By Sam Bridge
UAE FA Retreat initiative announced by UAE Football Association to develop sport over the next few years
Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, chairman of the transitional committee of the UAE Football Association, has announced the launch of the UAE FA Retreat initiative.
The initiative aims to shape the future of football in the UAE.
It also seeks to involve all members of society in studying suggestions and raising recommendations to develop the work of the UAE Football Association over the next few years.
Refereeing, clubs' performance, national teams, the organisation of the local championships and the participation in world-level tournaments will form key parts of the initiative's objectives.
Sheikh Rashid said: "The UAE FA Retreat initiative represents one of the very first initiatives of the transitional committee work plan.
"It aims to provide a platform of interaction as a pathway to all ideas and proposals in the purpose of improving the journey of sports excellence in the country."
He said the new initiative will set up general policy, strategic development plans and future directions of the UAE FA.
"Our aim in the first phase is to benefit from the local expertise and leadership that have given a great deal to Emirati sports," he added.
The retreat will see a group of experts and decision-makers come together to discuss methodologies in developing an unconventional operational system, he said, adding that the system will be based on a societal partnership, to create a qualitative transition in the performance of Emirati football in the short, medium, and long term.
All efforts must be unified to upgrade the sports sector in the UAE to keep pace with the successes and achievements in various economic, tourism and scientific industries, he stressed.