Dubai International Sports Conference welcomes football icons

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His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, welcomed the world’s leading football personalities to the 16th session of the Dubai International Sports Conference.

The event will take place on December 27, alongside the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards.

Organised under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives by Dubai Sports Council, the Conference has been bringing football’s top stakeholders together every year since 2006 for exploring ways to develop and enrich the sport at domestic, regional and international levels.

Sheikh Mansoor highlighted the importance of the annual event, which has brought together elite players, coaches and decision-makers from the world of football.

"It is a platform for football’s top decision-makers to network, build relationships and share ideas on enhancing excellence in the sport. The event reflects the UAE’s and Dubai’s leadership in advancing excellence in the global sporting sector," he said.

"This year, we are pleased to host a new set of elite stars, whose performances have electrified football venues around the globe and brought joy to fans in every corner of the world. It is fitting that we will be celebrating their achievements at an awards ceremony at the Burj Khalifa, which is a symbol of Emirati excellence and creativity and an iconic landmark that is known all over the world," Sheikh Mansoor added.

The star-studded Conference will kick off at 7:00 pm. It will be followed by the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards, which will recognise the football world’s outstanding individuals and organisations in 2021.

Poland and Bayern Munich’s ace sharpshooter Robert Lewandowski is in contention for the Dubai Globe Soccer Player of the Year award this year alongside Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Karim Benzema and Mohammad Salah.

They were shortlisted following two rounds of voting by more than 5 million fans from around the globe.

Lewandowski is also on the shortlist for the TikTok Fans' Player of the Year Award, alongside Benzema, Mbappé, Messi, Ronaldo and Salah.

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