Dubai will host the Nad Al Sheba World Sporting Championships in March.
With an estimated prize fund of $600,000 being split between 70 top shooters, including $140,000 for the top male athlete and $35,000 for the Lady High Gun, the United Arab Emirates is making a significant move toward the Sporting disciplines.
There is no entry cost but competitors have to pay a $350 registration fee that will be refunded upon arrival. The event is a “FITASC type shooting championship” taking place from 28 February-5 March.
It is being set up by former Olympic champion Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum, who also supported Peter Wilson in his London 2012 campaign. He aims to increase the number of UAE Sporting participants from “less than 25”, to improve the level of shooting talent in all disciplines. Sheikh Ahmed said: “A lot of Olympic shooters started with Sporting, which improves all kinds of talent and skills and then they specialise in one of the Olympic disciplines.”
More information can be found on the official Nad Al Sheba website.