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Tee time for Donald Trump and Damac
Luxury developer announces yet another part of its master plan development: 'Akoya by Damac'
May 5, 2013 6:37 by Muhammad Aldalou
DAMAC Properties, not unlike other Dubai-based developers, has been on quite the ‘announcement frenzy’ lately.
It all began when the private luxury real estate developer revealed plans for a Hollywood-themed Damac Towers by Paramount in March. Since then, they’ve also announced plans of a 28-million square foot ‘Akoya by Damac’, a master plan development in Umm Suqeim (ten minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road).
Along with a long list of developments Akoya will include – like international schools, a solid retail infrastructure, boutique hotels and spas – Damac has announced the development of an 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Course, to be named Trump International Golf Club.
You wouldn’t think it at first, but Dubai and Abu Dhabi have recently been ranked as the 6th most popular destinations for golf tourism, according to a study by accounting firm KPMG last month. Surprisingly, that’s not a regional comparison; but a worldwide one where the emirates are pinned against the likes of England, South Africa and USA.
Construction of the 7,205-yard course has already begun and will be ready for play next year. It will also include a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art club house and a luxurious Trump Spa & wellness centre, which will be managed by The Trump Organization.
Donald Trump cancelled a previous foray into Dubai’s real estate market, a project to build an international hotel tower on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, after the emirate’s property downturn.
Hussein Sajwani, Chairman at Damac says the course will provide a ‘unique challenge for golfers, while delivering the utmost luxury and refinement’. “By collaborating with Donald Trump, we are bringing the most elite name in golf and international luxury real estate to Dubai,” he said.
Donald Trump, chairman and president of The Trump Organization says that ‘Dubai is an incredible city that truly understands the meaning of luxury’ and that this golf course – which is his first in the Middle East – will ‘exceed all expectations’. The Trump Organization already has 14 award-winning courses under its ownership and management across the world.
“There will be nothing like it in the region and beyond,” he said.