Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
The Dubai Desert Classic is a professional golf tournament, part of the DP World Tour. It was founded in 1989 as the first European Tour event on the Arabian Peninsula, paving the way for golf in the Middle East.
This prestigious competition has been won by some of golf’s biggest names since its inception including 11 major winners, from Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, and Tiger Woods to Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, and Bryson DeChambeau.
In 2022 the event is joining the DP World Tour’s premier Rolex Series, with greater prize money at stake to make it even more appealing to the world’s best players, so it promises to be a sensational golfing contest.
The reigning champion is rising star Victor Hovland, who edged out Richard Bland in a playoff after carding an eagle and 2 birdies on the final 3 holes. McIlroy finished 1 shot behind the pair, having hit the water on the 18th.
*** General Admission
General admission Grounds tickets are free, but must be registered for in advance, while hospitality will also be available for those seeking a premium experience.
All tickets include access to Tournament Town, an area for spectators where you’ll find family-friendly live entertainment, food trucks, and activities for people of all ages.
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.