Dubai Sports Excellence Model

Winners of the Dubai Sports Excellence Model awards

His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), honoured the winners of the ninth edition of the Dubai Sports Excellence Model awards organised by DSC at a glittering ceremony held at the Madinat Jumeirah.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed was honoured for his exceptional contributions to the sporting sector in various leadership roles including Deputy President and Board Chairman of Al Nasr Club and President of the UAE National Olympic Committee for two successive terms. HE Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman received the award for his instrumental role in Shabab Al Ahli Club’s successes in the last sports season, including the winning of the ADNOC Pro League title. The award was received by his sons Mohammed Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman and Sultan Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman.
His Highness Sheikh Mansoor also honoured sports clubs and athletes in Dubai for their exceptional achievements in the last two sports seasons. The winners were selected following a comprehensive evaluation based on Dubai Sports Excellence Model’s criteria.

Shabab Al Ahli won the Dubai Sports Excellence Model award for the Best Sports Club  while Shabab Al-Ahli Co. was named the Best Football Company and Dubai Club for People of Determination was named the Best Special Sports Club.
Other key awards presented at the ceremony included:
• Best Club for corporate performance awarded to the Dubai International Club for People of Determination
• Best Club for financial performance awarded to Shabab Al-Ahli Club
• Best Investment Initiative awarded to Al Nasr Club
• Best Company for talent sponsorship awarded to Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Co.  
• Special Award presented to Hatta Club, Dubai International Marine Club and Ahmed Shah

Dubai Sports Excellence Model

HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed also presented special awards to several organisations and individuals for exceptional achievements in the sporting sector. Hatta Sports Club was bestowed the Distinguished Achievement award for winning the Football First Division League title and for qualifying for the ADNOC Pro League. The Sustainability in Sports award was presented to the Dubai International Marine Club for its exceptional commitment to sustainability principles. A total of 79% of events organised by the Club were eco–friendly races.  Ahmed Ali Shah was named the winner of the Best Administrator award in recognition of his contributions to the success of Shabab Al Ahli Club, the winner of the ADNOC Pro League.
The Chairman of DSC also presented Dubai Sports Excellence Model awards to the following individuals:
• Best Emerging Football Player – awarded to Gaith Abdulla for his role in Shabab Al-Ahli winning two championships, scoring 41 goals and his zero card record throughout the season.
• Best Emerging Player in Team Games –  awarded to Hassan Ibrahim Al Shaba for his sporting excellence and the role he played in the achievements of Al Nasr Club and the UAE National Basketball Team.
• Best Emerging Player in Individual Games –  awarded to Salim Ghalib Ghanim of Al Wasl Club for winning several local competitions and the title of the Best Swimmer in the Gulf Championship.
• Best Emerging Female Player in the category of people of determination – awarded to Aisha Al-Mutaiwe – for winning five international and three local powerlifting championships in the last two seasons.  
 The award ceremony also saw several prominent pioneers in the sports sector being honoured, taking the total number of Sports Pioneers honoured in nine editions of the Dubai Sports Excellence Model to 50.

The Sports Pioneers honoured at Dubai Sports Excellence Model included:

• Yousuf Al Serkal for his contributions to the success of Al Shabab Club and national teams while serving as the Chairman of the UAE Football Association. Key achievements of the Club and national teams during his tenure included winning the GCC Football Cup twice, becoming runners up in the Asian Games and coming third in the Asian Cup 2015. The award also recognises his role in developing a new generation of talented players.
• Ibrahim Mohammed Al Bannai for his contributions as Chairman of the Dubai Chess & Culture Club for approximately 30 years. He also served as Chairman of the UAE Chess Association from 2004 to 2008, and Chairman of the Arab Chess Federation from 2000 to 2018. He was also a member of the UAE National Olympic Committee.  In 1990, he was named as the Permanent Honorary Member of the World Chess Federation.
• Dr. Mohammed Sulman Hamdoon for his exceptional contributions to the success of Al Ahli Club and the UAE National Team in the 1970s and early 1980s. He assumed several administrative leadership positions and served as Assistant Secretary General of the General Authority for Youth & Sport Welfare.
• Ali Al Sayed Ibrahim, former athlete who played for Al-Ahli Club since the end of the 1960s. He also served in administrative and technical excellence leadership roles.
• Mohammed Khamis Al-Suwaidi: former player who played for Al Nasr Club and contributed to numerous tournament wins for the Club. He served in various leadership roles in the sports sector.
• Ahmed Khursheed Al-Mattawa: exceptional player, coach and administrator who served Al Nasr Club in the 1970s. He managed the Club’s age group teams and academy.
• Khalifa Abdulla Hareb: outstanding contributor to the development of sports in the UAE who served Al Shabab Club in various leadership capacities.

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