Aqaba’s Ayla Golf Course to Host MENA Golf Tour in October

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Published July 16th, 2017 - 11:59 GMT
The tour recently announced a total of six tournaments to be held during the second half of the tour’s 7th season. (JT)
The tour recently announced a total of six tournaments to be held during the second half of the tour’s 7th season. (JT)

The MENA Golf Tour — an initiative launched by the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation — will for the first time include Jordan’s Ayla Golf Championship in Aqaba, which will take place between October 5 and 7, according to a statement from organisers.

The tour recently announced a total of six tournaments to be held during the second half of the tour’s 7th season, the results of which will count toward global golf rankings.

The season’s second half will launch in September and also include tournaments in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, and Kuwait.

The Ayla Golf Course in Aqaba is the only course in Jordan that conforms to international standards and had opened its doors to players and tournaments in September 2016. Following the Jordan Ayla Golf Championship, the MENA Golf Tour will head to the Sahara Golf Club in the Kuwaiti capital, where the Sahara Kuwait Championship will take place between October 16 and 18. 

The final stop of the tour will be at Al Zora Golf Club in Ajman with the MENA Tour Championship, taking place between the 23rd and 26th of October. This is where the final winners of the tour will be announced and presented with invitations to participate in various global tournaments, such as the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club, which takes place as part of the European Tour schedule. 

The current season of the MENA Golf Tour is witnessing intense competition between players from various nations, with the fervour mounting following the crowning of the first nine winners of previous tournaments this season.

“We are proud that Jordan is joining the list of countries participating in the MENA Golf Tour, which has allowed us to collaborate with the Jordanian Golf community to support this fine sport and help showcase the skills of talented Jordanian athletes,” said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the MENA Golf Tour. “This will also help us in further reinforcing the status of the MENA Golf Tour, which is confidently marching towards international recognition and becoming a major source of return on investment for participating athletes.”

The managing director of Ayla Oasis Development Company, Sahl Dudin, underscored the readiness of the Ayla Golf Club to host the championship at its world-class golf course and its facilities, noting that the championship marks a major milestone in Jordan’s national strategy to promote Aqaba as a key attraction for golf and sports enthusiasts around the world. Dudin further expressed his gratitude to all those who have contributed towards making the championship a success.

Source: Jordan Times

Background Information

Ayla Oasis Development Company

Ayla Oasis Development Company (Ayla) created the blueprint for the development of Ayla, an ambitious waterfront development in Aqaba that resides on 17 kilometers of new waterfront and covers space 4,300,000m² of picture-perfect landscapes.

The development is expected to play a key role in enabling the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) to achieve its vision of transforming the seaport into a world-class business hub and travel destination.

The community will include stunning man-made lagoons, contemporary residential and commercial developments, retail stores aimed at promoting locally made products, 5-star and boutique hotels, a world-class marina, as well as Jordan’s first 18-hole signature golf course, designed by Greg Norman.

To sustain the project’s success, Ayla has launched a series of balanced and sustainable initiatives in Aqaba that focus on talent development, job creation, and social inclusion.

The initiatives include bringing hospitality training and qualification programs to schools across the city.

With construction in the works, Ayla is fully committed to creating extraordinary experiences for its residents and guests, bringing Aqaba to the forefront of the region’s tourism industry.

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