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Indian Premier League Marks Its Abu Dhabi Arrival With Celebratory Gala

04 / 17 / 14

Abu Dhabi "heralded the arrival" of the Indian Premier League with an evening of "fireworks, music, dance and celebration," according to Kyle Sinclair of THE NATIONAL. All eight of the IPL teams were "present to mark the start of the cricket tournament and were treated to performances from Bollywood...

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Emirates, F1 To Sign $200M Deal

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "is expected to seal a sponsorship deal for Formula One with Emirates Airlines" in Dubai on Tuesday worth about $200M, according to Kerr & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Ecclestone is understood to have convinced Emirates to sign a five-year deal that in terms of size "wo ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom, Middle East

Omega Looks To Extend Dubai Golf Deals

Swiss watchmaker Omega VP & Int'l Sales Dir Raynald Aeschlimann "has expressed confidence" in extending the brand's five-year title sponsorship of the Dubai Desert Classic and Ladies Masters golf tournament when it expires next year, according to Ashley Hammond of GULF NEWS. Aeschlimann said tha ...

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Al Nasr To Be Awarded $6M In Damages

UAE Pro-League Al Nasr is due €4.5M ($6.1M) in compensation after its former player Esmail Bangoura was ruled to "have breached his contract" with the Dubai club when he joined French Ligue 2 side Nantes in Jan. '12, according to GULF NEWS. FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled that Nan ...

Tags: International Football, Middle East

Mena Golf Tour Expands To 11 Events

Mena Golf Tour Chair Mohamed Juma Buamaim has "delivered on his promise to expand the competition for its third season" after announcing the addition of five events, according to John McAuley of THE NATIONAL. The '13 schedule, which runs from March through November, will feature 11 tournaments. New ...

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UAE Launches 2019 Asian Cup Bid

The UAE FA has "made a formal bid to host the 2019 Asian Cup," according to Ahmed Abbas Rizvi of THE NATIONAL. The FA sent in its papers to the Asian Football Confederation on the final day of accepting bids. It "will be competing against six nations" -- Bahrain, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailan ...

Tags: International Football, Middle East, Asia

EPL Awards Media Rights To MP & Silva

The Premier League "has awarded the live audio visual broadcast rights for the 23-nation Middle East and North Africa region to media agency MP & Silva," according to the BBC. The deal covers all 380 EPL matches each season, from seasons '13-14 to '15-16. The firm "will be the exclusive distribu ...

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Football Notes

The Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank revealed that it "has awarded each player in the UAE National football team, who won the Gulf Cup in Bahrain earlier this month, with a first-class ticket to any destination in the world on Etihad Airways" ( GULF NEWS, 1/30 ). ... Senegal will play its next World Cup foo ...

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Magazine Claims Qatar Bought World Cup

Paris magazine France Football published a 15-page report titled "Qatargate" where it accuses the Middle Eastern country of buying the 2022 World Cup, according to Paul Kennedy of SOCCER AMERICA. The accusations "aren't exactly revelatory but they are numerous." Below are some highlights of the Fr ...

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Israel President Demands Racism Probe

Israel President Shimon Peres "has called on the country's football authorities to clamp down on racism after Beitar Jerusalem fans protested against the club's intention to sign two Muslim players," according to Harriet Sherwood of the London GUARDIAN. Peres wrote to the Israel FA on Tuesday: "Raci ...

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Former Players Criticize ICC, BCCI

The Pakistan Cricket Board has "remained silent" on the decision by the Int'l Cricket Council to allow the organizers of the Women's World Cup in India to house the Pakistan team at a stadium instead of a hotel, according to the PTI. However, former players have "lashed out" at the ICC and the Board ...

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