In the last couple of years UAE is among the the Top 10 Fastest Growing Tourism Hotspots in the world. Just in 2013, UAE's golf tourism grew by 10.4%. In 2013, Abu Dhabi and Dubai were the 6th golf tourism hot spot.
Al Zorah Development Company initiated in 2007 the development of a golf complex in an untapped area of UAE Emirate of Ajman (north of Dubai). Due to the global financial crisis between 2009 to 2013, they put the project on hold. Al Zorah Golf Complex is a Dh220-billion ($60 billion) project. Al Zorah Development Company is a joint venture between the Government of Ajman and Solidere International.
Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman is part of the city's redevelopment. It is 25 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport. Al Zorah Golf Complex is located along the natural peninsula on the coastline of Ajman along the Arabian Sea.
The Complex spreads over an area of 5.4 million square metres, bordered by 12 kilometres long seafront. Its undivided setting of 1 million square meters of natural mangroves makes it unique the golf course.
Thanks to the favorable changes in global business climate, the 'st Phase of the project/construction is getting closer to the completion. The expected completion date in the last quarter of 2015 or the beginning of 2016.
Troon was selected in 2014 to manage the development. Troon is expecting that the entire 18-holes will open in the 4th quarter of 2015. I assume Troon will launch here their popular mobile application and will add Al Zarah to its Troon Rewards loyalty program. But where are the added value services that can provide exceptional customer experience?
Al Zorah will be a pirvate golf club. The par 72, 18-hole golf course was designed by Nicklaus Design.
The Al Zorah Golf Complex includes 42 golf villas (see picture above) with semi-enclosed courtyards and private swimming pools. Within the villas we can enjoy large open spaces. The clubhouse will be completed in 2016 and the Golf Villas phase one by middle of 2016.
Future residents will also be in close proximity to Al Zorah Golf Clubhouse, which will have a swimming pool, a children’s swimming pool, a gym, a gourmet restaurant, a café, a multipurpose hall, and a Teen Club. It is good that they also thought about how to provide relaxation to the whole family.
In April 2015, Al Zorah Development Company officially launched the sale of the $544.5 million (AED 2 billion) Phase 1 of the Premium Golf Villas. Villa prices according to the developer are between Dh4 million and Dh6.5m.
I don't want to underestimate some of these villas' values like built to human scale, close to the nature, proximity to the sea, but what will the owner get for his money beside a luxurious villa? Let's not forget that Al Zorah Golf Complex will have to compete with such established UAE golf clubs such as Dubai Creek Golf Club (closest to the Dubai International Airport), Emirates Golf Club, Jumeirah Golf Club.
In the 2nd phase they will add another 4 resorts and boutique hotels. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, will manage the resort featuring 113 guestrooms and suites, many of which have their own private pools. The hotel, spanning 100,000 sq m with 290 m of beachfront.