Damac paves way for
Trump golf course

Damac Properties have inked a deal with US business magnate Donald Trump to develop an 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Course in Dubai.

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Wed 8 May 2013, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:58 PM

The massive project will be named the Trump International Golf Club, Dubai.

Construction is already underway and the course will be ready for play next year.

The Trump Organisation already has 14 award winning courses under its ownership and management across the world, but this will be its first venture into Asia. The company’s latest course, the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has already been tagged as one of ‘The World’s Greatest Golf Courses’. The 7,205-yard, par 71 Dubai course will be located just 10 minutes from Shaikh Zayed Road and sits at the heart of the 28 million square foot ‘Akoya by Damac’ master plan development — the launch of which was announced last week, according to a media communiqué from the local representatives here.

The Trump International Golf Club, Dubai will include a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art club house and a luxurious Trump spa and wellness centre.

“By collaborating with Donald Trump, we are bringing the most elite name in golf and international luxury real estate to Dubai,” said Hussein Sajwani, chairman, Damac Properties. “This course will provide a unique challenge for golfers, while delivering the upmost luxury and refinement for which both Damac Properties and the Trump Organisation have become renowned for.”

Donald J. Trump, chairman and president, The Trump Organisation, said: “We are thrilled to be expanding our portfolio of award-winning courses into Dubai with Damac Properties. Dubai is an incredible city that truly understands the meaning of luxury. Trump International Golf Club, Dubai will be built to world-class levels, exceeding all expectations — there will be nothing like it in the region and beyond.”

“As with all of the courses we develop and manage, Trump International Golf Club, Dubai is being built to the highest standards of excellence and will become known as one of the world’s finest courses,” said Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of Development and Acquisitions at the Trump Organisation.

“The combination of Damac Properties’ local knowledge and expertise in the luxury market and our unrivalled experience with owning and operating a collection of the world’s finest courses will result in a challenging golf course with stunning landscaping and superior quality.”

A study released earlier this month, by accounting firm KPMG, for the first time placed the UAE in the top 10 most popular destinations worldwide for golf tourism. Dubai and Abu Dhabi sit in 6th place on the table, ahead of more established destinations including the US, England and South Africa. The report went on to add that global golf holiday sales grew by an average of 9.3 per cent compared to the previous year, now exceeding euros 1.5 billion (Dh 7.22 billion).

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