Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid speaks during an event. File
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai congratulated Saudi Arabia on being elected as the likely host of the FIFA 2034 World Cup.
The Kingdom is almost certain to host the show piece event after the only other bidder Australia pulled out of bidding process on the cut-off date.
Sheikh Mohammed took to social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, to congratulate Saudi Arabia. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the 2034 World Cup is an Arab victory and a new Gulf success and a Saudi victory that confirms the Kingdom’s global status.
“Qatar excelled in hosting the World Cup and we bet on the Kingdom hosting the best edition in the history of the cup. “With such global occasions, the region rises, grows and prospers. We are optimistic about achieving the vision of the Crown Prince of the Kingdom, my brother Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, for the region to be the new Europe.
“All the best to our brothers in the Kingdom under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his trustworthy Crown Prince,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed. Saudi Arabia is prepared to host the 2034 World Cup in summer or winter, its football chief told AFP, as the oil giant was anointed the tournament's host just weeks after announcing a bid.
During the ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed wished the newly appointed members success in their new roles and urged them to uphold fairness and efficiency within the Dubai Courts and Public Prosecution to ensure their seamless operation.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, in the presence of Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Sunday met Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman.
During the ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed wished the newly appointed members of the Authority success in their new roles and called on them to uphold the principles of fairness and efficiency and the highest legal standards.
Both teams will first meet in two 50-over warm-up games on Dec.25 and 27 respectively, and is followed by three T20Is scheduled to be played on Dec.29 and 31, plus on Jan.2 at Sharjah International Cricket Stadium.
Leaders Al Wasl will look to consolidate their position on the top of the table when they take on rivals Al Wahda in their Round 10 match of the Pro League on Friday.
CEO Mauro Gianetti emphasised the team's role in driving positive social impact and supporting the UAE's decarbonisation goals through a comprehensive sustainability programme.