His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, stressed that the wise leadership attaches great importance to supporting sports, and providing all care and attention to athletes from various sports, thanks to Dubai’s advanced infrastructure, sports, tourism and service facilities and international stadiums. level, in addition to the attractive environment that contributed to the formation of a flexible and developed legislative and regulatory system, allowing the emirate to play an influential role in the development of various sports in general, and football in particular, not only at the local level, but also on the international level, through Its contribution as a forum and model center in the field of hosting and organizing international sporting events and tournaments, and training camps for teams, while harnessing all means and capabilities to make them successful.
His Highness said that Dubai is keen to strengthen cooperation relations with various partners, clubs and international sports federations, in line with the growth witnessed by the sports sector in Dubai, and to increase its contribution to its gross domestic product, in order to achieve the objectives of the strategic plan for the sector in Dubai, and the efforts made by the Dubai Sports Council to In terms of strengthening Dubai’s position on the global sports map, consolidating its position as a global sports destination, contributing to enhancing its readiness to lead the future, and continuing the path of success, excellence and achievements in all fields.
This came during His Highness’s reception of the President of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, at the headquarters of the Dubai Sports Council, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Dubai Sports Council, Saeed Hareb, the Assistant Secretary-General of the Council, Nasser Aman Al Rahma, the Vice-President of FC Barcelona, and a number of members of the accompanying delegation. The meeting strengthened cooperation relations with FC Barcelona, as it is one of the oldest and most popular clubs in the world. During the meeting, the role played by Dubai in promoting various international sports was also emphasized, with the remarkable successes it has achieved in terms of hosting and organizing international championships, and is a preferred destination for camps. Training for various sports teams.
During the meeting, the President of FC Barcelona appreciated the efforts made by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to make Dubai a destination for sports fans in general, and football in particular, due to its advanced infrastructure and sports facilities of international standards, which contributed to consolidating its position as a destination. International sports organization to host and organize international sporting events and events with success and distinction.
During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum listened to an explanation from the President of FC Barcelona about the details of the project that FC Barcelona is undertaking to build a new stadium for the club on the site of the current Camp Nou stadium, which is expected to be a unique architectural masterpiece. His Highness also listened to an explanation about A plan to develop the area surrounding the temporary stadium in which Barcelona plays its matches currently until the summer of 2026.
It is noteworthy that Laporta holds a law degree, and he headed Barcelona for the first time for a period of seven years from 2003 to 2010, and with him the first football team won 13 championships, including a historic six in 2009, which included winning the Spanish League, the King’s Cup and the Spanish Super Cup, as well as the Spanish League. European Champions, the Club World Cup, and the European Super Cup, and he returned to the presidency of Barcelona for the second time in March 2021, as Barcelona won the Spanish League title and the Spanish Super Cup in the 2022-2023 season.
Chairman of Dubai Sports Council:
• Closer cooperation with partners, clubs and international sports federations is consistent with the growth and development of the sports sector in Dubai.
FC Barcelona President:
• Dubai is an ideal destination for sports enthusiasts due to its advanced infrastructure and world-class sports facilities.
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