Golf industry veteran Rodney Bogg has joined the ‘golf in DUBAi’ management team, bringing with him years of experience, expertise and a phenomenal network as the company aims to further stimulate the growth of the game across the board.
His reputation in the business beyond reproach, having been involved with golf club management for over 40 years, including a good 23 years as Managing Director of Dubai Golf, Mr Bogg will provide strategic input into the planning, implementation and management of dynamic programmes that leverage the game of golf.
The driving force behind Dubai Golf, Mr Bogg successfully led and executed the company’s core roadmap on opening and managing iconic Emirates Golf Club in addition to overseeing the launch and operation of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Nad Al Sheba Golf Club on behalf of the Government of Dubai.
“We are very pleased to welcome Rod into our team and look forward to working with him on different projects,” said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, the promoters and organisers of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and the MENA Golf Tour.
“I have known Rod for many years. He has been a key player in the UAE golf industry, one whose creativity and leadership qualities will make him an important addition to the golf in DUBAi team.
These are exciting times for golf in DUBAi and the appointment of someone with Mr Bogg’s strong background in golf will bring new energy and fresh perspectives to the table in the run up to the forthcoming events, including the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters that celebrates its 10th anniversary in December later this year.
“It is incredibly exciting to be a part of the golf in DUBAi team,” said Bogg, who has also worked closely with the Department of Tourism in promoting Dubai as a golfing destination.
“I look forward to this opportunity to use my extensive experience and contribute to the success of the organization,” added Mr Bogg, a walking encyclopedia of golf in Dubai, who has authored a couple of coffee table books – The Desert Miracle and 25 Years of the Dubai Desert Classic — that trace the history and development of golf in the Emirate and beyond.
“Twenty-five years is a long time, and the Dubai Desert Classic has come a long way since those halcyon days of the late 1980s,” said Bogg, who himself has served on the tournament committee for many years.
“I am confident that under the continued management of Mohamed Juma Buamaim and his excellent team at golf in DUBAi, the tournament will still be going strong – just bigger and better – 25 years from now.
“It feels great to be part of a sporting tradition that remains at the heart of Dubai’s vibrant leisure industry.”