From the sports section.
ABU DHABI, 14th May / WAM / For more than 17 years, Emirati sports witnessed a real boom at various levels during the era of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, who passed away yesterday, Friday.
Emirati sports during the era of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, received wide attention in line with the real renaissance that accompanied all branches of life in the country.
During his reign, Emirati sports witnessed a prosperous era of empowerment and leadership in terms of winning titles, hosting tournaments, supporting, developing and establishing sports facilities with international standards and features, as well as decisions that affected sports life in the UAE and won international recognition tremendously.
Since his election as President of the UAE on November 3, 2004, following the death of his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, “may God rest his soul”, sport has had its place and importance in the development plans of the state and the strategy of making its citizens and residents happy.
The UAE has become one of the advanced countries in the field of youth and athlete care, after the wise leadership provided all the auxiliary factors, under the directives of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, may God have mercy on him, for his belief in the importance of the youth component, as the real wealth in building the nation and its future.
There are many forms of interest in the sports aspect in the country between extending the important infrastructure in the various emirates and establishing facilities and facilities that serve the practice sector and the championship alike, and between supporting sports with professional systems, laws and regulations that contribute to raising the level of sports and athletes and motivate all residents within the UAE to practice sports And the pursuit of fair and strong competition in various sports.
During his reign, the state, may God have mercy on him, was keen on developing talents, nurturing and supporting them at various age levels, recruiting groups of the best international trainers and experts, and providing means of contact and gaining experience at home and abroad.
The UAE government, during his reign, may God have mercy on him, was also keen on providing the opportunity to practice women’s sports and providing opportunities for friction to pave the way for Emirati women’s participation in international tournaments, as well as the opportunity for residents and UAE-borns to participate in sports competitions. Their sports activity is no longer limited to practice away from the championship sector.
Law No. 29 of 2006 related to people of determination also contributed to emphasizing the great interest of our wise leadership in the “Knights of Will and Challenge” by providing them with a decent life without discrimination between groups of society.
Over the past years, Emirati sport has witnessed many features of this sporting development.
The Emirates News Agency, WAM, monitors a number of these features on more than one level, including:
Infrastructure and sports facilities.
Over the past years, the UAE, during the era of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, provided many world-class facilities that abound in the various emirates.
The certificate of success and appreciation for these facilities and infrastructure was not limited to the expressions of praise and praise they received from senior global sports officials, but also obtained a more realistic certificate of success by obtaining the right to host many tournaments in various games at the continental and global levels.
Among the most prominent sports facilities that were built or received a large share of modernization and development in the past years were ..
Zayed Sports City: After decades of its establishment and official opening in 1982, Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi has undergone major development and modernization processes to keep pace with changes in continental and international standards, especially since the city, which has an area of 12 million square feet, includes more than one facility, including a football stadium. The football stadium, which can accommodate more than 43,000 fans, as well as a complex of tennis courts and a skating rink.
In addition to the tournaments hosted by Zayed City in the past, these developments contributed to hosting more than one tournament in the past years, such as the Arab Gulf Cup in 2007, the Asian Football Cup in 2019, the FIFA Club World Cup in more than one version and the World Youth Cup in 2003.
Mohammed Zayed Stadium in Al Jazira Club in Abu Dhabi: This stadium, which was built and opened in 1980, underwent two renovations and modernizations in 2006 and 2009, with a capacity of more than 40,000 fans and participated in hosting many tournaments, including the 2019 Stadium Cup.
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain: It has a capacity of 25,000 fans. It was opened in 2014 and is characterized by distinguished international specifications that make it one of the best stadiums in the world.
Al Maktoum Stadium at Al Nasr Club: This stadium underwent a redesign as part of a comprehensive renovation prior to its reopening in 2019.
The clubs of Sharjah, Shabab Al Ahly and Al Wasl have also been developed with the latest facilities and modern technologies to host international tournaments.
Dubai Sports City: This city has undergone many development and modernization processes on a regular and continuous basis since its opening in 2004 to keep pace with the latest models and international standards. The city was built on an area of 50 million square feet and includes various sports facilities and facilities, including a world-class cricket stadium, hockey, rugby and golf fields, as well as hotels and various service facilities.
Zayed Complex: One of the important and modern sports facilities, where the cornerstone was laid in 2014 to be built on an area of more than 178,000 square meters.
Yas Circuit: The Yas Racing Circuit has become one of the most prominent racing circuits in the world, as it hosts annually one of the most important races in the Formula 1 World Championship, the Etihad Airways Grand Prix. This race with the circuit is attracting great global interest as it is the final round of the World Championship.
Hamdan Complex: This complex was opened in October 2010 and is considered a masterpiece of architecture and international sports by all standards. The complex won enormous international acclaim on the sidelines of the many tournaments it hosted, including the World Championships in Dubai in 2010.
Meydan City and the masterpiece of the tracks in Dubai: The largest horse racing track in the world was opened in Meydan in Dubai, and it is characterized by a wonderful international style, as the facility includes a huge hotel, a horse museum, exhibition halls, tennis and golf courts, which makes the “masterpiece of tracks” an integrated global sports icon.
Dubai Cycling Track: It was opened in 2013 and has international standards and features that make it a destination for the most prominent stars of cycling in the world and the seat of major championships.
Titles and Achievements: After our national football team qualified for the World Cup in Italy in 1990, and Al Ain Club won the AFC Champions League title in 2003, Emirates Sports witnessed in 2004 Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum winning a gold medal in archery at the Olympic Games in Athens to be The first gold medal for the UAE in the history of its participation in the Olympic Games, and the achievements of Emirati sports in various sports have continued, including the UAE team winning the Arabian Gulf Cup twice in 2007 in the UAE and 2013 in Bahrain. And the youth football team won the Asian Cup in Saudi Arabia in 2008, and the UAE Olympic team participated in the 2012 Olympics in London, to be the first participation of the UAE in the football competition in the Olympic tournaments, and Ahmed Khalil, the striker of Al-Ahly and the UAE team, won the award for the best player in Asia for the year 2015 and then Omar Abdul Rahman won “Amouri” the following year immediately with the same award.
Al Ain also won the second place and the silver medal in the World Club Championship in the UAE in 2018, one year after the Emirati Al Jazeera won fourth place in the same tournament in the 2017 edition.
In terms of hosting tournaments, the UAE has over the past years been appreciated and trusted by international sports authorities and federations, thanks to its organizational capabilities and world-class facilities.
With this, the UAE gained the confidence of the international community represented by many sports entities such as the International Football Association “FIFA” and the International Special Olympics, and the International Federations of Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Fencing, Karate, Rugby, weightlifting, rallying, Formula 1, equestrian and racing, as well as all the continental federations, which made it host Many tournaments such as..
AFC Asian Cup 2019.
The Club World Cup was held five times in 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018, and 2021, to become the most awarded country to host this tournament after Japan, which hosted the tournament and its idea from the beginning.
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship for all age groups in 2019.
Abu Dhabi has become the capital of the Jiu-Jitsu game in the world, as it hosted annually many tournaments in various categories, weights and ages, which qualified it to organize the largest international jiu-jitsu championships.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, may God have mercy on him, attached great importance to equestrian sports locally and globally, and directed the organization of many events and tournaments inside and outside the country, whether they were purebred Arabian horse races, endurance championships, horse beauty, or show jumping.
The races of His Highness the President’s Cup for purebred Arabian horses, the Dubai World Cup, the Racing Festival of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak International Cup for Women’s Endurance represented a milestone in the history of horse racing in the world. It is considered the largest in size and value for prizes, in addition to the diversity of its spread in various international horse tracks and fields, and its establishment on an ongoing basis.
Hosting the World Special Olympics in 2019.
Hosting the UFC World Championships in Martial Arts in several places, starting in 2010.
Hosting the final race of the Formula 1 World Championship annually since 2009.
Over the past years, the UAE has hosted many world championships in most world sports such as swimming, fencing, karate, physical strength, archery, golf, cricket, and muay thai combat.