Peter Dawson, President of the International Golf Federation (IGF) and former chief executive of the R&A has been appointed as a consultant to the Dubai Government and will explore the opportunities arising from Dubai’s reputation as one of the world’s leading golf destinations.
The International Golf Federation is the organisation in charge of golf’s reintroduction (after 112 years) to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016.
Peter Dawson’s appointment follows a recent Deloitte report which highlighted golf as a key contributor to the city’s sports economy. He will work across the industry with various stakeholders with a view to making a series of recommendations c.
“In my roles at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the International Golf Federation I have been committed to growing golf around the world and I welcome the opportunity to assist the expansion of the game in Dubai,” he said. “Dubai has a strong pedigree in golf and I believe there is a real opportunity to develop its fantastic golf offering even further.
“This is a truly exciting project and I much look forward to getting started.”
His Excellency Mohammed Al Shaibani, chief executive officer and executive director of Investment Corporation Dubai, said: “Building on golf’s strong domestic growth in the real estate and leisure sector, this strategic appointment marks another step forward for the continued development of the game and the long-term benefit of Dubai.
“With a view to expanding the reach and expertise of Dubai in a sector that has already shown its potential to contribute significantly to the growth of the Emirate and its economy, we will also reinforce Dubai’s position as a world leading golf destination.”
The appointment was made by Falcon and Associates, working on behalf of the Dubai leadership.