For three years, from 2006 to 2008, the Linares tournament was split between two venues - the traditional home in Linares, Spain and the Mexican city of Morelia. This year it's back to just the one venue for this so-called "Wimbledon of Chess". And, of course, it's in Spain.
However, from next year, it looks like we'll see this event being held once again in two separate cities - Linares, as usual, and somewhere in the United Arab Emirates. ChessDom first mentioned it here, but this news item in Monster & Critics seems to confirm the UAE plan as a definite go.
The thirty-one year old real estate magnate Sulaiman Al Fahim is the man responsible. He was quoted as saying, "From 2010, the tournament will be held in Spain and the UAE".
I wonder what Israeli GM Boris Gelfand thinks about all this. After all, it was only a couple of weeks ago that we had this unfortunate incident.