Da Nang: Mena Tour chairman Mohammad Juma Bu Amim was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam last week.
Bu Amim was recognised for his contribution towards developing the game in the Middle East and North Africa.
“I am deeply honoured and humbled to accept this award and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected,” he said. “It’s a privilege to be included in a list of such distinguished honourees.
“Getting recognised and noticed for our work is something we all relish. I feel honoured to have been involved in golf over the last two decades and look forward to working on more initiatives that bring a fresh perspective to the game.”
The award citation said of Bu Amim: “He single-handedly spearheaded an ambitious campaign to promote and develop the game of golf in the Mena region with the aim of producing a future generation of champions.”
Along with Mohammad Al Abbar, the chairman of Emaar, Bu Amim created ‘Golf in Dubai’ in 2005 to promote the emirate as a leading golf destination and to manage the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. He then launched the Mena Golf Tour in 2011 to provide a platform to professionalism for players in the region, along with an Asian-wide online tee-time booking portal called Golf Citizen with the aim of driving regional golf tourism.
Bu Amim has previously been honoured for his contribution to golf at the Middle East Golf Awards in 2013 and the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Award in 2014.
The Asia Pacific Golf Summit gathered all stakeholders and discussed how to weather changes affecting the industry.
“We urge all to walk down the right path to make golf in Asia truly vibrant, exciting and financially viable,” said Mike Sebastian. CEO of the Asian Pacific Golf Group.