The UAE was ratified as an associate member of the International Ski Federation (FIS) following a vote by member countries at the 52sd International Ski Congress, held last week in Switzerland. The membership is the culmination of a five-year campaign led by Majid Al Futtaim and Ski Dubai in collaboration with the UAE Winter Sports Federation. It paves the way for first-time Emirati snow sports athletes to compete internationally and the United Arab Emirates to host FIS accredited international snow sports competitions, such as the FIS Alpine Slalom and Slopestyle Ski and Snowboard event. , which must take place. at Ski Dubai later this year.
Over the past decade, Ski Dubai has fostered a culture of winter sports in the MENA region and established itself as a hub for international competitions by hosting many prestigious events such as the World Cup and the Cup. of the para-snowboard world as well as the inaugural Snowboard Championships, which attract both competitors and spectators from all over the world. In line with its efforts to build a national team, the state-of-the-art facility also provides a platform for athletes to learn, develop and hone their unique talents and, is committed to investing in and nurturing local talent through its Programs. sponsored athletes.
Following this announcement, Mohammad El Etri, vice president of Global Snow at
Majid Al Futtaim said: “Becoming an associate member of the International Ski Federation (FIS) is a moment of great pride and will strengthen the UAE’s stature on the international snow sports scene. It is also extremely exciting news for athletes who can now aspire to represent their country at the global level by participating in some of the most prestigious sporting events in the world such as the Olympic Winter Games and the FIS World Ski Championships. .
He added: “At Majid Al Futtaim we are committed to pushing the limits of what is possible and, while the desert may seem like an unlikely destination for snow sports, Ski Dubai introduces 80,000 people to skiing and snow sports each year. year and formed a cohort. elite athletes. As part of our commitment to championing local talent, we have worked closely with the UAE Winter Sports Federation and have been instrumental in securing this membership. We are extremely excited to see our athletes stand out on the world stage and fuel the growth of the snow sports industry. “
The UAE was one of five new countries to be approved as an associate member of FIS at the International Ski Congress, which takes place every two years. The International Ski Federation (FIS) is the governing body of international skiing and snowboarding and was founded in 1924 during the first Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing and snowboarding, including the establishment of competition rules. international. Thanks to its 123 member countries, more than 7,000 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are organized each year around the world.
Ski Dubai was recently nominated for “World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort” at the 2021 World Ski Awards and has received the prestigious title for five consecutive years. For more information on Ski Dubai, visit skidxb.com or follow @skidxb on social media.