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Tiger gets birdie's-eye view in Dubai

March 4, 2004
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Tiger Woods had what might have been his most scintillating practice session yet, teeing off from the top of the world's tallest hotel – Dubai's Burj Al Arab.

The newly-engaged golf pro enjoyed the breathtaking views from the helicopter deck of the 1,059-foot luxury building as he hit golf balls into the sea below.

In town for the Desert Classic, he spent his down time at the exclusive hotel, reportedly staying in the royal suite, which runs to about £5,200 per night. Two-storeys high, with its own lift and revolving bed, the room, is certainly fit for a king.

The hotel, built on a man-made island – there's an entrance fee just to cross the Burj Al Arab's private bridge – boasts 40 butlers, the world's largest atrium, and airport transfer for guests by either helicopter or Rolls Royce limousine.

Tiger's $2.5 million guest appearance is not his first in the region, and he's been known to receive similarly spectacular treatment in the past. In 2001, his first year at the classic, the crown prince named a prize thoroughbred after him – Dubai Tiger.

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Photo: AFP
Dwarfed by the dramatic architecture of Dubai's Burj Al Arab, the legendary golfer tees off on the sail-shaped hotel's heli-pad
Photo: AFP
The golf champion, who was in town for a local competition, got in some high-level practise this week

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