Nad al Sheba to rise again in March


Sean Dudley

Dubai developer Meydan Group is to open its new nine hole course on the site of the old Nad al Sheba golf club in March.

The original Nad al Sheba course closed in 2007 to accommodate the expansion of the Meydan Racecourse. Last year, Meydan announced the launch of a new course, reduced to nine holes, but floodlit.

Dubai-based architect Peter Harradine is designing the new course, which will stretch to more than 3,700 yards, and provide close up views of the city’s skyline.

A soft opening is planned for March, with the course in full use by the time the Dubai World Cup races take place at the end of the month. Meydan CEO Saeed Humaid Al Tayer said: “This project is a key strategic initiative in the overall development of Meydan as a centre for leisure and business. The developments of Meydan complement one another to feature an enticing alignment of work, leisure and lifestyle. We are pleased to showcase this development to coincide with our internationally famous signature event, the Dubai World Cup.”

Global management firm Troon Golf has won the contract to operate the course. Troon’s Bruce Glasco said: “This is a bold and exciting move from Meydan and we are positive that this type of golf option will be embraced by golfers in Dubai.”