Sheikh Hamdan visits the Dubai Sports Council headquarters.


New Dubai rules get tough on sports events organisers


DUBAI – New Dubai rules have made it tougher for sports events organisers in the emirate, requiring all individuals or companies to get a permit for any sports event or face penalties.

As part of new rules issued by the Dubai ruler on Tuesday (Jauary 14), individuals or companies are prohibited from organising sports events in Dubai without a permit from the Dubai Sports Council.

The rules are part of the decree issued by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The rules apply to all sports institutions, companies and individuals licensed to engage in any sports activity in Dubai, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes. This includes sports clubs, sports and academic companies and sports and fitness centres.

Owners and management of venues are prohibited from allowing individuals or organisations to organize sports events in their premises without a permit from the Dubai Sports Council.

Licensing authorities have also been prohibited from issuing or renewing the license of any sports establishment or sports event, unless it has been authorised by the Council.

Dubai Sports Council gets sweeping powers

Sheikh Mohammed’s decree placed Dubai government sports organisations under the supervision of Dubai Sports Council.

The decree states that government sports organisations, including those established or annexed through a legislation, will be supervised by the Dubai Sports Council, except for Dubai Equestrian Club, Dubai Racing Club, Dubai Camel Racing Club and any sports establishment exempted from such supervision by a decision of the Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.

Following the decree, Sheikh Hamdan has issued a decision specifying the scope of Dubai Sports Council’s oversight on the government sports organisations.

The new rule gives Dubai Sports Council financial and administrative oversight of sports clubs in Dubai, and the right to issue permits to sports institutions and sporting events, including those specialized in artificial intelligence.

The Dubai Sports Council has also been given the right to register sports coaches and technical staff working with sports institutions registered in Dubai.

The Council will be responsible for assessing sports institutions and sports event organisers, and will investigate any complaints, or violations, and impose sanctions on violators. ICA/Expat Media

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