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Women Sports Committee hails Sheikha Maitha's election as World Karate Federation Athletes Commission's chair

Posted on 09/11/2010

The UAE Women Sports Committee expressed appreciation of the election of Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as chairperson of the World Karate Federation Athletes Commission for a 4-year term. Noura Al-Suwaidi, Director General of General Women's Union (GWU) and chairperson of UAE Women Sports Committee said the achievement is a significant step for UAE women. She noted the unlimited support provided to women by H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed launches website of UAE Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2011

Posted on 20/10/2010

H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday launched the official website of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2011 (www.uaejj.com). The Championship will take place in Abu Dhabi during the month of April 2011 and attract fighters from 45 countries to vie for the prize tickets of two million dollars. Sheikh Mohammed viewed the contents of the websites and briefed by organisers about the technical and ...  >>MORE

Ultimate fight in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/04/2010

After hosting the ultimate in motorsport racing, the ultimate in world club football and the ultimate in air racing, Abu Dhabi is now ready to stage the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). For the first time in the history of UFC, the mixed martial arts championship which is considered as one of the world's greatest indoor sporting event, will make its debut as an outdoor event on April 10 at the Concert Arena of Ferrari World adjoining the Yas Marina Circuit on Yas Island. Led by ...  >>MORE

30 countries will participate in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of Judo

Posted on 05/11/2009

At least thirty countries will participate in this year Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of Judo to be held here at Al-Jazira Sports and Cultural Club on 20th November. The two day event is hosted by Al-Jazira Sports and Cultural Club in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. The work is in progress to contribute to the success of this global event in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and the State's ...  >>MORE

UAE national karate team crowned champions at 13th AFOC Open Sports Fetival

Posted on 29/08/2009

UAE's national Karate team has been crowned champion of the Kata (group) championship which ended here in the early hours of Friday, August 28. More than 100 international contestants, holders of the black belt, fought for the ultimate prizes at stake for the men's and women's single and group Kata and Komite events, which attracted a large crowd of Karate fans. The UAE contestants show a good class during the event which is making its debut at the 13th AFOC Open Sports Festival, which is ...  >>MORE

UAE wins first gold medal in Gulf Judo Championship

Posted on 29/07/2009

Kuwait - UAE's national Judo team player Yahiya Mansour won the country's first gold medal in men's 100kg category in the Gulf Judo Championship being hosted by Kuwait. National teams from Bahrain, Suadi Arabia, Qatar and the host Kuwait are participating in the two-day championship tournament. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Maitha first Arab woman to figure in Taekwondo rankings

Posted on 08/07/2009

Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the first Arab woman to be classified in the new rankings system started by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Sheikha Maitha, who also became the first UAE woman to participate in an Olympic Games when she carried the flag at last year's Beijing Olympics, has been classified eighth best in the 72kg weight category as per the latest WTF Athlete Ranking System for July. In June, the UAE's Arab champion had been classified at No 3 ...  >>MORE

Maitha, Zayed bin Mohammed attend Art of War FC 12 Invincible

Posted on 28/05/2009

Beijing - Under the Patronage of H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Art of War Fighting Championship 12 (Art of War FC 12 Invincible) were held in the Chinese capital of Beijing. In attendance of all the 12 contests held at the Beijing Olympic Sports Centre Auditorium were H.H Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan who received a warm ...  >>MORE

UAE dominates 1st World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Posted on 03/05/2009

UAE and Brazilian teams have dominated play in the first day of the 1st World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which kicked-off here Friday at the International Lawn Tennis Complex of the Zayed Sports City. Two hundred and twenty two contestants from 32 countries of the world, including 45 from the UAE, are vying for honour at the two-day event, which is being organised by the Armed Forces Officers Club, under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in collaboration with the UAE ...  >>MORE

First World Championship in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for professionals kicks off in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 02/05/2009

Under the patronage of General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the first World Championship in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for professionals kicked off yesterday in Abu Dhabi. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Over 222 athletes from 32 countries are participating in the championship organised by Armed Forces Officer's Club and Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship on May 1

Posted on 26/04/2009

Abu Dhabi Tennis Complex at the Zayed Sports City will host on 1 and 2 May the World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009, which will be competed by 250 athletes from 30 countries. According to the organising committee, entrance to the championship is free with special areas reserved for the families. The championship's total cash prizes will be USUS$ 111,000. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed receives Jiu Jitsu Champions

Posted on 23/04/2009

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has received at the Sea Palace 41 boys who are the champions of the first Abu Dhabi Schools Brazilian Jiu Jitsu championship. Sheikh Mohammed, who expressed happiness on the positive outcome of the Jiu Jitsu program, congratulated the boys for their success and encouraged them to continue with the sport in the years ahead. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is one of Sheikh ...  >>MORE

UAE to participate in European Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Posted on 26/01/2009

The UAE wrestling and judo national team is stepping up preparation to participate in the European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship to be held in Lisbon from January 30 to February 5. The team is conducting daily training at the training facility of the UAE Wrestling and Judo Association here in Abu Dhabi to tone up for the championship. Thirteen of the best players, who achieved great results in 2008 in local and regional championships, will represent the UAE at the championship. According to UAE ...  >>MORE

Maitha faces tough test

Posted on 19/08/2008

Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum will face the world's strongest competitor, South Korean Hwang Shong Soon in the taekwondo event at the Beijing Olympic Games. Hwang, who weighs 67 kilograms, is expected to take the gold medal at the Olympics. The match will start in China at 9am on Friday. Shaikha Maitha expressed her happiness at being chosen against a strong competitor, because the match will attract a lot of attention worldwide. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Maitha bint Mohammed arrives in Beijing

Posted on 07/08/2008

Beijing - Determined to win, the first women athlete of UAE participating in Olympic Games Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed arrived in the Chinese capital today. She is the only UAE athlete participating in the 67kgs category of Taekwondo in Beijing Olympiad. "I am honoured and excited to have been selected as a member of UAE Olympic team for Beijing Olympiad and I will do my best to make my motherland proud," said Sheikha Maitha, daughter of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ...  >>MORE

Maitha finds inspiration to succeed is at home

Posted on 06/08/2008

Sometimes inspiration is hard to find but Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum does not need to go too far to find hers. "I have been with and met countless people from different walks of life, but the one person who makes the biggest difference to the way I see and encounter life is my father," she said. Sheikha Maitha, who will be representing the UAE in the taekwondo at Beijing, is the daughter of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime ...  >>MORE

Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid pledges to make UAE proud in Beijing Olympiad

Posted on 05/08/2008

With four days to go before the official opening day of Beijing Olympic Games slated for Aug. 8.2008, Shaikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai met with local media representatives in Seoul and pledged to make her country proud. "I am honoured and excited to have been selected as a member of UAE Olympic team for Beijing Olympiad and I will do my best to make my motherland proud," said Shaikha Maitha when asked by SBS TV reporter how she feel about being the only UAE athlete ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Maitha spars with gold medallist

Posted on 30/07/2008

The UAE's Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum continued with her preparations for the Beijing Olympics by holding a training camp with members of the Chinese taekwondo squad. Shaikha Maitha has been in Beijing to prepare for the taekwondo under 67kgs category at the Olympics. The UAE competitor has also been training with the Athens 2004 gold medal winner Lu Wi. Last year, the Chinese athlete won the silver medal at the World Taekwondo Championships. Besides training twice a ...  >>MORE

Maitha Best Female Sportsperson

Posted on 19/03/2008

The UAE's Shaikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was selected as the Best Female Arab Sportsperson for the second consecutive year. The award was decided by a poll conducted throughout the Arab region by the popular website Maktoub.com. Shaikha Maitha polled the highest number of votes from among the 13 sportswomen from the 10 Arab countries. The UAE athlete received 64.18 per cent of the votes, leaving Egypt's Aya Madani in second place with a tally of 6.3 per cent. Voting was done ...  >>MORE

Impressive show by UAE girls in karate championship

Posted on 30/08/2007

The UAE girls karate team walked away with six medals at the end of the open karate meet that concluded in Grado, Italy yesterday. Led by UAE skipper, Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the team picked up one gold, four silver and one bronze at the day-long competition. Nearly 650 athletes from 16 countries participated in the competition that was held to mark the end of a ten-day camp. More than 150 athletes took part in the Kata competition, while the rest participated in ...  >>MORE

Maitha bags prestigious Arab sportswoman of the year award

Posted on 14/03/2007

The UAE's champion Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was crowned the Arab world's best female athlete yesterday. The Arab Sports Awards - organised by Maktoob's Sport4ever - are among the biggest with people from the region voting online for their favourite sportspersons. "I am honoured to be given such an award. I was pleasantly surprised when I was told about this news," Sheikha Maitha told Gulf News after receiving her award from Samih Toukan, CEO of Maktoob Group. "This ...  >>MORE

Maitha donates Dh200,000 to Rashid Paediatric Centre

Posted on 13/03/2007

The UAE's Karate champion and Asian Games silver medallist Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has donated Dh200,000 to the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre. The amount was given by Sheikha Maitha last week after visiting the centre and meeting with the children and staff of the institution. Sheikha Maitha stated that the amount is being given as a token of appreciation for all that the centre is doing towards children with special needs in the country. She hoped that the ...  >>MORE

Maitha voted Best Arab Female Athlete of the year

Posted on 28/02/2007

Audiences and fans of Arab sports have voted UAE karate star Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Best Arab Female Athlete for the year 2006 in the Sport4ever.com online voting campaign. Qatar's Nasser Al Attiyah was crowned the top athlete in other sports. The Arab Sports Awards 2006 are the biggest Arab sports online polls, organised by Sport4ever, (http://www.sport4ever.com), part of Maktoob.com, ...  >>MORE

Maitha proud of medal

Posted on 15/12/2006

Shaikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who won a first-ever karate medal for Arab women at the Asian Games on Wednesday, dedicated her victory to her father, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. "My father is my first teacher. He gave me his precious advice before the final against my Uzbekistan opponent," she said yesterday. "As you know, my father is a real sportsman. He advised me and pointed ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid visits Games

Posted on 14/12/2006

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, arrived yesterday in Doha by sea to follow the 15th Asian Games, now in their final stages. Sheikh Mohammad, accompanied by his sons, Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and the head of Dubai Sports Council, Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Majid ...  >>MORE

Maitha fights her heart out to win silver in Doha Games

Posted on 14/12/2006

The UAE's Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum fought her heart out and earned her country a silver medal at the Asiad last night. A very long day of karate action ended with Sheikha Maitha facing off against the tough Uzbekistani, Sofiya Kaspulatova, in the gold medal match. Watched by her father, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the royal gave it everything she had at the Qatar Sports Club. ...  >>MORE

NOC wants action to be taken for Haya dismissal

Posted on 14/12/2006

The National Olympic Committee (NOC) wants the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to take action against those who deprived UAE's karateka Haya Samir Juma from competing at the Asian Games. Haya, 13, was disqualified as she was deemed to be underage according to International Karate Federation, which states a competitor must be 16 years of age. "To dismiss a player because of her age is not the responsibility of the referees' committee, the OCA have to decide that and not the referees," said ...  >>MORE

Maitha leads UAE bid for more golden glory

Posted on 11/12/2006

UAE's hopes of adding to the medals tally in the 15th Asian Games will be on Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, when the women's karate competition starts today. Sheikha Maitha is hopeful of a good result as the competitions start with kata today, followed by the kumite tomorrow. The other members of the UAE women's team are Hiba Ghassan Harmoushi and Haya Sameer Jumaa. The draw will be held at Qatar Club in the morning, with competitions starting at 10am (UAE time). (Emirates ...  >>MORE

Maitha to carry the flag

Posted on 22/11/2006

Shaikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, captain of the UAE karate team, will carry the country's flag in the opening ceremony of the 15th Asian Games in Doha on December 1. This will be the second Games for Shaikha Maitha, who also took part in the Busan Asian Games in South Korea, October 2002. Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman & Chief Executive of the Emirates Group and President of National Olympic Committee (NOC), will head ...  >>MORE

UAE lead the charge

Posted on 07/09/2006

Hosts UAE claimed seven medals to dominate the opening day of the GCC karate championship at Al Wasl hall. After the opening ceremony on Tuesday, top performer Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum led the charge with two gold medals in the komete 60 and open categories before she led the UAE girls to the team kate gold. The three-day event is backed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Maitha qualifies for finals of Istanbul Karate Contest

Posted on 03/09/2006

Ankara - Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has emerged to the finals of Istanbul International Karate Championship, after winning through two rounds of contests held in Istanbul. The final games will be run Sunday. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

A dream come true for Maitha

Posted on 28/09/2004

"I think I am dreaming" was Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's reaction after winning two medals, including a gold, in the women's karate competition at the 10th Pan Arab Games yesterday. Sheikha Maitha won the gold in the "65kg category and the silver in the open category. "This is the first time ever that we are participating in this competition and to come up with such fantastic results is a major achievement, both for the UAE and the sports in our country," she said. ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Maitha claims individual gold in kumite

Posted on 27/09/2004

Algiers: Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Al Maktoum gave UAE the first karate gold in the 10th Pan Arab Games. Sheikha Maitha defeated her Algerian opponent in 65-kg class in kumite. Mona Al Gurg also did the UAE proud when she won two medals. She won a silver medal in the individual kata and followed up the effort by clinching the bronze in the individual kumite. Only a lack of experience prevented the talented young karateka from winning the gold. Mona was in fine form in the first round of ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Maitha spells out the priorities

Posted on 24/07/2004

There's nothing as sweet as success. A day after bagging an amazing seven medals at the 1st Emirates International Taekwondo Championship, Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Al Maktoum was already laying down the guidelines to be followed in order to build on this success. "Organising a Taekwondo competition and having UAE ladies take part in it was the priority for us. This is a milestone in itself. But to go out there, compete against some of the best and win medals, is a bonus," Sheikha Maitha ...  >>MORE

UAE taekwondos toughen up

Posted on 17/07/2004

The UAE taekwondo team are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for the 1st Emirates International Taekwondo Championships to be held at the Al Wasl Club from July 19-22. The event has attracted 24 teams from 18 countries. The 12-member UAE squad are preparing hard for this prestigious competition at the UAE Karate and Taekwondo Federation hall in Deira, aware that they need to be in peak physical and mental condition if they aim to be a genuine medal contender. "We are all ...  >>MORE

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Women Sports Committee hails Sheikha Maitha's election as World Karate Federation Athletes Commission's chair


Mohammed bin Zayed launches website of UAE Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2011


Ultimate fight in Abu Dhabi


30 countries will participate in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of Judo


UAE national karate team crowned champions at 13th AFOC Open Sports Fetival


UAE wins first gold medal in Gulf Judo Championship


Maitha first Arab woman to figure in Taekwondo rankings


Maitha, Zayed bin Mohammed attend Art of War FC 12 Invincible


UAE dominates 1st World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship


First World Championship in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for professionals kicks off in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi to host World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship on May 1


Mohammed bin Zayed receives Jiu Jitsu Champions


UAE to participate in European Jiu-Jitsu Championship


Maitha faces tough test


Maitha bint Mohammed arrives in Beijing


Maitha finds inspiration to succeed is at home


Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid pledges to make UAE proud in Beijing Olympiad


Sheikha Maitha spars with gold medallist


Maitha Best Female Sportsperson


Impressive show by UAE girls in karate championship


Maitha bags prestigious Arab sportswoman of the year award


Maitha donates Dh200,000 to Rashid Paediatric Centre


Maitha voted Best Arab Female Athlete of the year


Maitha proud of medal


Mohammed bin Rashid visits Games


Maitha fights her heart out to win silver in Doha Games


NOC wants action to be taken for Haya dismissal


Maitha leads UAE bid for more golden glory


Maitha to carry the flag


UAE lead the charge


Sheikha Maitha qualifies for finals of Istanbul Karate Contest


A dream come true for Maitha


Sheikha Maitha claims individual gold in kumite


Sheikha Maitha spells out the priorities


UAE taekwondos toughen up