The UAE’s Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Sports Tournament will go international this Ramadan following the signing of an agreement between the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and the Egyptian Olympic Committee and Jordan Volleyball Federation.
Organized annually by DSC during the Holy Month of Ramadan under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of DSC, the NAS Sports Tournament has grown in an accelerated pace over the past five years and is currently getting ready to kick start its sixth edition following the deal with the Egyptian and Jordan federations.
The agreements were signed by Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of DSC, Sharif Ahmed Al Arian, Secretary General of the Egyptian Olympic Committee, and Basheer Ahmed Al Alwan, Deputy President of the Jordan Volleyball Federation.
Salah Amin Saleh, a member of DSC’s Board and Deputy Chairman of the NAS Sports Tournament’s Organizing Committee, and Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of DSC, were present at the signing along with a number of other DSC officials and media representatives.
“The NAS Sports Tournament was launched six years ago as a pioneering community sports initiative and it has made a significant impact on our sports sector, and on all sectors of the community, thanks to the patronage and support of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which has made this tournament one of the most important sports events - not only during the Holy Month of Ramadan, but in the whole year,” said Saeed Hareb.
“Today, as we celebrate the Year of Zayed, we are pleased to announce the expansion of this pioneering tour event to Egypt and Jordan.”
Speaking on the occasion, Egyptian Olympic Committee’s Al Arian said the agreement was a “confirmation of the deep-rooted bilateral relations between the UAE and Egypt, which were established by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy upon him”.
“I am pleased to convey the greetings of the Egyptian Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors and also their deep appreciation at being chosen as a host of the first overseas edition of the NAS Sports Tournament,” Al Arian added.
“The NAS Sports Tournament is one of its kind, in terms of the number of events and the prize money on offer. Many top stars from around the world have come here to participate in the tournament, and that is evidence of the reputation that Dubai and the UAE enjoy around the world.”
Al Alwan added: “First, I would like to convey the greetings of Princess Ayah Bint Faisal, President of the Jordan Volleyball Federation, who has honored me with this assignment to sign the contract.
“This agreement will enhance the cooperation between Dubai Sports Council and the Jordan Volleyball Federation in particular, and Jordanian sports in general.
“The agreement is also evidence of the deep-rooted relations between the two countries and comes within the framework of strengthening and consolidating these relations, which were founded by the Late King Al Hussein Bin Tilal and the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy upon them.”
As per the agreement, a five-a-side futsal competition will take place in the indoor halls of Cairo Stadium from the 7th to 11th Ramadan.
The tournament will see eight teams representing eight different Egyptian Olympic sports federation battle for honors on the futsal pitch.
The Jordan Volleyball Federation will organize an eight-team volleyball tournament, which will be held from the 9th to the 16th day of Ramadan in Amman.