Posted by Neil King
Dubai is emerging as a global centre for sport and is now a favoured destination for major sporting events and conferences, the emirate's ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has said.
The comment came as Dubai prepared to host the first SportAccord convention in the Middle East, WAM News Agency reported.
Referring to the event, Sheikh Mohammed said: ''Our guests learn about this region. We will learn more about their specialised business. It will help our region play a bigger role in the world of sport. Sport always breaks down barriers between people. This convention is part of that process."
SportAccord, which began yesterday (April 25th) and runs until Friday (April 30th), brings together members of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, the leaders of international sports federations and top executives from the sports industry.
Sheikh Mohammed claimed that Dubai's world-class venues and quality infrastructure had helped make it a top destination on the global sports calendar.
Various high-profile developments such as Meydan and Dubai Sports City have also enhanced Dubai's sporting credentials.