Thomas Bjorn Unveiled As ‘Golf In Dubai’ Ambassador

Thomas Bjorn, one of golf’s most influential players, has been appointed as a global ambassador of ‘golf in DUBAi’ as part of an ambitious drive to boost the Emirate’s brand visibility on the global stage.

Affectionately referred to as ‘The Great Dane,’ Björn enjoys strong links with Dubai, having spent most of the European winter in the city that is home to world-class events like the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters

“The hub of global commerce, a top tourism destination and a shopping paradise, Dubai has become the ‘golfing hotbed’ of the region, if not the world,” said the 44-year-old veteran, who is also the chairman of the European Tour players committee.

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“It’s a tribute to the country’s inspiring leadership that, despite difficult times, they have been able to develop a sporting tradition that remains at the heart of today’s vibrant leisure industry,” said Bjorn will be wearing ‘golf in DUBAi’ and GOLF CITIZEN logos on his shirts on his tournament days.

The Dane credited the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, dubbed as the Major of the Middle East, for putting the Emirate on the golfing map, saying: “It exudes a culture of excellence and a brand name that appeals to all in the golfing fraternity,” he said.

“I feel proud and privileged to be part of the golf in DUBAI family. They can always count on senior pros, like me, for spreading the message of Dubai,” said Björn, who defeated Tiger Woods when he was at his peak to win the 2001 Omega Dubai Desert Classic title on 22-under par total of 226, a record he now jointly shares with Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher.

Bjorn, who boasts 21 titles worldwide, including 15 on the European Tour, was equally upbeat about the MENA Golf Tour.

“As more leading events come to the region, bringing stiffer competition, the knock-on effect has been a rapid improvement in the quality of players,” he said.

“The standard of golf in the region has risen to such an extent that I believe it is just a matter of time before a real champion emerges. There is still a lot of room for the game to grow, particularly with golf being in the 2016 Olympics to drive interest. I see a very bright future for the game in the MENA region.”

Welcoming him to the family of golf in DUBAi ambassadors, Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, said: “Thomas is a wonderful player, well respected all over the world and it’s an honour to have him as our golf in DUBAI ambassador.

“His constant quest for high performance and commitment to his illustrious career have made him a great fit for golf in DUBAI and we look forward to enjoying this partnership for years to come.”

The European Ryder Cup player joins a celebrated roster of golfers who have been representing ‘golf in DUBAi’ as their ambassadors, stars such as Jeev Milkha Singh, Stephen Gallacher, Zane Scotland, Matt Fitzpatrick, Faycal Serghini, Dame Laura Davies and renowned coach Peter Cowen.

Promoted and organised golf in DUBAi, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega Ladies Masters are 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, JA Resorts and Hotels, Mercedes-Benz 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.


“Meet D3″: Saudi Hip Hop Artist Qusai, Gets Down With The Queen Of Arab Hiphop, Malikah For A Sensational Performance

Dubai Design District, better known as d3, is dedicated to fostering the growth of the Emirate’s design, fashion, art, and luxury industry. It offers businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals a creative community that will be at the very heart of the region’s design scene. d3 is the newest of TECOM Investments’ freezone business parks ­ with 11 buildings currently under construction. Once complete, d3 will be a purpose built environment catering to the full value chain of the design, fashion, art, and luxury industry ­ and all with the vision of creating a world class creative community that engages, nurtures and promotes local, regional and global design talent.
D3’s facilities will include everything from cutting-edge design institutes to residential, hospitality, retail and office space. The District will be characterised by distinct public areas, unique street furniture and shaded walkways. The development will include a Creek-side esplanade with international and boutique hotels, a pop-up shop area and an amphitheatre. Located close to Mohammed Bin Rashid City and adjacent to Dubai’s Business Bay, d3 is a short distance from the city’s arterial highways and two international airports. The District is in sight of the Creek, Dubai’s historic and mercurial trading epicentre, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping complex.


D3 will be the most connected design, fashion and luxury destination in the world ­ with Dubai being only eight hours flight time from 90 per cent of the countries in the world. Guided by the objectives set out in Dubai Fashion 2020 ­ a strategic plan to harness the full growth potential of the fashion industry ­ this creative community will support Dubai’s goals for a more diversified innovation-led economy.

Third Consecutive Win For Armani/Ristorante As ‘Best Italian’ At Time Out Restaurant Awards 2015

Armani Hotel Dubai, the ultimate lifestyle destination located in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building by Emaar Properties PJSC, won two honours at the Time Out Restaurant Awards 2015. While Armani/Ristorante won the ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ for the third consecutive year, Armani/Amal was ‘Highly Commended’ as ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ having clinched the honour in 2013 and 2014.

Spencer Wadama, General Manager of Armani Hotels & Resorts, said: “The honours for Armani Hotel Dubai, especially as we mark our fifth anniversary year, highlights our commitment to deliver exceptional experiences for our guests. Reflecting the ‘Stay with Armani’ philosophy, we are building on the impeccable design of the hotel with the highest standards of service and culinary excellence.”

With a natural passion for the finest ingredients, exquisite flavour combinations and contemporary presentation, Armani/Ristorante, located on the Lobby Level, offers a signature experience for all senses. Here, Italian culinary excellence is paired with uniquely personalised service taking diners on a  memorable journey defined by a degustation style menu and expert recommendations by the restaurant’s own sommelier.

Armani/Amal serves fresh and innovative regional Indian cuisine with an exciting beverage list and selected teas. Exotic curries and other specialities are prepared table side, showcasing time-honoured traditional cooking methods. The restaurant opens to spectacular views of The Dubai Fountain and Downtown Dubai.

Armani AmalTo add to the lifestyle experience of guests, Armani Hotel Dubai has opened three outdoor balconies that add al fresco space to the hotel’s popular dining venues. Diners now have dedicated balcony seating at Armani/Ristorante, Armani/Deli and Armani/Mediterraneo. Each restaurant terrace features specially commissioned Armani/Casa furniture personally selected by Giorgio Armani.

Bringing to life a charming new take on lifestyle offerings in hospitality with its renowned Stay with Armani philosophy, Armani Hotel Dubai guarantees an experience like no other. Every aspect of the hotel’s design and service offerings has been designed and planned by Giorgio Armani – from the bespoke furnishings to restaurant menus and in-room amenities.

Armani Hotel Dubai is located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ and is within walking distance of The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, and some of Dubai’s most compelling tourist attractions, including The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain.

For more information, please visit, email, or call +9714 888 3888.

Easter At The Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Join us for our annual family-favourite Easter celebration. Indulge in a sumptuous buffet brunch as your little ones hop from one activity to the next including; egg painting, bouncing castle fun, face painting and interactive dancing. Also not to be missed is our famous egg hunt, a tradition for the whole family to enjoy!

Date: April 3, 2015

Time: 12pm to 4pm

Venue: Ranches Restaurant & Terrace


Price: Members: AED 185 per person; Child: AED 95 per child. Non-members: AED 225 per person; Child: AED 120 per child

For bookings, please call +971 4 360 7935 or email


Prince Bishop Wins Dubai World Cup

With a huge crowd at Meydan cheering and jubilantly throwing their racing programmes in the air, Godolphin’s Prince Bishop (IRE) unleashed the run of his eight-year-old life to defeat American challengers California Chrome (USA) and Lea (USA) in the 20th anniversary renewal of the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

Running in the colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Prince Bishop represents the eighth Dubai World Cup winner trained by the Godolphin racing operation founded by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It was trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s seventh win.

“It’s a great result,” Bin Suroor exclaimed in between receiving kisses and hugs from many friends who ran to engulf him in the parade ring.


“I knew the horse had the class to win this race. Some horses improve with age, and it’s great to see him win. This is great for me and for everybody here.”

Jockey William Buick, who just last November signed a retainer with Godolphin, kept Prince Bishop to his task after he powered past California Chrome and early pacesetter Hokko Tarumae (JPN) in a matter of strides in a powerful stretch rally from just off the pace.

When they crossed the finish line, Buick blew a kiss to the crowd.

“I can’t believe it. This is surreal,” said the 26-year-old Buick. “I didn’t look back. I just kept going.”

Buick followed Bin Suroor’s instructions to stay clear of the kickback on Meydan’s new dirt track, and the trainer indicated that may have been the key to victory.

“Saeed and the whole team had a lot of faith in (Prince Bishop) going into the race today. He has a very unorthodox way of racing, so I took him out of the kickback in the back, and when I got onto California Chrome’s tail, he picked up the bridle and listen, he ran on well in the end,” Buick said.

Prince Bishop, who had finished second by a neck to stablemate and 2014 Dubai World Cup winner African Story (GB) in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 at Meydan on March 7, crossed the finish line in track record time of 2:03.24 for the 2000m.

African Story finished well back in an attempt to defend his World Cup crown, checking in sixth in the field of nine.

California Chrome proved valiant in defeat, enduring some rough-and-tumble jostling around the turns after breaking from the outside post, and he finished a length and a quarter in front of his American-based rival Lea.

Racing for the inaugural Dubai World Cup-winning trainer Bill Mott, Lea was bottled up and checked while trying to rally from the rail in the stretch run but he also finished gamely.

Jockey Victor Espinoza said California Chrome “ran awesome.” Co-owner Steve Coburn hugged the jockey and kissed California Chrome on the nose as his voice choked with tears, saying: “You ran your eyeballs out. You are still America’s horse.”

“It seemed like the other horses were bumping me around in there on the first turn and then on the far turn,” Espinoza said. “He kind of lost his stride a little bit on the (home) turn because the horse on the inside (Hokko Tarumae) pushed me out. That kind of took some of the air out of his lungs.”

Jockey Joel Rosario said of Lea. “He ran his race—it was a very good race. He was always there for me, every time I asked him. I was on the inside and he didn’t like to be there. He kept trying and going. When I turned for home, if I had a little room, I think I could have been second.”

Prince Bishop captured the lion’s share of the $10m purse, with $6m staying in Dubai with Godolphin. However, the Americans were well rewarded for coming to Dubai, with California Chrome earning $2m and Lea gaining $1m for their connections.

Following Lea across the finish line were Candy Boy (USA), Hokko Tarumae, African Story, Long River (USA), Side Glance (GB) and Epiphaneia (JPN).