Reda Saleem (Dubai)
The major international sporting events that are being held during the current period in Dubai, on the sidelines of the Expo 2020 Dubai, have turned into a golden opportunity for sports investments by viewing and exploiting the available opportunities, the investment environment and government legislation, which support investment in all fields, research investment opportunities in Dubai, and access to major facilities. In this field, especially since these events are held during the period of the major event “Expo 2020”, which brings the world together under the slogan “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future”, which makes it an opportunity for the participants in the tournaments, including players and accompanying delegations, to see this global event, which is being held for the first time in Region.
Dubai brings together the giants of sports investments by hosting the Cricket World Cup and the Corporate Football World Cup, which represents a meeting that combines sports with money and investments on the field. Today, Sunday, eyes turn to the stadiums of Dubai Sports City to follow the upcoming summit between India and Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup. , as well as the closing day of the FIFA Corporate World Cup, which opens the way for international companies working in various fields to participate in the tournament.
Sixteen companies from 14 countries from different continents of the world are competing in the third edition of the FIFA Five-Football World Cup 2021, which is organized by the High Five Sports Events Company, under the supervision of the International Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO), and in cooperation with the Dubai Sports Council on the city’s stadiums. Dubai Sports.
The semi-final matches will be held on Sunday, followed by the third-place match that will be held before the final. The participating teams were divided into 4 groups. The first group includes PwC from the UAE, Galacticos from Nigeria, Synergy from Ireland and Monaco. The second group includes the Chalhoub Company from the UAE, the Mojo Company from Canada, the Pando Company from Bangladesh, the ECWB Company from Morocco, and in the third group are the BMU Company from the Republic of Mali, the Vitol Company from Switzerland, and the Rafsanjan Company from Iran, Saab from Saudi Arabia, and the fourth group includes Remaya from Saudi Arabia, Corporate Football England from the United Kingdom, Sunidi from Tunisia, and Neutral Fuels from Lebanon.
Albert Zbeli, President of the International Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO), said: “We are very pleased to organize the tournament for the first time in Dubai, which has become one of the most preferred cities for athletes in the world due to its modern and diverse sports and tourism facilities, and the development of transportation, shopping and entertainment centers. In it, and there are all the facilities that help the success of the tournament, to be the first time that the tournament is held in the Middle East, after the previous two editions were held in Montreal, Canada in 2018, and in Monaco in 2019.
The Corporate World Cup is the first corporate football tournament in the world and is open to FIFCO member countries. The tournament is held annually in a different place to give members the opportunity to meet, have fun and discover a new location. Mexico won the title of the first edition of the tournament that was held In Montreal, while Iran won the title of the second edition, which was held in Monaco.
FIFCO is the global body responsible for corporate football, founded in 2009 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, present in 60 countries, managing 2.7 million players, working with more than 100,000 companies around the world, and organizing the Corporate World Cup Series annually.