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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

UAE team set to cut the ice at Canada's Hall of Fame

Posted on 13/11/2005

Toronto, Canada: The UAE national ice hockey team were yesterday set to make their debut in an exhibition match against Canada's legendary Hockey Heroes. "The match is going to be tough, but the UAE team members are in high spirits," said Abdul Razak Al Khajah, General Secretary of the UAE Ice Hockey Association at a reception at Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame. Al Khajah said the UAE team is determined to join the elite ranks of professional ice hockey. "It is a dream coming here and to be ...  >>MORE

Sponsors all keyed up for World Cup in Dubai

Posted on 13/11/2005

With barely a week to go for the Dubai Calibre 2005 event, things are definitely looking up for the sponsors who are all excited to support the first-ever World Cup shooting championship here. The ISSF World Cup final will be held in Dubai under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum from November 19-25. Dubai Calibre 2005 will host some of the best shooters from more than 30 countries around the world including the Arab nations of Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt. (The Gulf ...  >>MORE

Dubai Sports City will construct country’s largest stadium

Posted on 19/09/2005

Dubai Sports City yesterday announced the development of the UAE's largest stadium that will have a seating capacity of 65,000 spectators, a top Dubailand official said. "In response to General Sheikh Mohammad's Vision, Dubailand and Dubai Sports City (DSC) have decided to expand one of the large stadia, from its existing capacity of 35,000 spectators to 65,000,” Salem Bin Dasmal, chief executive of Dubailand, told Gulf News yesterday. The UAE's largest stadium, with a seating capacity of ...  >>MORE

DIFC Sponsors UAE Pilots at Jet World Masters

Posted on 01/08/2005

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) confirmed that it is sponsoring the UAE Jet team competing at the Jet World Masters event in Hungary between 30th July and 6th August. he Jet World Masters is the acknowledged leading event in the world for Remote Control airplanes and will involve 89 competitors from 30 countries. Up to 350 team members will be involved in impressing the international judges using the very latest high tech machines capable of speeds of up to 300 Kmh. he UAE ...  >>MORE

Ahmad shatters own record in shooting

Posted on 21/07/2005

UAE's Olympic champion Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum bettered his own mark of 189 points with a new record of 192 at the shooting World Cup in Belgrade last night. Sheikh Ahmad's visits to the range during three preliminary rounds at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup resulted in scores of 48, 49 and 48 points. In the final round, which takes place between the best six shooters in the field, Sheikh Ahmad scored another 47 points to get the magical total ...  >>MORE

DSC awards Stadia Piling to Mideast Foundations

Posted on 14/06/2005

Dubai Sports City (DSC) on Monday awarded the contract for the piling works for the cricket and multi-purpose outdoor stadia to Middle East Foundations Group (LLC). The stadia will be located within the downtown area of DSC, the world's first integrated purpose-built sports city. The design and construction of the piling works will take 90 days and began on June 1. During this time 750 workers and almost 100 drilling rigs, cranes, load testing and heavy lifting equipment will construct ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium to be expanded

Posted on 13/04/2005

Al Jazeera Sports Club will implement in May a Dh.200 million project for expansion of the club's facilities, including the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. In a press conference held in Abu Dhabi yesterday to highlight the ambitious project's master plan, Murshid Thani Al Rumaithi, the club's board member and chairman of the development committee, thanked President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme ...  >>MORE

UAE team in Canberra

Posted on 19/03/2005

The UAE team led by Abdul Aziz Nasser Hussain prepares to take part in the annual Ballooning Festival in Canberra, Australia, being held from March 12 to 21. Fifty-two teams from Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Holland and the UAE are taking part in the event organised by the Australian Ballooning Association. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Multinational field expected for Dubai Marathon

Posted on 29/12/2004

The biggest and richest long-distance running event of its kind in the UAE, the 2005 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, will provide a multinational field of runners with a track that takes them past some of the most famous landmarks in the city. Held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, the marathon will see the runners set off and finish under the shadows of the Emirates Towers and the Dubai World Trade Centre ...  >>MORE

Special Olympics 2006 to be staged in UAE

Posted on 21/12/2004

The UAE will stage the fifth edition of the Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in November 2006. More than 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities will take part in 10 different sporting events. At least six hundred athletes took part in the fourth edition of the Olympics in Tunisia this year. Athletes from 17 Middle East countries and Iran participated in Tunisia. The UAE event has been given the title Zayed Al Khaier. The announcement was made at a press conference ...  >>MORE

Dubai to host global run

Posted on 30/11/2004

Samsung Electronics, title sponsor of the Samsung Running Festival 2004, has announced plans to bring the global running to the Middle East, it was confirmed yesterday. The event will be organised in Dubai on December 17, in collaboration with the UAE National Olympic Committee, Athletics Federation and Red Crescent comprising two different categories- 10km and 3km charity run, and will be flagged off from the Dubai World Trade Centre grounds. The revenues will be donated to the UAE Red ...  >>MORE

UAE Armed Forces' Club honours Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher

Posted on 01/11/2004

Under the patronage of Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Crown Prince and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE Armed Forces Club has hosted a ceremony last night, during which it has honoured Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum, UAE Olympic gold medallist, who won the double-trap gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. On his arrival to the Club premises, the Olympic hero was received by Major-General Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, Head of Supply ...  >>MORE

Inline for success

Posted on 31/10/2004

Serious fun. that's what inline skating at the Marina skate park, Dubai, is. Plus, it is a fantastic and exciting way to get in shape. On a Thursday afternoon, the Dubai Marina skate park is as frantic as a Sheikh Zayed road at rush hour. Around 30 baggy-trousered urban sportsters slide past each other at alarming speeds. Two tribes share the park. Most kids are on skateboards, but there are also a handful of rollerbladers or inline skaters. "We are not at war with each other," says Feras ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed stages a come-back to active sports

Posted on 27/10/2004

UAE Olympic gold medallist, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum has rescind his decision to call it quit from active sport. He said the latest decision followed calls from a number of sheikhs and that he is back to the game again. Sheikh Hasher, who won the double-trap gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, called it quits soon after returning home from the international event citing lack of sufficient support for the sport. The Olympic Gold medallist has disclosed a new strategy for ...  >>MORE

Zayed grants Dh5m to Ahmad

Posted on 13/10/2004

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan has ordered a sum of Dh5 million to Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum, in recognition for his shooting gold medal at the Athens Olympics. The announcement was made by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of President's Office, after a meeting with Sheikh Ahmad. Sheikh Ahmad clinched the gold in the Double Trap shooting during the Athens Olympics. Sheikh Ahmad shot his way into the history books on August 17 when he ...  >>MORE

Al Buloushi adds third gold to his name

Posted on 09/10/2004

The UAE added another five medals on the concluding day of the track and field in the handicapped category of the 10th Pan Arab Games here. The UAE won a gold and silver in two separate categories of the 200 metres through Omar Al Buloushi and Hassan Ali Al Za'al during the morning session. In the afternoon, the UAE throwers came up with a creditable effort to add another three medals, including a gold through Ahmad Mohammad Al Shaibani in the F55 category. Al Shaibani heaved the discus to ...  >>MORE

Ali gives UAE another gold

Posted on 05/10/2004

Algiers: The UAE added one more gold and a bronze to their tally with a strong performance on the final day of sprint races at the 10th Pan Arab Games yesterday. In the 200-metre sprint, Badr Ali finished ahead of Saudi Arabia's Habib Shiba, while teammate Tariq Obaid came in third by defeating Libya's Wael Al Kandoz. The UAE has an overall tally of 13 medals including three golds, three silver and seven bronze medals. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

UAE add two bronze medals

Posted on 02/10/2004

Algiers: The UAE added two more medals to their tally of nine at the 10th Pan Arab Games being held here. The UAE won the bronze medal in the women's 10-metre air pistol discipline through Shamma Al Muhairi at the Police Training Academy in Harrach on the outskirts of Algiers yesterday. In the 50-metre freestyle swimming for men Ayoub Malallah clinched the bronze with a time of 23.51 seconds. Competition was tough between the top shooters, but Al Muhairi's horrible fourth round visit of 87 ...  >>MORE

Ahmed contributes to Charity works

Posted on 02/10/2004

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum, first UAE Olympic gold medallist, will embark on a charity work during the holy month of Ramadan. Sheikh Ahmed, who won the first Olympic gold medal for his country in the double-trap shooting event during the Athens Olympic Games, will avail himself in some specific shopping malls twice a week throughout the month of Ramadan, during which he will sign autographs, snap pictures with his fans and present T-shirt bearing his photo all for AED50,with the revenue ...  >>MORE

Khalfan's win big boost for UAE

Posted on 29/09/2004

Algiers: Ali Khalfan Ali's historic medal in boxing at the Pan Arab Games has opened the doors to a world of opportunities for boxers in the country. "With Ali's bronze medal, we can look forward to a challenging future for the sport in the UAE," said his Romanian coach Morovan Viorel. "This is only the start, things will get better once we start getting some experience under our belts," promised Ali Khalfan. The UAE had entered four boxers, but only Ali Khalfan reached the semifinal stage ...  >>MORE

UAE make boxing history

Posted on 28/09/2004

The UAE won a historic bronze medal in the boxing competition at the 10th Pan Arab Games yesterday. Abu Dhabi fighter Ali Khalfan Ali secured the medal despite losing to his Iraqi opponent Seraga Sabih Mehdi in the 57kg weight category. Mehdi progressed to the final after the referee stopped the contest in the second round. This is the first time that the UAE has won any medal in international boxing. Sheikh Hamed Bin Khadim Bin Butti Al Hamed, President of the UAE Boxing Association, ...  >>MORE

Sabak pedals to first gold for UAE

Posted on 27/09/2004

Algiers: Cyclist Hameed Mehrab Sabak secured for the UAE a long-overdue gold medal in the men's 30km individual pursuit at the 10th Pan Arab Games late on Saturday. Hameed rode a tactically perfect race to overcome a combined challenge from Egypt's Jaad Abdul Aziz and Abdul Muktalab. "I think I made my move at the right time and accelerated on the final lap to gain some precious time," Sabak said. That tactic paid off as Abdul Aziz and Muktalab were left in second and third places ...  >>MORE

UAE off to a promising start

Posted on 26/09/2004

The UAE had their best-ever starts when they landed two medals on the opening day of the 10th Pan Arab Games in Algeria yesterday. The UAE's first medal came in the women's cycling when young Maitha Hassan powered her way to the silver medal in the 15kms road race in Rouiba, some 25kms outside the capital. Maitha Hassan tagged the front pack of cyclists and made a late surge for the finish line to miss out on the gold medal by a split of a second. Coming in first was Algeria's Huda ...  >>MORE

UAE’s Khalifa wins shotput silver at Paralympics

Posted on 21/09/2004

UAE's Mane Abdulla Khalifa won the silver medal in the men's shotput at the Paralympics in Athens. UAE's Mohammed Humaid and Khalfan and Juma Salem are taking part in the discus throw. Ahmed Eassa Yaboub will be trying his best in the 100 meter sprint while Ali Qumbar and Jassim Al Naqbi will be in the 200 meters. The Paralympic Games are being held from September 17 to September 28. (The Gulf Today) ...  >>MORE

Ahmad in tune for World Cup

Posted on 19/09/2004

The UAE's Olympic champion Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum has been busy preparing himself for the World Cup Finals to be held in Maribor, Slovenia from September 23-28. "It's a great honour to be representing my country at such a prestigious competition,” Sheikh Ahmad said. "All I need to do now is to practice in order to fine-tune my skills and then ensure that I successfully defend the title I won last year,” he added. Sheikh Ahmad won the World Cup Final in Rome last year ...  >>MORE

EMAAR to sponsor World Polo

Posted on 07/09/2004

The Arabian Ranches' Equine Centre lies at the heart of the new development and will be the only facility of its kind in the Middle East region to combine horse riding, polo, dressage and show jumping. (Press release) EMAAR's sponsorship of the prestigious 7th Polo World Championships at Chantilly Polo Club from September 9-19 will highlight the world-class equestrian facilities the property giant has put in place at its unique Arabian Ranches development. This is EMAAR's premier ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Maitha eyes Pan Arab Games

Posted on 06/09/2004

A day after successfully defending the GCC Karate title in Doha, Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum admitted the need for bigger and better exposure to the sport in the future. "We need to take bigger steps if we are to realise our dream of breaking onto the international stage," Sheikha Maitha told "Gulf News” at the VIP wing of Dubai Airport late on Saturday night. "However, at this stage, we need to be practical," Sheikha Maitha said. "We are champions at the GCC level ...  >>MORE

UAE Olympic gold medallist praises Zayed

Posted on 30/08/2004

UAE's Olympic gold medallist Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashar Al-Maktoum yesterday paid tributes to H.H President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his unstinted support to the youth and sports sector in the country. "The great honour bestowed upon me in Athens could not have been possible without the support of President Sheikh Zayed. He is the real driving force behind this achievement,” said Sheikh Hashar in a press conference. He also extended his gratitude to H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid ...  >>MORE

Mohammad: We will ensure the UAE can produce more sport champions

Posted on 28/08/2004

General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, reaffirmed his unstinted support to sport in the country as he welcomed UAE's Olympic gold medallist Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum at Dubai International Airport yesterday. "We are continually supporting sport so that the youth can achieve something for their country," Sheikh Mohammad said. Sheikh Ahmad's gold medal came in the Double Trap shooting at the Athens Olympics last week. ...  >>MORE

Street named after Olympic champion

Posted on 28/08/2004

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence today instructed Municipal authorities to rename one of Dubai's streets after the UAE's Olympic champion, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum. Sheikh Ahmed set an Olympic record by winning the first ever UAE Olympic gold medal in men's double trap. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Postage stamp to mark Sheikh Ahmad feat

Posted on 25/08/2004

A special postage stamp and telephone calling cards are planned to mark the arrival of the UAE's only Olympic gold medallist Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum. Sheikh Ahmad made history when won the men's Double Trap shooting at Athens last week to become the UAE's first Olympic gold medallist. Sheikh Ahmad is scheduled to return to the UAE at 5.30pm tomorrow on a special private plane at the VIP wing of the Dubai International Airport. Officials from the UAE National Olympic Committee ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher wins historic Olympic gold for UAE

Posted on 18/08/2004

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al-Maktoum made Olympic history when he won the first ever Olympic gold medal for the United Arab Emirates in the men's double trap shooting event in Athens yesterday. It is the first time that an athlete from the UAE wins an Olympic medal of any colour with a superb display of shooting at the Markopoulo Shooting Centre. The UAE marksman hit an Olympic record 144 of 150 clay pigeons in qualifying and 45 of 50 in the six-man final to take the gold with a final tally of ...  >>MORE

UAE Olympic Champion dedicates victory to Sheikh Zayed

Posted on 18/08/2004

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al-Maktoum, who tied an Olympic record in Athens yesterday by easily winning the gold medal in men's double trap, has dedicated the first ever UAE Olympic gold medal to H.H President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the emirates. He also dedicated his historic Olympic achievement to H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

Ahmad begins another assault

Posted on 17/08/2004

Following his near miss to win a medal in the men's trap on Sunday, the UAE shooter Sheikh Ahmad Bin Hasher Al Maktoum will be hoping to compensate when he competes in the Double Trap today. Sheikh Ahmad has been grouped with Hakan Dahlby (Sweden), William Chetcuti (Malta), Saleem Al Nasri (Oman) and Wang Zheng (China) in the second bunch of shooters at the Markopoulo Olympic Shooting Centre. The qualifying rounds for the double trap will start at 9am (10am UAE time) and go on till 1.30pm. ...  >>MORE

Medal eludes UAE’s Ahmad

Posted on 16/08/2004

Luck deserted the UAE's Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum just when he needed it most in the men's trap shooting final at Athens yesterday. However, a creditable fourth place finish in a sport that has little margin for error served as a reminder, if any were needed, that he is a true champion. But shortly after he missed winning the bronze by a solitary point Sheikh Ahmad fired a salvo at the UAE's sports authorities. "I'm disappointed, not at missing a medal, but at not receiving any ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmad's impressive display gives him sixth spot

Posted on 15/08/2004

UAE marksman Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum was placed sixth at the end of the first day of qualifying for the men's Trap event in Athens yesterday. After shooting three rounds of 25 targets each at the Markopoulo Olympic Shooting Centre, Sheikh Ahmad had registered a tally of 73 from 75 possible targets. Leading the qualifying competition was Giovanni Pellielo of Italy with a score of 74. Russian Alexei Alipov was second and Bret Erickson of the US third with 73. The UAE are also ...  >>MORE

IRC racing all set to take off this year

Posted on 11/08/2004

The UAE has once again shown a fresh initiative on the sporting scene with the floating of a brand-new sailing class called the IRC Class. The IRC Class - an idea mooted by DIMC managing director Saeed Hareb and DIMC Sailing Department Manager, Sid Bensalah - will come to life with the opening race for the eight-card Maktoum Offshore Sailing Trophy in the first week of October this year. The DIMC has been successfully pursuing an intense sailing programme for youngsters over the past five ...  >>MORE

Ahmad sharpens skills in Athens

Posted on 09/08/2004

Athens: The UAE shooter Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum brushed aside bureaucratic stumbling blocks to focus on his final preparations for the men's trap and double trap events at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, which opens on Friday. Sheikh Ahmad looked razor-sharp as he fired three rounds of 50 each at a total of 150 targets in preparation for the double trap qualifiers, which takes place on August 17. He also practiced for the trap event to be held on August 15. Reports from ...  >>MORE

Emirates backs Royal shooting for Olympic gold

Posted on 07/08/2004

Emirates Airline is giving the UAE's chances of winning an Olympic medal a boost by sponsoring Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum's participation in Athens 2004, the 28th Olympic Games starting on 13th August. Sheikh Ahmed, UAE's top-notch trap shooting gold medallist, yesterday boarded Emirates flight EK 105 to Athens on his quest for the first-ever Olympic medal for the UAE. His coach Raphael Ahmaduf and the manager to the UAE Olympic team Dr Abdulla Abdul Karim travelled ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmad braces for Athens with Masters Cup

Posted on 21/07/2004

The UAE's Sheikh Ahmad Mohammad Hashr Al Maktoum warmed up for the Athens Olympics in style by winning the Masters Cup trap-shooting tournament held in Czech Republic, earlier this week. The ace UAE shooter hit 73 of the possible 75 targets to edge out his nearest rival – an Indian – to clinch the top spot by one point. Sheikh Ahmad was also scheduled to compete in the double trap event before returning home later this week. Although the Czech event wasn't billed as a World Cup, it did ...  >>MORE

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UAE produce a gallant show


UAE team set to cut the ice at Canada's Hall of Fame


Sponsors all keyed up for World Cup in Dubai


Dubai Sports City will construct country’s largest stadium


DIFC Sponsors UAE Pilots at Jet World Masters


Ahmad shatters own record in shooting


DSC awards Stadia Piling to Mideast Foundations


Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium to be expanded


UAE team in Canberra


Multinational field expected for Dubai Marathon


Special Olympics 2006 to be staged in UAE


Dubai to host global run


UAE Armed Forces' Club honours Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher


Inline for success


Sheikh Ahmed stages a come-back to active sports


Zayed grants Dh5m to Ahmad


Al Buloushi adds third gold to his name


Ali gives UAE another gold


UAE add two bronze medals


Ahmed contributes to Charity works


Khalfan's win big boost for UAE


UAE make boxing history


Sabak pedals to first gold for UAE


UAE off to a promising start


UAE’s Khalifa wins shotput silver at Paralympics


Ahmad in tune for World Cup


EMAAR to sponsor World Polo


Sheikha Maitha eyes Pan Arab Games


UAE Olympic gold medallist praises Zayed


Mohammad: We will ensure the UAE can produce more sport champions


Street named after Olympic champion


Postage stamp to mark Sheikh Ahmad feat


Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher wins historic Olympic gold for UAE


UAE Olympic Champion dedicates victory to Sheikh Zayed


Ahmad begins another assault


Medal eludes UAE’s Ahmad


Sheikh Ahmad's impressive display gives him sixth spot


IRC racing all set to take off this year


Ahmad sharpens skills in Athens


Emirates backs Royal shooting for Olympic gold


Sheikh Ahmad braces for Athens with Masters Cup