Monday, August 01, 2011

Dubai to bid for 2024 Olympic Games

The UAE National Olympic Committee has confirmed its plans to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. The Committee arrived at this decision after withdrawing its earlier decision to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.

A feasibility study regarding Dubai’s capacity to host 2020 Olympic Games revealed that nearly 70percent of the ‘hard’ infrastructure in Dubai was already in place. Therefore, a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games would be a better option, said a statement from UAE National Olympic Committee.

The strategy for sports by Dubai was laid out by H.H. Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai during the 1990s. Sheikh Mohammed established a Working Group chaired by Dubai Crown Prince Shaikh Hamdan, which set up a group which commissioned a group of sport industry to assess sports facilities in Dubai. This led to conducting a feasibility study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Populous to establish whether Dubai would be well placed to enter into bid for 2020 Olympics or thereafter.

Dubai’s experience in hosting top class sporting events makes it well-placed to win a bid, pointed out Shaikh Hamdan when speaking about Dubai bidding for 2024 Olympic hosting.

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