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Rory McIlroy has fired an early warning to his Abu Dhabi and Dubai rivals by insisting he is rekindling the form which saw him reach the summit of the golfing world.

2013 has been viewed as a year to forget for the world No6, who only secured his first title last week by winning the Australian Open.

The Northern Irishman beat crowd favourite and current US Masters champion Adam Scott with a final round of 66 to lift the title with a final score of 18-under-par.

McIlroy is set to return to the UAE next year to take part in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic.

The return to Dubai should bring back fond memories for McIlroy, it was the location of his first professional win at the tender age of 19.

The former World No1’s return to form has come at a good time for UAE golf fans, who will be looking forward to seeing the Northern Irishman back to his best when he visits Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2014.

"I've just felt in a better place, a better place mentally with some things off the course," said McIlroy after his victory on Sunday.

"It's been a frustrating year because you know the level of golf that you can play and you're just not able to play to that level.

"When you're working hard and you're trying to find the reasons why and you think you've found it and then you haven't so then you try something else, and that's frustrating but I never lost belief, I never lost any of that.

"Golf's a long career and I'm 24 years old," added the former US Open and PGA champion.

Despite what critics have said, McIlroy believes that 2013 has not been as disastrous as many believe.

"I get a little impatient at times and if I actually just took a step back and looked at the bigger picture, it hasn't been too bad a year.

"It's obviously been made a lot better with the win. You know you have to go through the lows and I'm not saying it was a low this year. It's not like I plummeted off the face of the earth.

"I'm still sixth in the world so it's not too bad. It's not the level that I feel like I can play to but I feel I'm getting back there, so it's very pleasing," said McIlroy.

McIlroy is looking to end 2013 on a high with a strong performance at Tiger’s World Challenge this month, which sees an elite 18-man field compete for the prize.

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