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Enthusiastic response at the inauguration of Sportex Middle East 2005

United Arab Emirates: Monday, November 07 - 2005 @ 16:16

The exhibition, now in its third year, will be held at the Sheikh Rashid Hall (Section-E), Dubai International Exhibition Centre from November 7th to 9th 2005.

Sportex Middle East & Gulf Stadia, presented by Dubai Sports City – the world’s first purpose-built integrated sports city – and organized by International Expo-Consults, is the premier international event for the Sports, Fitness, Health and Leisure industries in the Middle East. It continues to expand its base from the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region to the world.

Speaking at the opening, Mr Khalid Al Zarooni, President of Dubai Sports City, said, “Sportex Middle East is an excellent platform that demonstrates Dubai’s growing popularity as a hub for the sporting world. The Dubai Sports City project is the first of its kind in the world, a unique concept that unites sports, lifestyle and business – obviously providing a natural synergy with Sportex 2005. The event is sure to boost the growth of sports and leisure in the region.”

Mr AbdulRahman Falaknaz, President – Falaknaz Group, said,

“Sportex Middle East & Gulf Stadia has proven to be an established industry platform for these industries and it continues to grow at a fast pace We are proud to have the support of Dubai Sports City this year, something that reflects the status of the event. The event will attract prospective business visitors from across the region, Asia and Europe, which include over 5,000 professionals from around 30 countries. This will be a great opportunity for the Middle East to showcase its immense investment opportunities in these sectors.”

“We are particularly excited about the involvement of Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) this year. They have a kiosk on-site to initiate registrations for their pilot football training programme in association with Dubai Sports City,” added Mr. Falaknaz.

As the most revered soccer franchise in the world, Manchester United will set up its highly acclaimed Soccer Schools concept in Dubai Sports City in 2007. The MUSS coaching scheme is specially adapted from the excellence-coaching programme at Manchester United’s Youth Academy. Prior to this, from December 14th 2005 to April 15th 2006, MUSS and Dubai Sports City will provide the opportunity for young and aspiring soccer players within the UAE to work with coaches from one of the world’s largest and most famous football clubs in the world by running a four month long pilot schools programme at the Al Wasl Football Club in Dubai. Aimed at boys and girls between 7 – 16 years old, the courses will be 16 weeks in duration with each participant playing in a group of around 16 other children of the same age.

Manchester United Soccer Schools will also be demonstrating their state-of-the-art coaching equipment to attendees at this year’s show. The MUSS coaching team will be using the speed gun, which can measure the speed of a football shot. Coaches will be on hand to pass on tips on how to improve technique and increase power.

For the first time, the expo will have an actual indoor running track around the perimeter of the exhibition offering visitors a unique experience of some of the many innovative products that are being offered by exhibitors from more than 13 nations. Also, latest trends and technologies – including games-apparels and accessories – from sports and related sectors will be showcased. The special features include a Golf Clinic by Troon Golf and a car display by the Dubai Autodrome highlighting the forthcoming FIA GT Championship.

Special Olympics Middle East/ North Africa (SOMENA) will be another major participant at this year’s show. Special Olympics, founded by Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1962, offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in Olympic-type summer and winter sports. The organisation improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, and, in turn, the lives of everyone they touch through quality sports training and competition with initiatives programs like Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs), Family Leadership and Support, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes®, and Schools & Youth. Its aim is to benefit them physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; strengthen families; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

Eng. Ayman A. Wahab, Regional Managing Director – SOMENA, said, “The movement currently serves 1.7 million individuals with intellectual disabilities, out of which 110,000 athletes are from the MENA region. We have more than 150 countries globally including 20 programs in the MENA region participating in the movement. We are sure that this exhibition will offer a unique platform for our cause and enhance our growth.” Schools Plans for next year’s show have already started taking shape with German-based Planetfair, the organiser of Hansegolf, one of Europe’s leading trade fairs for the Golfing industry, scheduled to launch ArabGolf. This trade show, aimed at establishing a professional platform for the manufacturers of golf equipment, developers & operators of golf courses, and the golf enthusiasts in the Middle East, will be part of Sportex Middle East 2006.

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