The region’s rugby-loving community will feel like something is missing when this weekend passes without the single most permanent feature of the UAE’s sporting landscape.
For the first time since it started 50 years ago, the Dubai Rugby Sevens will not take place, because of the effects of Covid-19.
For the majority of its lifespan, the Sevens has been played on National Day weekend. Other than the early tournaments which predated the concept of National Day, and last year, when it was shifted so as not to clash with the Etihar AirwaysAbu Dhabi Grand Prix.
To mark the traditional window for the region’s biggest rugby festival, we have put together a gallery of memories of some of the competition’s finest moments.