The vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, supported by a strong regulatory framework and an active lifestyle, allowed the emirate to solidify its position as the preferred hub for sports in addition to being a destination for business, tourism, and education, according to H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council (DSC), today.
During the third meeting of the DSC Board of Directors, which Sheikh Mansoor presided over, he declared that the sports industry contributed more than AED 9 billion to Dubai’s economy in 2021, or 2.3 percent of the emirate’s GDP for the year. He added that the industry supports the creation of 105,000 jobs, which would represent 3.8% of Dubai’s total employment.
The Chairman of DSC lauded Dubai’s innovative legal system and strong infrastructure for influencing the development of the emirate’s sports industry. He said that in order for Dubai to become the best city in the world to live and work in, the government’s support for the sector must be a top priority.
“We are pleased with the huge increase in the sports industry’s share of Dubai’s annual GDP. The sports sector is now a key economic contributor in addition to supporting and nurturing Emirati and foreign athletes who reside in the UAE and assuring the community’s health and happiness.
“At the DSC, we were eager to gauge this expansion in sports’ economic impact on Dubai. We carried out a study in collaboration with a significant international consultant in accordance with global best practices. The study examined and estimated the economic impact of sports on a variety of business sectors, including investment in sports training facilities, sports events, and more,” Sheikh Mansoor said.
“Dubai’s status as the top location in the world to live, work, study, and invest benefits the sports industry. By fostering closer ties with international sporting organizations and organizations, the DSC helps the sector and the growth in its contribution to GDP. The Council provides cutting-edge facilities to assist the operations of regional and worldwide event organizers, which helps the industry expand.
“DSC encourages international athletes and investors to use Dubai’s top-notch facilities to establish sports academies, host important world championships and training sessions for different clubs, national teams, and champion athletes, as well as to take advantage of investment opportunities in the city’s various fields. The economic contribution of the sector and the number of employees in various affiliated enterprises both increased as a result of all these variables,” he added.
Vice-Chairman of the Council Mattar Al Tayer, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, and DSC members Hala Yousef Badri, Sami Al Qamzi, Maryam Al Hammadi, Moza Al Marri, and Jamal Al Marri were present during the meeting. The Council’s Secretary-General Saeed Hareb and Assistant Secretary-General Nasser Aman Al Rahma.
The new sports strategy emphasizes, among other things, sports clubs in Dubai, sports facility infrastructure, e-sports, sports tourism, and sports technology. The primary difficulties are also noted, along with plans for future growth and strategy. The appropriate authorities were instructed to work on putting the plans into action in accordance with the agreed-upon timeframe, as the meeting also examined plans to develop football stadiums in Dubai.