According to a report by the sports council of the emirate, the port in Dubai generated an additional AED9 billion ($.2.46 billion).
2022 saw stadium crowds return as Covid measures across the world were eased, and the emirate attracted worldwide talent in a range of sports.
According to the Dubai Sports Council, sports were responsible for 2.3% of the emirate’s GDP.
Sporting events in Dubai
The Global Padel Championship, Dubai World Golf Championship, World Tennis League, two tours of the world beach volleyball championship, Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup, and Dubai Super Cup were among the 103 international competitions and events staged in Dubai.
In 2023, football powerhouses including Liverpool, Lyon, and AC Milan paid the city a visit. Arsenal was there as well.
There are over 700 registered businesses that specialize in planning sporting events and training camps.
400 new sports academies have opened their doors, and 400 more gyms and specialized fitness centers have also been added.
The emirate kept growing as a center for sports, drawing competitions and athletes from all over the globe.
More than 31,000 athletes competed in a variety of competitions, and 713,000 spectators, the majority of whom traveled from abroad, watched the activities.
With 1.77 million participants from 200 different countries and 220,000 spectators, 165 local events were held, adding significantly to the sports tourism industry.
In addition to sporting events, there were 12 significant sports conferences and exhibitions, including the Globe Soccer Awards and the Dubai International Sports Conference.
There were organized 58 women’s events, averaging more than one each week.
Due to the impressive growth of e-sport and the notable participation of international corporations and athletes, the relevant bodies organized 31 e-sports events.