The Frenchman has played the layout twice before on the European Challenge Tour, finishing seventh at the Ras Al Khaimah, 2017 Golf Challenge and second at the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final 12 months later.
On that second occasion he lost out by a single shot as both he and tournament winner Adri Arnaus birdied the last, but he was still left celebrating as he finished third on the Rankings to graduate onto the DP World Tour.
"It's the first time I've been here since 2018 when I graduated," he said. "I remember being on the 18th green and I was so close.
"Adri holed a nice putt on the last to win the tournament and JB (Hansen) was the Challenge Tour Number One graduate. It's a fond memory to come back here."
In the just-over four years since that runner-up finish, Perez has gone on to become a three-time DP World Tour winner, including sealing a maiden Rolex Series victory at the recent Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
That triumph was sandwiched by helping Team Continental Europe win the Hero Cup and a top 30 finish at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic.
Perez entered the final round just four shots off the lead at Emirates Golf Club and while he was disappointed with a closing 75, he believes he will learn from his hectic run of events.
"I've played three weeks in a row now including the Hero Cup," he said.
"It wasn't the final round I was expecting but it's all part of learning after the win. I almost forgot we played the Hero Cup - that was a lot of energy."