Dubai football club shines during awards

03/12/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai football club shines during awards

A Dubai football club has scooped two awards at a prestigious prize-giving ceremony held at one of the emirate's most exclusive hotels.Al Ahli was named the Best Club and Best Football Company during the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) Excellence Awards - an event that aims to raise the profile of the emirate's sporting culture.Held at the stunning Palm Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the swanky ceremony was also used to promote greater levels of professionalism throughout Dubai's football clubs.Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah, chairman of Al Ahli Club's board of directors, said it was "satisfying" for his outfit to earn such recognition from the DSC."For us at Al Ahli this is a great start. I can never take credit for this achievement all alone. I salute all the workers and employees at Al Ahli for giving themselves tirelessly and helping our club reach this goal," he remarked.The government is keen to see more people - particularly youngsters - engaging in sporting activity and it is hoped that the huge global appeal of football will encourage UAE citizens to join teams and get some regular exercise.Although it is not one of the finest leagues in the world, the UAE's Pro League is beginning to grow in stature.The competition is attracting some household names, such as ex-Borussia Dortmund star Mohamad Zidan, who recently told Al-Bayan that a number of his colleagues from the Egyptian national team are keen to ply their trade in Dubai.A lot of money is being invested into sport and the DSC revealed earlier this year that Dubai now has a plethora of top-class facilities to offer its citizens.Major airline Emirates is one of many companies that has taken a keen interest in nurturing sport in the UAE and it has provided significant funds to ensure various schemes and competitions can take place.The firm received special praised at the DSC's Excellence Awards, much to the delight of the carrier's bosses.