InterCon takes over Al Badia Golf Club

THE InterContinental Dubai Festival City was awarded the management contract by Al-Futtaim for Al Badia Golf Club at Dubai Festival City.  Commenting on the new venture, John Bamsey, chief operating officer for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Middle East and Africa said, “We are proud that InterContinental has been selected to manage the prestigious Al Badia Golf Club.  This is testament to the excellent relationship that has been fostered with Al-Futtaim and recognises the strength and global consistency of the InterContinental brand.”
IHG currenlty manages the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City and InterContinental Residence Suites and the addition of the Al Badia Golf Club will bring unique opportunities to the group to further promote Dubai Festival City as both a business and leisure destination.  
Brett Schafer, senior managing director, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, master developers and managers of Dubai Festival City, said “The selection of IHG to manage and operate the 7,303 yard Robert Trent Jones II designed Al Badia golf course and clubhouse is consistent with Al-Futtaim’s strategic relationship with IHG.” IHG will take over management of Al Badia Golf Club InterContinental Dubai Festival City effective from July 2009.