It was a full house as 283 guests applauded the winners in 16 different categories plus two recognition awards – Arab Initiative of the Year and Serviceman of the Year.
Also honoured during were winners of the UAE PGA and Rayhan Thomas, the celebrated Dubai amateur who created history by becoming the youngest to win on the MENA Golf Tour.
The MENA Tour, an initiative of ‘Golf in DUBAi’ which now carries world ranking points, was recognised as the Arab Initiative of the Year. The Serviceman of the Year is a fine example of what the MEGAs has always wanted to achieve – honour and recognise those who put in the hard yards behind the scenes.This year’s award went to Eravathra Parappurath Ummer, Golf Operations Supervisor at Emirates Golf Club, where he completed 26 years of service on December 19. In the submission, the club branded Ummer “irreplaceable”, “a living legend” and someone who has never ever shirked his responsibilities. Welcoming the guests, Didier Brun, Publisher and Deputy CEO of Sport360, said: “Our objective each year is not only to keep the awards credible but also to continue being innovative to keep pace with the evolution of the industry.”