A prestigious fundraising event in Dubai is urging expats to get involved and invest in sporting and music history for charity.
The proceeds are going to the Oil Barons Charity Ball, considered one of the most popular social events of the year in the United Arab Emirates.
This year the 1,500 guests can bid on a number of impressive ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences and memorabilia donated by sporting and music superstars.
One of the ball organisers, Simon Mellor, said: “The experiences are notable because they include tickets to exciting events and will provide unique experiences that you cannot really put a price on.
“Many of the packages do not exist outside of the event because they have been specifically designed for the ball itself.”
Play with Manassero
Among the sports lots up for bidding is the chance to play a round of golf with three times European Tour winner, Matteo Manassero.
This is the 10 year for the ball, which has raised several million pounds for charities in the UAE, like the Friends of Cancer Patients Society.
Last year’s event raised £180,000. Organisers now have their fingers crossed that they will beat that figure this year.
In addition, to the round of golf with the Italian star, sports fans can also bid on a autographed swimming cap from Michael Phelps, the world’s most successful Olympic star, or a signed photograph of the world’s current number one golfer, Rory McIlroy.
Tennis champion Roger Federer is also contributing a tennis rackets to the auction.
Not to be outdone, the world’s most expensive footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, has donated a pair of autographed boots.
Rolling Stones and McCartney
The exclusive packages put together for the event include memorable trips to golf, tennis, rugby and horse racing events.
Among the VIP tickets includes ones to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championships, the Dubai Tennis Open and the Dubai World Cup.
There is also the chance of sitting in the directors’ box for a Saracens rugby home game and the horse racing and tennis packages provide opportunities to meet world famous sportsmen and women.
The lots to be auctioned aren’t just for sports fans however and generous bidders can also pick up items from the world of rock music and film.
Other items going under the hammer include a signed guitar from the Rolling Stones and one of Sir Paul McCartney’s guitars.