Collin Morikawa wins the Race to Dubai in fashion after DP World Tour Championship victory

The 24-year-old made five birdies on his final seven holes on Sunday and scored a round of 66 that put him -17 and three strokes ahead of the rest of the field.

Rory McIlroy had the lead until the final lap but shot a disappointing 74 to finish sixth in a tie.

Matt Fitzpatrick fired a six-under par 66 to move up the leaderboard and jeopardize Morikawa’s spot at the top of the leaderboard, but it was only enough for second place.

Morikawa didn’t need to win this week to win the Race to Dubai, especially as his closest rival Billy Horschel finished 32nd.

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But he flipped the style on the track to secure his sixth professional win.

“It feels so good. I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t watching what Matt Fitzpatrick is doing today, and boy, did he take a run,” said Morikawa.

“It’s an honor. To put my name up against many, many greats in the Hall of Famers – that’s something special. I get touched just talking about it.

“The way my head is wired, I’m always on the lookout for what’s next. But I’ll try to enjoy this one. It’s something special, it’s the end of the year, I’ll enjoy it as best I can. “

It is the latest in an incredible run for the American over the past two years.

Morikawa also won the WGC Workday Championship earlier this year, which together with winning the Open played an important role in making him top the European Tour points list.

The only two events he played in Europe that year were the Scottish Open and then a week later at Royal St George’s, but the points offered for the majors and the WGC events meant he was that week at the DP Tour World Championship as leader of the Race to Dubai.

Morikawa also played a huge role in securing the Ryder Cup in the US, winning three and halving one of the four games he had played.

Dubai Air Present 2021: This is what to anticipate

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Dubai’s final international air show in November 2019 feels like a different era.

Just months before the Covid-19 pandemic turned travel on its head, the well-attended biennial aviation event celebrated an industry that looks very different today.

But almost two years after the travel and aviation industries nearly came to a standstill, the market is picking up again.

The 2021 Dubai Air Show starts on Sunday November 14th. This is what awaits you:

Travel Industry Recovery?

With the continued successful rollout of vaccination campaigns and the easing of governments’ Covid restrictions, the situation for travel has improved.

“Executives are cautiously optimistic about the future,” wrote the aviation analysts of the consulting firm Accenture in a message before the fair.

The company predicts global commercial aerospace growth of 13% year over year in 2022, although the year will still be 4% below 2019 levels.

Dubai’s flagship airline, Emirates Airline – the Middle East’s largest airline and largest aircraft buyer – has enjoyed some of that rebound for itself, reducing its previous losses with an 86% revenue increase for its half-year results for fiscal year 2021-2022.

Nevertheless, concerns about possible new Covid variants, inflation and rising energy prices leave considerable uncertainty for the industry. At the fair in Dubai there will certainly be a lot of discussion about the recovery of the industry as well as how aviation has become safer and more hygienic due to the pandemic.

Partly because of this uncertainty and also because Dubai is hosting a smaller air show than the Paris or Farnborough events, analysts are not expecting many large orders this year. This is also because Gulf airlines’ order books “tend to be more focused on wide-body aircraft,” said Sheila Kahyaoglu, aerospace and defense analyst at Jefferies. “So I think international traffic is slower. I just don’t think this will be a catalyst for more orders.”

Supply chain problems

The global supply chain crisis has affected many sectors and aerospace was no exception.

In aviation, supply chain bottlenecks hit defense primarily, Kahyaoglu said. “In communication systems, ships, semiconductor parts – wherever it affects the rest of the world.”

In the business jet segment, the impact is smaller, as fewer private jets are made per year than other types of aircraft, but there is still “a bit of a parts shortage so the OEMs” [original equipment manufacturers] need to be aware of their material purchases, “said Kahyaoglu.

More than half of aerospace executives – 55% – “showed less confidence in the punctuality and quality of their supply chain over the next six months,” said Accenture.

Freight gain

Only one air transport segment has exceeded 2019 levels and that is freight.

People may long have stopped traveling, but e-commerce and the movement of goods have continued to increase. Before the pandemic, a significant volume of cargo was carried in the belly of passenger planes. But after those planes went offline due to increasing travel restrictions, says Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at Teal Group, “all of a sudden people were like, ‘Hey, we need special cargo planes because this belly cargo is not available.’ “

Expect to see airbus and Boeing – the world’s two largest aerospace companies by revenue – are showing new large freighter versions of existing aircraft, Aboulafia said.

“You will see Airbus talk, maybe even take off, about a freighter version of the A350 XWB jetliner,” he told CNBC.

“And you could see the exact same thing from Boeing with the freighter version of the 777X, the newest version of the 777 that has composite wings and stuff. That’s going to be really interesting to see because the Golf is a pretty big cargo.” Market.”

In fact, in Emirates Airline’s most recent half-year results, cargo operations were robust, rising 39%, bringing the business to 90% of the volume it was in 2019.

Military sales

On defense terms, vigilance continues to see progress on the sale of the Lockheed Martin F-35 II Joint Strike to the UAE, penned on the last day of the Trump administration. The gigantic $ 23 billion sale, which consists mostly of 50 F-35 jets and at least 18 armed drones, is reportedly still under negotiation between Washington and Abu Dhabi.

Previously, U.S. laws and export regulations prevented it from selling deadly drones or the F-35 to any of its Arab allies. But the changes introduced by the Trump administration made this possible, which means that when it is completed it would be the first sale of the F-35 and US-made armed drones to an Arab country.

There is also a “general trend towards the continuous modernization of combat fleets, mostly modernized fourth-generation platforms,” ​​said Justin Bronk, research fellow in air force and technology at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

The fourth generation generally refers to fighter jets in service from the 1980s to the present day, with multi-combat roles and more advanced technology than their predecessors, such as infrared search and tracking and digital avionics.

Dubai opens 200-foot deep pool with underwater ‘sunken metropolis’

The tallest building in the world is already in Dubai. Now it can also claim the deepest plunge pool in the world.

Deep diving Dubai opens July 7th, just 10 days after being named the world’s deepest plunge pool by the Guinness World Records.

The new indoor pool is almost 60 meters deep and holds almost 3.7 million liters of water. It is also home to a huge underwater attraction resembling a “sunken city” that divers can explore either alone or with a guide.

The attraction is open to travelers 10 years and older, including those wearing a mask and tank for the first time.

“Sunken City”

With graffiti, crumbling facades and a large portrait of Marilyn Monroe on the wall, Dubai’s new vertical plunge pool harbors the remains of a lost city. There’s a house and a library – even an arcade with an old Pac-Man machine, foosball, and pool table.

As for the size of the underwater city, it takes several dives to fully explore, according to the website.

Beginners can dive to a depth of 40 feet, while those with certifications can explore the entire pool either with a guide or on their own. Certified divers can also “dive freely” – that is, dive without a bottle, only with breath – while they are connected to a fixed ascent line. Courses are also offered to teach divers new skills.

Bookings are only possible by invitation. Actor and rapper Will Smith wrote about his visit in an Instagram post that received more than 3 million likes in four days.

Public bookings will open on the company’s website later in July. Prices start at 800 UAE dirhams ($ 218).

The allure of pool diving

Diving in a pool has several advantages over the sea. For starters, weather and water conditions are controlled. There are no currents or rough seas, and dives are not canceled due to inclement weather.

Pool water can also be well illuminated at shallower depths. Dubai’s new pool has 156 lights positioned throughout the pool and the water temperature is kept at a comfortable 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is sound and mood lighting throughout Deep Dive Dubai, a 196-foot vertical pool that opened last week.

Courtesy Deep Dive Dubai

However, there is no living marine life, including coral, which usually make up a large part of the recreational diving experience. But that’s not a deal breaker for Dubai-based American Kyle McGee, who has 15 years of diving experience in places like Egypt, Madagascar, and the Galapagos Islands.

In fact, he’s looking forward to trying it out.

“When we dive, we often focus on marine life, and it would be nice to try some unusual underwater activities without worrying about spotting fish,” he said. “I think it would be especially a great way to practice buoyancy while playing fun games and exploring the area.”

A hyperbaric treatment chamber is slated to open later this year, as is a restaurant where diners can peek into the pool while divers swim by.

Courtesy Deep Dive Dubai

Dubai’s newest attraction also appeals to inexperienced divers. TV travel commentator Lindsay Myers wants to learn to dive, but finds the “unknown” of the open ocean intimidating.

“I would certainly learn better to dive in a pool,” she said. “This pool is great because it is only a small step towards diving in the ocean at some point.”

Liju Cherian from neighboring Oman agreed. He wants to dive but has shied away from it in the past because of persistent asthma. But he’s interested in Deep Dive Dubai because he’d rather “dive into a pool than into the ocean” – at least initially.

Another record for Dubai

In connection with the opening of Deep Dive Dubai, Abdulla Bin Habtoor, a spokesman for Deep Dive Dubai, said the new pool is an investment in Dubai’s growing sports culture and adventure tourism sectors.

It’s also another record breaking architectural feat for Dubai, the home of the world:

The record breaking Dubai Mall is also home to the world’s largest shopping mall aquarium, where visitors can snorkel in cages and dive with sharks.

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Dubai is known for its Guinness World Records, from the world’s largest fountain in The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah to the largest gathering of people to eat breakfast cereal together (1,354 participants).

Dubai also has the distinction of having the fastest police car – a Bugatti Veyron, which was bought for $ 1.6 million in 2016.

Covid-19 guidelines: Dubai suspends leisure actions – Information

Dubai tourism will continue to evaluate progress with health authorities.

Dubai Tourism suspended all entertainment permits issued in the emirate on Thursday.

The Dubai Media Office announced on its official Twitter handle that in order to ensure public health and safety, all entertainment permits issued in the emirate will be on hold with immediate effect.

To ensure public health and safety, all entertainment permits issued are on hold with immediate effect. @ Dubai tourism will continue to evaluate progress with health authorities.

– Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) January 21, 2021

Tourism in Dubai will continue to evaluate progress made by health authorities.

In the past three weeks, Dubai authorities have closed 20 facilities and imposed 200 breaches of Covid-19 rules, the Dubai Media Office said.