Dubai: Ahead of the highly anticipated Emirates Dubai 7s, part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which takes place from December 1-3, team captains from the 18 nations gathered at The View at The Palm.
Featuring stunning 360-degree views of the famous Palm Jumeirah, the event was organized in partnership with Nakheel Community Management, who recently signed a five-year deal as the presenting partner of the popular Netball tournament fans, which was held during the Emirates Dubai. 7 seconds
The Emirates Dubai 7s has grown with the continued support of the airline to become a major event on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit. The long-running Sevens tournament will celebrate its 52nd edition in Dubai, and Emirates has been instrumental in growing its international status since the airline began its support in 1987, in cooperation with World Rugby.
Fantastic to be back
The Emirates Dubai 7s has today become the biggest sporting event and social festival in the region, attracting more than 100,000 fans over the three-day period last December 2021. The Rugby Sevens Series in this year will have 16 male and 12 female teams competing during the festival. .
“Fantastic to be back! Sevens in Dubai is always a great weekend. The crowds are always behind us. I mean the conditions are perfect for rugby, it’s nice and warm, the pitch will be in good condition. We’re looking forward to a great sevens weekend,” said Nick Malouf, Australia’s men’s captain.
In the men’s event, four groups of four teams each will compete. Pool A features reigning 2022 series champions Australia, along with South Africa, Great Britain and Kenya. In Group B, Olympic gold medalists Fiji face Argentina, New Zealand and Uruguay. Group C features third-seeded France facing Ireland, Spain and Uganda. Finally, Group D has Samoa, USA, Canada and Japan.
The three-group women’s event features Australia, USA, Canada and China competing in Pool A. France, New Zealand, Great Britain and Brazil will compete in Pool B. Pool C features Fiji, Ireland, Spain and Japan
The matches will be played across two pitches and kick off at 9am UAE time on December 2, with Ireland competing against Spain in Women’s Group C. After two full days of action-packed rugby matches, the women’s final will take place at The Sevens Stadium from 6.56pm on December 3, followed by the men’s final at 7.26pm.
With over 100,000 fans expected to attend this year’s festival, fans and visitors alike can expect an exciting weekend of music alongside rugby action on Pitch 1 and 2, plus superstar DJs world-renowned: Cuban Brothers, Gorgon City and Craig. David presents TS5: Frequency on 8, a visual and audio experience, and Beats on Two, a unique bar concept that overlooks all the action of Pitch 2.
Sports participation is also growing at the festival, with the addition of a new inclusive fitness competition, WODON3, for fitness elites as well as novice athletes looking to push their limits. This will join the tournament favorites Rugby 7s, 10s, Netball presented by Nakheel Community Management and Cricket presented by Dulsco, with male and female participants from 32 countries.
Sports Weekend ticket options include the ultimate Hangar Hospitality for an exclusive, all-access experience, General Weekend Ticket and Weekend Reserved Seating, as well as single tickets day that they are available in limited quantities. Children under 12 have free entry during the weekend.