DUBAI // As tens of thousands of fans prepare for the Dubai Rugby Sevens, organisers said security would be tightened to ensure the event runs smoothly.
Last year the three-day Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament, which features both professional and amateur teams from around the world, attracted close to 100,000 spectators. This year the organisers expect even more people to attend the Sevens Stadium on the Dubai-Al Ain Road from Thursday to Saturday.
“We’re all very aware of the increased security situation worldwide and have taken appropriate measures,” said Donal Kilalea, CEO of Promoseven Sports, which runs the event.
“We pride ourselves on safety and work closely with the authorities and we have done so for the six months prior to the event.”
Security has been enhanced in terms of the number of personnel on the ground, said Mr Kilalea. “We’ve got a very experienced team of security staff. Dubai Police are working very closely with us. They have always been very supportive of the tournament and continue to be so.”
Friday, the biggest day of the weekend, is expected to draw crowds of about 45,000.