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Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid to hoist UAE flag at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Posted on 25/06/2008

The National Olympic committee announced yesterday that Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will hoist UAE's flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The announcement comes in appreciation of Sheikha Maitha's achievements expressed by the people in the UAE, the sports persons and the Olympic Committee. International champion Sheikha Maitha has won several medals in Karate on Arab, regional and international levels. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Sports Council announces five-year strategy

Posted on 20/06/2008

Under the patronage of National Security Adviser HH Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council announced yesterday its five-year strategy 2008-2012 which aims to build a healthy society enjoying a competent economy. The Abu Dhabi Sports Council was set up earlier in 2006 as per an ordinance issued by HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Sheikh Hazza ...  >>MORE

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Programme for Sports Leadership Development launched

Posted on 12/06/2008

Dubai Sports Council in partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development (MBRPLD), an innovative leadership programme designed to develop future national leaders capable of promoting the sustainable development of Dubai, yesterday announced at a press conference, the launch of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Sports Leadership Development (HBMPSLD). At the press conference - held at Raffles Dubai Hotel - MBRPLD also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ...  >>MORE

Mohammed Bin Rashid rewards Al-Shabab Club with Dh20 million

Posted on 02/06/2008

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has given orders to grant the amount of Dh 20 million to UAE league champions Al-Shabab Club as a reward. The generous grant will be distributed to all games at the Club. Receiving the Chairman, Board Chairman, Board members of Al Shabab Club, as well as members of the football team, women basketball team and Women volleyball team, Sheikh Mohammed expressed delight at the achievements made by ...  >>MORE

Zayed Charity Marathon held in New York

Posted on 19/05/2008

Zayed International Charity Marathon, was launched on Saturday at Centre Park in New York. The fund raising event was organised to generate funds for US Healthy Kidney Foundation. The event, which is held by UAE embassy to Washington in fourth year in row, is organised upon instructions of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. About 12, 000 runners from US and other countries took part in the marathon. ...  >>MORE

Zayed Charity Marathon to take place at New York City

Posted on 13/05/2008

Over 12,000 runners and participants from around the world are expected to be attracted to Zayed Charity Marathon, which will take place at New York City on May 17. Du, the integrated telecom operator in the UAE will be sponsoring the event to help raise funds and awareness for the US Healthy Kidney Foundation. The international marathon is organised by the UAE Armed Forces Officers Club in co-operation with the UAE embassy in USA under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

Top competitors ready for Al Ain Dune Championships

Posted on 01/05/2008

A record 65,000 are predicted to attend the 2008 season of the Al Ain Dune Championships, which are taking place this coming Thursday and Friday under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and are being organised by the Abu Dhabi Motors Club and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, a Press release said. Over 70 competitors have already signed up for the different car categories, while over 120 will take part in the bike trials and 20 in the buggy class. It is the largest entry for ...  >>MORE

Dubai Sports City capital doubled to US$4billion

Posted on 29/04/2008

Investment for Dubai Sports City has doubled from US$2 billion (Dh7.35bn) in 2005 to almost US$4bn (Dh14.68bn) today. But unlike other projects, which have been reeling from sky-high inflation, most of the capital increases have been the result of additional features and increased capacity, the city's chief executive officer said. "Only about 20 per cent of the increase is due to cost escalation after the project was launched. The rest of it is mainly because of additions to the old plan,” U ...  >>MORE

Key Dubai Sports City facilities on target

Posted on 14/04/2008

A number of key facilities at Dubai Sports City will be completed this year, the project's president has announced."The Dubai Sports City vision of creating one of the world's premier sporting destinations is now becoming a reality,” said Khalid Al Zarooni. The first facility to be completed at the Dh14.7 billion development in Dubailand is The Els Club, a par-72, 18-hole championship golf course that is now open for play. Cricket is set to receive a major boost next with the opening of a ...  >>MORE

Rogge impressed with Sports City

Posted on 10/02/2008

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), praised the UAE for its continuous success in hosting several sporting events. "The UAE is well known all over the world as one of the best countries who can host big events. UAE successfully hosted big events in tennis, golf and horse racing. "The world cannot forget the excellent manner in which the UAE hosted the 2003 World Youth Championships," said Rogge in a press conference held at the National Olympic Committee ...  >>MORE

World's best to run RAK marathon

Posted on 08/02/2008

The Ras Al Khaimah international half marathon 2008 is set to witness fierce competition with the world's best runners flocking the emirate to take part in the event to be held today. These elite athletes will compete for a prize bonanza in excess of US$200,000, making it the world's richest half marathon. The race, which will start off at 7 am on Friday, is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. The elite runners ...  >>MORE

Gulf anti-doping and monitoring enterprise launched

Posted on 30/01/2008

A three-way Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch the Gulf Anti-doping and Monitoring Enterprise (GAME) was signed by Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech), a member of TECOM Investments, the Government Authority for Youth and Social Welfare, and the UAE National Olympic Committee. The new entity, the first of its kind in the GCC region, will be a subsidiary of DuBiotech and will be dedicated to conducting anti-doping testing for all professional and amateur athletes in the ...  >>MORE

Mousa's gold gives the UAE great eight

Posted on 22/11/2007

Cairo - The UAE has picked up yet another gold medal in chess thanks to the brain power of Dubai's Osman Mousa Abdullah. His win brings the UAE's gold-medal tally to eight and as the competition was brought to a close late last night there were high hopes that more podium finishes would be forthcoming. The top-seeded Mousa performed well with a 2 1/2-2 1/2 tally against tough opposition from Yemen, Syria and Egypt. The emirates were ranked ninth in the chess competition yesterday evening with ...  >>MORE

UAE wins first silver in the World Skills Olympics

Posted on 21/11/2007

The UAE team participating in the World Skills Olympics has won the first silver. UAE was just quarter a point away from a Gold medal, but finished second in the tough finals of nursing skills contested among Singapore, Holland and UAE.UAE's win is the first for any Arab country in the World Skills Olympics which is the biggest skills competition in the world and takes place every two years in one of the 48 member countries. In this year's contest 850 young people (under 23) compete in 47 ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid urges world family to promote Olympic values

Posted on 01/11/2007

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, urged today the international community to adhere to the Olympic value and join hands as one-team to ensure better future for the world. 'The race towards progress doesn't know the word impossible and competition doesn't mean winning the first place only but also to strive persistently to achieve excellence, Sheikh Mohammed while addressing the concluding session of the third international ...  >>MORE

UAE wins Asian Ice Hockey Championship

Posted on 29/10/2007

Bangkok - UAE National Ice Hockey team has been crowned champion in an International Ice Hockey Championship having beaten its Hong Kong counterpart 3:2 in a penalty shoot-out in a final match that ended in a draw. The UAE, a debutant in the Asian championship, which is regarded the toughest after the Winter Olympics, has dedicated the new title to President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and ...  >>MORE

UAE Balloon Team achieves second place in Germany Balloon Festival

Posted on 04/09/2007

Stuttgart - The UAE Balloon Team achieved the second place in Germany's Balloon and Trophy Festival that was held in Stuttgart, Germany, and included 30 international teams. Flight Captain Ruddy Hoover, Festival Coordinator, congratulated the UAE team pointing out that the abilities of the Emirati Flight Captain AbdulAziz Nasser Al Mansouri deserves the support and care taken of the team by officials since it started off in its first International tour under the motto /World Will Never Forget ...  >>MORE

Dubai World supports UAE Special Olympics

Posted on 30/08/2007

Dubai World yesterday announced that as part of its social responsibility and commitment to humanitarian causes, it is sponsoring the UAE contingent that will participate in the Special Olympics at Shanghai from October 2 to 11 this year. The significance of this year's World Summer Games is that being held in Asia for the first time. Over 7,000 athletes from around the world will take part in the event. Talking about Dubai World's sponsorship of the UAE team, its Chairman Sultan Ahmad Bin ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans richest cycling race in the world

Posted on 20/06/2007

If it is the world's attention Abu Dhabi wants, the Emirate has certainly gone about it the right way with plans to stage the richest cycling race to date this November. It is not just any race, however, as the individual and team winners of three major international events on the cycling calendar will be going head-to-head in what is certainly the first event of its kind in the world. The Race of Champions will take place over three stages and cover 212km. Last week, Italian rider Danilo ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments buys 50% of Al Qudra Sports

Posted on 14/06/2007

Dubai Investments (DI) signed an agreement yesterday to buy a 50 per cent stake in Al Qudra Holding's affiliate Al Qudra Sports Management (QSM). The stake, worth Dh15 million, entitles DI to place two members on QSM's board and gives the Dubai-based investor a grip on the growing specialised services market not only in the UAE, but also in the region. "QSM specialises in providing total solutions for the sports industry, including establishment of facilities, installation of sports utilities, ...  >>MORE

Saif bin Zayed receives UAE team

Posted on 14/06/2007

Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior received in Abu Dhabi yesterday UAE's Hot Air Balloon team who won the first place in the International Hot Air Balloon festival and Competition Chateau d'Oex held recently in Switzerland. The team carried the slogan 'World will never forget Zayed' and won the prestigious prize in the international aviation event. Sheikh Saif praised the endurance and continuous achievements of the team in events on the world level (Emirates ...  >>MORE

Dubai Marathon becomes world's richest race

Posted on 15/04/2007

The 2008 Dubai Marathon will be the richest long distance race in history after the prize money was yesterday increased to a record US$1million. In addition, should one of the winners of the men's or women's races break the world record, then they would earn US$1 million bonus. The first prize for both categories was also raised to US$250,000, which doubles the current leading prize of US$125,000 being offered at the Chicago Marathon. The prize fund makes the Dubai race the richest ...  >>MORE

UAE teams achieve tremendous success

Posted on 29/01/2007

The UAE national teams have achieved tremendous success in the 18th Gulf Cup by clinching three medals. The basketball team have won the gold while the handball team took the bronze. After entering the final of the football tournament, the UAE is assured of at least a silver. The volleyball team was the only one that failed to win a medal, even though the volleyball officials promised to compete for the gold before the start of the tournament. However, they lost all their matches to finish ...  >>MORE

US$1m cycling event in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 11/01/2007

Come November and Abu Dhabi will play host to a US$1 million Cycling Race of Champions - a challenge pitting the individual winners and teams of the sport's three most prestigious European tour events into direct competition for the first time in the Middle East. An initiative of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the Abu Dhabi Cycling Race of Champions - a 204 kilometre three stage event - will see cycling's elite battle through a challenging mountain stage up Jebel Hafit, the ...  >>MORE

UAE salutes the heroes

Posted on 17/12/2006

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan hopes the exploits of UAE's Asian Games heroes will inspire the country to glory in the Gulf Cup. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, personally welcomed home the heroes as they arrived from Doha. The UAE won 10 medals, including three gold, four silver and three bronze, with members of the Al Maktoum family, bringing home most of the glory. The UAE royals dedicated their medals ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Ruler honours UAE bodybuilding hero

Posted on 12/12/2006

Fujairah will start next year building the Sheikh Zayed modern Athletics centre to serve all UAE athletes, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, announced yesterday. Sheikh Hamad praised Al Zahmi for his landmark achievement, adding that it would not have been possible without the due care lent by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of ...  >>MORE

UAE bowlers on a roll

Posted on 05/12/2006

The crash of pins being smashed into oblivion accompanied the UAE's second medal in the bowling competition. Youngster Mahmoud Al Attar, just 18, had claimed a bronze on Sunday, but yesterday, on a high from that success, the UAE were able to go one better. The team of Jamal Ali Mohammad and Nayef Eqab Al Abadla kept their cool to produce a sterling performance that was good enough to bag them joint second alongside hosts Qatar. Thailand had to content themselves with fourth. Al Abadla also ...  >>MORE

Asian Games torch arrives tomorrow

Posted on 15/11/2006

Organisers promise that the Doha Asian Games torch relay will be a spectacular show and appeal to the public to come and watch it pass through the emirate tomorrow. The relay will stretch 27km across Sharjah and will be carried by 77 high profile local and international celebrities through the city's landmarks. The 1.3kg and 720mm high torch will also be carried by children from the Humanitarian City, the elderly and schoolchildren. "We are giving an opportunity to everyone to participate. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Sports City awards Dh60-million STP contract

Posted on 14/11/2006

Dubai Sports City, the world's first purpose-built sports city and cornerstone project of Dubailand, in Abu Dhabi yesterday announced that Hyder Consulting Middle East Limited and Eagle Electromechanical Co. LLC have been awarded contracts to design, build and install a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP)of 25,000 cubic metres per day capacity to serve the 50 million sq ft site area. Hyder Consulting is the Lead Consultant on the project and Eagle Electromechanical is Main Contractor. The contract, ...  >>MORE

UAE Olympic star named Athlete Ambassador

Posted on 13/11/2006

Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum, UAE's first Olympic medallist, was inducted as an Athlete Ambassador for the humanitarian organisation Right To Play International by its president and CEO Johann Olav Koss recently. On Thursday night a welcome dinner was hosted by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to honour the International Board of Directors of Right To Play ...  >>MORE

Saeed on target as UAE strike gold in Asian event

Posted on 11/09/2006

Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum led the UAE team to win the gold medal in the skeet event at the Asian Shooting Championships which concluded in Singapore on Saturday. The UAE team won the gold with a score of 354 hits. UAE shooter Saif Bin Fittais won the silver medal in the individual competition after a tough duel in a shoot-off with Chinese shooter Wang Yang. In the team event, UAE shooter Mohammad Hassan was in top form and scored full points which helped the UAE edge ...  >>MORE

Dubai sports clubs to have semi-Olympic swimming pools

Posted on 25/04/2006

Dubai Municipality will soon begin work on a Dh47 million project to build semi-Olympic swimming pools in four sports clubs of Dubai, said Essa Al Maidour, Assistant Director-General of Dubai Municipality for General Projects Affairs. he pools, which will be set up in Al Ahli, Al Wasl, Shabab and Al Nasr clubs, are expected to be ready by August 2007, he said. Al Maidour said the project comprises a full-fledged training facility in swimming in each of the four clubs. The facility would ...  >>MORE

EMAAR to launch Dubai's premier equestrian and polo facility

Posted on 18/04/2006

EMAAR Properties today announced the glittering launch of its Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club with a four day sporting spectacular taking place from 19 to 22 April and held under the patronage of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. To be held at the grounds of the Club within EMAAR's world class Arabian Ranches development, the event will see international and professional players ...  >>MORE

Mansour bin Zayed attends Zayed International Race

Posted on 15/04/2006

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, witnessed here today Zayed International Race, 2006. The race, organized by the UAE Athletics Federation, proved a high profile event with the participation of over 15,000 runners of both sexes and varying age groups, and a huge crowd. Over 15,000 contesters, grouped into seven categories, competed for the Dh1 million prizes. A distinct feature of this year's exercise was the participation of international players for the ...  >>MORE

Zayed International Race takes-off on Thursday

Posted on 11/04/2006

This year's edition of Zayed International Race comes-off on Thursday with the participation of about 10,000 contestants, including UAE nationals and expatriates. The race, which is being held under the auspices of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the UAE Athletics Association, will start at the entrance of the Emirates Palace Hotel then through the Corniche Road and back to the starting point via the same route. A total cash prize of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Sports Council Set Up

Posted on 10/04/2006

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has ordered the creation of an Abu Dhabi Sports Council, to support the Emirate's sports clubs. A decree issued yesterday named Sheikh Hazaa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as chairman, and Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as deputy chairman, besides representatives of the Emirate's sports clubs of Al Ain, Gezira, Wahda, Bani Yas, and Al ...  >>MORE

UAE strong contender for world Athletics championship 2011

Posted on 03/04/2006

Major-General Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, Deputy Chief of Staff UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the UAE Athletics Association has attributed the UAE nomination to host the World Athletics Championship in 2011 to the vision of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as the support of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister to this sport, which has gained ground in the UAE. In a press ...  >>MORE

American pilot flies away with Abu Dhabi leg of Red Bull race

Posted on 19/03/2006

American pilot Kirby Chambliss won the Abu Dhabi leg of the World Series Red Bull Air Race yesterday afternoon, piping his compatriot and last year's overall winner Mike Mangold. It was a close fight between the two. Mangold had some rough luck, however, as his wing hit an Air Gate in the last round – pushing him to second position. Only a few hundred people were at the Corniche in Abu Dhabi yesterday after inclement weather forced the event to be postponed on Friday when thousands of ...  >>MORE

UAE art in Germany 2006 World Cup

Posted on 18/03/2006

Two UAE plastic artists will participate in the drawing of the Germany 2006 World Cup mascot. Mohammed Al Mendi and Obeid Surour are among the over 130 artists from various parts of the world, who will join hands and put their skills into action in drawing the mascot that will go round the world to promote the Mundial in Germany. Each artist would draw on the bear mascot an art work that symbolises his environment. In this regard, Al Mendi would be painting the national flags of the UAE and ...  >>MORE

Artificial reef promises surfers' paradise in Dubai

Posted on 12/12/2005

Surfing in Dubai will soon turn a reality with a massive artificial offshore reef being constructed in the Arabian Gulf. The multi-functional reef will not only promote the sport of surfing in the emirate but also protect the coastline in addition to improving marine life. The reef will span 73,000 square metres and will be 200 metres long. It will be built some 400 metres off the coast between Umm Suqeim and Burj Al Arab at an approximate cost of Dh9million. The construction, expected to ...  >>MORE

UAE produce a gallant show

Posted on 14/11/2005

Toronto- The UAE Ice Hockey team went down 8-9 against Canada's Legendary Hockey Heroes but not before winning the hearts of some 2000 spectators at the Brampton Centre here. Both teams were locked 6-6 before the final twenty minute play-off in a fiercely fought but entertaining exhibition match. The boys from the desert went all out from the word go with some deft stickwork and speed, but the more-experienced Canadians scored the first goal within the opening two minutes and add another ...  >>MORE

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Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid to hoist UAE flag at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games


Abu Dhabi Sports Council announces five-year strategy


Hamdan Bin Mohammed Programme for Sports Leadership Development launched


Mohammed Bin Rashid rewards Al-Shabab Club with Dh20 million


Zayed Charity Marathon held in New York


Zayed Charity Marathon to take place at New York City


Top competitors ready for Al Ain Dune Championships


Dubai Sports City capital doubled to US$4billion


Key Dubai Sports City facilities on target


Rogge impressed with Sports City


World's best to run RAK marathon


Gulf anti-doping and monitoring enterprise launched


Mousa's gold gives the UAE great eight


UAE wins first silver in the World Skills Olympics


Mohammed bin Rashid urges world family to promote Olympic values


UAE wins Asian Ice Hockey Championship


UAE Balloon Team achieves second place in Germany Balloon Festival


Dubai World supports UAE Special Olympics


Abu Dhabi plans richest cycling race in the world


Dubai Investments buys 50% of Al Qudra Sports


Saif bin Zayed receives UAE team


Dubai Marathon becomes world's richest race


UAE teams achieve tremendous success


US$1m cycling event in Abu Dhabi


UAE salutes the heroes


Fujairah Ruler honours UAE bodybuilding hero


UAE bowlers on a roll


Asian Games torch arrives tomorrow


Dubai Sports City awards Dh60-million STP contract


UAE Olympic star named Athlete Ambassador


Saeed on target as UAE strike gold in Asian event


Dubai sports clubs to have semi-Olympic swimming pools


EMAAR to launch Dubai's premier equestrian and polo facility


Mansour bin Zayed attends Zayed International Race


Zayed International Race takes-off on Thursday


Abu Dhabi Sports Council Set Up


UAE strong contender for world Athletics championship 2011


American pilot flies away with Abu Dhabi leg of Red Bull race


UAE art in Germany 2006 World Cup


Artificial reef promises surfers' paradise in Dubai


UAE produce a gallant show