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Dubai launches innovative Sports Event Ranking System

Dubai launches innovative Sports Event Ranking System
June 12, 2014

The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) has moved to bolster the city’s sports event hosting credentials by launching a Sports Events Ranking System.

All sporting events that take place in Dubai will be given an evaluation in order to determine the solidity of the competition or championship before ranking each event on a scale of one to 10.

The new initiative is aimed at further empowering the DSC in approving, monitoring and supervising such events. It will be held in keeping with Decree 11 of 2009 issued by HH Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Sports event organising companies and individuals will now be required to register their events before the deadline of September 1, after which all events will be given a ranking based on a criteria that has been established by a panel of judges.

The system was unveiled during a one-day forum, which was led by DSC’s Rashmid Al Kamali alongside project leader Hessa Al Kous and Lars Haue-Pedersen, Managing Director of TSE Consulting, the Swiss-based partner of the project.

Haue-Pedersen told the Gulf News newspaper “this initiative is meant to reward events that are helping Dubai in its march towards progress and prosperity as the best modern city in the world.

“Dubai has been witnessing tremendous amounts of energy in all spheres and it is only right for us to help all stakeholders to channel this energy in the right direction. At the same time it will be a huge learning curve for sports event organisers as they stand to learn from each other and further raise the profile of the city.

“At the end of the event, every city wants to know if it was money well spent. But there is a new dimension in conducting events now and this basically focuses on progress, development and evaluation.”

DSC Secretary General Ahmed Al-Shari added that the agency is keen to attain further development in events organisation and that the new ranking system will provide organisers of events in Dubai with a “simple and efficient means to measure and classify each sports event”.

“Dubai is an international sporting brand while being the sports capital of the Middle East. We do not want to stop here. Just like our leaders have the ambition to see the rise of Dubai as the best in the world, we want this city to be known as the sporting capital of the world.”

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