What attracts both sports fans and casual observers …
One of the biggest events on the Middle East’s sporting calendar and a truly historic sporting event in Dubai, the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic will celebrate its 33rd edition this month.
To mark the occasion, the oldest golf tournament in the region has, for the first time in its history, has been elevated to Rolex Series status, part of the premium event series of the DP World Tour.
With major attractions on the Emirates Golf Club course, and outside in the tournament family town, there is something to attract both sports fans and casual observers from January 27-30.
1. Featured attractions
Tournament organizers recently confirmed that two-time champion Rory McIlroy will play in the 2022 Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic, adding extra power to an elite field that already includes the world number two and the new DP World Ranking winner, Collin Morikawa (pictured above), Sergio Garcia, former Masters champion and winner of the 2017 Dubai Desert Classic, and defending champion Paul Casey. Keep your eyes peeled for other high profile challengers chasing the Rolex Series event’s $ 8 million prize fund.
2. Free access
For the first time in the tournament’s history, tickets to the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic are free to spectators for all four days. The decision was made in recognition of the UAE’s recent Golden Jubilee. Simon Corkill, Tournament Director, said: “What better way to celebrate the UAE’s 50th anniversary than free access to a truly global sporting event on our doorstep.”
3. Glorious food
There will be plenty of options for foodies to try this year. Tournament Town food trucks will serve delicious food, from pizzas and shawarma wings, poke bowls, desserts and more.
4. It’s entertainment
In Tournament Town, some of the city’s most talented local artists will perform live, with bean bags and seating adding a truly relaxed vibe. There will also be face painting and bouncy castles, which will make this a truly family-friendly event.
5. In the pink
Continuing its support for the Al Jalila Foundation, Saturday January 29 is Pink Saturday. All players and caddies will be wearing something pink, and spectators are encouraged to join us in supporting the noble cause. There is a best dressed competition for adults and children and prizes worth over 2,000 Dhs.
6. Dallah Lounge
The Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic is offering a brand new hospitality offer this year. The renovated terraces of the Dallah Lounge and the Sky Deck are located in a prime location overlooking both the 9th and 18th greens. Spectators will be able to soak up the action throughout the day and watch in real comfort thanks to the new configuration, a major development in the corporate sports offering.
seven. Ring the bell
If tournament fans are looking for a party atmosphere, head to the Topgolf Bridge. In addition to a choice of F&B pop-up outlets, the “Ring the bell” feature allows viewers at this vantage point to secure discounts on selected drinks each time a bird is pierced. .
8. Sustainability Sunday
The classic Slync.io Dubai Desert has made a three-year commitment to become more geo-certified. As part of this trip, the tournament’s Sustainable Sunday initiative will convey four general messages: energy, waste, fuel and legacy. Aggreko solar panels and biodiesel units will be installed on the roof of the pavilion, while a new partnership with a waste management company will reduce waste going to landfills. Finally, in association with Goumbook, there will also be opportunities to plant Ghaf trees in Tournament Town.
9. Register before January 17th for a chance to win a gold ticket
To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the United Arab Emirates, Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic offers the general public the chance to win a “Golden Ticket” by registering for their free general admission tickets to the an event. TTo mark each decade of the United Arab Emirates, five gold tickets will be up for grabs for all who register. A series of prizes are to be won, including access to the new Dallah Lounge Hospitality where the winner and a friend could sit in the front row to witness the live action from the 9e and 18e Greens, while enjoying quality food and drink in the comfort of the Dallah Lounge and Sky Deck. Register before January 17th and five winners will be notified on January 20th.
Emirates Golf Club, free, January 27 to 30, slyncdubaideertclassic.com
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