Major Achievement in the Field of Sports

  • 11 March 2015

The Asian Football Confederation on Monday announced that it has chosen the UAE to host 2019 Asian Cup. This is a major achievement for the UAE as it demonstrates the country’s organizational and technical capabilities to host an event and sports competition of this scale. This will be the first time that Asian Cup will be held in the UAE. The UAE hosted FIFA World Cup Championship in 2009 and 2010 and FIFA U-17 World Cup in the year 2013. This suggests that the UAE has been chosen as the venue due to its experience of organizing such events as testified by FIFA officials.

The UAE deserved the opportunity to host 2019 Asian Cup not only because the country has several international stadia in three cities – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al-Ain, which will host the championship – but also due to several other important factors. First is the great support extended by the UAE’s wise leadership – under the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan (may God protect him) – to organize such events. This is also the result of the country utilizing its resources and potential properly in a way that demonstrates its characteristics before the world.

The UAE possesses great human and organizational capabilities and excellent infrastructure which ensure successful organizing of such events. The country has world-class hotels, inter-city transportation network and strong network that allow high quality communication of international standards. These attributes have played a key role in helping the UAE bag the right to host this championship. It also contributes toward creating excellence in sports as the country has organized several important events in different sports.

The UAE enjoys stability and is one of the most secure countries in terms of crime rate. It occupies top ranks internationally on indices such as safety and security. The UAE hosting the 2019 Asian Cup is not just an acknowledgement of its strong sporting infrastructure but also of its comprehensive development vision. His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Honorary Chairman of the UAE Football Association, emphasized that this is more than just about our sporting excellence, which makes us proud, but also about the country’s progress at all levels.