Excitement as 5,500 athletes set for Emirates Dubai 7s tourney
About 5,500 athletes from 32 countries are expected to arrive Dubai this winter season to compete in 28 Emirates Dubai 7s invitational tournaments over the long UAE national day weekend starting December 1.
Emirates has been a steadfast supporter of the Dubai 7s since its beginnings, which today has become the highlight of the Dubai event calendar, and the biggest and most popular sports and social gathering among the hundreds of other events hosted in the UAE every year.
Over 420 sports teams will play in high-powered competitions spanning rugby 7’s, cricket, netball, and the annual festival’s newest addition, a fitness competition, WODON3, geared for both elite and amateur athletes looking to push their limits. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series usually kicks off its season at the Emirates Dubai 7s with some of the world’s best male and female pro-rugby players from 28 countries with top-ranking and Olympic winning teams participating, including Australia & Fiji as well as Dubai fan favourites South Africa, Ireland & Great Britain, all set to compete on the pitch.
A statement released by Emirates’ spokesperson explained that the Emirates Dubai 7s, rugby action is not be limited to professional players, noting that the truly inclusive event will also host International Invitational and Open Tournaments for Men & Women as well as social.
The statement further explained that on the cricket front, the Emirates Dubai 7s would be hosting teams to compete in the Open Competitive & Open Social, competitions accessible to women, men and youth as well as the Emirates Aviation Cup invitational tournaments. It identified netball as one of the largest female participation sports with 20 million people playing in more than 80 countries, and a growing fan and participant base. It said the sport has been increasing in popularity in the UAE, both at school and in amateur league levels, with over 1,000 people playing in the UAE every week.
The Emirates Dubai 7s, which has been supporting the development of the game is, this year, is set to kick off the Open Women, Open Women Social, Youth, Mixed, Gulf Women and Gulf Youth Aspire invitational tournaments. Off the field, the Emirates Dubai 7s offers a host of music attractions such as Rugby Rocks, The House, Beats on Two and Frequency on 8. The stages will include live sets from The Cuban Brothers, world renowned DJ duo Gorgon City and megastar Craig David will present TS5 to round off this year’s Festivities.