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Dubai can claim a unique destination in the world of golf. It is the only place to have hosted ranking tournaments on both the European PGA and Asian PGA Circuits. This is no mere accident of geography, but testimony to the superb golfing facilities that have been developed in the emirate, the pioneer of the sport in the Middle East.

But the staging of major international tournaments has a significance that goes well beyond the realm of professional golf itself. At a subliminal level, the confluence of the two PGA tours neatly symbolises Dubai's broader role as a meeting point of east and west. In more practical terms, worldwide television coverage of events such as the Dubai Desert Classic has had a direct impact in stimulating the dramatic growth of golfing tourism.

Thanks to this exposure, the spectacular "bedouin tent" and "dhow sail" architecture of the clubhouses at Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club respectively have become familiar landmarks to golf enthusiasts around the world. And the prospect of playing on the same championship fairways and greens as the top professionals has proved an attractive lure for players of all standards.

Dubai currently has four 18 hole grass courses, all of championship standard. Two are at Emirates, one at Dubai Creek and the fourth, fully floodlit , at the Dubai Golf and Racing Club.

In addition there are 9 hole courses at Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort, Dubai Creek and Hatta Fort. Meanwhile visitors interested in a different experience can play on sand at Dubai Country Club, the oldest course in the Emirate.

An important recent development in the Dubai golf scene has been the simplification of procedures for booking a round through the introduction of an on-line reservation system at

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