Emirates Golf Club to unveil new grandstand

Joy Chakravarty 05:09 31/01/2017
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The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is all set to give spectators’ experience a major uplift this week with the new ‘DallahDrome’, a grandstand overlooking the first tee at Emirates Golf Club.

The DallahDrome is attached to the clubhouse and overlooks the first tee, with a new giant LED screen erected in the area between the first tee and the driving range.

It will seat 600 fans, who will also be able to access part of the clubhouse, which was not allowed for general ticket holders in the past.

The Dallah Sports Bar, created just behind the main seating area, will offer plenty of food and beverage options, and as many as 14 TV screens. The food menu for DallahDrome has been specially designed and priced for added value and variety.

The LED screen will also show live coverage of the tournament on Saturday and Sunday, once the leadergroup tees off from the first tee.

In the evening, for those fans who want to enjoy some world-class rugby, Six Nations Rugby live action will also be available.

David Spencer, strategic advisor to organisers ‘golf in DUBAi’ explained the idea behind the new creation.

“Mohamed (Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman of golf in DUBAi) and his team are always looking at ways to enhance the experience for the fans. That is something which is very high in our priority,” said Spencer.

“We always felt the first tee experience was slightly lacking because the stand was side-on to the tee. So, the fans could not see the shot shape and the elevation that the pros get. And we wanted to create a bit of excitement.

“So, we have the DallahDrome. Dallah is named after the Arabian Coffee Pot, which is also our tournament trophy. And drome because it is elevated above the first tee. The way we see it, it will be a VIP experience for the fans without having the VIP credentials.

“I really think this will be one of the major spectator viewing experience in the Middle East.”

Entry to the DallahDrome is free for those holding valid tickets for the course.

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