Back in 1988, you wouldn’t believe how Dubai and the site of Emirates Golf Club looked (above). Emirates Golf Club even then used to be referred to as the ‘Desert Miracle’ when it opened as the first grass golf course in the Middle East. 36 years on, it is home to the DP World Tour’s oldest event in the Middle East, the Hero Dubai Desert Classic which celebrates its 35th edition this week.

Alongside the ever-changing skyline of Dubai, Emirates Golf Club has developed in tandem with the city, from its birth as an 18-hole championship course, the club now includes its sister course the Faldo course, its Par 3 Academy course and even Topgolf Dubai.

The current clubhouse at Emirates Golf Club

Dubai may have changed over time, but the Majlis layout, year after year, still remarkably looks similar as to how it was when Karl Litten completed his design in 1988.

From what was then just a 175-acre site of pure sand dunes, it now has had the likes of Tiger Woods, Severiano Ballesteros, Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy, to name only a few, that have walked it’s fairways and collect that coveted Dallah trophy.

Who knows what the next 36 years will bring for both Dubai and the Majlis.

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