Jul 11 2005   | Source: Gulf News 

Dh6.5b Golf City project coming up at Dubailand

An agreement to set up the Dubai Golf City was signed by Salem Bin Dasmal, chief executive of Dubailand, with Abdullah Saeed Al Thani, chairman of Benaa.

"Dubai Golf City is yet another premium addition to the value-packed offering of Dubailand," said Bin Dasmal.

Dubai Golf City will house five themed signature courses, a golf academy, a resort hotel and spa, golf communities, golf villages and retail souks.

The project will create an environment that will promote local and regional players to excel at this sport. Dubai Golf City will be accessible to individuals from all walks of life because of the varied amenities that it will offer making it a destination of choice for tourists and residents.

"Under the guidance of its chairman Abdullah Saeed Al Thani, the Benaa Group brings to Dubailand a project that will be among the best in the world.

"The Dubai Golf City will play an important role in achieving our goal of making Dubailand the world's leading destination of leisure and entertainment," said Bin Dasmal.

Al Thani added: "The city has a very distinctive masterplan where much thoughtful planning has been given to 'social interaction' in various project elements with interactive squares, courtyard, plazas, waterfront promenades and traditional souks.

He said IMG, one of the world's largest sports marketing group, is on the shortlist of potential partners to design some of the signature golf courses.

Some of IMG's clients include Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Annika Sorenstam and Sergio Garcia.

"The architecture provides a fusion of Arabic, Islamic and Moorish design elements resulting in a unique development that harmonises with the culture and history of the region. Also, the architectural character of the overall project is very unique and rich," said Al Thani.

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