Emirates â€“ the Official Airline of the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World â€“ gave lucky golf fans the chance to get their hands on one of sportâ€™s most iconic trophies, the Ryder Cup. As a sponsor of the 2010 Ryder Cup, Emirates was able to provide its guests at the Race to Dubai finale the opportunity to get a close up view of the silverware famously clinched by Europe in October. For four lucky competition winners, the experience was particularly memorable with the 18th green of the Earth course as a backdrop, they were joined by Emirates cabin crew members to pose for a souvenir picture with the trophy.
â€œTo have an image of myself with a trophy which has been held by almost every legend of the game is something I will treasure,â€ said Phil Ferrier, a Scot living in Dubai, who won a return flight to bring a friend or family member to the event from any point on Emiratesâ€™ network of 108 destinations. â€œGetting a picture of my dad and I with the Ryder Cup will be a real highlight of what promises to be an incredible weekend,â€ added Phil, who â€“ through a business card drop at companies within the Emirates Group, such MMI and Costa – also won a hospitality pass for all four days of the event and accommodation at Atlantis, The Palm.
â€œItâ€™s incredible to think I saw the European victory just a few weeks ago and next thing I am on an Emirates flight to Dubai and am now getting pictured with the trophy while all 12 of the Ryder Cup heroes are on the course,â€ said Phil, who – along with Phil Ferrier â€“ also won a place on the tournamentâ€™s Ultimate Golf Experience, which will give them the chance to be a pro for a day on the Earth course, with final day tee and pin locations, sponsor boards and grandstands, as well as use of the Playersâ€™ locker room and private lounge.
The Dubai World Championship presented by DP World has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated golfing events of the year and Emirates has been flying both players and fans into Dubai from a number of the 25 destinations its European network, as well many of the 83 other locations it flies to.
The airline extends its support to golf by allowing passengers to check in a set of golf clubs free of charge – in addition to their normal checked baggage allowance – in any class of service on all of its flights.