It was the desire for great quality winter golf that took me to the United Arab Emirates. We played two courses in Dubai and two in Abu Dhabi (just over an hour apart) on our first visit, combined with a trip to watch the Dubai Desert Classic. The quality of the golf was very good, the service and hospitality great. Away from the golf there is little to see or do if truth be told and it was very expensive but if money isn't a problem and you want to play some of the most recognisable holes on the European Tour in perfect condition then it's a great venue. I've been back since for a couple more trips and it continues to impress. It's all completely artificial clearly, created out of the desert, but the Yas Links in particular needs to be seen to be believed!!