9 billion dirhams, the contribution of sports to Dubai’s economy

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The sports sector in Dubai continued its rapid growth in the course of 2022, recording very positive numbers that reflect its development and its contribution to supporting the tourism and economic sector in general. Up to more than 9 billion dirhams annually, with a contribution rate of 2.3 %, and the sports sector supports the provision of 105 thousand jobs, which has been achieved through the great and continuous growth of the sports sector in all its aspects related to the sector of organizing sports events, as well as the sports industry and the increase in the number of participants And the audience in events and tournaments from within and outside the country and the growth of sports tourism.

Great model

The report indicated that the photos of the participation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, with more than 193,000 participants in the Dubai Running Challenge event as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge initiative on Sheikh Zayed Road in the heart of Dubai, which has become the largest A running track in the world, providing a great example of the status of sport in Dubai and the continued growth and achievement of many records on the area of ​​increasing awareness of the importance of sports and the number of practitioners of all kinds thanks to the governmental approach supporting sports and the availability of high-level facilities and organizational expertise capable of hosting and organizing the largest international tournaments and forums.

Distinguished hosts

The report confirmed that last year, Dubai hosted 103 international tournaments and 120 training camps for international teams and teams in various sports, including some of the teams participating in the Qatar World Cup 2022, and major European clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool, AC Milan, Olympique Lyonnais and others. And the report said: The year 2022 was distinguished as the year of sports par excellence in the UAE and the world by the strong return to the organization of all tournaments and the full return of the fans to attend the competitions in the stadiums . And the world, which has achieved significant growth in terms of participants, sports and audience numbers.

And the year 2022 saw a great growth in the number of prestigious annual sports events, crowned by the World Rowing Championship, the largest of its kind in the history of the world championship, and the “Dubai World” World Golf Championship, the largest of its kind in terms of tours, participants and awards, and the World Tennis League, who was born in Dubai, and participated in His first edition was attended by elite players and players in the world, and his competitions were seen by more than 42,000 spectators. and millions of viewers through 125 international channels, in addition to hosting two rounds of the World Beach Volleyball Championship and the eleventh edition of the Beach Soccer Confederation Cup.

The “Dubai Super Cup”, held in its first edition at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Al Nasr Club, was launched from December 8-16 last year during the 2022 World Cup, with the participation of Liverpool, Arsenal, Milan and Lyon. international tournaments at a rate of two per week. The number of companies registered in Dubai specialized in the field of organizing sports events and training camps increased to 700 companies, the number of different sports academies increased to 400, the number of fitness centers and specialized sports centers operated increased to 400 each increased. , and the number of clubs in Dubai has increased to 100 clubs. The number of sports in which events and tournaments are organized in Dubai has reached 55.

The year 2022 witnessed a significant increase in the number of training camps in Dubai for local and international teams and teams in various sports and Olympic and world champions throughout the year. In Dubai, which includes stadiums and integrated sports facilities, and has gained international fame. , international teams and clubs make it to the forefront of the destinations it visits annually for training and recreation.

Sports tourism

2022 saw a growth in the number of athletes and supporters from outside the country, as more than 31,000 athletes from outside the country participated in tournaments and events, and more than 713,000 supporters of different nationalities attended, of whom ‘ a large number came from outside the country. country, while the number of local events up to 165 local events, in which more than 1.77 million participants from 200 nationalities from all countries of the world took part, and was attended by more than 220 thousand fans, which is an important addition to the sports tourism represent sector. Dubai witnessed the organization of 12 sports conferences and exhibitions, the main ones being the 17th Dubai International Sports Conference and the 13th Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, which witnessed a distinguished and distinguished presence of international soccer stars. It also witnessed the historic reconciliation between Mohamed Salah and Sergio Ramos, and the image was the most widely distributed on the level. The number of events dedicated to women reached 58, with more than one event per week, while 31 eSports tournaments were held, testifying to great growth and the participation of international companies and athletes from outside the country.

Dubai destinations

The Dubai Sports Council has been eager to organize various sports events and tours in international and global championships in important areas of Dubai’s tourist destinations, including the Marmoum Reserve, Jumeirah and Hatta, which during the year 2022 will host more than 62 activities in various sports for professionals counted persons. and amateurs of different nationalities.

Continuous development

During the year 2022, the Dubai Sports Council continued to develop rules and regulations to keep up with developments in the country and the world. The second edition of the Hamdan bin Mohammed medal for educational sports schools was launched, as well as the update of the ninth edition of the Sports Excellence Model for the 2020-2023 sports seasons to honor clubs and football companies. The superior footing in the field of achievements based on financial competence, as well as focusing on individual awards for the young and talented.

The Council continued to develop the technical and administrative cadres working in Dubai and more than 100 coaches from various categories participated in the annual Dubai Club Coaches Forum for football teams alone, while the Council was keen to use the opportunity offers for national coaches who work. with the first team and the reserve team in Dubai clubs to attend training Milan Club in Dubai and learn about the training methods used by the ancient club, which gives our coaches an opportunity to enrich their experiences and increase their expertise.

At the administrative level, the Council gave executive officers and a number of workers in various administrative fields in Dubai clubs the opportunity to share the important lecture on inspirational management, building strong teams and the successful system of competitions, which was held at the Council’s headquarters by David Dean, a former major shareholder in Arsenal Club, who as the mastermind. In the launch of the English Premier League in 1992.


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