Building a golfing legacy
Gulf Business|April 2021
Indian businessman Sudesh Aggarwal will launch the inaugural Emirates Amateur Golf League – the world’s first franchise-based amateur golf league – this November in Dubai

Indian-origin Sudesh Aggarwal is a veteran businessman in the UAE. His biggest venture to date remains GRP Industries which he set up in the country back in 1988. He also established the first manufacturing facility for polyester enclosures in the MENA region back in the 1980s and has since then bagged several lucrative contracts with governments across the region, from the UAE and Oman to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. His diverse portfolio of investments spans real estate, food production, video gaming and home furnishings. But he’s now trained his sights on sports – specifically golf.

Aggarwal has been as familiar a face on the business circuit as he has been on the golfing one here in Dubai. “I started playing golf about 27 years ago when I became a founder member of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. I have won all kinds of club tournaments and Corporate Golf Days. I have also been the founding chairman of the Indian Golfers Society for 15 years,” says the golfer with a current index handicap of 14.

On January 20, Aggarwal launched the Emirates Amateur Golf League – the world’s first franchise-based amateur golf league. Based out of the UAE, the league is backed by the Emirates Golf Federation as well as the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC).

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