Set up under the auspices of golf in DUBAi in 2006, the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation is committed to continually identifying and nurturing the talented youth in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region with the aim of producing a future generation of champions.

Aiming to grow the platform of golf with a specific focus on the region, the foundation will create new windows of opportunity for all emerging MENA national professionals and amateurs to not only hone their golfing skills, but also to enhance the overall development of golf in the region.

Named in honour of His Highness Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the late Ruler of Dubai, the foundation seeks to provide MENA talent with an environment in which they can grow, express themselves personally and professionally and realise their dream of representing their country one day.

The MENA GolfTour was launched in 2011 which has since has grown from four events in the inaugural 2011 season to 11 events in 2013, covering five countries – Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and UAE -- in the region with a total of prize fund of $ 575,000.

The top three professionals and the leading amateur on their respective Orders of Merit are invited to compete in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in continuation of the tour’s policy to substantially enhance the careers of its members. The leading three professionals are exempted to the Final Stage of Asian Qualifying School.

The leading amateur on the MENA Golf Tour is also awarded the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation scholarship. The all-expenses-paid scholarship sees the leading amateur return to Dubai for a five-week intensive training stint to fine tune his skills in the run up to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The scholarship to emerging players from within the MENA golfing ranks is intended to build a strong pool of players, which is paramount to overall development of the game in the region.