The Dubai Sports Council’s Board of Directors (DSC) has greeted the merger of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi Tours, two of the cycling world’s most prized events and said the merged “UAE Tour” became possible thanks to the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
This merger was reviewed, along with a number of other important matters, during the 30th meeting of DSC’s Board, which was held on Monday, April 9, at the Council’s premises in Dubai Design District.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and his counterpart from Dubai Sports Council (DSC) HE Saeed Hareb.
The “UAE Tour” will be one of the top world cycling races, to be broadcasted to massive cycling fans throughout the various continents, conveying the civilized, prosperous, architectural, tourist and well–based infrastructure of the UAE.
The Dubai Tour was founded in 2014, with the Abu Dhabi Tour launched the following year. The Abu Dhabi Tour quickly gained increased status and was added to the UCI World Tour in 2017 – the third edition of the race.
The Dubai and Abu Dhabi Tours have both attracted some of the finest riders in world cycling, including Britain’s Mark Cavendish, Italian Olympic gold medallist Elia Viviani, and Caleb Ewan of Australia.
It was decided by the DSC and ADSC to utilize the success of both cycling events and move forward together to enhance the World Tour event in the UAE to be one of the best races in UCI’s calendar of events. What this means for the riders and spectators is that it will take place in seven Emirates taking participants to explore more places of the country’s landscape from the beachside areas to the sand dunes and the mountains. The only remaining matter on the table that’s being discussed is what’s the best time of the year to hold the UAE Tour; in the past, the merging races usually happened sometime between January and February.
Over the years, UAE’s capital debut tour and Dubai Tour cycling race have gained much media exposure and spectators; DubaiBlog will help you stay tuned for more details through the Stage one of the UAE Tour 2019.
In the meantime, much is being done to ensure a strong representation in the new UAE Tour, ranging from sponsors to media partners on to establishing the new logo, new trophy and dates to get additional cycling teams coming to the emirates to ride the big race. Apart from the cyclists that will pedal across various cities, be expecting the UAE Tour to create a bigger impact all-round that will allow the world-wide television audience to discover new areas and locations in the country, said DSC HE Saeed Hareb.