The Gulf’s best battle it out – The beauty of the Dubai 7s is that the action is not all about the professionals. The venue, helpfully named ‘The Sevens Stadium’ accommodates eight pitches with space for a whole range of amateur tournaments to take place alongside the main event. Regular season players in the Gulf turn out for local Gulf Rugby clubs in tournaments. This really is the place where all of the Middle East rugby teams of all gender and ages come together for a weekend of rugby carnage. Competitions range from schoolboys, womens rugby, over 35’s (vets), social rugby teams through to the senior Gulf Men’s rugby where the final is played out on Pitch 1 in front of thousands of spectators – a career highlight for those involved. For more, check out our guide to the 2018 tournament. Teams participating in this section of the Gulf tournaments are only open to individuals who are Gulf/Middle East residents and hold a valid resident’s visa for the Gulf/Middle East country in which they reside.