Mansoor bin Mohammed: Dubai’s steady growth as a global sports hub has been made possible by the vision and strong support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and the considerable investments made in world-class infrastructure under his guidance
ICC T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup takes place for the first time in the Middle East
Dubai’s track record and infrastructure and its ability to facilitate internationally benchmark bio-secure bubbles make it one of the safest venues for global tournaments.
Over 2 billion viewers worldwide are expected to watch the T20 World Cup match on October 24 between India and Pakistan, one of the most exciting rivalries in global sport
Dubai recently hosted the final of the Indian Premier League, the richest cricket tournament in the world
Dubai, home of the International Cricket Council, is set to host the finals of the 2021 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup. The seventh edition of the world tournament, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East, strengthens the Dubai’s growing status as one of the world’s most important and safest destinations for international sporting events.
Dubai was chosen as the venue for the final of the 16-country tournament, featuring the world’s top cricket stars, due to its exceptionally successful record of hosting multi-stage global tournaments. In addition, its complete hotel and sanitary infrastructure as well as its ability to create the bio-secure bubbles of international reference necessary for the safe organization of a tournament as vast as the T20 Cricket World Cup have made it the place. ideal for the event.
His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, said: Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and the considerable investments made in world-class infrastructure under the guidance of Son Highness. Encouraging international sporting activity and developing infrastructure in this sector is a high priority for leadership and is an integral part of the drive to transform Dubai into the best city in the world in which to live and work.
“In addition to some of the best stadiums in the world for various sports, Dubai is home to leading coaching academies in all disciplines, which groom the international stars of the future, all of whom have made the emirate’s sports sector a one of the fastest growing in the world.
His Highness noted that the T20 Cricket World Cup is one of a series of mega sporting events for which Dubai has provided a safe place, amid the current exceptional global circumstances. The emirate’s ability to implement rigorous precautionary protocols and high vaccination rates have made it a preferred destination for international tournaments, he added.
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Vice President of the Dubai Sports Council, said: “The ICC T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup is the latest example of leading global sports organizations choosing Dubai as the venue for the international mega tournaments because of the world-class infrastructure and health. and the safety standards it offers. The generous support and encouragement given by Dubai’s leadership for the sports sector and the extensive infrastructure projects that have been implemented over the years have made Dubai a major destination in the international sports landscape. The strategic initiatives undertaken in Dubai to develop all aspects of sporting excellence have further strengthened Dubai’s position as a world leader in sports and allowed the sector to develop and prosper.
“In addition, the emirate’s exceptional success in combating the pandemic and its ability to provide a protected environment for multi-stage international tournaments make it one of the few destinations that the global sports community has confidence in, in current global circumstances. We are convinced that Dubai will continue to be a privileged place for major sporting events on the world stage, ”he added.
The 16-team ICC Twenty20 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14, 2021 features a total of 45 matches, of which 13 will be played in Dubai. Cricket fans around the world look forward to the second day of the Super 12 round of the ICC T20 World Cup when traditional rivals India and Pakistan renew their cricket rivalry in Dubai on October 24. India vs Pakistan is one of the most exciting rivalries in the sport, and with 90 percent of Southeast Asia’s billion cricket fans, the match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium is the biggest tournament discussion topic. The first match between two countries in more than two years, this match has aroused considerable interest among the more than 4 million people from India and Pakistan who call the UAE home. Tickets for the India-Pakistan match sold out in less than five hours. Over 2 billion viewers worldwide are expected to watch the competition on international channels.
The magnificent 25,000-seat Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai Sports City, the emirate’s state-of-the-art sports complex, will also be the venue for the Twenty20 World Cup final on November 14. Dubai is already a major hub for international cricket, home to the headquarters of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport’s governing body, and the ICC Academy, where emerging cricket stars are framed.
In 2021, with many sporting events canceled across the world due to the pandemic, Dubai has emerged as one of the safest venues for global tournaments. The annual Dubai World Cup, hosted by the Dubai Racing Club, was among the top ten sporting events in the world in the first quarter of 2021. Major events held by Dubai this year include the 32nd Omega Desert Classic Golf Tournament, the UAE Tour , the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying rounds, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the 6th Ironman 70.3 Dubai, the 2021 ASBC Asian Elite Men and Women Boxing Championships and the PUBG Mobile Global Championship. The Australian Open tennis qualifying rounds took place in Dubai, in addition to the Hankook 24H Dubai, and the prestigious Al Marmoom Ultramarathon. On October 15, Dubai hosted the final of the 2021 edition of the multibillion-dollar Indian Premier League (IPL), the richest cricket tournament in the world.
Dubai’s prime location and exceptional infrastructure have also made it a favorite spot for international athletes to train ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Over the coming months, Dubai will also host more than 30 international sporting events, notably the men’s and women’s rugby World Cup qualifiers, the “Race to Dubai” final of the European Tour and the DP World Tour championship.
In addition to hosting 130 international sporting events, the city is home to more than 400 academies, which offer expert training in all kinds of sports, and more than 100 public and private sports clubs. Since the start of 2021, Dubai has hosted more than 70 training camps and friendlies for international teams in different sports including swimming, synchronized swimming, modern pentathlon, cycling, tennis, football, badminton , cricket, rugby, golf and more.
The sports sector’s contribution to Dubai’s economy exceeds AED 4 billion per year, according to recently released figures. Currently, more than 20,000 people are employed in the sector.