UAE cycling events have come be a big success thanks to sponsors and fans and for this reason, the organizers of the Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour recently announced a merger of the two races that will bring a new UAE Tour. This was 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 that encouraged the move.
It all took place during the 30th meeting of DSC’s Board, which was held on Monday, April 9, at the Council’s premises in Dubai Design District that made the merger of the Dubai Tour and Abu Dhabi Tour workable and make the “UAE Tour” possible. 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 new tour will be one of the top cycling races all over the world to be telecasted to cycling fans throughout the various continents with a race action that is sure to be unique and appealing and will run over seven stages from 2019.
This “the right time [for the merger] as it coincides with the Year of Zayed (which marks 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE).”
The Dubai Tour holds 2.HC status since 2014, according to the International Cycling Union’s (UCI’s) race categorization; the Abu Dhabi Tour, instead, was formed one year later and was granted elite WorldTour status in 2017. 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 in 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.