Long established as one of the region’s most prestigious sporting prizes, this year’s glittering ceremony was headlined by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, who received the ‘Local Sports Personality’ award in recognition of her tireless contribution to equestrian sport.
Princess Haya, a decorated international show jumper and former Olympian, stood down from her role as President of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) in December 2014, after completing two terms of service.
Holding the position from 2007 to 2014, she did much to modernize the Federation and promote good governance and transparency. Meanwhile, ‘The Arab Athlete Award’ was won by Ehab Abdul Rahman Al Sayed Abdul Rahman (Egypt) for his magnificent silver medal at last year’s World Athletics Championship.
The ‘The Local Athlete Award’ was won by Saif Khalifa Al-Mansouri, for his skeet shooting excellence and qualification for the Rio Olympic Games.
Elsewhere, ‘The Local Team Award; was collected by the UAE Archery National Team for winning golden medal in the World Championship 2015 in Croatia.
Several other teams, clubs, athletes, referees and administrators were lauded, as well as some of the UAE’s finest emerging young talents.
They included karting prodigy Rashid Al Dhaheri, aged just 7, who enjoyed a stellar 2015 both at home and abroad.
XDubai have announced the unveiling of a dynamic community skatepark at Kite Beach, which will open on January 15.
Developed on the picturesque beachfront location, the free facility will be the largest multi-faceted skatepark in the UAE and will be XDubai’s first infrastructure development project aimed at offering a central community hub for sport events and competitions.
Ismaeil Al Hashmi, Managing Director of XDubai, commented: “We developed the XDubai Skatepark with a vision to create a dedicated state-of-the-art facility for skateboarders in the emirate and from around the world who come to Dubai.
“With its striking aesthetics and contemporary design, we are confident that the facility will become one of the most iconic and buzzing hubs in the emirate. Besides skateboarders, BMXers, inline skaters and scooter riders will also have a destination where they can train and develop their skills.”
Javad Khoramifar, Marketing Director of XDubai, added: “The XDubai Skatepark was born out of a need to create an exciting recreational space for Dubai’s youth. This community skatepark will give both experienced skaters and beginners a completely custom-made place where they can thrive, have fun and stay physically active.”
The 3,100m2 skatepark caters to both novice and professional skateboarders with its multiple specifically-tailored skate areas.
With unique street elements, obstacles and transition flow areas such as hubbas, pole jams, up-down rails, soft-ended walls and many more, beginners and experienced skateboarders alike will have the perfect opportunity to learn and develop their skills.
The biggest attraction within the park is the XBowl for professional skaters, which features a challenging 3.2m deep drop with a 2.1 shallow end. Built to world-class standards, the XDubai Skatepark with its 29 different elements for skaters, rivals some of the best locations in traditional skateboarding destinations.
Conceptualised by Convic, the premier global youth facility and active space design and construction company, XDubai’s skatepark will be the perfect place for performing ollies, kick flips, aerial grabs and earn some serious airtime!
For more information on the XDubai Skatepark, please visit www.xdubai.com/skatepark.
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The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the government’s legal department against Kuwait Olympic Committee head Sheikh Talal Fahad Al-Sabah and 14 other board members including his elder brother Sheikh Ahmad, one of the most powerful figures in football and the Olympics.
The lawsuit blames the board members for causing Kuwait’s suspension by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by informing the two bodies that Kuwaiti laws allow government interference in sports.
The government is demanding temporary damages of $16,500, which if granted by the court will allow authorities to seek greater damages of $1.3 billion, according to Al-Rai newspaper.
The government says in the lawsuit that it has spent more than $1.3 billion on local sports in the past five years.
FIFA and the IOC both suspended Kuwait in October because of alleged government interference in the Gulf state’s sport.
The Kuwaiti government has repeatedly said the country’s laws are in line with international sports charters.
It is the third time since 2007 that FIFA and the IOC have suspended Kuwait for alleged government interference.
If the suspension remains, it will prevent Kuwait qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Sheikh Ahmad, a member of the FIFA executive committee and the IOC, is fighting an appeal against a six-month jail term for insulting the judiciary.
Sheikh Ahmad and his brother are nephews of Kuwait’s ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.