H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
The Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council for Dubai Government and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has grown up under the patronage of the Arab’s rider H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum the Vice President & Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed has acquired from his father the love of UAE, techniques of management, arts of poetry & skills of horsemanship.
He has thus become a leader, poet, rider & statesman. Events & actions tell about his genius in various fields. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan graduated from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and got medals of excellence besides several titles in World Endurance Horse Races, in individual competitions and with the UAE National Team. In addition to his uniqueness as a world distinctive rider, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed gives special consideration to all other sports activities.
He is the Chairman of Dubai Sports Council since the establishment of the Council in 2005. He also chairs Al-Ahli Sports Club – the champion of the UAE Football League 5 times and champion of the UAE President's Cup 7 times. It is worth-mentioning that Al-Ahli Club represented UAE in the FIFA Club World Cup 2009, as it won the title of the first UAE Professionals Championship. He was named the Crown Prince of Dubai on 1 February 2008 by virtue of a resolution issued by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum the Vice President & Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He is also the Chairman of the Executive Council for the Government of Dubai. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan's name is linked to the World Endurance Championships & horsemanship since childhood. He got several medals of excellence in local & international endurance championships, thanks to his competence & unique skills.
One of the most important recent achievements of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed internationally is getting the golden medal with the UAE National Team as well as the silver medal in the individual competition in the World Endurance Championship held in September 2010 in USA. It is worth-mentioning that the UAE National Team was led by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum in this Championship.
With respect to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan's achievements in Europe, he attained the title of the European Endurance Open Championship held in December 2005 in France. The Championship was held with participation of 110 riders representing 27 countries.
On the Asian level, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan was awarded the golden medal in the Asian Endurance Championship held at tDoha on 17 December 2006, confirming his great contribution in various achievements, attained by UAE riders internationally. He played a vital role in the great achievement attained by UAE riders who got the golden medal in the World Endurance Championship, held in Malaysia in 2008.
As Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan translated his principles & visions into a tangible reality aiming to boost the sports movement not only in Dubai but in the UAE in general Sponsor of Heritage Sports
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed is a great supporter for heritage sports, top of which is Camel Races. H.H. owns many authentic and rare camels and he got many swords & cups of excellence in various camel races, held inside and outside the UAE. In this respect, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan was awarded the sword of the Ruler of Qatar in a prestigious ceremony that copes with his exalted status & his pioneer role for developing camel races. Leading Initiatives:
Dubai Sports Council acts according to the directives & visions decided by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum since the first meeting for the Council’s Board of Directors. It is in line with H.H. Sheikh Hamdan’s visions, the Council attained so many achievements, part of which are:
- A dramatic change had occurred in both results & performance of Dubai clubs which attained great records in local & regional competitions. Dubai clubs won the UAE Football League four successive times from 2005/2006 to 2008/2009 and got the title of the President’s Cup several times during the same period.
- Increasing the value of the financial rewards to the double for the clubs attaining championships’ titles which had a great impact in achieving big results.
- The launch of “H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Creative Sports Award” in 2008 – the most prestigious Award of its kind allover the world with respect to its financial rewards & various categories.
- The launch of “Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Sports Leadership” in 2008, aiming to qualify a new generation in the academic & scientific fields and enable them to lead the sports sector.
- The launch of “Hamdan Bin Mohammed School Games Tournament” which aims to boost sports activities in schools.
- The launch of Dubai International Sports Conference in 2006. The Conference is organized annually to convey successful experiences of international clubs to our local clubs and to attain a dramatic jump forward via proper implementation of professionalism.
- The launch of DSC’s Program for Talents which aims to sponsor several talents in Olympic sports and to qualify Olympic champions to represent UAE in international championships & events.