This year's back-to-back Challenge Tour events in the UAE have produced a total economic impact of $1.44 million for Abu Dhabi. This was made possible thanks to the support of Official Sponsors including Arena, Al Laith Group, and Phoenix Capital. Co-promoters such as the Emirates Golf Federation, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club, and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club have played a crucial role in organizing these successful Challenge Tour tournaments for the second year in a row.

These tournaments, part of the global 2024 Road to Mallorca schedule, offer a prize fund of over €8 million. They have resulted in a total of 2,872 room nights in the surrounding area and attracted 185 players. Moreover, the Abu Dhabi Challenge saw the presence of 32 staff members, while the UAE Challenge had 26 staff members and visiting support staff. All of this has contributed to the economic expenditure during the two-week golf extravaganza.

Tom Phillips, Head of Middle East for the DP World Tour, stated, 'The Challenge Tour events in the UAE continue to thrive, setting high standards for other events to follow around the world.' He emphasized the importance of showcasing Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a golfing destination while supporting economic development. With nearly 200 golfers and their support network staying in hotels and dining in local restaurants, these events have a significant impact.'

Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, expressed his delight at the growth and success of these Challenge Tour events in the capital. He recognized their contribution to the city's status as a remarkable global sporting and economic hub. Al Awani also underlined the monetary value of these events, which greatly benefit the city's growth.

Not only have these events attracted top professional golfers and emerging talents, but they have also provided opportunities for Emirati golfers and UAE residents. The Emirates Golf Federation secured a total of 60 spots over the two weeks through their partnership with the European Tour group. One of the young talents, 17-year-old Oscar Craig, earned a spot at the UAE Challenge by winning the Al Hamra Men's Amateur Open. Craig made the cut with his stepfather and Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood as his caddie.

General Abdullah Al Hashmi, Vice Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation, praised both events for their sporting and economic success. He commended the exceptional hosting by both venues and highlighted the victories of Garrick Porteous and Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen at the UAE Challenge and Abu Dhabi Challenge respectively.

These back-to-back Challenge Tour events in Abu Dhabi contribute to the city's rich golfing history. Next, Abu Dhabi will host the prestigious Abu Dhabi Championship at Yas Links Abu Dhabi from November 7th to 10th, 2024.