UAE National golfers celebrating World Environment Day at Al Zorah Golf Club with Barry Barnard, Golf Operations Manager. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) celebrated World Environment Day in a unique way by allowing participating golf players to partner with the environment and plant a mangrove tree after the end of the tournament held at Al Zorah Golf Club, Ajman.

The 18 championship-hole golf course, designed by Nicklaus and operated by Troon Golf, has garnered a reputation of being ‘one of the best golf venues in the world,’ and ranked eighth in the Middle East and North Africa region nestled pristinely among the naturally preserved environment, lakes, and the unique mangrove forest.

Joyous occasion

George Saad, Chief Executive Officer of Al Zorah Development Company, expressed his delight at the event: “We are pleased to have UAE National golfers on the joyous occasion of World Environment Day. Al Zorah Golf Club was designed and constructed in Al Zorah Mangroves Forest in a way that complements the natural beauty of the landscape here in Ajman, which are native to the region and play a significant role in the ecosystem and we have preserved the natural forest and surrounding habitat to keep our golf course environmentally sustainable.

“As part of the celebration of the environment day, each golfer planted their own mangrove tree at the end of the event, to show their appreciation and dedication towards preserving our natural habitat,” Saad added.

Four-players each

The EGF event at Al Zorah Golf Club involved teams of four players from each golfing division: ladies, men, coaches, and juniors for a total of 16 players.

Akram Skaik, Director General of the Emirates Golf Federation, said: “It comes with great pleasure to work with Al Zorah Golf Club to not only help with the environment, but also give the UAE National Team players an opportunity to work together off the golf course. It is our mission in following the path of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the adherence to implement strategies and programmes to ensure a sustainable future and a healthy environment. Being golfers, the environment is extremely important to us and anything that the National Team or the Emirates Golf Federation can do to help is our mission.”