Three UAE football clubs merge to form one super club following Dubai Ruler’s order



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UAE football clubs merge

UAE football experienced a succession of major developments on Tuesday, led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, ordering the merger of Al Shabab, Al Ahli and Dubai club.

The three clubs had been expected to compete separately in next season’s Arabian Gulf League (AGL), but will now be known as Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club, with assets and properties of the trio transferred to the single entity with immediate effect.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, was appointed as chairman of Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club, with its headquarters located at Dubai club’s current site in Al Awir. The club’s facilities are to be revamped.

A supreme committee was formed to oversee the merger process under the chairmanship of Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, president of the interim committee overseeing Ahli since the beginning of this year.

According to the decision, all assets and investments of the three clubs will be managed by an asset management and investment company formed under the leadership of Hisham Abdullah Al Qassim.

A tweet from Dubai Media Office’s official Twitter account attributed a quote to Sheikh Mohammed saying: “Our objective is to build a club that can compete regionally and globally.”

 

Sharjah clubs merge too

It was then confirmed later in the night that Sharjah and Al Shaab, clubs in the AGL and the First Division, respectively, have also merged following a decree issued by Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah. The new enterprise will be known as Sharjah Cultural Club.

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