Dubai proposes to host Giro stages

The United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation (UAECF) is proposing to host future stages of cycling’s Giro d’Italia in Dubai.

A UAE delegation followed the Giro d’Italia in May to pick up organisational tips ahead of the inaugural Dubai Tour next February. The cycling body has also been advised by organisers of next year’s opening stages of the Giro to take place in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

“This is something we’re working on and are going to discuss as part of our strategy with the Giro organisers,” Mohammad Al Sabagh, UAECF board member and Dubai Tour head of technical and sport division, told Cycling News.

“Next year we’re going to watch the stages in Belfast and Ireland and see how they do, then open the door to negotiations with [Giro organiser] RCS Sport and the Giro to host one or two stages in Dubai,” Al Sabagh added.

Previous stages of the Giro d’Italia have been held in different countries in recent years as organisers seek new revenue streams, however Dubai would be the furthest detour to date.