New League name announced by H.E. Mohammed Thani Murshed Al Romaithi
H.E. Mohammed Thani Murshed Al Romaithi, Chairman of the Pro League Committee, announced that from the 2013-2014 season the UAE’s professional football league will operate under the new name of The Arabian Gulf League. The announcement was made by the Chairman to conclude the 2012-2013 Etisalat Pro League Awards, held at the ADNEC Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi on the evening of Sunday 26th May.
The Chairman gave a speech to close the Awards ceremony, thanking all attendees for their presence before revealing the news of The Arabian Gulf League, and explaining that the new name is in recognition of the Arabian Gulf being one of the country’s most important resources for life in the region. H.E. Al Romaithi highlighted to the audience that the new name expresses loyalty and pride to the Arabian Gulf, which is the window through which the UAE looks out the world, and equally through which the world views the UAE. He stressed that the Arabian Gulf has been good to the country, and that this is a way of giving back and showing appreciation for all it has provided.
Addressing the audience, the Chairman H.E. Al Romaithi said: “Football in the UAE is moving into a new phase, and with it we adopt a new name to take us forward from next season. We pledge our allegiance to the Arabian Gulf as the heart of the Arabic origin and heritage. Announcing this new name is a letter of love from the UAE to the Gulf; we name our League after the Arabian Gulf as a gesture to show our appreciation for the bounteous resources and opportunities it has afforded us.”
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