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Dubai to host Louis Vuitton Trophy

Top two-week sailing regatta will take place at the home of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC).

Dubai to host Louis Vuitton Trophy
DUBAI REGATTA: The Louis Vuitton Trophy will give Emirates Team New Zealand – one of the leading contenders for the title - the opportunity to perform at the home of their sponsors Emirates airline. (Supplied)

Dubai has been chosen as the venue for the Middle Eastern leg of a top sailing regatta, it was announced on Sunday.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy is a two-week sailing event and will take place at the Mina Seyahi, the home of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC).

The event’s focal point will be four 85ft-long America’s Cup Class yachts, which will be sailed by world champions, Olympic medallists and round-the-world sailors.

The emirate joins Auckland, Sardinia and Hong Kong as hosts for the 2010 events.

Emirates Airline will be a leading sponsor and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman DIMC and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: “This is a real coup for Dubai. We are honoured to be part of this fantastic event which has rapidly emerged as a renowned spectacle of sport followed by millions around the world.”

Yves Carcelle, chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, said: "Louis Vuitton has been present in Dubai for more than 10 years. In 2010, we are thrilled to maintain this relationship through a great sailing event, while reinforcing the age-long Dubai tradition for regattas."

The event will take place on November 13 and organisers claim that the 2009 event injected $12m into the local business economy when it was held in Auckland, New Zealand.

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