The NAS Sports Tournament is organized by the Dubai Sports Council every year in Dubai at the iconic Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. The competition is considered to be the biggest sporting event in Dubai. This event enjoys the largest participation from different parts of the world.
It is held during the Holy month of Ramadan. The first edition of this event was held in 2013 and ever since then, it has been taking place every day.
This tournament aims to hone the skills of men and women equally. The objective of this tournament is to encourage participation in sporting events in order to encourage awareness about public health.
The President of Dubai has always supported these events which elevate Dubai’s position as a global international hub
The event hosts various competitions. Over the years, the popularity of this event is increasing with the passage of time. This year witnessed a 30% increase in the number of participants from different parts of the world. In fact, the NAS Sports Tournament provides an opportunity for the diaspora to represent their identity on a global platform.
The event is one of its kind as it consolidates the vision that supports the culture of valuing sports as an inherent wealth descended upon mankind. The event is organized under the leadership of the President of the UAE Athletics Federation, Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Murr.
His Highness H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has always envisioned a quality life for all the residents of Dubai. The Dubai Government under his leadership has always tried to improve the efficiency of Government services.
The health of the public has always been an important matter of consideration for the Government. Therefore, the President of Dubai in the capacity of Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council has always played a significant role in promoting the values which support the organization of sporting events in Dubai. Therefore, Dubai has emerged as a global hub for hosting international sports events and tournaments and the NAS Sports Tournament is the most prestigious one of them.
The objective of this tournament is to develop the skills of the male and the female players, encourage sporting culture and ultimately attract all the categories of players and sportsmen from different parts of the world.
There are different types of competitions arranged under this tournament. For instance, the 2023 edition of the tournament featured 10 km Open Men, 10 Km Open Women, 10 Km UAE National, 5 Km Open Men, 5 Km Open Women, 5 Km UAE National Men, and 5 Km UAE National Women.
There is a special challenge for the young age groups as well. The youth within the age group of 15-18 years can participate in the 4 km race.
In addition, there would be a Volleyball match as well. The tournament enjoys the participation of not only the residents of Dubai but also people from other Middle Eastern Countries.
This event is very important for Dubai because it reaffirms the commitment of the country to develop sports and encourages people to undertake such activities.
The UAE Athletics Federation has applauded the efforts of the Organizing Committee for organizing such a grand event. In fact, the Federation has also acknowledged the efforts of the Dubai Sports Council for inculcating unique sporting events and providing an equal opportunity for women to participate in such events.
The matches are taking place with full enthusiasm. Different teams are showcasing their talent and reserving slots for themselves in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals.
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In addition to the individuals from Dubai and other countries, various Government departments and entities such as the Department of Finance, Dubai Ambulance, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai, and AL Bustan Center have also participated in the event.
The UAE National team has currently registered two matches for itself and has emerged as a winner therein. They have already qualified for the quarter-finals and are now representing their country at the NAS Sports International Padel Championship which will be a part of the NAS Sports Tournament.
The organizers have prepared two groups namely: Group A and Group B. The first group is led by the countries such as Iran, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. On the other hand, Group B is being led by the residents of Dubai and the various government departments that are participating in the tournament. It will be interesting to witness the final matches of all the competitions.
The tournament would end during the last week of Ramadan. This event has been able to achieve worldwide popularity.