Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019

Your Ultimate Guide

So, what is the Dubai Sevens all about?

If you’ve just moved (or are thinking about moving) to the UAE, the chances are it won’t have taken long before someone mentioned ‘The Dubai Sevens’ to you.  Without a doubt, this event is one of the biggest in the expat sporting and social calendar with the rugby community turning out in their thousands from all corners of the globe for a three day festival of rugby.  If you’re going to be experiencing the event for the first time this year, here is our guide on what you can expect.

Questions often asked about the Sevens in Dubai

  • What is the main international rugby sevens series?
  • Which teams play in the local Gulf rugby tournaments?
  • Can anyone enter a team into the Dubai 7s?
  • What activities will be available during weekend?
  • How much are tickets for the Dubai Sevens?
  • Can you drink alcohol at the Rugby Sevens in Dubai

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019

World Class International Rugby Competition – The event acts as the opening leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series, in both the men’s and women’s formats.  16 men’s and 12 women’s international 7s teams battle it out to claim the first silverware of the Sevens season, with New Zealand winning both editions in 2018.  The matches come thick and fast over the course of the three days and as the sun goes down, the atmosphere cranks up with up to 40,000 fans congregating in the stands around Pitch 1 to cheer on their home countries.

Gulf Mens 7s Competitions

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.

Invitational Competitions

A truly international carnival of Rugby – Alongside the local Gulf rugby, there is action wherever you look ranging from international invitational teams (non Gulf teams) international schools rugby right up to vets and social sides from all around the world.  Players of all ability get involved and are often well lubricated throughout the day, but it’s not unusual to see a few famous faces popping up, for one last hurrah in the Dubai sunshine. Fijian legend Sereli Bobo grabbed the headlines with this extraordinary piece of skill caught on camera in last year’s 2018 International Vets tournament.

The Party Scene

The Party – Of course, rugby is only half the fun of the Sevens.  There is fun for all the family with a range of kids activities and food and alcoholic beverage stands in place all around the stadium.  Fancy dress is a major component for many rugby Sevens goers and the party goes on well after the final fixtures have finished with a stellar line up of live bands and tribute acts arranged for each event.  Major sponsors also commonly run pop up activations and VIP zones where members of rugby royalty can often be found mingling with the crowds. We were lucky enough to have a chat with Brian O’Driscoll, the British and Irish Lions legend.

Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019

How do I get involved in the Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019?

Play in the 2019 Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Invitation Tournament – This year, the Dubai 7s will take place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of December and also mark the 50th year of the tournament. Team places will fill up fast for the various tournaments, so be sure to be well organised when looking to register your rugby sevens team. Simply click on this link and complete the online registration form to express your interest for this years tournament.