With our vast expertise of over two centuries in delivering safe structures, Arena has provided a roof over the head of millions of sports fans at events across the world. Arena Middle East & Asia will now bring the MENA Tour under one roof as ‘umbrella sponsors’ of the world’s most exciting development tour.
Following an agreement with Arena Middle East & Asia, the Tour is now called the MENA Tour by Arena.
Returning to the world schedule after a year of restructuring, the MENA Tour by Arena features 10 tournaments in 2019 – five of which, apart from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Shootout and two stages of the Qualifying School, were played earlier in the year and five are being played currently as part of the Autumn Schedule. The Abu Dhabi Open by Arena, to be played this week at Yas Links Sunday October 6th, is the seventh leg of the season.
The number of tournaments is expected to grow in the coming years and the MENA Tour continues to provide Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, thus making it a perfect pathway for ambitious young professionals to the bigger tours, and also for the players from the region to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Commenting on the sponsorship our CEO, Paul Berger, said: “Arena has been an integral part of the growth of golf in the Middle East, has provided infrastructure to almost every big tournament here since their inception.
“Golf forms a major part of our portfolio and the MENA Tour gives us a great opportunity to visit some of the leading golf courses and countries in the region. We are also very confident that our partnership with the Tour will help play a massive role in nurturing a home-grown champion very soon.”
As part of the sponsorship, Arena will also have the naming rights to three tournaments in the Autumn Schedule – in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Ras Al Khaimah.
With sustainability, a major part of their new initiatives, Arena Middle East & Asia has helped the Tour introduce a new ‘No single-use plastic bottles’ policy starting from Abu Dhabi. Arena has provided each player a stainless steel water bottle and put up refill stations throughout the golf course.
Several incentives and playing opportunities have been lined up for the members this year. The top-two professionals and the leading amateur in their respective Journey to Jordan rankings will get a spot in the 2020 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The leading professional from a separate Money List counted over the last five tournaments of the season (called ‘Final Five’) also gets into the oldest European Tour event in the region when it returns to the iconic Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club in January.
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