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First Official Beach Rugby Tournament comes to Dubai’s Shores

First Official Beach Rugby Tournament comes to Dubai’s Shores



- UAE Rugby Federation sanctioned tournament to be played at Sheraton Beach Resort (JBR) Friday April 26 -

- Open to corporate, social and club, men’s and women’s teams, locally and internationally -

- Teams to consist of 7-player Touch and 8-person Contact -



Dubai, UAE, Monday March 25th 2019: In an exciting first for the region, the ‘Beach Rugby Dubai’ tournament has today been officially announced.


Sanctioned by the UAE Rugby Federation and supported by Beyond the Beach, ‘Beach Rugby Dubai’ offers a thrilling one-day tournament of corporate, social and club rugby on the shores of the pristine Jumeirah coastline. Open to all levels of men’s and women’s players, locally and internationally, Beach Rugby’s 2019 edition will be played at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort located within the vibrant heart of Jumeirah Beach Residences’ Walk on Friday April 26 (2019). Matches will start at 08:00 and continue through until 20:00.


“Discussions have been underway for a number of years on how we can bring the excitement of Beach Rugby to UAE’s Rugby-loving community and we now believe we have the right starting point which will provide a fantastic day of quality rugby for clubs, corporates and social teams, as well as for the enjoyment of rugby fans.” said Qais Al Dhalai, UAE Rugby Federation’s Secretary General. “We are exceptionally fortunate to have some of the most stunning, clean stretches of beachfront in the UAE and we are very pleased to see this tournament scheduled to be played on the Sheraton Beach Resort’s shoreline.”


Speaking on the development of the tournament Al Dhalai added, “We have entered into a long-term partnership with our preferred Sport Marketing Agency; Onside Sports, who have been tasked with developing the concept and the event. Together with them we look forward to, and are committed to growing this tournament into a must-do fixture on the UAE sporting calendar for the enjoyment of local and international beach rugby fanatics and fans.”


Jeff O’Brien, Managing Partner Onside Sports commented, “Dubai is rich with numerous quality sports events that welcome the participation of all levels of athlete, and, with the many formats rugby has to offer we are very excited to bring both contact and touch to the sands of Dubai under Beach Rugby Dubai.” “We are encouraged by the interest we are receiving (for the tournament) and are exceptionally pleased to welcome ‘Beyond the Beach’ as our official sponsor (of this tournament) and thank them for their support to this engaging, and exciting format of a rugby-experience.” added O’Brien.


A total of 5 pitches will be used throughout the day, where three beach pitches will be marked out for Beach Rugby Touch and two for Beach Rugby Contact. Teams in Beach Rugby Touch will consist of 7-players per team (3 reserves), and the Beach Rugby Contact will consist of 8-players per team (3 reserves). Each half will be played over 5 minutes for teams to give absolutely everything they have. Officiating Beach Rugby Dubai will be under the jurisdiction of the UAE Rugby Federation with technical support from Middle East Touch.


More information about Beach Rugby Dubai, including packages, can be found at


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Media contact:

Adrienne O’Brien

+971 50 654 0510


Tournament contact:

Lucas Britt

+971 56 260 1717

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