Toyota Emirates Drifting Team and Al-Futtaim Motors Continue Success At 2015 Drift UAE Championship

Keeping with the trend from Round 1, Al-Futtaim Motors Toyota Emirates Drifting Team, led by reigning champion Ahmed Al Ameri, continued his success by finishing second at the 2014/2015 Drift UAE Round 2 which was held on January 24th at the Yas Marina Circuit, staying on track to defend its title for the upcoming season.


Speaking after his second podium finish, Ahmed Al Ameri said:The key to winning the title is consistency, a lot of practice and a great car, modified specifically to compete in one of the most demanding automotive sports. With Al-Futtaim Motors support and the Toyota 86 for the new season, were well on track to retaining our title for the 2013/2014 championship.

MCILROY Leads Top-Ranked Stars For Omega Dubai Desert Classic ‘Challenge Match’

Top-ranked players will set the tone when they feature in the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match on Tuesday to kick off tournament week at Emirates Golf Club.

The two-man scramble on the back nine of Majlis course will see defending champion Stephen Gallacher of Scotland team up with world number two Henrik Stenson as they tee off at 3pm along with the pairing of Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer.

World number one Rory McIlroy is paired with Sergio Garcia while Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood will complete the line-up as the two teams get their challenge under way at 3.10pm in what promises to be a fun-filled affair, offering fans a chance to watch their favourite players in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

The Challenge Match has traditionally been a greensomes affair on the par-3 course at Emirates Golf Club, but after the success of the 2014 “Champions’ Challenge”, which saw every past champion compete for a share of the $600,000 purse, the 2015 edition will once again take place on the premier golf course in the region, albeit only over the back-9.

Promoted and organised by golf in DUBAi, the 26th edition of the tournament itself wears a truly global look with players from 25 countries represented in one of the strongest 132-player fields ever assembled in Dubai.

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Included in the field are seven Major winners who between them have won 15 of golf’s coveted titles. They are McIlroy (four), Ernie Els (four), Kaymer (two), Jose Maria Olazabal (two), McDowell, Clarke and Louis Oosthuizen. If the Omega Dubai Desert Classic is popularly referred to as the Major of the Middle East, it is with good reason.

Ringing in the New Year with an impressive second-placed finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, McIlroy appears primed to build on his early season form as the Northern Irishman bids to regain the title he won in 2009.

“It will be fun to get back to a golf course where I had won my first title as a professional,” said the 25-year-old Ulsterman, who incidentally also made his first cut in a European Tour event here, as a 17-year-old amateur in 2007.

He will have to be wary of defending champion Gallacher, who will be aiming for his third win to match the feat of the great Ernie Els, who himself will be on hand to try and extend his long-standing record. While McIlroy enjoyed a phenomenal 2014 on the course, highlighted by victories in the Open Championship and PGA Championship, the Bathgate man also made some considerable noise, making a winning Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles and rising to number 35 in the world.

First class entertainment is guaranteed with Kaymer returning to Dubai after three years. The German ace, who finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in 2008, thanks to his birdie-birdie-eagle finish, has one more reason to get the job done after his final day in the recent Abu Dhabi Golf Championship where he finished third despite holding a 10-shot lead mid-way through the final round.

Potential storylines are aplenty with the likes of world numer two Stenson, England’s Westwood, a three-time runner-up in Dubai, Spain’s Garcia and Northern Ireland’s McDowell bringing their own power, flair and exuberance to the game.

Whatever the outcome in 2015, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic has treated fans to some pretty good theatre over the years, something that has become the norm on the majestic Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club.

Daily tickets for the whole week, including the Challenge Match, are available through Members of GOLF CITIZEN, the online golf reservations website launched by golf in DUBAi in 2011, have been offered a special 10 per cent discount on all tickets purchased through the tournament website. Golfers from around the world can register as a ‘GOLF CITIZEN’ for free and buy their tickets online.

Eighteen and unders will be given free entry to the tournament if they are accompanied by an adult who is holding a valid ticket for the day.

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is backed by OMEGA as the title sponsor and Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC as sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Drydocks World & Maritime World, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels, Mercedes and wasl, while Dubai Duty Free, Neocasa Interiors and Motivate Publishing are the Patrons in golf in DUBAi’s drive to showcase the emirate’s vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.

Exhibition At Meydan Racecourse Celebrates The Journey Of Dubai And Its Horseracing Heritage

An exhibition which explores the shared development story of Dubai and its horseracing heritage, driven by the pioneering spirit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has opened to the public at Meydan Racecourse.

First showcased to Newmarket racegoers at the 2014 Dubai Future Champions Day, the special exhibition comes to the emirate ahead of the spectacular season-ending Dubai World Cup. Celebrating its 20th running, the world’s richest horse race will take place on 28th March 2015 and the official trophy will be on display at the exhibition which runs until the end of March.

Visitors will be taken on a historic journey, narrated in both Arabic and English, with the opportunity to explore interactive displays, precious artefacts, innovative touchscreen charts and a collection of specially-commissioned video interviews. The exhibition concludes with a Dubai World Cup-inspired photo booth providing visitors with a memento of their visit as well as the chance to enter a competition to win race night tickets by posting images to social media using #20thDWC. For more information on the competition visit

Commenting on the significance of the exhibition, Saeed Al Tayer, Meydan Group Chairman, said: “Dubai has a connection to horseracing that finds its roots in the identity of its people. The enduring passion we have for horses stretches back generations and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s truly pioneering spirit has been central to the continued development of this. We are proud to house this exhibition at Meydan, the home of international horse racing in the UAE, at this very special time as we celebrate the 20th running of the Dubai World Cup.”


meydanBloodstock adviser to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Executive Chairman of Falcon and Associates, John Ferguson said: “The 20th running of the Dubai World Cup marks another chapter in the exciting development of Dubai which, under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, has grown from a small fishing village into a modern 21st century city. This special exhibition charts this meteoric rise, and celebrates His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s contribution to the horseracing industry, both domestically and across the world.”

The interactive exhibition is located adjacent to the entrance of the Meydan Hotel, in the Meydan Theatre and will be open to the public every Saturday through to Wednesday from 09.00-13.00 and 17:00-21:00 on Thursday’s race nights. For further information please call +97143272110 or email



Autorent Car Rental LLC Wins ‘Best Car Rental Brand In UAE’

Autorent Car Rental LLC, one of the leading car rental companies in UAE, was awarded as “Best Car Rental Brand of 2014 in UAE” by Global Brands Magazine Awards.

Started 8 years back, company has changed the landscape of car rental industry.  Today it offers wide array of services including car rental, car leasing, limousine and transportation service. Autorent has 10 locations across the UAE

“We are honored to receive ‘Best Car Rental Brand in UAE’ award in recognition of our efforts to delight customers with our exceptional customer service, said Mr. Felix Louis, Business Head of Autorent Car Rental LLC. We will continue to innovate and invest in new technologies to be one step ahead in the industry.

“Autorent has created the ‘Autorent Service Quality Index’ (ASQI) which tracks the customer satisfaction and service level. Any descending variance in index generates an instant alert to take a corrective course of action. We follow our motto ‘Customer First’ very rigorously” said Mr. Partha Sarathi Banerjee, Country Head, UAE of Autorent Car Rental LLC.

Autorent was chosen as best car rental brand through scientific survey conducted by Global Brand Magazine. Global Brands Awards was established with the aim of honoring excellence in performance and rewarding companies across different sectors.  The objective of this award is to identify, create awareness about the significance of phenomenal service delivery & reward companies’ performance with the ultimate global recognition.

Luxury Leather Products Retailer For Men Woos Clients In UAE

The Sloane Handmade website ( offers a range of high quality leather handmade shoes, bags and wallets for discerning men. Each product is designed with the minutest attention to detail and is crafted with utmost precision and care. The designs are bespoke and are shipped directly to any address globally.

The Sloane Handmade website sales have shown a substantial increase over the holiday season as online shopping becomes popular. This trend to shop online is being driven by three factors: greater convenience, better prices and ease of use.


sloaneAccording to the Founders of Sloane Handmade, Chris and Ross, “A recent survey conducted by MasterCard shows that more than half of online shoppers in the UAE use the internet to buy airline tickets, book hotels and shop for luxury products. Our research has shown that people living in the UAE are extremely fond of possessing handmade luxurious leather products for personal use. We are therefore very optimistic that our online campaign will attract the imagination of people used to a high quality of lifestyle products.”

The Sloane Handmade website is easy to use and online shopping is a breeze. The site features a currency converter and accepts all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Amex and PayPal. All orders are delivered internationally via DHL/FedEx.