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Dubai to bid for 2024 Olympic host


09:30, December 05, 2012

DUBAI, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Yousuf Yaqoob Alserkal, the vice president and chairman of the United Arab Emirate's National Olympic Committee (NOC), said here Tuesday that the sheikhdom still eyes to bid to host future Summer Olympic Games, despite a withdrawal of a bid for the 2020 games in 2009.

Speaking at the sidelines of the Emerging Host Cities conference, a two-day forum on hosting major sporting events which started Tuesday, Alserkal said 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.

Dubai has all sorts of sports stadiums like for athletic sports, swimming, football, tennis or basketball, said Alkersal, "so we think in general we would be ready to host a multi-sports events." The UAE's NOC vice president added that Dubai proved to be ready when it hosted the 7th FIFA Club World Cup in 2010 and the 9th Asian Swimming Championships 2012 last month, besides organizing annually the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Grand Prix and the international horse race Dubai World Cup.

However, temperatures rise up to 50 degrees Celsius during summer amid high humidity. This would force Dubai to move the summer games to the winter months, which might reduce the emirate' s chances against potential competing bidders.

Dubai was hit severely by the global financial crisis and was at the brink of bankruptcy end of 2009, which forced the government to put Olympic dreams on hold at that time. Dubai was financially saved by a 10 billion U.S. dollars guarantee form neighboring Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, Dubai's economy witnesses a strong comeback. According to Dubai department of statistics, in the first six months of 2012, Dubai's real economy grew by 4.1 percent year on year, representing the highest half-year growth in five years.

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