US billionaire tycoon Donald Trump wants to bring the Ryder Cup to Dubai.
And he believes his Trump International Golf Course will provide the perfect venue.
Golf’s Ryder Cup is held every two years between Europe and the USA, with the two taking it in turn to host the prestigious event. This year it is being held in Gleneagles, in Scotland.
But Trump saw no reason why the competition could not be brought to a neutral venue – namely Dubai, on his course.
He said: "I would like to see them go after it really strongly and I’ll help them, because as you know, Sandy Jones (CEO of the PGA GB & Ireland) is a tremendous guy and he has been so nice with what we did in Scotland. He said it’s one of the greatest courses ever built, the one in Aberdeen (Trump International Golf Links).
“I have a lot of respect for Sandy Jones and Sandy Jones has a lot of say where the Ryder Cup is. This is an incredible venue for the Ryder Cup to be brought to.
“I’m not saying we’re going to get the Ryder Cup, but I think we would have a great chance.
“Certainly the course is designed to the highest standards of golf. It’s as good as it gets in terms of shot making, in terms of everything, shot value in particular.
“I think we will have a good chance to get the Ryder Cup because they will be bringing it to this region at some point, in my opinion, in the not-too-distant future, and we will have the best course by far."
Trump and his daughter Ivanka were in Dubai on Monday morning to check on the progress of the 42m ft2 golf community, Akoya by Damac and unveil images of the new clubhouse.