Stephen Gallacher (EuropeanTour)
Leading Asset Management Group wasl has once again joined hands with golf in Dubai in reaffirming its support of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, which celebrates its 25th anniversary from January 30-February 2.
Owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC), wasl was created to strengthen the success of Dubai by managing its extensive portfolio of assets in the residential, commercial, hospitality and leisure sectors.
Their move to continue their association with ‘golf in DUBAi’ as a key sponsor of one of the premier European Tour events underlines wasl’s growing role in driving the game forward in sync with Dubai’s growth strategy.
Boasting a wide spectrum of properties within a portfolio that includes Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club and Emirates Golf Club, wasl takes pride in presenting superb golfing facilities that have become a major attraction for local and international visitors.
Designed by Karl Litten and sculpted around the original tall desert dunes in 1987, the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club is fondly referred to as the ‘home of golf’ in the region, having successfully hosted the Omega Dubai Desert Classic since the inception of the European Tour event in 1989 and the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters when it was first held in 2006.
Hesham Al Qassim, CEO and vice chairman of wasl, said: "We are delighted to be part of the flagship golf tournament of Dubai. I think it’s our common objective of promoting Dubai and the drive for excellence in sport which has led to this perfect partnership.
"Today, the name of Dubai has become synonymous with golf, and a great deal of the city's popularity as a golf destination is due to the overwhelming success of events like the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, which showcases the world’s leading golfers.
The 2014 edition of the event will feature a galaxy of superstars, as World Number One Tiger Woods, European Number One Henrik Stenson, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, defending champion Stephen Gallacher and other former winners descend on Dubai to contest the US$ 2.5million prize fund.
Welcoming wasl’s continued partnership, Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of 'golf in DUBAi,' said: "It is indeed a matter of pride for us that we have the backing of a company of the stature and profile of wasl who share our mandate and view of golf as the ideal vehicle to project Dubai to international audience.
"As the first in the region to assume the profile of an asset management group, wasl has emerged as a pacesetter in the real estate property management sector. We acknowledge their role in promoting sports as well and hope our association will be as smooth as our tournaments!"