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DIAC Hosts Third Annual Sports Cup for University Students Across the Emirates

Winning students awarded with prizes to celebrate their success at this one-of-a-kind event

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, November 9th 2014 [ME NewsWire]

TECOM Investment’s Education Cluster hosted the third annual DIAC Sports Cup at GEMS Modern Academy School in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, an inter-university tournament of sports including Cricket, Football, Basketball and Volleyball, awarding prizes to the winning athletes in each category.

Initiated in 2011, the DIAC Sports Cup is designed to provide an extra-curricular platform for students from across the Emirates to meet and network with their peers in a constructive way. DIAC decided to use sport as the premise for this first in the region event, to encourage friendly-competition that inspires team work and collaboration - the cornerstones of a successful career.

The tournament also serves to remind the students of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the value of participation and overall fitness. A selection of the winners were as follows:

    In the Cricket tournament seven teams competed with Emirates Aviation University taking the title and Manipal University finishing as runners up.
    In the Men’s Football, Middlesex University Dubai dominated proceedings by finishing with teams in both first and second place in a tournament of fifteen teams. In the Women’s football, the Emirates Aviation University team came away triumphant with Amity University Dubai Campus finishing as runners up.
    The Men’s Basketball competition was won by the Middlesex University Dubai with Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus securing second place.
    The Men’s Volley ball tournament saw the Institute of Management Technology, Dubai awarded second place with Amity University Dubai Campus taking the title. Four teams entered into the Women’s Volleyball tournament with Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus team taking the title followed by Amity University Dubai Campus as the runners up.
    The Men’s Badminton event was won by Mr. Parth from the Middlesex University Dubai and in second place was Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus, student Mr. Yashvardan of 16 competitors. In the Women’s tournament Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus again had success with Ms. Zahra winning first place and Ms. Arosha from BITS Palani, Dubai Campus taking second place.
    In the Men’s 100 meter race, Mr. Mohammed Nasir Salihu from Middlesex University Dubai stormed to victory with Mr. Mohammed Saad Siddique of Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus hot on his tail securing second.

Commenting, Ibrahim Moosa Jamel, Director of Operations of TECOM Investments’ Education Cluster, said: “Ensuring the well-being of our students is crucial to the ongoing success of Dubai International Academic City as an educational epicenter. We care about the students within our community – they are the heart of our campus community. It is therefore vital that they understand that setting yourself a challenge and achieving it, either individually or as part of a team, is a vital part of personal growth and development.

“In this region, inter-university sporting competitions are rare when we compare ourselves to other countries. We plan to build the DIAC Sports Cup so that this tournament grows to include more and more students and universities in a bid to encourage healthy competition and potentially, pave the way for future sporting stars.

“Congratulations to all of our winners, who, in each event, showed determination and team spirit.”


Notes to editors:

About Dubai International Academic City

Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) is the world’s largest Free Zone dedicated to Higher Education. Established in 2007, as part of TECOM Investments – a member of Dubai Holding – DIAC aims to develop the region’s talent pool and help establish the UAE as a knowledge-based economy through the provision of multi-tiered academic institutions that are internationally accredited.

DIAC is located on a fully-appointed 18 million sq ft campus with state-of-the-art facilities. It is home to a large number of  universities from 10 countries, including Amity University, Heriott Watt University, Michigan State University, University of Wollongong, BITS Pilani, Hult International Business School, Murdoch University and Manchester Business School, to name a few.

DIAC provides more than 400 certificate, diploma, undergraduate, post graduate and PHD programmes to over 20,000 students of 125 nationalities.


Harriet Daly,

Bell Pottinger

+971 55 4593260,


Brendan Vyner,

Brand Manager,

TECOM Investments Education Cluster

+971 4 360 2960





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