By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank announces deal to give financial support to Ahmed Al Musharrekh
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) has announced its sponsorship of Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the UAE’s first professional golfer.
The bank said the agreement – which will see the bank support Musharrekh’s professional calendar over the coming year, is rooted in ADCB’s "deep commitment to supporting local talent in the UAE".
Through the sponsorship, ADCB said it will provide Al Musharrekh with the support to help visualise his ambition of competing at the highest levels of golf.
Al Musharrekh has been a regular competitor in professional competitions in recent years including a number of appearances on the PGA European tour, notably at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in which he first competed as a 19 year-old in 2010, and the Dubai Desert Classic.
Born in 1990, the Sharjah-based Emirati has been playing on the MENA Tour, which provides leading professional and amateur golfers from the Middle East and North Africa the opportunity to participate in world-class competition in their home region, since late 2012.
At last month’s RAK Classic, he led going in to his final round and is already looking forward to a busy winter of events around the region as he pursues his dream of playing full-time on the PGA European Tour.
Martin Scott, ADCB chief marketing officer, said: "We are confident that Ahmed will carry the ADCB name proudly, demonstrating that true hard work and dedication to a passion does indeed pay dividends."
Speaking at the sponsorship signing, 24-year-old Al Musharrekh said: "It was my childhood dream to become a professional golfer and now that it’s a reality I couldn’t be happier to have a partner like ADCB beside me. ADCB believes in people who dream big and I’m grateful they have chosen to help support my goals of succeeding at the highest level in my sport."