UAE plans Olympic Games 2024 bid

29/07/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Bob Brunskell
UAE plans Olympic Games 2024 bid

Dubai could one day be host city to the Olympic Games as the National Olympic Committee of the UAE has said that it will make a bid for the 2024 Games.In a statement, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said: "Hosting the Olympic Games in the Middle East would be a dream come true for the entire region, and we fully intend to place a bid once I am totally satisfied that we are prepared to host the greatest sporting event in history in a way that would add value to the Olympic Movement itself, as well as the youth of the Arab World."The committee had originally intended to bid for the 2020 Games, but has decided that the 2024 Games would be better timed. It did note, however, that around 70 per cent of Dubai's 'hard' infrastructure is already in place or planned.Efforts have been made to promote sports in Dubai since the 1990s when a strategy was published. It includes goals to attract sporting events like the Dubai World Cup, Dubai Desert Classic and the Emirates Airlines Rugby Sevens.