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Revealed: Dubai's top ranked sporting events in 2018

Dubai World Cup, DP World Tour Championship and the Dubai Tour retain five-star status in latest rankings

Revealed: Dubai's top ranked sporting events in 2018
Dubai World Cup finished at the top of the leaderboard with a score of 95.3.

Dubai World Cup, DP World Tour Championship and the Dubai Tour – three of Dubai’s biggest sporting events – have retained their 5-star rating in the fourth edition of Dubai Sports Council’s Sports Events Ranking System.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, has given his seal of approval to the rankings for 2017-18.

Dubai World Cup finished at the top of the leaderboard with a score of 95.3 while the DP World Tour Championship, the climax of the European Tour Race to Dubai, came in second with 94 points.

The Dubai Tour was just 0.1 points behind with 93.9 points while the inaugural Gov Games received a score of 91.3.

The 2018 Julius Baer Gold Cup, one of the region’s top polo events, topped the charts among 4-star events with a score of 89.8. They were followed by four other events that scored 89 points and above - Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens (89.7), Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (89.5), TTD Super Cup (89.3), and the 2017 Dubai Badminton World Superseries Finals (89).

Sheikh Hamdan said: “The past years have witnessed increasing growth in the sports sector and a rise in its contribution to the national economy through the creation of jobs and construction of sporting infrastructure.

"Sports events not only contribute to the development of this sector but also encourage members of the community to embrace sports and a physically active lifestyle. The atmosphere that these events create and the stars and heroes they bring play a big role in inspiring the community to adopt a sporting and fitness culture.”

Sheikh Hamdan urged organisers of top sporting events to continue their pursuit of excellence, grow their following among fans and attract even greater participation from the community.

Mattar Al Tayer, vice chairman of Dubai Sports Council, said: “Today, Dubai enjoys a prestigious position among the leading cities of the world, organising various local, regional and international sporting events. We host more than 400 events every year, but our focus at Dubai Sports Council is not on quantity alone; we are striving to raise quality as well, and we want to encourage organisers to innovate and achieve excellence.

“This innovative, home-grown Ranking System, the first of its kind in the world, was launched with these goals in mind. We wanted to create a platform through which we could honour excellence at the organisational level and, at the same time, encourage others to aim for the same.”

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