World Cup

New York, Miami among cities hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup matches

The US last hosted the World Cup in 1994, an event that gave rise to Major League Soccer

Qatar

Qatar world cup shuttle flights set to buoy Gulf tourism

The shuttle service will initially connect Doha with Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait City

Chelsea

UK approves sale of Chelsea FC to US investor Todd Boehly

Boehly’s winning bid is backed by California-based private equity firm Clearlake Capital

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Celebrities from India and the UAE participate in charity match in Dubai

The Mumbai-based All Stars Football Club played against Emirates United at the Shabab Al Ahli Stadium in Mamzar earlier this month

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Hayya Card mandatory for all visitors to Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup

At the moment, the card is only being issued to those who have a ticket for the tournament

FIFA launches free global streaming service

A total of over 40,000 matches will be broadcasted on the platform in 2022

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Sporting tours with Eric Cantona are offered by this Abu Dhabi startup

Looking FC offers four-day journeys designed by Cantona that take visitors on a sporting pilgrimage to discover worldwide football locations

Paul Casey

Paul Casey returns to defend his title at this month’s Dubai Desert Classic

The Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic has now been elevated to a Rolex Series event. The English golfer is going for the jugular

Sole DXB

Sole acquires stake in UAE basketball league Ball Above All

The league will be rebranded as Sole Ball Above All

NBA Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi signs multi-year agreement to host NBA games starting 2022

The partnership also involves opening Jr. NBA Leagues for boys and girls at schools across the UAE

Saudi wealth fund PIF leads acquisition of Newcastle United after Premier League approval

Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of the Public Investment Fund, will serve as non-executive chairman of Newcastle United

PUBG Mobile MENA and Anghami team up to bring music rewards to players

PUBG Mobile players will have the chance to redeem special music prizes and enjoy exclusive Anghami playlists from September 30-October 7

Ferran Torres Manchester City Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai is Manchester City’s new training kit partner

Manchester City will also host daily football sessions at the Expo site, led by dedicated City coaching staff

Iker Casillas Goalkeeper Training Centre

Spain’s Iker Casillas to open goalkeeper training centre in Dubai

Fursan Hispania will scout for the best goalkeeping talent from the region, and recommend them for a full-boarding programme at the Iker Casillas Academy in Madrid

Dubai-based Geekay Group signs MENA’s League of Legends team

Team Geekay Esports set to become the region’s first league of legends team to reach the global stage

Esports

Sharjah Media City to partner with UAE-based Calyx to organise esports tournaments

Calyx has planned a multi-tournament cycle set to take place over the next six months

Esports Valorant

Strike Arabia Championship, region’s first Valorant competition launched

The competition will see local teams qualify for Europe’s last chance qualifier mega event

Global Esports Federation welcomes UAE as 100th member

Emirates Esports is committed to advancing the GEF’s values of equality, fair play, diversity, inclusion, and innovation

Game mode report

CITC unveils gaming performance by Saudi Arabia’s telecom service providers

Game mode report reveals that Zain and STC shared the first place for quarterly performance

Esports

Esports conference ESI Digital is back with its 2021 summer edition

Over 400 participants are expected to be a part of the virtual event, which will feature over 60 speakers representing over 100 nations

Live Site Viewing of the 2032 Olympic Games Host City Announcement Brisbane

Brisbane is selected as host of the 2032 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee approved Brisbane’s bid in a 72-5 vote

Tokyo Olympics: Toyota pulls TV ads, CEO to skip opening ceremony

Two South African footballers have tested positive for Covid-19 at the athletes’ village

EAGL Mini Series

All you need to know about Dubai’s upcoming Emirates Amateur Golf League Mini-Series

Nick Tarratt will be the tournament director for the EAGL Mini-Series which will be held at the Fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on June 20

Abu Dhabi’s Jiu-Jitsu Federation

Mubadala and UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation open Abu Dhabi’s largest fitness centre

The new two-storey facility in Al Bahia features specialised jiu-jitsu training, cardiovascular and resistance training equipment

Qatar says World Cup preparations on track despite pandemic

Qatar is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure construction ahead of the World Cup

IPL

IPL 2021 cricket tournament to resume in the UAE this September

There are 31 matches that are yet to be played in the IPL 2021 season

Palm Sports signs Dhs7m contract with Abu Dhabi government entity

The contract is to provide combat sports and jiu-jitsu training over a five year period

UAE grants golden visa to this Brazilian football icon

The footballer was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for 2004 and 2005

Under Armour opens largest store in the Middle East in Dubai Mall

It will feature a 3D foot scanner, an in-store MapMyRun App, an Under Armour Chill Out lounge, and access to exclusive brands and apparel

Simon Mellor and Edward (Ted) Bloom

Dubai duo aim to raise funds for cancer through nationwide charity golf challenge

The 18 on Eighteen initiative will see them play a single hole at 18 different courses across the UAE on May 3