Dubai is Hot - Literally, and as a Golf Destination
Dubai has been on my golf radar (golfdar) for quite a while now. In fact, I've posted about the land sometimes known as "the Arabian desert playground" a number of times.
I've gotten to know more about it lately through a couple of blogger friends, who live, work, blog and play golf there, and really enjoy the vibrant, cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Dubai is a 21st century boom town... the fastest growing city on earth... with a major commitment to golf, both recreational and professional. This has led to the development of awesome golf communities, amazing golf courses and very significant golf tournaments.
Today's announcement unveiling The European Tour's Race to Dubai and a new tournament, The Dubai World Championship, was reported everywhere, from golf and sports blogs to financial news networks to the international press at large. This is big international golf news because the The Dubai World Championship, with a $10,000,000 prize fund is currently the "world’s richest golf tournament", and The European Tour, with major support from Dubai-based Leisurecorp, is making a solid statement about its global golf ambitions.
There's already speculation about whether Tiger will be tempted by this glittery golf event, but most feel he's simply too busy to fit it into his schedule.
The Race to Dubai is still a couple of years away, however, it was announced today that one famous American golfer will be heading over to the Arabian sands in early December. That would be Natalie Gulbis. The awesome golf girl just posted a blog about her exciting ADT championship playing side by side with Lorena Ochoa this past weekend, and now she'll be joining Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies and other top players at the Dubai Ladies Masters, December 13 - 16.
And I'm really hoping she blogs about it.