The exotic park and palm tress surrounding Emirates Golf Club. Credit: Rastislav Sedlak , Dreamstime; The exotic park and palm tress surrounding Emirates Golf Club. Credit: Rastislav Sedlak , Dreamstime;

Emirates Golf Club, Dubai (city)

First major upgrade since 1988

As the first grass golf course in the Middle East, the Emirates Golf Club boasts two of Dubai’s finest must see courses. The main clubhouse was built in 1988 and hosted the PGA European Tour sanctioned Dubai Desert Classic and Dubai Ladies Masters and has been subject to a major upgrade. Arup provided façade consultancy services for the main clubhouse renovation, which also included the strategy for the removal of all the existing façades and the design to tender for the new building envelope.

The modernisation of the building not only provides better views, but it has also helped to improve the thermal performance of the building. Work started on site after the 2010 Dubai Desert Classic in February and was completed before the Dubai Ladies Masters in December 2010.

In addition to the main new façade features, which include a fully glazed entrance foyer, the restaurants and bars were fitted with sliding and stacking glazed door panels that allow the whole space to spill out onto the terrace facing the 18th green during the cool winter months.