A senior executive board member on the UAE National Olympic Committee, told Gulf Business News that the UAE has no immediate plans to bid for the Olympic Games.
Shaima Al Zarooni said, “currently, we don’t see any interest from the leadership (regarding an Olympic bid). We are more focused on Expo 2020 and on making the event a success.”
She added that Dubai, which won the bid to host Expo 2020, was capable of holding the Olympics. “We are certainly prepared; if we are capable of hosting Expo 2020, we are definitely prepared to host an Olympics.
Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, who visited Dubai in 2010, has said the country would be capable to host the Games while Tessa Jowell, who led the London 2012 Olympics bid team said, “Expo 2020 might act as a stepping-stone if Dubai ever intends to bid for the Olympics”.