Ahmed Al Musharrekh learns lessons in consistency

DUBAI // It is said experience has the innate ability to generate comfort even when faced with unnatural situations.

Yesterday, for the second time in three weeks, Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the UAE's congenial young amateur, swapped university studies for European Tour golf and showed at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic he is adapting to such distinguished new surroundings.

The 21 year old competed at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last month, but conceded his gift for the game had gone missing, replaced by a nervous tension brought on by pressure and expectation. He finished his two rounds on 18-over.

Yesterday afternoon, in perfect conditions at the Emirates Golf Club, Al Musharrekh flirted with a below-par score for much of the front nine before making what he described as "a few amateurish mistakes" and carding out on four-over par 76.

"This tournament has been a more relaxed atmosphere; it just feels a lot more natural," he said. "On the first tee, I felt a little pressure, but I hit it good - straight down the middle - and then the pressure was pretty much gone.

"I was playing the golf that I wanted and had a lot of birdies out there, but the mistakes I made were just silly; you can't do that at events likes this."

When the Dubai-based Al Musharrekh played in the UAE capital last month, the field included Tiger Woods and the four highest ranked players in the game. It is an experience that has set him in good stead.

"I have definitely adapted to my environment a lot more and I am proud of myself for that; for handling it better," he said.

"I just need to learn now how to score and try to shoot under par. When playing alongside pros, you realise how inexperienced you are, and how difficult you make things for yourself.

"I was at stages under par today and I just want to keep that going now."

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

The specs

Price, base / as tested Dh1,470,000 (est)
Engine 6.9-litre twin-turbo W12
Gearbox eight-speed automatic
Power 626bhp @ 6,000rpm
Torque: 900Nm @ 1,350rpm
Fuel economy, combined 14.0L / 100km

Opening Rugby Championship fixtures:Games can be watched on OSN Sports
Saturday: Australia v New Zealand, Sydney, 1pm (UAE)
Sunday: South Africa v Argentina, Port Elizabeth, 11pm (UAE)

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.


Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

Getting there and where to stay

Etihad Airways operates seasonal flights from Abu Dhabi to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport. Services depart the UAE on Wednesdays and Sundays with outbound flights stopping briefly in Rome, return flights are non-stop. Fares start from Dh3,315, flights operate until September 18, 2022. 

The Radisson Blu Hotel Nice offers a western location right on Promenade des Anglais with rooms overlooking the Bay of Angels. Stays are priced from €101 ($114), including taxes.

Our family matters legal consultant

Name: Dr Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

Virtuzone GCC Sixes

Date and venue Friday and Saturday, ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City

Time Matches start at 9am


A Blighty Ducks, Darjeeling Colts, Darjeeling Social, Dubai Wombats; B Darjeeling Veterans, Kuwait Casuals, Loose Cannons, Savannah Lions; Awali Taverners, Darjeeling, Dromedary, Darjeeling Good Eggs


Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

Most Read
Top Videos