Dubai ruler honors Mo Salah as Arab athlete of the year

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad honored the Egypt and Liverpool star Mohammad Salah. (Courtesy: WAM)
Updated 09 January 2019
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Dubai ruler honors Mo Salah as Arab athlete of the year

  • Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad honored the Egypt and Liverpool star with the Outstanding Arab Athlete award
  • Salah was crowned as African Player of the Year on Tuesday for his stunning displays for his country and Liverpool

DUBAI: A day after sweeping up the African Player of the Year for a second time, Mo Salah picked up another award on Wednesday — this time from the Dubai royal family.

Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad honored the Egypt and Liverpool star with the Outstanding Arab Athlete award at the 10th annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Creative Sports Award.

“Today, we have honored some of the most distinguished in the sports sectors at the local, Arab and international levels,” Sheikh Hamdan said during the ceremony.

Salah was crowned as African Player of the Year on Tuesday for his stunning displays for his country and the Premier League leaders Liverpool in 2018.

The Egyptian forward met Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid at Zabeel Palace on Wednesday, who congratulated him on retaining the award and granted him the Outstanding Arab Athlete Award.

The awards ceremony was held earlier at the Sheikh Rashid Ballroom at the Dubai World Trade Center.


Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori get ready to serve up the action in Dubai championship

Updated 23 February 2019
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Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori get ready to serve up the action in Dubai championship

DUBAI: With the women’s tournament now over for another year, it is the turn of the men to wow the crowds in Dubai, with the men’s ATP event getting underway in the emirate this weekend.
The tournament has traditionally attracted some of the biggest names in the sport, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all having played in the past.
The 2019 entry list is no different, with Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori, Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas all on show this week.
World No. 6 and top-seeded Nishikori will get his tournament up and running against Frenchman Benoit Paire, while second seed Roger Federer — seven-time champion in Dubai who last won the title in 2015 — will face German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Croatian Marin Clilc has arguably the toughest opening match against the recent Rotterdam Open winner Gael Monfils.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who shocked Federer at the Australian Open, begins his campaign against the Australian Matt Eden.
Other notable first round ties see Tomas Berdych up against Aljaz Bedene and last year’s champion Roberto Bautista Agut playing India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Federer, apart from chasing an eighth title in what is likely to be his Swanson in Dubai, will also be hoping for victory next weekend to claim his 100th title on the ATP tour.
Nishikori, however, will be out to stop the Swiss ace and claim the $565,000 winner’s prize and his second title of the year having won the Brisbane International last month.