Sports lovers in the UAE are in for a treat this week with 22 events, both international and local, taking place in Dubai under the aegis of Dubai Sports Council in different parts of the Emirate, including the climax of European Tour’s Race to Dubai, the DP World Tour Championship, and the Dubai International Heritage Sports Exhibition & Conference (DIHSEC).
Being organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the 12th edition of the DP World Tour Championship will see the leading 65 golfers on the Race to Dubai rankings battle it out on the Earth Course of Jumeirah Golf Estates for one of the biggest prize-purse in golf in the European Tour’s season-ending tournament from December 10 to 13.
Since its inception in 2009, the tournament has been one of the most high-profile events on the golfing calendar, with past winners including Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and the reigning champion Jon Rahm, who last November claimed the title for the second time in three years.
This year's DP World Tour Championship, the season-finale of the Rolex Series, will see 12 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking in contention, including the likes of Colin Morikawa, Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.
For the lovers of traditional sports, the four-day Dubai International Heritage Sports Exhibition & Conference (DIHSEC), which takes place at Hamdan Sports Complex from December 10-13, will bring together a host of leading equipment providers and industry players, who are instrumental in the growth of the heritage sports market and practice in the GCC region.
A one-of-a-kind specialized event for the UAE and the Middle East, the Dubai International Heritage Sports Exhibition & Conference is designed to help preserve culture and tradition, and showcase the latest technologies and equipment used in heritage sports. It also seeks to give casual visitors a glimpse of the exciting world of Emirati heritage sports and culture, and explore key opportunities for collaboration as well.
For the lovers of tennis, the 23rd Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge has assembled a star-studded draw that features some of the brightest young talents alongside stalwarts of women’s tennis like France’s Kristina Mladenovic, Heather Watson of UK, Belgian veteran Kirsten Flipkens, and Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.
The matches are taking place at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa in Dubai Marina from December 7 and the final is scheduled for December 12.