The National reports that Dubai will bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games as soon as an expected go-ahead from the government comes through, Abdulrahman Falaknaz, the NOC finance director, said Tuesday.
He said, “our bidding has started already. The UAE has the infrastructure, capability, manpower and know-how to host such events. There is pressure on cities when they host huge events like the Olympics, but Dubai and the UAE can take it.
“We have staged events before – the International Monetary Fund annual meeting in 2003, which everyone thought was fantastic. We have the World Youth Cup in (the UAE in 2003) and recently the F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, one of the best in the world. I can assure you that our bid will be a comprehensive and winning bid”.
Yousuf Yaqoob Alserkal, vice president and chairman of the United Arab Emirate’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), said at the sidelines of the Emerging Host Cities conference, a two-day forum on hosting major sporting events which started Tuesday, that the Dubai committee, which was formed in 2008 to work out Olympic bidding procedures was still in place and he confirmed that the sheikhdom will effectively submit a bid for 2024, reports Xinhua.
Dubai has all sorts of required infrastructure for athletic sports, swimming, football, tennis or basketball, said Alserkal, “so we think in general we would be ready to host a multi-sports events”.
Falaknaz said that representatives from Dubai have been consulting senior figures from past host cities of the biggest event in sports. He said, “we have been talking to Olympic cities like Sydney, Beijing and London, which we had a very close relationships with. Everybody has to learn all the time, and we are learning”.
When asked what Dubai still needs to do, Falaknaz said, “to bid is one thing, to be successful another, and then to run the event another. We need to work on hotel accommodation and roads. We have already opened the Metro here and that will link up with Abu Dhabi”.
Eighteen cities are thought to be preparing a bid for the 2024 Games, and bidding will begin in 2015, with the winner announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2017.