Popular sports in UAE
January 22, 2020 | By - Anmol Kapoor

Popular sports in UAE

With the gaining popularity of sports all over the world, it has not only became a source of entertainment but also a great way to inflate the economy. People in UAE are a great enthusiast of sports. They love playing their traditional games along with participating in global leagues.

Some sports which are watched and played mostly in the UAE are -  

1. Football

It is one of the most popular sports watched and played in the UAE. Their football association was first established in 1971 and since then rigorous efforts are made to promote the game. According to the FIFA World Rankings, UAE stands at 110th position. Various leagues and tournaments are organized in the country to encourage the sport.

2. Cricket

Due to a large number of expats from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, cricket is one of the most popular sports in UAE. Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium holds a record to host most ODI internationals. International Cricket Council is also located in Dubai. The UAE cricket team has also qualified for T20 and ODI world cups many times.

3. Horse Racing

This is probably one of the most popular and played sports among Emiratis. Numerous horse racing clubs are located in UAE to organize the event time-to-time. Dubai World Cup horse race is probably one of the richest horse race in the world.

4. Tennis

This is one of the sports which is getting popular among the people of UAE. Dubai Tennis Championship is organized annually where the top tennis players compete with each other.

5. Motor Sports

Racing gives an adrenaline rush to the sports enthusiasts in UAE. The sole reason for Ferrari world and Formula One racing track in UAE is to let people enjoy their enthusiasm for racing to the fullest. Several racing events and tournaments are organized in the country to promote motorsports.

6. Camel Racing

This is one of the traditional sports of UAE. This sport was pretty much popular amongst the inhabitants of the Persian Gulf states.

7. Golf

Golf is gaining popularity rapidly in UAE as more and more people are coming to watch the game. There are many golf courses situated in UAE out of which three of them are PGA Championship golf courses. Dubai Desert Classic is organized in which the world’s best golf players mark their presence.

8. Rugby

Rugby matches are organized throughout the year making it a popular sport in the country.

With a huge fan base of sports in UAE, it brings hassle for fans to stay updated with various sports matches and their results. AlShorts news app is one such news aggregator that delivers an excerpt of the story within 60 words to offer quick readability and keep the users engaged. Along with sports, it has a wide range of categories that will help you stay updated on the news and activities happening around UAE and the world. It also assists you to stay notified with various sports matches or events organized in the UAE.

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