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Golf, Dubai

United Arab Emirates's insider take:

Yes, it's built in a desert, but Dubai has plenty of cultivated greens to keep even the best golfers happy; the diehards play at night in summer to avoid sunstroke. The Montgomerie course is a par 72 and has the world's biggest green; Emirates Golf Club is home to the Desert Classic (part of the PGA European Tour); Dubai Creek Golf Club has stunning views and is adjacent to the hip Park Hyatt; the 247-acre Desert Course is the longest in the city; and Al Badia course in Festival City has a spa and a terrace restaurant with panoramic views over the 18-hole course and Dubai Creek. Make sure you ask your concierge to book well in advance. Courses give priority to members, and it's often impossible to get slots over the weekend. Some also have minimum handicap requirements.—Updated by Susan Hack

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