, it became the first ever day-night professional golf event in 2019.
This event was also the site of 10-time major-winner Annika Sorenstam’s last outing before her retirement; the Swede called time on her illustrious career after the 2008 edition, having won the first 2 events in 2006 and 2007.
The defending champion is England’s Bronte Law, who shot a final-round score of 64 (8-under par) to beat Maria Fassi by a single stroke in 2021.
Entrance into the tournament is free from 5 pm each day – no tickets are required.
As the metropolis of the UAE, Dubai is considered to be relatively expensive when it comes to accommodation. In fact, the city is famous for its ultra-modern high-end luxury hotels. There are, however, a number of fancy-yet-affordable and budget hotels too.
Where to Stay
Downtown Dubai, where the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, and Dubai Mall are located, is considered the business and commercial centre of the city, offering the best of the city’s shopping and entertainment.
Dubai Marina is by far the best area to stay for entertainment after dark. The marina is populated with licensed hotels and nightclubs featuring rooftop bars, which provide an impressive backdrop for a night to remember.
Jumeirah Beach Residence, meanwhile, is much quieter and more family-oriented. Accommodation here provides easy access to beaches and water parks during the day, and scenic waterfront restaurants at night for the foodies.
To immerse in a more historic and cultural side to Dubai, replace skyrise buildings for souks and mosques by staying in the inner-city suburbs of Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai, or Al Fahidi.
Dubai is also known for its purpose-built vacation islands, including Palm Jumeirah, Pearl Jumeirah, Daria Island, and the Burj Al Arab, which feature all inclusive resorts with their own restaurants, bars, waterparks, and more.
Dubai is connected by the Dubai Metro, which links each of its inner-city neighbourhoods. It is also cheap to travel by taxi, but traffic in the city can be congested at peak times.