Fantastic at futsal? Invincible on the ice? Now talented sports players could get a game for UAE teams.
The UAE Cabinet has approved a “historic” federal law directed by UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, allowing all UAE residents to play in all official sports competitions held in the country, regardless of their nationalities.
Under the new law, children of Emirati mothers, UAE passport holders, and all those born in the UAE, along with residents of all nationalities can now get a game – if they’re good enough, of course.
Although we didn’t qualify for the World Cup this year, the UAE is a haven of sporting talent. Golf, cricket and football are played to a professional level in the emirates and Dubai is also host to the Rugby Sevens, Duty Free Tennis Championships and DP World Golf Tour.
Major-General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority for Sports, said the decision was “historic” and added: “The grand move instills values of loyalty to the homeland and expands the sports base in the country in a way that unleashes the potential of all elements living in the UAE, and ultimately enables the homeland to notch more sports accolades,” he added.
Who knows what untapped talent could be proudly donning kits in their adopted?