Membership Services Manager UAE: Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Athina Belivanis who originates from Greece has been in the UAE since 2012 She is currently working as a Membership Services Manager for two of the leading and most prestigious golf clubs in the UAE: Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
Her career in the UAE began in 2012 when she decided to come to Dubai in order to visit her sister. Athina was impressed by Dubai and she was lucky to soon find a job in the marketing department of Chalhoub Group. This was a great stepping stone for her career development and proves that Dubai offers a lot of opportunities and is a great place to professionally develop oneself.
Athina graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from the State University of New York and has a certificate of best practices in Membership Marketing from Signature Clubs International. She always liked the concept of the private club industry and she is happy that she is working in this type of environment. The private club industry is not just a business but a second home for many of its members. “This is what makes this industry special” she mentioned with a smile.
Her career in the golf industry started a year ago when she got the opportunity to work as a Membership & PR Manager at Al Badia Golf Club managed by InterContinental hotel group where she worked until the closing of the club. Following Al Badia’s closure, Athina was offered work with Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. She was delighted to accept this job offer based on the history and importance of these golf clubs. Emirates Golf Club is the premier golfing destination in the UAE and hosts the European Tour sanctioned Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Emirates offers the International championship Majlis course as well at its beautiful and challenging Faldo course, which is the only 18 hole course in the region to offer night golf.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has also hosted numerous tournaments and events including Dubai Desert on two occasions. It is worth mentioning that Dubai Creek has been one of the most photographed landmarks since it opened in 1993 and is voted one of the world’s ‘ Top 100 Must Play Golf Courses’.
She mentioned that working in Dubai is a unique experience that she will never forget. She learned many things during her stay here and her advice to the Greeks who have just arrived in Dubai is to work with passion and to love their job in order to succeed.