aldar’s casey is ‘diamond’ in the rough - Abu Dhabi Golf Championship’s Diamond sponsors reveal spectator plans

Published January 20th, 2008 - 11:35 GMT

Abu Dhabi Golf Championship ‘Diamond’ sponsors, ALDAR Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi’s leading integrated property development company, has revealed their full roll-out of fan-based activities for the UAE capital’s four-day golfing extravaganza, which runs from January 17-20.

The third annual Championship has attracted a world-class international field, including defending champion, England’s Paul Casey, world number seven Adam Scott; world number eight, Padraig Harrington, world number 16, Henrik Stenson, and world number 18 Luke Donald.  Additional European Tour stalwarts such as Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jiminez and Colin Montgomerie should guarantee that the third annual Championship will be the best attended to date.

To keep the fans entertained away from the fairways, ALDAR’s 2008 Championships plans include a Kidzone, where families can relax together making the event enjoyable for young and old.

Commenting on the announcement, Ronald Stephen Barrott, CEO, ALDAR said: “The competition promises to offer some spectacular golf as Abu Dhabi becomes an international golfing destination. ALDAR is proud to contribute to this event which elevates Abu Dhabi on an international stage, mirroring our company’s efforts to develop the UAE’s capital as a magnet for talent world wide.”

Having supported the European Tour sanctioned Championship since its debut in 2006, ALDAR further underlined their commitment to golf in the emirate with the signing of Paul Casey - who acts as an ‘international brand ambassador’ for the company.

“The win at Abu Dhabi last year was an important milestone for me,” said Paul. “I hope this year’s event will help me kick-start my 2008 season and I can’t think of a better place to do it. The reception I received last year was incredible and I look forward to trying to defend my title and hope the fans will bring me as much luck as they did last time.

“I am delighted to represent ALDAR – a world-class property developer with global ambitions akin to my own,” he added.

ALDAR’s international promotion will be fostered by all four days of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship being covered on live TV and reaching a global audience of over 140 million in the firm’s key global markets.

The Championship formally began on Wednesday, January 16 with the Al-Masaood Pro-Am and Awards Gala when sponsors and their guests played and socialised with some of the world’s best professional golfers.  ALDAR has an enviable Pro-Am record in previous years with  American Chris DiMarco (2006), and Casey (2007) having played on an ALDAR’s Pro-Am team and then having gone on to win the Championship on Sunday.

About the Abu Dhabi Golf Championships
Tickets for the Championship are now on sale.  Prices are AED 125 for a daily pass and AED 400 for a four-day pass though preferential rates of AED100 and AED300 respectively apply to UGA members. Children under 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Car parking will be free during the Championship.

Tickets are available via the official website – – online at and, via the ITP toll free hotline 800 4669 or for international clients, +971 4 210 8943 and at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

ALDAR Properties PJSC is a premier real estate development, management and investment company with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE. ALDAR was created to spearhead the development of Abu Dhabi’s strategic sites to fast track real estate investment opportunities within Abu Dhabi and the Emirates.
ALDAR’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2004 offered shares worth AED 1.5 billion (USD 408 million) on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market.  The IPO, which at the time was the UAE’s largest ever IPO, was 448 times oversubscribed and raised an unprecedented AED 373 billion (USD 102 billion). 
ALDAR is owned by leading Abu Dhabi institutions, founder shareholders and individual investors.  It has already announced more than USD 60 billion worth of developments and as of 30 May 2007, the company’s market capitalization is USD 3.5 billion.  The total retail area of all developments is currently over 1.5 million square metres.
The current property portfolio includes major developments and re-developments within the Abu Dhabi Emirate such as Central Market, Al Raha Beach, Coconut Island, Noor Al Ain, Al Gurm Resort, Al Mamoura - the Mubadala Development Company and Environment Agency Abu Dhabi Headquarter Building, as well as the YAS Island project which includes a Warner Bros and a Ferrari theme park.
ALDAR’s first international project was announced in August 2007 through a joint venture with South Johor Investment Corp, a deal that represents the largest foreign real estate development in Malaysia.  It was followed in October 2007 with plans to build a mixed-use development in Kazakhstan.



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