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The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) on Thursday approved the 2024-2033 strategic plan, aimed at increasing the private sector's participation in organizing sports events to 90%.

"In alignment with the vision of the leadership, we have approved the latest strategic plan for Dubai's sports sector for the period 2024-2033. The plan is designed to contribute to Dubai's ambitious sustainability targets, including a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030," DSC Chairman Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, according to the Dubai government's official website.

The DSC chairman approved the plan at the council's headquarters in the presence of Mattar Al Tayer, vice chairman; Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police; Maryam Al Hammadi, secretary general of the UAE cabinet, alongside other board members.

Al Maktoum further said that this plan also aligned with the objectives outlined in the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan and with the directives of the Dubai government, adding that it will prioritize sustainability across all facets of the work.

He noted that sports play an important role, as it promotes health and happiness, and added that the aim was to improve "the overall quality of life while enhancing the sports sector's contribution to the emirate's annual GDP."

"We have directed efforts to increase the private sector's involvement in organizing sports events, with a target of achieving 90% participation in 450 events held annually in Dubai," he said.

During the meeting, the council also reviewed the preparations for hosting forthcoming global sports events including the region's first-ever Dubai Electric Scooter Cup, which will be held this Saturday at Dubai Design District, featuring the world's 16 elite racers participation.

The board also reviewed preparations for other events, including the Dubai Marathon in Umm Suqeim, scheduled for Jan. 7; the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award on Jan. 10; the Dubai International Sports Conference; the Globe Soccer Awards on Jan. 19 and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will be held from Feb. 15 to 25 at Dubai Design District.

Last month, Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum led more than 226,000 participants during the fifth edition of Dubai Run, marking the conclusion of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 2023.

The Dubai Run initiative was launched by the crown prince in 2017. This year's edition of the fun run was organized by Dubai's Department of Economy and Tourism and DSC.