Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) signed an agreement with the Arab Universities Sports Federation to sponsor the Stage 4 of the UAE Tour titled ‘Hope Probe’ to mark the nation’s historic mission to Mars.
Now in its third edition, the UAE Tour from 21-27 February is the only WorldTour event in the Middle East and the opening race of the season of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of ADSC, and Mr. Ali Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of the Arab Universities Sports Federation, signed the agreement at the sports council’s headquarters.
The Stage 4 of the UAE Tour is slated for Wednesday, February 24, covering a distance of 204 kilometres. The stage will start and finish at Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah after racing through Umm Al Quwain.
HE Al Awani praised the Arab Universities Sports Federation for the support they have extended to the UAE Tour.
“We are delighted to have the Arab Universities Sports Federation sponsoring the Stage 4 of the UAE Tour,” he said.
“It’s an important stage of the race and named after the UAE’s historical Mars Mission, known as the Hope Probe.
“When the spacecraft arrived, it marked the UAE as only the fifth country in history to reach the red planet and a first for the Arab world.”
Dr. Saeed Hamad Al Hassani, President of the Arab Universities Sports Federation said the sponsorship of the UAE Tour is to mark the nation’s celebrations of a historic event.
“Our participation as sponsor of Stage 4 of the UAE Tour is an appreciation and salutation to the country’s leadership on Hope Probe,” he said.
Mr. Al Dhaheri affirmed that the past period witnessed tremendous growth and development in the quality of activities and events between their federation and ADSC.
“We have an excellent and long standing relationship with the sports council,” he said.
“The Arab Universities Sports Federation is one of the pillars of the Arab sports world and we also work very closely with the sports council to enrich our activities through exchange programs and develop sports from the grassroots.”