Dubai to host region’s first snow volleyball tournament

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates:  Dubai is gearing up to host the region’s first official Snow Volleyball tournament in the second half of October this year in Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates.

Held under the auspices of Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the four-day tournament is being organized by Esperia Volleyball Academy in cooperation with Dubai Sports Council and Ski Dubai, according to Emirates News Agency (WAM).

Hosting the event is aligned with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, to strengthen Dubai’s position as the world’s most preferred venue for international sporting events.

As the first event of its kind in the Middle East, the tournament will contribute to reinforcing Dubai’s reputation as one of the region’s top supporters of snow sports and a premier destination for snow sports enthusiasts.

To familiarize sports enthusiasts with Snow Volleyball, a sport played by two teams on a snow court divided by a net, Ski Dubai will open its doors for the public to register for training sessions at its Snow Volley courts on 31st August, 1st and 3rd September, 2021.

Expert coaches from the Esperia Volleyball Academy will be on hand during the training sessions to provide participants tips to master the game.

The Snow Volleyball tournament is being organized under the framework of Dubai Sports Council’s plan to popularize snow sports in Dubai and the UAE, in cooperation with Ski Dubai, and provide all the necessary means for its growth and development, based on the Council’s desire to create a diverse sports environment that caters to the needs of all members of Dubai’s community.

Under this framework, Ski Dubai has hosted several events recently, including the world’s first indoor edition of Red Bull Jump & Freeze on 9th July this year. The unique competition saw more than 20 teams in custom-made costumes and vehicles slide down the slope of Ski Dubai, hit the kicker and jump into a pool of freezing water before a panel of judges, who selected the winners.

Ski Dubai is going to be a busy venue this year as well, with more than 10 events scheduled to take place at the venue, including national and international tournaments like the UAE Alpine Ski Championship, UAE National Ski and Snowboard Freestyle Championship and the 12th edition of Ice Warrior Challenge, which is one of the favorite events of the country’s obstacle-challenge enthusiasts.

All the events will be held following the Covid-19 precautionary measures and protocols as outlined by relevant authorities.


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