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Dubai ruler urges group to win 2020 Olympics

UAE's PM Sheikh Mohammed tells Dubai 2020 officials that 'nothing is impossible'.

The ruler of Dubai has urged officials to chase the Olympic dream for 2020, sayinf "nothing is impossible".

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of UAE, made his comments at the first meeting of the Supreme Organising Committee of the Working Group of Dubai 2020.

The meeting held at the Emirates Towers was chaired by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, news agency WAM reported.

After launching in June his vision for Dubai 2020, which aims to build on social and economic progress for the region, Sheikh Mohammed directed the chairman and members of the group to "work as a one team to enable the UAE to win bids for Expo and the Olympics in 2020".

He added: "Nothing is impossible as long as we have the determination for change, not change of determination."

The Group members include Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation Authority, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and head of the UAE Olympic Committee, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and several heads of government departments.

An executive sub-committee was formed to oversee plans for the Dubai 2020, WAM added.

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Bubban 10 years ago

Although I share Sheikh Mohamed's dream of having the Olympics in Dubai, as someone else mentioned in another forum, the fact that the summer Olympics are held typically in June-July, this would mean temperatures of upwards 40-45 Degrees! Forget the public who will be seated in shaded, misty areas, how about the outdoor athletes themselves? Nothing is impossible, however changing the climate may prove to be a difficult task, even for Dubai...

Reji John 10 years ago

Dear Bubban, ever thought of changing the timing to October November? Now dont tell me the athletes wont find it convenient. there are others who do. So back to what His Highness says ' Nothing is impossible determination for change is important'

Another White Elephant 10 years ago

Nice idea but a reality check please. Bubban - Sydney 2000 was held in early September, a bit cooler but not by much. So weather is a huge issue as you rightly point out. Even running the Dubai marathon in February is an issue. What about the legacy issues - you build all these facilities for the Games and then what. I can't see the local population using the facilities long term. Exercise doesn't seem to be in the Emirati vocabulary.

Frank 10 years ago

You do not build the Olympics infrastructure for the sake of Olympics only! It will be remain there for the country and the whole population for ever, and for the next and next generation. So Dubai go for it...We support you. I am sure if Dubai or UAE will hold this event it would be A-Class event in all areas. MyDubai-MyOlympics!!!

Bubban 10 years ago

Reji - Of course I thought about it, I just was not aware that this was a common practice for the Olympic Committee. If it can be changed to October - November it would be great. Apparently, White Elephant says Sydney was held early September, I don't recall but I am sure he's right. If the Olympics can be shifted to other more appropriate months even for the Northen Hemisphere, then that would resolve the heat factor. I am assuming there would not be Ramadan during those months in 2020? If anything, real estate would sky rocket...so buy your apartment now... :)

WW 10 years ago

Who will build the infrastructure ? have the builders that are owed been paid yet ? and if they do get paid for the last constructions who would give credit next time ?? people have long memories when it comes to this type of thing. Additionally the weather makes it completely impossible.

xcv 10 years ago


GD 10 years ago

I am sure innovative ideas could be put forward, like a retractable roof for the stadia with internal climate control...if you can ski in dubai when its 50C outside then all things are possible. The more difficult innovations will come for long distance and rowing events, so shifting the dates as late as possible would probably be the best solution

RA 10 years ago

WW, try a positive approach, i am sure it will help you and your environment one way or another. if we don't try we will never know and never have a chance to succeed. i bet you are a western expat filled with all this negativity, so why don't you pack and leave back home to where your government might know how to do it better.

j 10 years ago

HH Sheikh Mohamed is a visionary leader who is an inspiration to almost all who live in Dubai and also for those who know him. It was his vision which triggered the transformation of a desert into one of the leading metropolis in this planet. However, the statement 'Nothing is impossible' is too much of an expression, as I believe this could be atributed only to God, but not to men. Men can only hope and work, but it is God who makes it possible. Well let us all join Shk Mohamed to make Olympic 2020 happen in this blessed land