Nahyan exudes confidence

Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Chairman for the General Authority of Youth and Sports and Chairman of the Higher Local Organising Committee (LOC) for Fifa U-17 World Cup 2013 in UAE, said that the country will preserve the reputation of hosting world-class sporting events.

By James Jose

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Published: Fri 23 Aug 2013, 12:48 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:50 PM

The Fifa Under-17 World Cup will be held in six cities across the UAE from October 17 to November 8. Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah are the host cities.

Shaikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan chairs the meeting with the Local Organising Committee at his Palace in Al Bateen on Wednesday. — KT photos by Nezar Balout

“We are constantly striving to work together as a team to ensure that we stage a tournament that is in line with UAE’s standards as a world-class sporting destination. The UAE is one of the top nations in the region known for putting on successful international events and we would definitely like to preserve that reputation,” Shaikh Nahyan said after a meeting of the Local Organising Committee at the Shaikh’s Palace in Al Bateen on Wednesday morning.

The meeting also involved officials from the UAE Football Association and Fifa Deputy Director of Competitions Inaki Alvarez and his team.

Alvarez and his team were in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and wrapped up their final round of inspections of the six venues — Dubai, Al Ain, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi — along with the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

The inspections began last Friday in a bid to finalise preparations for the tournament, which plays out from October 17 to November 8.

The official draw of the tournament will be held in Abu Dhabi next Monday.

“We are almost there in terms of preparations for the Fifa U-17 World Cup. We will continue working with all six host cities to get to a final state of readiness within the coming few weeks,” Shaikh Nahyan said.”

“The Emirates boasts a state-of-the-art infrastructure and world-class sporting facilities that allows us to stage international tournaments such as the Fifa U-17 World Cup. This is one of Fifa’s oldest and biggest,” Shaikh Nahyan added.

Shaikh Nahyan said that it was crucial to operate as one family and work together.

“It is crucial that we operate as one football family and work together to be able to stage an outstanding tournament that we are all proud of. Preparations for the tournament are in full swing and we are making good progress on a number of key areas with our partners,” said Shaikh Nahyan.

The Fifa’s Competitions team will be back for the last round of scheduled inspections from October 2–8 during which they will do a dry run of all the systems at the stadiums.

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