Hamdan bin Mohammed Ratifies Results of Sports Events Ranking System

By iSportconnect | November 19, 2015

System aimed at promoting continuous development of benchmarks, says Crown Prince

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has ratified the results of the ‘Sports Events Ranking System’, an initiative launched by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) to rank sports events according to 13 criteria and 29 key performance indicators (KPIs), and classify them under specific categories.  

The 2014-2015 Sports Events Ranking System uses a star rating system to rank sports events according to the quality of their event management and organisation.

The System also classifies the events under five major categories: Event Development, Economic Development, Sports Development, Social Development and Brand Development.

The Crown Prince of Dubai appreciated the efforts of DSC’s local associates to create and implement the innovative System, which is the first of its kind in the world: “The new Sports Events Ranking System is part of the UAE’s efforts to set new global benchmarks for excellence in every sphere of life including the sports sector.

The new System is one of the examples of creativity and innovation that Dubai has shown in advancing quality and standards, in line with the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”


His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed added: “On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of DSC, we are pleased to present the first set of results of the Sports Event Ranking System, which is primarily aimed at promoting the continuous development of benchmarks in sports events by using relevant and meaningful tools for measuring standards.”

Deputy Chairman of DSC H.E. Mater Al Tayer extended his appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his unlimited support for the development of the sports sector and encouragement in instilling a culture of excellence and creativity in sporting activities in both government and private sectors.

“We are pleased that DSC has taken proactive steps to launch this System as per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum, who advocates the application of best practices in administration and innovation, in order to showcase to the world the high levels of excellence that we maintain,” said Al-Tayer.

“More than 400 local, regional and international events are organised in Dubai every year. The Sports Events Ranking System is launched in such a way that accommodates these events and expects the implementation of the highest standards of transparency and accuracy in work.


In June 2014, DSC held a workshop for all organisers of sports events in the government and private sectors to explain the details and procedures of the System. Today we are unveiling the results of the first edition of the System covering 87 events, which meet the applicable conditions.

The results include full reports submitted by the Organizing Committee, DSC and of course, the spectators of each event whose voice is the most important,” he added.

This system aims at improving the regulating standards for sporting events in Dubai and aligning the development of the sports industry with the goals of the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Sport Council’s strategy. Sporting events have been classified into international and national categories.

The elements of each category have their own significance according to the overall developments of Event Management, as well as Economic Development, Sport Development, Social Development and Brand Development.

The Events Development are evaluated and classified according to a number of criteria: Event Management, Financial, Logistical and Technological aspects, as well as the extent of female participation.

Each has a score that is taken into account in the classification. The Economic development of the event is measured through factors that have to do with the development of Tourism and Business, each having a score that has an impact on the result. The same applies to Sport Development which includes Sports Performance and Excellence and Sports Participation.


The event’s Social Development is measured according to its role in inspiring the community and enhancing an integrated Dubai community, and lastly Branding Development includes Image Development and Media Coverage.

The information concerning the evaluation of each event can be obtained through answering 37 questions concerning the different aspects of organizing an event and its impact on society.

20 of these answers concern the sponsor of the event and represent 54% of the final result, 5 are addressed to spectators and/or participants and represent 16% of the final result, while 11 concern the professional team formed by Dubai Sport Council  and comprise 30% of the final result.


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