Dubai Sports Council confirmed it has been meeting with local and international sports federations to discuss the organizing of sports events in the coming months as the UAE slowly eases coronavirus restrictions, according to a statement.

“The Council has received official communication from a number of international sports federations, with request to host their events in Dubai as more and more host cities express their inability to host international sports events due to COVID-19 concerns,” the council said in a press release.

“The Council has been in regular touch with federations and sports event organizers, through virtual channels, to discuss procedures and safety protocols for organizing sports competitions in accordance with the safety instructions of Dubai’s Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management, with the safety of everyone involved being of paramount importance,” the Dubai Sports Council added.

Sports competitions restarted in Dubai last Friday with the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club’s Summer Series, which featured paddle boats, dinghy boats and yachts. This weekend, Dubai International Marine Club, in cooperation with Dubai Sports Council, has organized a “Dubai Watersports Summer Week” that will see different competitions take place at various venues from June 25-27.

The United Arab Emirates has announced the completion of its national sterilization program as part of anti-coronavirus measures starting Wednesday, June 24.

People in the UAE will be allowed freedom of movement throughout the day without restrictions after the country announced the completion of its nationwide sterilization program against coronavirus, according to a statement from the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA).

Dubai allowed the reopening of gyms, cinemas and other businesses on May 27 months after closures due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.