Dubai set to host Middle East Golf Awards

Sport360 staff 16:45 19/11/2016
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The finalists in the various categories have been short-listed as the fourth edition of the Middle East Golf Awards (MEGA) moved towards the D-day.

Some of the biggest clubs, tournaments and movers and shakers behind the scene will be vying for the ultimate recognition in the region during the only awards ceremony for the golf industry.

The black-tie gala awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, December 14 at The One & Only Royal Mirage. The evening will commence with a cocktail reception, followed by a three-course dinner, and the awards ceremony.

Five of the 16 awards have been voted by the public, while the rest will be chosen by a judging panel comprising some of the most eminent names in the game. Also to be awarded on the evening are two Recognition Categories – Arab Initiative of the Year and Serviceman of the Year.

The Middle East Golf Awards, now in its fourth edition, are owned and organised by Sport360 in association with the region’s golf bodies and sports councils.  The MEGAs serve to recognize the amazing achievements and reflects the growth of the golf industry in the Middle East.

Colin Baxter, Managing Director of Hydroturf, who has been a sponsor of the event from its first year, said the fourth edition, given the tough economic conditions in the region, have a special significance.

“This year has been a tough one for many businesses. The lower oil prices have caused delays in projects with some projects even cancelled. Cash flow is tougher and competition is fiercer for the customers that are out there. The effect on our golf industry is reduced playing numbers, falling memberships and delayed capital expenditure,” said Baxter.

“At a time like this, it is very important for all of us in the great industry that is golf, to accept these challenges and look forward to 2017 and beyond. The opening of Akoya in Dubai and Ayla in Jordan, and projects like the progress with the Dubai Hills course, Education City in Doha, King Abdullah City course in Jeddah, Damac Oxygen and Yas Acres.

“The MEGAs allows us to put the day-to-day challenges that we are all facing behind us and celebrate the Middle East golf profile that we have all helped create, since the opening of the Emirates Golf Club course 28 years ago.”

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