'The UAE could host the Olympics in 2028'

Time Out Dubai has news on Sebastian Coe's comments that the UAE could host the Olympics in 2028, his views on infrastructure and the weather

As the Games get off to a flying start in Rio, people in Dubai and the UAE can look forward to the possibility of one day also living in an Olympic host city.

That's according to IAAF president and former athlete Lord Sebastian Coe, who in an interview with The National, claims the UAE has the "ability to meet the infrastructural demands" of holding the greatest sporting event in the world.

"It is a country with clearly defined sporting and national ambitions," said the man behind London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid.

"A country that has shown that investment in sport and active lifestyle can have tangible benefits on health and well-being, and can support global nation-building objectives."

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Lord Coe did bring up the question on all of your minds right now - won't it be way too hot?

"Climate is clearly a factor and that would have to be planned around in partnership with the international sporting community, federations and governing bodies.

"But if the challenges of the sporting calendar could be navigated through, then the UAE could think about the potential of the Games," he said.

Lord Coe's comments seem to suggest that, as in the case of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the possibility of hosting the Olympics during the winter months could make the UAE a much more feasible option.

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The next Olympic Games that the UAE is eligible to host are in 2028, with bidding beginning in 2019 and the winner being announced in 2021.

Lord Coe also pointed out that Dubai’s Expo2020 will "cement the UAE’s position and reputation as a forward-thinking, progressive and amazingly ambitious nation".

"(Furthermore) the success of events like the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Fifa Under 17s World Cup UAE 2013 have shown that the UAE has the ability and experience to stage complex, international sports events on a grand scale," he added.

The UAE has never submitted a formal bid but with Lord Coe's comments in mind and the fact that either Dubai or Abu Dhabi could become the first city ever in the Middle East to host the Games, the Time Out team has nothing but words of encouragement.

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