Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council (DSC) His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the fifth edition of DSC’s Sports Events Ranking System (SERS) 2018-19. Dubai World Cup, Gov Games and the DP World Tour Championship – three of Dubai’s top sporting events – retained their 5-Star rating in the latest edition of SERS.
Joining the trio at the top of the rankings with a 5-star rating is the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, which had received 4 Stars in the 2017-2018 edition of SERS.
The NAS Sports Tournament, held during the Holy Month of Ramadan, topped the list of 4-Star events. The AFC Asian Cup, the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 and the 13th Dubai International Sports Conference followed close behind.
The Dubai SWAT Challenge and the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay completed the Top 10 in the 2018-19 edition, which lists a total of 405 events – 85 International events, 137 National events, 161 Community events, 11 Sports Conferences, 6 Sports Exhibitions and 5 Sports Awards. Four of these events received a 5-Star rating, while 194 events got 4 Stars and 17 events 3 Stars. The 405 events saw the participation of more than 950,000 athletes from around the globe. An estimated 2.8 million spectators from the UAE and beyond attended the events.
Praising the efforts of the DSC team, which helped create and implement the Ranking System, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan said SERS is an incentive for sports event organisers to embrace innovation and seek excellence.
The sports sector is an integral part of our society and economy, and we are always looking for excellence and innovation in this sector in accordance with the model of excellence and innovation established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The Sports Events Ranking System is a reflection of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to launch initiatives that enhance the status of the UAE and place Dubai at the forefront of innovation in every sector,” Sheikh Hamdan said.