Registration for the 10th Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum MBR Creative Sports Award opened on Sunday, April 1 and will close on August 31.

The theme for the 10th edition of the MBR Creative Sports Award will be be ‘Empowerment of Youth, the Architects of the Future’, with the final awards night taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre’s Shaikh Rashid Hall on January 9, 2019.

Moaza Al Marri, General Secretary of the Award, confirmed the news at a media briefing at the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) office, in the presence of Nasser Al Rahma, Director of the Award and Assistant General Secretary, DSC.

Al Marri said: “The Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award enjoys a prestigious place in the sports world, not just in the UAE and the Arab world, but around the globe.

“Over the years, we have witnessed an ever-increasing flow of applications, and it’s not surprising because the Award carries the name of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and reflects his policy of development in all spheres of life, chief among which is the sports sector.”

The qualifying period of the 2018 MBR Creative Sports Award will be from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018, with the winners standing to receive their share of the Dh7.5 million prize pot.

Individuals, teams and associations from across the Arab world are invited to apply, as well as sports federations from further afield too. In 2017, there were 297 applications – up from 198 the previous year’ – with 87 of those coming from the UAE.

Last year’s MBR Creative Sports Award focused on the ‘Empowerment of Women in Sports’, with Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Tolerance, named UAE Sports Personality of the Year and Saudi Arabia’s Princess Reema Bint Bandar Bin Sultan Al Saud of Saudi Arabia winning Arab Sports Personality.


Total number of applicants in 9 years: 1,835 (Local: 489; Arab: 1,145; International: 201)

Total number of winners in 9 years: 203 (Local 96; Arabs 93; International 14)

Winners include 143 individuals, 17 teams and 43 associations