IRB Rubgy World Cup Sevens, Dubai
Head to Dubai for the series opener at the beginning of December 2009.
The Rugby Sevens game features seven players instead of the traditional 15-a-side team, lasts only seven or ten minutes each half and tends to be very fast-paced, featuring open rugby that often allows players the space for individual feats of skill.
First held in 1999/2000 by the International Rugby Board (IRB), following the success of the annual Hong Kong Sevens Series, the event is now broadcast live to 139 countries.
Teams compete for a series title by accumulating points based on their finishing position after the completion of eight tournaments in seven countries. Presently, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland each host one event.
While the IRB Sevens World Series is held annually, the Rugby World Cup Sevens is held every four years.
Date December 3 -5 2009
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Venue Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground seats 30,000. A new 60,000-seat multi-purpose outdoor stadium is being built at Dubai Sports City, a state-of-the-art sporting complex presently under construction.
Number of teams 16
Getting there Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground is located 6.5km east of Dubai on the Al Awir Road. Dubai Sports City is located not far from the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. Both grounds are best reached by taxi or hire car.
Once a haven for pearl divers, fishermen and traders of spices, gold and slaves, Dubai today offers ultra-modern shopping malls, classic sporting events, luxury hotels and impressive man-made islands. Beneath the shimmering office towers of Deira, on the right bank of Dubai Creek, lie atmospheric alleyways and ancient souks where you can find a host of Arabian delights. Stroll through the wooden lattice archway of Deira’s celebrated Gold Souq to explore an Aladdin’s cave of dazzling gold shops. Browse gold ingots, chains, rings, earrings and bracelets of intricately crafted jewellery, many of an ornate Indian and Arabian design. Explore the warren of narrow lanes in the old Bastakiya quarter lined with tall windtowers that soar from the rooftops of courtyard homes. For a fascinating glimpse into Dubai’s past, visit Al Fahidi Fort and Sheikh Saeed’s Al-Maktoum’s Palace or the archaeological sites at Al Ghusais or Jumeirah to find artifacts dating from the 7th to 15th centuries. Climb atop a camel and trek into the sand dunes, discover the ancient fortressed village of Hatta or swim from Dubai’s white sandy beaches.
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