Dubai has plans to expand its sports facilities across the emirate and is considering submitting a bid to host the Olympic Games.
Ali Omar, the director of Dubai Sports Council (DSC) sports development department, said that submitting a candidature as host city to the international Olympic committee (IOC) was still on the agenda, Xinhua reported.
“Hosting the Olympics is a dream. We hope to submit such a bid within the next eight years, God willing,” he said. The next two Olympic Games will be held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. The bidding process for the host city for 2024 has not yet started. Berlin has expressed interest in bidding for the Games in 10 years.
Omar said that Qatar did a good job to win the bid for the Fifa World Cup in 2022. “Qatar’s move has brought the world’s attention to professional sports in the whole Gulf Arab region,” he added.
In December of 2006, Doha hosted the 15th Asian Games, a first for any Arab city. Dubai has attracted numerous international sports competitions in various disciplines be it tennis (Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships), table tennis (GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals), swimming or diving. With the Dubai Sports City, Dubai boasts a complete district that provides football and cricket stadiums as well as sports academies spread over an area of 50 million square feet.
Bringing the Asian Cup to Dubai would also be an option, said Ahmad Al Sharif, the DSC secretary-general. He briefed the media on Dubai’s achievements in hosting professional sports events and in enhancing sport facilities and holding fitness and health events for the general public.
Al Sharif said that Dubai has built a number of high-tech stadiums, and more stadiums and facilities would be needed across the emirate for a bid for a major global sports competition.