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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

Sheikh Ahmad to carry the UAE flag at Athens

Posted on 19/07/2004

Sheikh Ahmad Bin Hashr Al Maktoum will carry the UAE flag at the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games on August 13. This was announced by Ebrahim Abdul Malik, the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC) general secretary, at a press conference at the NOC premises in Dubai. The honour of carrying the UAE flag has been given to Sheikh Ahmad from the NOC board of directors for his achievements in shooting (trap and double trap) and the many successes he has achieved for the UAE by winning ...  >>MORE

Emirates Team in cruising mode

Posted on 13/07/2004

Emirates Team New Zealand are confident that their challenge for the 2007 America's Cup, the world's oldest sporting event, has gained a fresh impetus following its new global policy. Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said in Dubai yesterday: "Basically Emirates Team New Zealand, for its survival, had to become more international. Twelve months ago, we set out to bring together the best sailing skills and the best designed team, back them with the best support available ...  >>MORE

Hamdan honours sponsors of Al Jazira Club

Posted on 12/07/2004

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, honoured in Abu Dhabi yesterday a number of private sector institutions and firms in appreciation of their support for the programmes and activities of the Al Jazira Sports and Cultural Club for the 2003/2004 season. Sheikh Hamdan, who is also the Honorary Chairman of the Club, honoured the institutions in a short ceremony held at the Al Bateen palace, in the presence of a large number of ...  >>MORE

Zayed offers Dh 600,000 for national sports teams

Posted on 04/07/2004

H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has donated Dh 600,000 for the first national teams for basketball, volleyball and handball in support of UAE participation in the GCC championship scheduled in Qatar from December 16 to 28. The Championship will be held on the sideline of the 17 GCC football tournaments in Doha. The donation underlines Sheikh Zayed's care and support for youths and sports sectors. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa honours Al Qubaisi

Posted on 30/06/2004

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces expressed confidence in the capabilities of UAE athletes in achieving championships and achievements at local, regional and international standards, noting the international accomplishment achieved by the UAE Bowler Mohammed Khalifa Al Qubaisi in winning the World Bowler Masters championship, which was held recently in Moscow. Sheikh Khalifa made the remark during his meeting ...  >>MORE

Qubaisi wins world bowler masters championship

Posted on 27/06/2004

The UAE bowler Mohammed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, yesterday won the World Bowler Masters championship held in Moscow between 22 to 26 June 2004. Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Bowling Association, dedicated the gold bowler masters medal won by Qubaisi to President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and to H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, as well as other Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates and ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline to sponsor Team New Zealand

Posted on 15/06/2004

Auckland: Emirates announced that the airline will support Team New Zealand in its challenge for the next edition of the America's Cup, the world's premier yacht racing event. This new major sponsorship propels Emirates to the front row of the sailing world, in the same way that its sponsorship of Chelsea Football Club and its status as Official FIFA Partner of the 2006 World Cup Germany have made the airline a major player in football. Emirates Team New Zealand - as the syndicate will be ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed voted Sports Personality of the year 2004

Posted on 13/06/2004

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, has been voted Al Ittihad's Sports Personality of the Year 2004. Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of the Al Ain Club and of the Club's Honorary Authority, polled 78 per cent of the total votes conducted by the Abu Dhabi-based Al Ittihad Arabic daily. He scored the highest vote for leading his club to win the UAE national league for three consecutive years, the ...  >>MORE

Abdullah Mijren steals the show

Posted on 09/06/2004

Overnight leader Abdullah Mijren kept his poise and calm to shoot a steady final round of 24 to win the top honours in the Travco Grand Prix shooting competition held at the Nad Al Sheba shooting range yesterday. Abdullah Mijren, who had finished with a tally of 70 from 75 targets on the opening day on Monday, added another 46 from two more rounds yesterday to keep a slender three-point margin from the trio of his two brothers Hamad Mijren and Saeed Mijren and Muhair Suwaidan. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Khalifa pledges full support for sports

Posted on 31/05/2004

The UAE government will spare no effort to support sports and sportsmen to unleash the energies of the young generations to serve their homeland, according to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. 'The UAE, under the leadership of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is striving to make more achievements in sports through establishment of modern sports facilities and provision of high quality ...  >>MORE

UAE signs Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping

Posted on 26/05/2004

The UAE has become the 22nd Asian signatory to the Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping in Sport when Education Minister Ali Abdul Aziz Al Sharhan signed the document in Dubai yesterday. The Copenhagen Declaration is a non-binding document through which governments have signalled their acceptance of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Anti-Doping Code and their intention to formally accept and implement the Code. Al Sharhan said the signing of the Declaration stands as a proof of the ...  >>MORE

State-of-the-art drag racing facility in Dubai

Posted on 12/05/2004

The latest addition to Dubailand is the first class Al Emarat Sports World that will encompass some of the world's top sports and entertainment in a leisure filled project that will be located in the facility. Al Emarat Sports World will be Dubailand's first-ever internationally orientated facility in the region to host drag racing. The Dh360 million project is a state-of-the-art facility that will incorporate world-class drag racers. The main aim of Al Emarat Sports World is to generate ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed chosen best Arab Sports Personality 2003

Posted on 11/04/2004

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Crown Prince and Armed Forces Chief of Staff, was today voted as the Best Arab Sports Personality 2003 by Arab Sports commentators and Reporters. Sheikh Mohammed, the honorary Chairman of Al Ain Club, came first in an opinion poll run by the Egyptian Al Mehwar Satellite channel in recognition of his leadership that led to the Al Ain Club's victory in the Asia cup for the first time in the history of the UAE football as well as ...  >>MORE

Ras al-Khaimah focus on sports

Posted on 14/03/2004

The northern Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah is aiming for a larger share of the growing tourism market in the UAE with the establishment of several sporting and recreational facilities. This initiative will receive a major boost with the introduction of a 15,000 square foot bowling alley by Engineer Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Member of Board of the General Civil Aviation Authority. The bowling alley is ...  >>MORE

UAE cyclists hit gold mine

Posted on 10/03/2004

Cyclists from the UAE hogged the limelight on the concluding day of the GCC Cycling Championships held at Mamzar. The home team riders won both the races in the seniors and the juniors on the final day of the competition. Taking top honours in the seniors was Tariq Obaid when he covered the distance of 123.2kms with a time of 3 hours, 09.23 minutes. Al Marwi, who led right from the start, had a time of 1 hour, 08.33 minutes. It was a fantastic race for the youngster from Emarat Club, Ras Al ...  >>MORE

UAE's first international kite buggying event to be held from Friday

Posted on 03/03/2004

It's a game of survival. Where wits, skill and endurance are pitted against the beautiful, but harsh dunes and the unpredictable winds. Where parched lips and a dehydrated body could prove fatal. Where a wrong judgement call in navigation could mean being lost for hours. Where to complete the run — even as the last person is in — means success. It's been a long wait — almost too long for kite buggy enthusiasts in the UAE — but it's finally here. The UAE Desert Kite Buggy Challenge, the ...  >>MORE

Dubai to establish Dh7b Sports City to aim for 2016 Olympics

Posted on 02/03/2004

Dubai on Monday unveiled an ambitious project to develop the Dh7 billion Dubai Sports City, the world's first multi purpose-designed sports city. The Dubai Sports City, scheduled to be completed within four years, will be spread over a 4.6-million-square-metre area as a cornerstone project of Dubailand, a 185 million-square-metre project. Dubai Sports City has received the endorsements of some of the leading names in sports industry as South African ace golfer Ernie Els, Manchester United's ...  >>MORE

Thuraf Al Emarat impresses

Posted on 21/02/2004

Thuraf Al Emarat Club from Abu Dhabi dominated Round One of the UAE Team Kata and Kumite Karate Championships which got underway at the Al Nasr Club yesterday. The Thuraf Al Emarat karatekas were in awesome form notching convincing wins in the men's and under-18 boy's Kumite category yesterday. The fighters from Abu Dhabi got the better of Ajman Club in the men's Kumite, while they had an easy outing against Al Arabi Club, Sharjah in the boy's under-18. Yesterday's opening round was the ...  >>MORE

Tour d'Emirates set to roll today

Posted on 18/02/2004

Nearly 100 cyclists from around the world will pedal off from along the Bani Yas Street in the heart of Dubai for the Prologue of the fourth Tour d'Emirates at 3.30pm today. The Tour d'Emirates, last held in 1998 and then discontinued due to lack of sponsors, will be run over 730kms of the most demanding terrain of the UAE. "It's a good sign to have the Tour back on track," beamed Sheikh Faisal bin Humaid Al Qasimi, chairman of the Arab Cycling Federation and the UAE Cycling Federation. The ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed hits bulls-eye with Asian gold

Posted on 18/02/2004

The UAE's Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum landed yet another shooting gold and then renewed his vitriol against the sports governing bodies in the country. "It is more than 13 months that I qualified to represent the UAE at the Athens Olympic Games. What have the sports organisations in the UAE done to support me?" Sheikh Ahmed questioned. Sheikh Ahmed struck gold in the double trap after picking up a silver in the trap at the Asian Shooting Championship, which concluded in Kuala ...  >>MORE

Sports and Youth Authority endorses new statute for UAEFF

Posted on 15/02/2004

The Board of the General Authority for Sports and Youth yesterday endorsed the new statute of the UAE Football Federation, UAEFF. Meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. Ali Abdul Aziz Al Shirhan, Minister of Education and Youth, the Board said it would call for the UAEFF general assembly to convene for the election of the new board for the next four years. Sultan Saqr Al Suweidi, UAEFF Secretary General, said that some changes had been included in the new statute as a result of the symposium ...  >>MORE

UAE set to become Gulf's wrestling hub

Posted on 09/02/2004

The World Wrestling Championship, housed in a huge purpose-built arena at Al Muraqqabat Street, sees a large number of visitors daily. This sport championship is among the highest recognitions in the world of international wrestling, and the arena in Dubai is host to a unique concept. The good news for all wrestling fans, and even for aspiring wrestlers themselves, is that this is slated to now be an annual event, and like all things in the UAE, will soon grow to challenge the largest in the ...  >>MORE

UAE cyclists have their feet on the pedal

Posted on 03/02/2004

Be it with his responsibility as the director of the Ruler's Office for the Government of Ras Al Khaimah, or more sportingly as the chairman of the Arab and UAE Cycling Federations, Sheikh Faisal shows a commitment rarely seen before. "It's my love for the sport of cycling," Sheikh Faisal smiles in an informal chat with Gulf News as the country prepares to put the final touches for a brand new edition of the revived Tour d'Emirates. "We've waited a long time for this moment," he states. As ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Maitha to lead UAE team to Taipei

Posted on 01/02/2004

UAE champion Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed Al Maktoum will lead the ladies karate team at the 8th Asian Karate Federation Championship to be held in Chinese Taipei later this week. The nine-member UAE contingent is expected to leave in three groups today and tomorrow. Essa Saif, general secretary of the UAE Judo, Taekwondo and Karate Federation will depart early today along with the team's technical manager, Sameer Juma. The four members of the national squad - Sheikha Maitha, Tahani Al ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Maitha fights her way to double crown in kumite event

Posted on 24/01/2004

The UAE's best woman fighter Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed Al Maktoum bagged a double at the UAE National karate championship, which was held at the Al Nasr Club's indoor courts yesterday. In one of her rare appearances in a 'kumite' competition, Sheikha Maitha's superiority of technique and style showed as both her opponents - Asma Khalid in the Open category and Tahani Al Muhairi in the 60kgs - had no answer to a series of roundhouse kicks and reverse jabs from the UAE national and GCC ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed Arab sports personality of 2003

Posted on 04/01/2004

A renowned Egyptian magazine has elected, in an opinion poll, Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Crown Prince and Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, the Arab Sports Personality of the year. The Al Ahram Al Arabi magazine said the selection of Sheikh Mohammed, who is also Chairman of the Honorary Board of Al Ain Sports Club, was in appreciation of his role in supporting the sports in the UAE and his Club, the first soccer team in the country to win the Asian ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed excels again on global stage

Posted on 20/10/2003

Five gold medals were on offer on the world stage, and the UAE can proudly boast of owning three of these. And all this for the sheer grit, determination and hard work of Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum. "It has been tough, but well worth the effort," Sheikh Ahmed beamed after arriving early on Saturday with the ultimate prize from the World Cup final held in Rome last week. The shooting championship comprises of five major competitions - namely four World Cups and an end of season ...  >>MORE

Al Qubaisi lead men’s division after five rounds

Posted on 30/09/2003

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Mohammed Khalifa Al Qubeisi of the UAE scored 1,121 points in five game sot lead the men's division after Sunday's opening round of the AMF Bowling World Cup. Al Qubeisi who won the 1988 bowling championship ranged between games of 183 and 258 to average a 224.20 overall. More than 170 players from 81 countries are in the Honduran capital for the 39th annual instalment of the amateur bowling world championship. (The Associated Press, AP) ...  >>MORE

UAE boys turn the tables on Morocco

Posted on 13/09/2003

Even the most die-hard UAE fan would not have anticipated what they actually witnessed in the final of the Pan-Arab schools volleyball championship. Hosts UAE came up with a disciplined and determined display to batter piping-hot favourites Morocco 3-0 and emerge champions in this inaugural edition of the 10-team championship on Thursday evening. In was a re-match between the group leaders Morocco and runners-up UAE, whose first meeting had ended with a 3-0 win in favour of the visitors. This ...  >>MORE

UAE get nod for Asian competition

Posted on 10/09/2003

The annual congress of the Asian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) has awarded the hosting of the 18th Asian Senior Women's and 37th Asian Senior Men's Weightlifting Championship to the UAE. The two-day annual congress of the AWF concluded in Qinhuangdao city of China yesterday with all the members present unanimously voting for the UAE in hosting such a prestigious competition. "It's such a thrilling moment to see the UAE getting the approval of the AWF," Colonel Abdul Kareem from the Emirates ...  >>MORE

Top boxers to descend on Dubai

Posted on 10/09/2003

The UAE's biggest ever boxing extravaganza is slated to be held at the Aviation Club's tennis stadium on December 11. Though originally eyeing a full card of six fights in the second week of November, Dennis Miller of Golden Globe Promotions Inc. decided to postpone the great night to December 11. Presently, the American promoter has put together a six-card fight, including four heavyweight match-ups. "Of the four heavyweight fights, two will be top class featuring Tim Witherspoon and ...  >>MORE

Ahmed clinches bronze in Italy

Posted on 02/09/2003

Sheikh Ahmed Hasher Al Maktoum drew on all his battling qualities to come through a tough Italian test with flying colours, clinching a bronze medal in the Beretta Cup trap event held in Lonato on Sunday. Sheikh Ahmed, who has already qualified for the Athens Olympics on the strength of his gold medal winning performance in the New Delhi World Cup earlier this year, needed to fight against all odds to beat a strong field to 375 shooters in this season-ending event in Italy. Sheikh Ahmed flew ...  >>MORE

UAE Bowling Federation registers a historic move

Posted on 25/08/2003

The UAE's Rahma Mubarak will take a historic step when she rolls out at the AMF World Cup to be held in Honduras at the end of next month. The lady bowler's participation at the world event to be held from September 27 to October 4 was confirmed by Humaid Khalifa Al Suwaidi, general secretary of the Emirates Bowling Federation (EBF). Rahma Mubarak had participated at the World Championship hosted by the UAE in the capital in 1999. She is presently taking part at the UAE Bowling Championships ...  >>MORE

UAE perched for historical take-off into hockey realm

Posted on 05/08/2003

This is history in the making. Despite the fact that it has taken a historically long time of over two decades for such a thing to materialise. The UAE's first-ever team of national hockey players will depart in the early hours tomorrow for a one-week tour of Pakistan. "It's better late than never. Today is a day to celebrate," remarked tour co-ordinator, Raza Abidi as the 22 youngsters gathered to meet Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum, the patron of the UAE Hockey Committee. "It's going ...  >>MORE

UAE's Al Mutaiwi powers into second spot in Zaragoza

Posted on 22/07/2003

Khalifa Al Mutaiwi of the UAE did himself and his country proud when he clinched the second spot in the Baja Aragon of Spain over the weekend. Faced with some stiff competition from the 126 cars and 135 motos and quads, Victory Rally Team's Al Mutaiwi partnered P. Tiefenbach to drive his BMW X5 into the second best position, according to a press release from the Emirates Motor Sports Federation (EMSF). The UAE driver started slowly as he managed a respectable sixth position at the end of the ...  >>MORE

Abbas clinches historic first medal for UAE

Posted on 15/07/2003

Mohammed Abdullah Abbas won the first medal for the UAE at the international level when he clinched the bronze medal in the triple jump at the third IAAF World Youth Championships held in Sherbrooke, Canada from July 9-13. This is the first medal for the UAE at the World level in the 27 years of existence of the UAE Athletics Federation. Abbas jumped 15.55 metres in the finals held on Sunday on the final day of championship. The UAE champion bettered his jump in the final which helped him to ...  >>MORE

Dubai's first fencing club trains 20 men and women in an ancient royal sport

Posted on 23/06/2003

It looked like a scene straight out of the Three Musketeers. People dressed in white knee length breeches, protective padded jackets, long white socks and face masks were fighting duels with long pointed swords. Calls of touche could be heard. But this was not a movie – these were real duels, happening right here in Dubai. The Dubai Fencing Club was holding its first fencing competition at the Jumeirah Beach Club. "The Dubai Fencing Club opened in October 2002 with the support of Gargash ...  >>MORE

UAE's Oqab shines in Arab bowling

Posted on 18/06/2003

The UAE's Naif Oqab won the singles gold medal at the Second Arab Cup Bowling Championship 2003 held in Qatar earlier this week. The competition, which commenced in Doha on June 14, had the 22-year-old Oqab totalling a comfortable pinfall of 1,253 to walk away with the top honours. Normally a late starter, Oqab's game blossomed in his fifth visit to the alley when he bowled a high game of 245. Bowlers from Qatar were a constant threat to Oqab, but he managed to keep them at bay and walked away ...  >>MORE

Ahmed quits with a heavy heart

Posted on 27/05/2003

Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum, who placed the UAE on the world shooting map with a string of exploits on the international circuit, has decided to quit the sport "as a professional" with immediate effect. "I am retiring with a heavy heart since I feel I am going through a dark tunnel with the country's sports authorities," Sheikh Ahmed, the current World Cup trap gold medallist, told newsmen yesterday. "All these seven years since I won the first medal in a Gulf championship, I ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Butti honoured at CISM meeting

Posted on 14/05/2003

Sheikh Butti bin Maktoum Al Maktoum inaugurated yesterday the 58th International Military Sports Council (CISM) General Assembly and Congress at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The event was attended by Saeed bin Mohammed Al Kindy, Federal National Council Speaker, Lt. General Dr. Mohammed bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Interior, Sultan Saqr Al Suwaidi, General Secretary of General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, and top officials of the UAE Armed Forces and delegates from 80 member countries in ...  >>MORE

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Sheikh Ahmad braces for Athens with Masters Cup


Sheikh Ahmad to carry the UAE flag at Athens


Emirates Team in cruising mode


Hamdan honours sponsors of Al Jazira Club


Zayed offers Dh 600,000 for national sports teams


Sheikh Khalifa honours Al Qubaisi


Qubaisi wins world bowler masters championship


Emirates airline to sponsor Team New Zealand


Sheikh Mohammed voted Sports Personality of the year 2004


Abdullah Mijren steals the show


Khalifa pledges full support for sports


UAE signs Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping


State-of-the-art drag racing facility in Dubai


Mohammed bin Zayed chosen best Arab Sports Personality 2003


Ras al-Khaimah focus on sports


UAE cyclists hit gold mine


UAE's first international kite buggying event to be held from Friday


Dubai to establish Dh7b Sports City to aim for 2016 Olympics


Thuraf Al Emarat impresses


Tour d'Emirates set to roll today


Sheikh Ahmed hits bulls-eye with Asian gold


Sports and Youth Authority endorses new statute for UAEFF


UAE set to become Gulf's wrestling hub


UAE cyclists have their feet on the pedal


Sheikha Maitha to lead UAE team to Taipei


Sheikha Maitha fights her way to double crown in kumite event


Mohammed bin Zayed Arab sports personality of 2003


Sheikh Ahmed excels again on global stage


Al Qubaisi lead men’s division after five rounds


UAE boys turn the tables on Morocco


UAE get nod for Asian competition


Top boxers to descend on Dubai


Ahmed clinches bronze in Italy


UAE Bowling Federation registers a historic move


UAE perched for historical take-off into hockey realm


UAE's Al Mutaiwi powers into second spot in Zaragoza


Abbas clinches historic first medal for UAE


Dubai's first fencing club trains 20 men and women in an ancient royal sport


UAE's Oqab shines in Arab bowling


Ahmed quits with a heavy heart


Sheikh Butti honoured at CISM meeting