By Sam Bridge
Dubai World Cup, Gov Games and the DP World Tour Championship retain their 5-star rating in annual Sports Events Ranking System
Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the fifth edition of the Sports Events Ranking System (SERS) 2018-19.
Dubai World Cup, Gov Games and the DP World Tour Championship - three of Dubai’s top sporting events, retained their 5-star rating in the latest edition of SERS, said Sheikh Hamdan, also chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
Joining the trio at the top of the rankings with a 5-star rating is the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, which had received 4 stars in the previous edition of SERS.
The NAS Sports Tournament, held during Ramadan, topped the list of 4-star events, closely followed by The AFC Asian Cup, the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 and the 13th Dubai International Sports Conference.
The Dubai SWAT Challenge and the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay completed the Top 10 in the 2018-19 edition, which lists a total of 405 events – 85 international events, 137 national events, 161 community events, 11 sports conferences, six sports exhibitions and 5 sports awards.
Four received a 5-star rating, while 194 events got 4 stars and 17 events 3 stars.
In total, the 405 events saw the participation of more than 950,000 athletes from around the globe while an estimated 2.8 million spectators attended the events.
Sheikh Hamdan said: “The sports sector is an integral part of our society and economy, and we are always looking for excellence and innovation in this sector... we are focused on strengthening the sports sector through unique initiatives... because sports play a vital role in enhancing a society’s overall sense of happiness and well-being; promoting universal values of coexistence and tolerance; and increasing productivity among individuals and improving their quality of life.”
He added: “The growth in the sports sector also has a positive impact at the economic level with the burgeoning sports industry employing thousands, creating new jobs as it grows year-on-year, and bringing more sports tourists to the country.”For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.