DUBAI;UAE - 1987: An ariel view of the Dubai Emirates Golf Club and Course during 1987 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** **EDS NOTE*** FOR USE WITH TIME FRAME /REVIEW SECTION*** PLEASE SPEAK WITH KAREN OR JO.
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Time Frame: Dubai sprung up around Emirates Golf Course


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Here we are, less than 25 years ago, yet a good deal of reorientation is needed to make sense of this aerial photograph.

It shows the Emirates Golf Course, which opened in 1987, the year this photo was taken. It was not just the first grass course in Dubai but the entire Middle East.

The aircraft is flying along the northern boundary of the course. A similar photograph taken today shows that the pilot is following the route of Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.

Instead of dunes as far as the eye can see, there is now the massive Emirates Hills housing project, with developments that include The Springs, The Meadows and Jumeirah Islands.

Off to the right, the aircraft has just flown over Dubai's most popular beach resort, the Chicago Beach Hotel, still over a decade away from being demolished and replaced by the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Instead of the Palm Jumeirah spreading out from the coast, the pilot and photographer can see only the waters of the Gulf.

As a statement of intent, the opening of the course signals that Dubai is ready to market itself as an international destination. The original Majlis championship course and the Dubai Desert Course now attract some of the biggest names in golf, while the city's boundaries have grown so far and fast that the course, once deep in the desert, now marks almost exactly the half way point between the Creek and Jebel Ali.

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Bio

Born in Dibba, Sharjah in 1972.
He is the eldest among 11 brothers and sisters.
He was educated in Sharjah schools and is a graduate of UAE University in Al Ain.
He has written poetry for 30 years and has had work published in local newspapers.
He likes all kinds of adventure movies that relate to his work.
His dream is a safe and preserved environment for all humankind. 
His favourite book is The Quran, and 'Maze of Innovation and Creativity', written by his brother.

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1. Arnaud Demare (France / FDJ) 124

2. Marcel Kittel (Germany / Quick-Step) 81

3. Michael Matthews (Australia / Sunweb) 66

4. Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto) 63

5. Alexander Kristoff (Norway / Katusha) 43

Mumbai Indians 213/6 (20 ov)

Royal Challengers Bangalore 167/8 (20 ov)

SCORES

Yorkshire Vikings 144-1 in 12.5 overs
(Tom Kohler 72 not out, Harry Broook 42 not out)
bt Hobart Hurricanes 140-7 in 20 overs
(Caleb Jewell 38, Sean Willis 35, Karl Carver 2-29, Josh Shaw 2-39)

Representing UAE overseas

If Catherine Richards debuts for Wales in the Six Nations, she will be the latest to have made it from the UAE to the top tier of the international game in the oval ball codes.

Seren Gough-Walters (Wales rugby league)
Born in Dubai, raised in Sharjah, and once an immigration officer at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi, she debuted for Wales in rugby league in 2021.

Sophie Shams (England sevens)
With an Emirati father and English mother, Shams excelled at rugby at school in Dubai, and went on to represent England on the sevens circuit.

Fiona Reidy (Ireland)
Made her Test rugby bow for Ireland against England in 2015, having played for four years in the capital with Abu Dhabi Harlequins previously.

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Price, base / as tested: Dh283,080 / Dh318,465

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South Africa (squad): Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second

THE BIO

Favourite car: Koenigsegg Agera RS or Renault Trezor concept car.

Favourite book: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes or Red Notice by Bill Browder.

Biggest inspiration: My husband Nik. He really got me through a lot with his positivity.

Favourite holiday destination: Being at home in Australia, as I travel all over the world for work. It’s great to just hang out with my husband and family.

 

 

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