His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, affirmed that the UAE has proven, with practical evidence, that it is capable of receiving the world and that it is the ideal place to host and organize major international events in various fields, including sports events, based on the vision of the wise leadership that stands behind An integrated work system characterized by flexibility and ability to keep pace with changes, while placing human safety and happiness at the forefront of priorities, and mobilizing for this goal all the ingredients that ensure its achievement in accordance with the best international standards at all times, in addition to the UAE’s long history of achievements in hosting and organizing major events.
This came during his attendance at the T20 Cricket World Cup summit between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai Sports City, in the presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Council, Mattar Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, and Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council and Abdul Rahim Mohammed Al Zarooni, Founding President of Dubai Sports City.
His Highness said: “The UAE has well-deservedly proven its ability to host the world, and we follow every day tens of thousands of visitors flock to Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest event of its kind in the world, and today we witness together a unique sporting event awaited by hundreds of millions of fans of this sport around the world, It will be held on Dubai stadiums, with a large audience in attendance, which encourages us to move forward in the development process according to a vision that aims to reach the first place in various fields of giving and within various fields, including the sports field.”
His Highness, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, also expressed that every resident and visitor to the country feels that he is in his homeland, and that he finds the event he is looking for, as all events and sports gather in one place, including the Cricket World Cup, which is being held for the first time in the UAE and on the stadiums of Dubai Sports City. After the great success of the country hosting the matches of the IPL Cricket Championship for two consecutive seasons.
The match was also attended by Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Sports City, Surav Ganguly, Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket, Jay Shah, Secretary General of the Board, Ramez Raja, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pakistan Cricket Board, and Afzal Mahmud Mirza Sultan Mahmoud, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the State, Pavan Kapoor, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the UAE, and Jeff Allardyce, CEO of the International Cricket Council.
More than 20,000 spectators in the stadium and more than a billion followers on television enjoyed the match, which lasted for more than three hours, filled with the most intense competition, especially as it is the first between India and Pakistan in more than two years.