UAE School Games ready for thrilling finale

Uae School Games

National competition’s climactic showdown set for 18 May

The UAE School Games is set to culminate on 18 May at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, with top student athletes from across the country competing for top honours.

Organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the UAE National Olympic Committee, the finals will be attended by Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, Chairman of the General Authority of Sports, and President of the UAE School and University Sports Federation.

The event, organised by the UAE School and Sports Federation in collaboration with the General Authority of Sports (GAS) and various sports federations, is sponsored by Etisalat e&, featuring 2,500 students from 350 schools competing in ten disciplines: football, athletics, swimming, shooting, archery, badminton, fencing, judo, taekwondo, and jiu-jitsu.

Dr Al Falasi highlighted the games’ role in fostering a sporting culture, discovering promising talents, and developing Emirati champions who can represent the UAE internationally, aligning with the National Sports Strategy 2031.

The games aim to instil professionalism in young athletes and encourage sports as a vital part of life, promoting physical and mental well-being.

The event promises an entertaining atmosphere for families and friends, with a fan zone offering live and e-games, rewards, and diverse food carts.

The School Games are designed to broaden sports participation, nurture young talent, and identify future Emirati champions for global representation, including the Olympic Games.

The competition is structured in three levels: specialized training, regional competitions in each emirate, and national-level finals.

The initiative involves the UAE School and University Sports Federation, educational institutions, and sports bodies under the General Authority of Sports, aiming to enhance sports participation and develop young athletes to strengthen the UAE’s presence on the global sports stage.


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